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Old 05-09-2013, 04:53 PM   #1
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Trailer Brakes Lock Up w/Headlights On

I have read other threads about this problem but they didn't offer a solution. My tv, a GMC Sierra with the same brake controller has towed two other tt without a problem. Now I have a Windjammer purchased last year and haven't towed at night until recently. When the headlights are on the electric brakes lock up. I changed brake controllers to a Prodigy 2 just for grins but with the same results. I have called customer service without satisfaction. I know it is a wiring problem within the trailer but where do I start. Has anyone had AND solved this problem? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Here's how trailer should be wired.


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You say that 'when the headlights' are on, but does it also happen with just the clearance lights on as well? If so, it sounds like they cross-wired the camper lights with the brake system. If so, that should be an easy fix.
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It could be in your TV wiring harness, as GM changed them. Here is where I discussed it with another member a few years back.

Brakes come on when headlights are turned on
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:15 PM   #5
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I am familiar with the harness wiring schematic. The trailer end is molded together and the harness, of course, runs under (into) the trailer. I'm not sure where to go from there. I haven't tried just the "parking" lights...just the headlights when they come on in the Auto mode. I suppose it could be either the parking light or the headlight wire crossing somewhere with the brake wire.

Thanks for the reply anyway.
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I am familiar with the harness wiring schematic. The trailer end is molded together and the harness, of course, runs under (into) the trailer. I'm not sure where to go from there. I haven't tried just the "parking" lights...just the headlights when they come on in the Auto mode. I suppose it could be either the parking light or the headlight wire crossing somewhere with the brake wire.

Thanks for the reply anyway.
It's the wiring harness inside your vehicle under the dash going to the brake controller. It is explained in technical service bulletin from GM in the link I provided, and your vehicle year is listed.

Trailer Brakes Applied When Headlights/Park Lamps Are On, Brake Controller Illumination (Modify Brake Controller Wiring Harness) #02-05-22-004C - (Apr 5, 2005)

1999-2005 Chevrolet Silverado

2000-2005 Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe

2002-2005 Chevrolet Avalanche

1999-2005 GMC Sierra

2000-2005 GMC Yukon, Yukon XL

2003-2005 HUMMER H2

This bulletin is being revised to add additional model years. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 02-05-22-004B (Section 05 -- Brakes).

Condition
Some customers may comment that when the headlamps or park lamps are on, the brakes on the trailer are always applied, or that the back lighting for the trailer brake controller only illuminates when the brakes are applied.

Cause
The cause of this condition may be due to wiring changes within the vehicle electrical system for the 2003 model year.

Correction




Inspect the brake controller wiring harness jumper that is plugged into the vehicle relay block-body. The relay block-body is located under the left side of the instrument panel near the left kick panel, behind a plastic cover.

The 1999 though early 2003 wiring harness jumper that plugs into the relay block will have a reddish/brown 6-way connector and a tag with the last four digits of the wiring harness part number. Second design 2003-05 may have a white plastic connector with part number 5418 as well.

• The 1999 jumper is/was P/N 12171982 with a pink/purple tag identifier of 1982. This number has been superseded to 15366255, with a pink/purple tag identifier of 6255.

• The 2000 jumper harness is P/N 15366255. The pink/purple tag identifier is 6255.

• The 2001-2002 jumper is P/N 15086884. The orange tag identifier is 6884.

• The 2003-05 jumper is P/N 15085418. The orange tag identifier is 5418.

When transferring the brake controller with the wiring jumper attached from a 2001-2002 vehicle to a 2003-05 vehicle, a change to the jumper harness connector must be performed.





The following information is for the 1999-2002 wiring harnesses.

Pin
Wire Color
Circuit Number
Function

A
LT BLUE
1620
Stop lamps

B
RED
142
Brake controller 12 volt source

C
DK BLUE
47
Brake Controller output (Trailer Brakes)

D
BROWN
2409
Brake controller illumination

E
--
--
--

F
BLACK
1850
Ground


The following information is for the 2003-05 wiring harness.

Pin
Wire Color
Circuit Number
Function

A
BROWN
2409
Brake controller illumination

B
RED
242
Brake controller 12 volt source

C
DK BLUE
47
Brake Controller output (Trailer Brakes)

D
LT BLUE
1620
Stop Lamps

E
--
--
--

F
BLACK
1850
Ground


To modify a 12171982, 15366255 or 15086884 harness for use in a 2003-05 vehicle, switch the wires in cavities "A" and "D".

To modify a 15085418 harness for use in a 1999-2002 vehicle (see model list at the front of this bulletin for applicable models), switch the wires in cavities "A" and "D".

Warranty Information
When the correct wiring harness P/N is matched to the specific model year of the vehicle, everything works properly. Therefore, conversion of an incorrect wiring jumper to match the vehicle would not be considered a warrantable repair.



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Old 05-09-2013, 05:44 PM   #7
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wmtire,

That is one that I read earler and could'nt reply to because of the thread's age.

The 2004 tv worked correctly with a 2000 Arctic Fox but not the 2012 Windjammer. If I turn on the park lights the clearance lights work on the tt and also stay lit with the headlights on. So if either one of the wires were crossed to the brake wire then the clearance lights wouldn't work. The brakes work when I use the maual mode on the brake control and that wouldn't happen if the wries were crossed.
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wmtire,

That is one that I read earler and could'nt reply to because of the thread's age.

The 2004 tv worked correctly with a 2000 Arctic Fox but not the 2012 Windjammer. If I turn on the park lights the clearance lights work on the tt and also stay lit with the headlights on. So if either one of the wires were crossed to the brake wire then the clearance lights wouldn't work. The brakes work when I use the maual mode on the brake control and that wouldn't happen if the wries were crossed.
Fyi you can reply to an old thread you just have to accept the box sayin you know its an old post.
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Thanks for the FYI Turbo. I did not know that.
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The 2004 tv worked correctly with a 2000 Arctic Fox but not the 2012 Windjammer. If I turn on the park lights the clearance lights work on the tt and also stay lit with the headlights on. So if either one of the wires were crossed to the brake wire then the clearance lights wouldn't work. The brakes work when I use the maual mode on the brake control and that wouldn't happen if the wries were crossed.
The windjammer trailer, is this the first time you have used it with this vehicle? Has it ever worked correct on another vehicle to your knowledge?
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