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Old 04-15-2016, 08:06 AM   #1
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During a recent tour, the running and tail lights came on and could not be turned off. The cause turned out to be a failure of a small control module mounted under the rear end attached to the bottom of the trailer hitch. Replacement solved the problem but the 2 small screws fastening the mounting bracket to the hitch square tube were badly rusted by exposure to rain and salty slush. The head on one was gone and the head on the second one fell off when touched by a wrench. The new module is now held in place with long zip ties. (Good thing I carry long zip ties in my tool box.)

Maybe the factory could find a better location for this module that would not expose it to such harsh conditions.
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Old 04-15-2016, 10:00 AM   #2
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This is most likely the Curt trailer wiring controller... There's been a LOT of discussion about this controller and it's less-than-optimal mounting location.

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Old 04-15-2016, 01:00 PM   #3
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I recently pulled my two tail light/turn signal assembly's while trouble shooting a turn signal issue. All of the screws holding the light frame and lens were badly rusted. Like any hardware I remove on the RV I replaced with stainless steel screws or stainless rivets where appropriate. It costs a bit more, but well worth the time and expense. That's just me.
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Old 04-15-2016, 04:23 PM   #4
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I recently pulled my two tail light/turn signal assembly's while trouble shooting a turn signal issue. All of the screws holding the light frame and lens were badly rusted. Like any hardware I remove on the RV I replaced with stainless steel screws or stainless rivets where appropriate. It costs a bit more, but well worth the time and expense. That's just me.
One would think those assemblies would use only stainless... cheap cheap cheap. I'm getting the old girl out this evening (hopefully), and will take a quick look at what they used on my 2015 24R - most likely the exact same thing.
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One would think those assemblies would use only stainless... cheap cheap cheap. I'm getting the old girl out this evening (hopefully), and will take a quick look at what they used on my 2015 24R - most likely the exact same thing.
The screws holding the lenses in place are from the manufacture and were in the worse shape. The FR installed screws where rusting, but would have lasted a while longer. Stainless is much better.
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Old 04-16-2016, 08:51 PM   #6
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You were right ! I removed one of the rear tail light lens screws and it is terribly rusted at 1 1/2 years old. Some of the threads are gone... I'll be buying 12 stainless tomorrow. I may replace the tail light housing screws as well, although they are not in nearly as bad condition. Again - cheap cheap cheap. These will rust for everyone.

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You were right ! I removed one of the rear tail light lens screws and it is terribly rusted at 1 1/2 years old. Some of the threads are gone... I'll be buying 12 stainless tomorrow. I may replace the tail light housing screws as well, although they are not in nearly as bad condition. Again - cheap cheap cheap. These will rust for everyone.

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BTW, I resealed under and around the light assembly's while I had the screws out. There had been a little water intrusion behind the light frames.
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Please see this thread and the solution posted there:

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