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Old 11-25-2015, 06:20 PM   #41
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I wanted to share the update on my tail light problem. Replacing the curt wiring harness resolved my problem, however I was confident the next time I drove in the rain I would have the same problem. My solution was to enclose the hardware in a pvc dual gang electrical box with a water tight cover. Note I had to use a box extender to get it all to fit but worked perfectly.Click image for larger version

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Old 11-25-2015, 06:42 PM   #42
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Old 11-26-2015, 01:17 AM   #43
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Old 11-26-2015, 10:50 AM   #44
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That converter is usually used as an adapter for the trailer lights.

I am guessing that if you took it completely out of the circuit, the lights on the rig would all work correctly. Of course then your trailer connector would be inoperable so it would have to be fixed at some point.

Might be a quick fix on the road if part is not available.
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Old 11-26-2015, 12:40 PM   #45
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cousin. You are correct it is an adapter for trailer lights when the vehicle has separate circuits for each tail light function. FR is using the converter to mate the MD chassis with US style taillights.
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Hi Cousin, you and I have the same machine. Do we have that Curt converter ????
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Old 11-26-2015, 07:20 PM   #47
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I don't know but if we do it could explain the numerous failures reported of the auxiliary light control relay on the board above the tank valves.

I will look for it next week


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Old 12-01-2015, 11:25 AM   #48
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I looked under the rig and we do not have the Curt controller. At least not there.

There is a wire bundle that goes from the 9 pin trailer light connector to the compartment containing the secondary taillight control board located in the utility compartment. I didn't open the panel to look for the Curt, but I don't remember seeing anything like it in there.

My guess is that the Curt is somehow being used to replace that failure prone tail light control board in newer versions.
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So do you suppose it could be removed and tail lights still function ?

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cousin. You are correct it is an adapter for trailer lights when the vehicle has separate circuits for each tail light function. FR is using the converter to mate the MD chassis with US style taillights.
If someone has replaced the Curt - here is a question - does the Curt splice MB tail light wires, or does the Curt feed the tail lights

If it splices the MB wires on their way to the tail lights, then the Curt could be removed.


If it doesn't splice the wires, then perhaps because the tail lights are LED's, the Curt is required to drive them.
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I looked under the rig and we do not have the Curt controller. At least not there.

There is a wire bundle that goes from the 9 pin trailer light connector to the compartment containing the secondary taillight control board located in the utility compartment. I didn't open the panel to look for the Curt, but I don't remember seeing anything like it in there.

My guess is that the Curt is somehow being used to replace that failure prone tail light control board in newer versions.
I recall that FR switched to the Curt controller from the proprietary control board located in the Drive side sanitary compartment. There were numerous reportings of board failure, which probably had them go to the off the shelf Curt.
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