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Old 03-29-2016, 05:12 PM   #1
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Curt taillight controller

I've lost my taillights, turn signals and running lights. Almost certainly a Curt controller failure. Does anyone have the forest river part number. I spoke to the tech support at Curt and he'll happily send me one, but needs the part number. I've got a call into Travis at Forest river but need a number by 6 pm Eastern time to get one shipped and her by Friday. Any help out there?
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And. Has anyone taken a wet not working controller and put it in a rice bag and dried it out, and had it work?
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Old 03-29-2016, 05:40 PM   #3
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I think it is a matter of getting wet and corroding the connections. That said, any part numbers on the curt box? WD 40 may make it work. Should be a number on it some where.
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Old 03-29-2016, 05:55 PM   #4
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I had an episode of brake light staying on due to water in the "waterproof" plug to the controller one week after getting Solera. Opened the connector, dried the visible water with dry q tips . Re plugged and all was well. Later sealed the wire end of the connector with silicone. No problems since. Only shorted brake lights. Are you sure that you dont have a fuse problem. The fuse for the power to the controller is under the driver seat in my unit.
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It's the Curt 56146 Wiring taillight converter. It was $23 on Amazon when I ordered it.

Note that if it is not covered it will happen again while driving in the rain.
It is not supposed to be located in a place where it gets direct water per Curt documentation.


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Note: that the pin connector connections are not included in this part and could be the source of the problem.

It looks like two gray box connection squares. I eliminated mine and uses butt splice joints with heatshrink and then placed the entire think in a pvc conduit box


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Old 04-01-2016, 01:29 AM   #7
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When I replaced my Curt controller I intentionally purchased the connectors to avoid modifying the MH in the event that the Curt replacement did not solve my issue. The required parts for mine were the following:

CURT 56146 Wiring Taillight Converter
MSD 8180 6-Pin Deutsch Connector
MSD 8181 4-Pin Deutsch Connector

The 6-Pin Connector on mine was missing the gasket which may have been the cause of the problem. Nevertheless the installation instructions on the Curt indicate that it should be installed in a protected area similar to a vehicle interior.

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Old 04-01-2016, 06:12 AM   #8
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Thanks all. I learned from Travis at Forest river warranty Dept that they buy the controller from Curt, and have a third party install the connectors. I learned the same thing from Curt technical support. And in the end, due to time constraints, my service guy at RV Canada got me into the shop and spliced a unit in. And Travis agreed to warrant it. So I can only say thanks to all involved. The manufacturer, the jobber and my service folks. Everyone stepped up to help me get on the road this morning with signals and markers operational. And you folks on the forum, making me aware of the problem in the first place, and helping to source the needed information about the steps to repair it. I love this board! And I'm grateful for the support I get from you all. Thanks.
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Old 04-01-2016, 04:35 PM   #9
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sad part is when Curt came and pitched that controller, they doused it with water to show how water resistant it was.
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That is exactly what Travis said! And after opening up the body of the controller, there was no moisture in it... Unfortunately water has a way of making its way into almost everything, it just takes time.
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