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Old 05-24-2013, 12:06 AM   #1
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No Trailer Lights

Hey guys,
Just got our '06 1640 out of storage and the trailer has no running lights, blinkers or brake lights. As far as I know they were working when I parked the camper.
I used an aftermarket wiring harness since our Rav didnt come with a tow package. The fuse at the Rav battery is good, and the plug has power to all prongs. Seems like the issue is in the trailer?
Any tips?

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Old 05-24-2013, 12:20 AM   #2
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1 bad ground
2 mice
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:49 AM   #3
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something's wrong between the trailer connector and your Rav's harness.
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I did a quick check of the ground and looked for mice damage but I didn't see anything obvious. I used connector grease to connect the trailer to the Rav harness. Im not sure what else to try?

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I will echo above, sounds like mouse damage.

In order to diagnose, you need to isolate each possible cause. What I would do is make a small jumper from a 12 volt battery (I have found that a lawn tractor battery works great for these kind of things and is handy to have in the garage) with a clip to the battery on one end and a terminal plug on the other. plug it in to each terminal on your camper plug and look for effect. If still no light, you know the problem is in the camper wiring.

It could be damage to the plug itself, that happens. Or a ground problem.
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Alright,
I ran a wire from the positive side of the trailer battery and connected it to each prong of the trailer connector. Bingo, we had power to each light when connected. So the issue is indeed with the TV. The inline fuse off the TV battery is good. Got any other tips?
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Could be some corrosion in one connection or the other. Maybe some contact cleaner or diaelectric grease may help.
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Could be some corrosion in one connection or the other. Maybe some contact cleaner or diaelectric grease may help.
What about the ground on the TV?
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Alright,
I ran a wire from the positive side of the trailer battery and connected it to each prong of the trailer connector. Bingo, we had power to each light when connected. So the issue is indeed with the TV. The inline fuse off the TV battery is good. Got any other tips?
Thanks for the idea jeeplj8.
Do you have access to a volt meter or test light? They are fairly inexpensive and should be part of every campers tool kit.

My suspicion is something wrong with your plug. You need to check for power in the wires going into the plug from the tow vehicle.
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It's pulling .5 of a volt at the TV connector.

Have this harness: Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector Curt Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring C55307
and this adapter: Adapter 4 Pole to 7 Pole and 4 Pole Hopkins Wiring 37185

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