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9/21/2002
23:34:52

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I have a problem with my boat trailer / or truck.
A few days ago it worked fine, but now, only the flashers, and brake lights work. I checked continuity from the plug, back to the lights, and it seems ok. I just replaced the rear light assembly on both sides.

My truck has the factory towing package, and I tested the connector where the adapter plugs into (the thing attached to the truck), and I get a steady power, and the flashers work, (using a test light) but the regular lights don't light up.

It's a newer truck with plenty of warranty left on it so that's not a problem. But in the mean time is it something easy like a fuse? My truck lights are fine. Is there a separate fuse for the wire harness from the towing package?

Thanks for the help

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9/22/2002
01:12:26

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Dunno, Clevite, I'm guessing maybe a bad ground on the trailer-lights. Did you get it wet at a boat launch? Do the lines coming out of the trailer plug for the running lights have power with the socket plugged in?
Pull a bulb out of the socket on the trailer and test the socket for power to the running lights. Sometimes water gets in there and corrodes the contacts. Sometimes the trailer socket itself gets corroded, take a good look at that also.
You can get some silicone-dielectric grease and apply it to the socket and the bulb sockets to avoid corrosion.
I use an old medicine vial slipped over my trailer socket when not in use to seal the socket from moisture. Hope this helps.


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9/22/2002
17:14:04

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When you back your trailer into the water be sure to unplug it from your truck. If you don't, you can screw up the circuit when it gets wet.



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9/22/2002
18:20:37

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There should be a fuse for the trailer in the PDC under the hood.

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9/22/2002
20:36:24

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I know with mine no matter what trailer is behind me, when the parking lights/Headlights are on, when I go to use a turn signal all the lights on the trailer flash, but only the side that I have on on the truck is flashing. Strange.



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9/22/2002
20:43:25

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I have problems like this on my boat and snowmobile trailers and it is usually the ground on the trailer wiring. Try John's suggestions, that usually what it takes for me.

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9/22/2002
21:18:30

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Well I greatly appreciate all of your suggestions and help, but it looks like CW is the winner, he hit the head on the nail. Thanks a lot man, you saved me a bunch of time and hassle. I thought the fuses in the truck were it, I didn't realize there were more. I changed it with a spare and they work fine now. Thanks again man. Joining this site has just paid for it's self.

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9/23/2002
12:47:45

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When my '01 QC, with Trailer towing was about 9 months old, it blew a fuse pulling my Catamaran.

replaced the fuse, but the trailer running lights were gone. I traced it as far back as my new truck, sliced into a running light wire and was good for a couple of days.

The dealer found that the harness had rubbed thru somewhere under the truck at the frame! Good work Dodge! Been fine since.

HOpe this may help.



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11/16/2002
17:51:57

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My 2002 QC w/4wd, trailer tow, etc is doing the same thing. I found the fuses in the cab and those under the hood. Don't see which one under the hood it might be. On the factory wired light adapter (by the hitch) it refers to the contact as "running lights". I don't see a fuse with that label. I'm looking in the fuse box right behind the battery. Is there ANOTHER one?

thanks!



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11/17/2005
16:24:58

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I seem to have the electronic break wire on my trailer switch with the break lights. i have a 1984 starcraft continental. My truck is a 2005 2x4 1500 dodge ram. Do you know the wiring configuration on the trailer.



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12/18/2005
20:30:24

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Hey, wow -- CW, you just solved MY problem also -- three years+ later! I just had the same problem, and sure enough, there was a 40 amp fuse marked "trailer" (identified on the inside of the cover. Blown. Gotta love this online thingie! Thanks CW and everybody, and Merry Christmas!
Elliot



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8/27/2022
17:46:21

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Hey Wow, CW you just solved MY problem also -- if my math is correct 20 years later.

First time connecting to 7 pin connector. The wife bought a 1977 modified boler trailer. They were originally 4 pins, but now is 7 pin to charge added batteries, etc.

long slow clap from me.

Wade



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