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Old 08-15-2007, 02:33 PM   #1
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I'm having trouble getting my clearance lights to work. I haven't figured out how to post a pic of the plug, but is in my gallery.

It is 4 pins, but the third one is offset to the top. The female plug on the far left is a ground, and the second one is hot. Which one goes to the lights?



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Never saw one like that.

I'm sure you'll get some help soon.
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Old 08-15-2007, 06:42 PM   #3
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Four Pins? If you have running lights and tail lights (blinker/stop lights) it should need more pins. 1)12v+ (hot wire) 2)12- (ground) 3)right Blinker/stop 4) left blinker/stop 5) running lights. With only four wires you have to not have something. Are you sure you have a 12+(hot wire) going to the batteries from the plug? One way is just chase the wires to where they go. The other is, if you know pin which is ground, run jumpers from a battery Neg to ground and postive to each of the others one at a time and see what lights up.
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Old 08-16-2007, 10:56 AM   #4
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I'm not familiar with your connector. 4 wires is usually just for standard trailer lighting. Check this link for info on common connectors and wire colors:
http://www.marksrv.com/wiring.htm
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Old 08-18-2007, 07:30 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replys.

Next, I think I'm going to rig an external 12v supply, just to be sure the lights work. If they work, I'll have to dig around and find where they connect to the lights from the insode. FYI, I'm trying to use the plug that I used with my previous Sunlite camper.

Also, since my tail and brakes lights are not covered (8' camper) the running lights are my only concern.

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Old 08-19-2007, 01:25 AM   #6
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I have a Starcraft 852 with the same (8-pin) connector. This is how mine is wired:

Lower Row:
1(left): Common
2: 12v from truck to camper battery
3: Backup lights
4(right): dedicated 12v to fridge
Upper Row:
1(left): left turn signal
2: right turn signal
3: clearance lights
4(right): unused

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Old 08-19-2007, 04:54 AM   #7
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Now I understand. Even thoughI don't have tail and turn signals, I still need the 8 pin plug.

I searched, but didn't find the plug anywhere. Anyone know where I could order one?

Thanks for the info.
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Old 08-19-2007, 03:55 PM   #8
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Does this look like the right plug?

http://www.wiringproducts.com/?target=dept_174.html&gcl...rago4CFQ2aOAodxFfcOA

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Old 08-20-2007, 06:05 AM   #9
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Sorry, I get an error when I click on the link. I did a search and found this website: http://www.rvpigtails.com/Products3.html
but they may only sell to dealers. If I find something I will post it. Another thing to consider would be to replace this connector with something more common.

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Old 08-20-2007, 06:29 AM   #10
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This connector looks like it might fit:
http://www.delcity.net/delcity/servl...id=8896&page=1
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Old 08-26-2007, 01:56 PM   #11
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Mike, sorry for the late response, but my email notification was turned off.

Thanks for the link. The one the left is exactly what it looks like.

FYI,
I had a retired RV shop manager out today and he told me what the pins were for. I think I'm going to connect the battery charge line in with the clearance lights. This way I can run with my parking lights on and charge the battery without running the truck batteries down when the truck is idle. ??? Does that make scense???
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Old 09-03-2007, 06:27 PM   #12
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C Rob,
If you are thinking about charging the camper battery from the clearance light circuit, you might have a problem with circuit capacity. The clearance light wiring on the truck side is usually a smaller gauge wire with lower amp fuses to protect it. The battery line on my truck connector (2002 Chevy 2500HD) is 10 ga wire with a 40 amp fuse to supply enough current to charge the camper battery. You will probably blow the clearance light fuse when your camper battery is low. It is best to use a dedicated wire with its own fuse to charge the battery. You can install a battery isolator to prevent the camper from draining the truck battery, or just unplug the harness when you are using the camper battery and not running the truck (this is what I do).
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Old 09-04-2007, 03:30 AM   #13
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Mike, thanks for the reply.

No doubt you are right. I have a fused three gage wire that I had run from one of my batteries to between the truck cab and bed. This is what I was using on my previous camper, but forgot to take the camper end off of my previous camper. I think I'll just come off of that with wire the same gage as the charge line on the camper. Thanks again for you help.

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