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Old 06-29-2016, 02:32 PM   #1
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Trailer Brakes Disconnecting Intermittently

I have a 2014 Ram 2500 pulling a 31' travel trailer. After about 3 weeks on the road, I get the message to check the wiring & trailer is disconnected. The strange thing is that it only happens after coming to a complete stop (exiting highway for gas). Once I pull back on the highway the brakes reconnect and I can drive (with brakes) until the next step. I've checked the plug, ground at the end of trailer plug along with checking for loose connections at each brake. Any thoughts?

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Frequently a poor ground connection causes issues.

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Old 06-29-2016, 08:50 PM   #3
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I know on GMs (mine included with certain plugs), the TT plugs do not stay proper connected in the TV. I used a small regular screwdriver and pushed the slots (the female ends) closer together and it solved my problem. It's quick, easy, and free to try. Good luck.
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Old 06-29-2016, 09:00 PM   #4
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I used a wire brush and electronics cleaner spray and also used a jewelers screwdriver to straighten the pins. works fine now.
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Old 06-29-2016, 09:16 PM   #5
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Spray starting fluid in your plug followed by a Q-tip in and out the holes, spray the exposed ends and spread a little then put Dielectric Grease on.
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Old 06-30-2016, 07:49 AM   #6
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Thanks. I've tried all the above but still have the problem.
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Old 06-30-2016, 12:21 PM   #7
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My 7 pin is inside the bed by the tailgate. I had an intermittent connection. Turns out that the plug inside the bed had a matting plug behind the bed wall plug between the bed wall and the fender wall. I removed both and reseated. Problem solved.
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Old 06-30-2016, 02:28 PM   #8
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#7 RSKeans I've often wondered about that extension wiring and it's splice etc. too.
If the OP is pulling a TT I doubt he'd be using the in-bed extension as with a 5'r?
Our last coach exhibited the OP symptom a couple times jockeying it around . The newer one has not.
I try to keep light silicone spray on those receptacles also.
I'd imagine before having the DIC warning us, these intermittent problems could go un-noticed.

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Old 06-30-2016, 02:32 PM   #9
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Ahhh. You're right. I wasn't paying attention that he had a TT.

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