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Old 03-26-2013, 06:57 PM   #1
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Wiring Nightmare

I am wiring a 1973 Holiday Rambler. I have the turn signals, brake lights and tail lights figured out. On all the diagrams I see, the electric brakes have one blue wire. This has a black wire and a white wire running from the brakes to the fron of the camper. When I apply a 12 volt source to these wires (Black hot, White Ground) nothing happens. Should this activate the brakes? I also have a black wire that is not a ground coming from the front and cant find what this is running. There is no evidence anywhere on this trailer that there was a battery, but comming from the inverter marked Battery are a black and white wire running into the floor and I cant find where they go to. Any help that anyone can give me I would be greatful!!!
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:42 AM   #2
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You need to have someone spin the wheels then put the voltage to it. I would check all the wires to the wheels first to make sure there good then work the wheels.
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You will not hear a clunk when you apply voltage to electric brakes. They just activate a magnet. As suggested spinning a wheel or using a voltmeter or test light if alone will do the trick. A buzzer would do it as well.
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Thanks guys I will be on it again Friday. I was by myself and listening for the brakes. I will have some help Friday.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:37 PM   #5
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The others have the brakes covered. Does the trailer have a cable operated break away switch? Do you have interior lights when not hooked to shore power? If so there will be a battery on board, the black wire should be the connection to the tv charge system.
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I am putting in a battery operated break away switch that is self contained. The prior owners must have cut and pulled wires from this camper. I see the battery wires coming from the inverter and going into the floor, but I have searched every inch of the trailer and no wires or battery. I am getting done what I need and caping the rest. Thanks for the input.
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Thanks for the info. After hours of tracing. It is done, now on to the cosmetics!!!
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