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Old 04-12-2016, 08:25 AM   #1
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Journey 36G with enclosed trailer.

I just upgraded to the Winne 36G diesel and it doesn't have a brake controller. Whats a good one to buy and do they plug in direct? Second, is there 12V power to run the inside lights in the trailer or do I have to run a separate wire to the plug in?
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Members are going to need more info on you coach to provide and good info, LIKE the year of your coach, as many newer chassis do come pre-wired for trailer brakes.

An enclosed trailer with electric brakes will have to have a battery mounted ; for emergency break away activation of the brakes; and any interior lights would be wired to that battery.
Info on your chassis having a pre-wired trailer battery charge circuit also depends on the year.
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Thanks skip. After reading your post I should have named the post differently and added more info.











The coach is a 2004 on a freightliner chassis. The trailer has electric brakes but no battery mounted on it, so the 12V power for the lights is supplied by the tow vehicle. the trailer does have a break away device.
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Thanks skip. After reading your post I should have named the post differently and added more info.











The coach is a 2004 on a freightliner chassis. The trailer has electric brakes but no battery mounted on it, so the 12V power for the lights is supplied by the tow vehicle. the trailer does have a break away device.
Look under the trailer for a small 12v battery...........mounted to the frame. follow the wires from the break a way switch. Mine is mounted underneath in a plastic box.
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Come to think about it, it probably has a battery there that I probably should replace but I still need 12v power through the plug to power the lights and battery. One more thing to put on the list to check
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My trailer does have a small 12v battery that I am getting a replacement for but I still need to figure out how to get the 12v hot lead in the 7 pin socket to work.
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You may want to check the 12V hitch pin fuse. Here's a Google search of iRV2 threads that has hints on where to find it (most probably behind a hidden panel in the electrical bay, but Winnebago has been know to put the fuse boxes in several places).
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My trailer does have a small 12v battery that I am getting a replacement for but I still need to figure out how to get the 12v hot lead in the 7 pin socket to work.
When I was confronted with this, I took the trailer plug apart to see if it was even wired for a "Braking System", it was not. I ran a #10 wire from the batteries and installed a 20 amp. auto re-set circuit breaker inline then to the proper terminal on the trailer plug.
As far as the brake controller, mine was not wired from the factory for electric brakes

And after sorting through my options, I bought a "Wireless brake control system" https://www.etrailer.com/Brake-Contr...sha/90250.html
It has served me well and functions as it should. The best thing with it is that if I want to tow the trailer with a vehicle that does not have a wired brake controller, you just have to take the "Cab control part" and plug it in and it works.
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