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Old 03-16-2020, 12:13 PM   #1
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Is my coach different?

I have been reading as much as I can find on electric brake controller wiring on a W-22 chassis. I have a 2004 HR Vacationer but cannot find a 'blue' wire anywhere near the brake pedal that supposedly runs back to the 7.pin trailer connector. All reading about W-22 chassis/Monaco around this year coach claims they found such a wire. I can't find one. I also checked the connectors at the rear of the coach and the one with a blue lead going to the 7 pin does not have an incoming wire (that side of the connector is empty). Has anyone had experience with 2004 HR Vacationer wiring for an electric brake controller to know if it is wired for it and I am missing something??

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If it's like all the rest of the motor homes, the manufacturer hides those wires in the huge wire loom at the base of your steering column.
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Steve43-

According to page 2-47 of your coach’s owners manual, there was no trailer electric brake controller wire attached to the factory-original six-pin hitch connector.

This is also before the model year (2006) that Monaco started pre-wiring for trailer electric brake controllers in the gas coaches.

Along with your discovery that the 7-pin connector does not have a wire in the needed location, I would expect you will need to run your own trailer electric brake controller wire from front to rear.

I could be incorrect, of course. If you follow the hitch wires forward, in addition to the converter you will likely find, you may discover a brake controller wire in the bundle, unterminated.
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Old 03-17-2020, 06:21 PM   #4
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Thanks for the responses. I was 'hoping' workhorse had done something for 2004 but it sounds like they didn't start wiring until 2006. I don't think I am up to spending more time under the coach trying to run wiring front to back. I just did that (from batteries to refer back - #8 wire) in anticipation of having JC install the 12v compressor unit for my Norcold. That really did me in (besides ruining two sets of clothes) - it took days for my back to recover. I will give up plans to use an American car dolly with electric brakes and find a dolly with hydraulic brakes.

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Old 03-29-2020, 11:34 PM   #5
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Well, what do you know. While crawling under the back of my coach trying to clean up the bundle of wires leading to the trailer connector, I found a single wire dangling from the frame, doing nothing. I though it was probably a ground wire but on closer inspection, I found it running forward and tie wrapped in place along with other wires. Low and behold, it went all the way forward and I traced it entering the cab along with a spliced 12v wire in the engine compartment. After removing the dash and pulling on various wires, I found them bundled together and just sitting there doing nothing.

So I guess a PO had done an install for a brake controller (a white wire coming from the brake switch appears to have had one of those wire joining clips at some point in time) and then removed it so I am all set. Did a continuity check and the wire is good and now connected to the Blue brake wire on the 7 pin connector. Woopee! I can order an electric brake tow dolly!

Thanks to all for suggestions . .
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My 2004 La Palma has a trailer brake controller under the dash, was there when I bought it last summer. Still have the cover on the rig in the 40's here this morning.

Will have to see how it is wired when I get time.

I will start a file of odd wiring issues and keep it as a reference
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