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Old 09-17-2016, 04:29 PM   #1
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91truck, 89 trailer

We are the second owners of a 1991 Dodge Ram D350 dually and third owners of a 1989 Travel Lite 5th wheel. The trailer first owners had it two years and used it twice. Second owner got it from them in 91 in pristine condition. Truck and trailer have always been stored inside except when in use which was not very often. No major problems with either of them. I have run the truck by my mechanic and he went over it stem to stern, and port to starboard. It is in great condition with 85K original miles. The trailer is also in great condition with some minor things needed. The fridge was replaced about four years ago and as far as I could tell never used. The blue tape holding things together from the factory is still inside. It works very well on 120V but I can't get the propane to fire up. Not a big deal to find and fix the problem hopefully. I managed to burn up the hot rod in the water heater first thing and will have to get that replaced. It is on the rear of the heater inside the trailer under a closet floor. I am not limber enough to get to it anymore so will have a technician do that also. The unit has a Delta kitchen faucet in it that leaks and I got a repair kit for it from Lowes. That I CAN do by myself at least. Only other thing that has me scratching my head is electrical in that the tail lights on the left side of the trailer are just half bright compared to the right side and there are no running lights for night driving. I hate 12V electrical things so will have someone else figure this out so I won't end up shooting myself in the head with frustration.
All in all we are happy with our purchases and look forward to getting on the road with them.
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Old 09-17-2016, 09:40 PM   #2
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Your 12 volt lighting problem is probably a poor ground , and many older units , particularly those with aluminum siding , used the lamp mounting screws for ground to the skin , could be all you need to do is clean and tighten the screws that hold the lamp in place.
Hope you get the chance to hit the road soon . Safe Travels.
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Old 09-18-2016, 09:21 AM   #3
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I almost hate to add possible confusion, but ...

Wow - Skip hit this right where I would start.

When I did trailers, they would come in like that and I would tell them to turn on the running lights and the 4-way. Usually the bad grounds will show as lights flashing out of sync.

There is no easy way to find the bad grounds, just keep cleaning and tightening things....

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