Wow..... isn't this special. Sure didn't know this was going to invoke the proverbial sh*t storm when I asked the question.
Usually, I say "thanks" for all the feedback, not sure that's appropriate here.
Seriously, I did read every post and did learn something - which I try to do each and every day.
I did take a small file and hit the trailer side connectors with it to get a clean(er) base. I did not do the truck side.
You know..... seems like I was having to wriggle it a bit a while back to get it work. Sounds like a good cleaning is in order.
Westend - are you saying your truck has a separate fuse for just the lights? and brakes and signals is on another? If it's a single fuse, then I don't think it's that as I had turn signals and brakes, just no running and tail lights.
Well, I'm buggered off..... only once since I installed my Tornado rinsing system into the black tank, have I found a hose at the dump station with threads. Every other time, the hose end has been cut. I'm assuming to prevent really rude people from taking way too long to try and clean every particle out of their tanks.
I have a Water Thief connected to the Tornado and try to jam it onto the hose, but the back pressure blows it off every time. I try and hold it with my hands, but usually end up getting drenched as the pressure is just too much. I've tried crimping the hose and throttling the pressure, but that has had limited success.
Am I missing something? I really want to use the system, as that one time (and a choice few when I could "hold" the Water Thief on), it really pushed a lot more out of the tanks.
Appreciate your help......
**NOTE: I am NOT going to haul buckets of water in and out of the trailer at the dump station. I really need a "connection" option to work.
I had an odd problem when I connected the 7 pin connector to my F150. Usually, I turn my headlights in full "on" mode, so when I'm behind the truck and the connector seats - I see the running lights come on.
On Friday, I tried and no running lights. Must have fiddled with it for 20 minutes, with a sickening feeling that the trip may have to be cancelled. I finally thought, I'll try the turn signals....sure enough turn signals and brake lights worked. No running lights, no tail lights. I checked the dash and the trailer sensor for brakes connected was functioning properly. Since we would travel both directions in the daylight, we went on, without incident.
Now that I'm back, I need to get that resolved, but don't know where to start. In the truck? In the trailer? At the connector? My trailer wiring IQ is pretty low..... so suggestions in newbie terms please.
**NOTE: item of note. I had an electric jack installed since the last time we went out. Is there perhaps a connection there?
As always, good timely advice. On the way to Costco at lunch to look at marine battery options.
The solar charger options sound interesting. I've looked a few, but most seem to be designed for the "interior" of the car. Is there a good choice for using in the weather (on the battery box - removed while trailering)?
I will also look for a battery tender and remove the battery to the garage for the winter.
Just had my trailer in and had the brakes and bearings serviced. While there, had them install the Husky electric jack.
Thinking that my breakaway brakes ran from the truck connection, I had been running without one. I now know better. So I am in the market for a battery. The only use will be for the breakaway and the power jack. We never dry camp (at least not in the last 20 years).
Is there any need to get anything other than an auto battery? What would you recommend? Auto or otherwise.....
Since we won't use it much, what would be the best way to maintain it?