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RE: Brake Controller failure

I replaced the pigtail wiring harness on the front of the trailer. I had read the reviews and knew that the Chinese use a different color code for their wiring. I plugged the wiring harness into the truck connection and then used a couple of small jumper wires and figured out the color pattern from the pigtail wires. NO PROBLEM. I think the Chinese wired my trailer too. I installed a new towing harness on the truck and a new brake controller too. The whole job cost a little under $140. Not bad when you figure the number of years that I have been towing the fifth wheel around.
7.3 psdman 05/18/20 03:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Brake Controller failure

I was disappointed that the tow vehicle circuit tester doesn't mimic having the trailer hooked up. The tester showed that there was no power to the backup lights. Everything else works according to the tester and the I double checked with the meter and no power to the center post. The truck itself has backup lights. I checked the fuses and relays under the hood and they all work. I am thinking about buying a tow harness for the truck. But I think I will take the old one off and look at it first to see if a wire came loose.
7.3 psdman 05/12/20 05:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Brake Controller failure

With this being an intermittent problem I was wondering if I buy one of those 7 blade testers can I leave it plugged in until I see that the numbers drop out on my controller and then go back and read what the tester diagnoses? That is what I have in mind right now.
7.3 psdman 05/06/20 01:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Brake Controller failure

I made sure that the plug and truck connection were clean and lubed before we towed it home and that the cap was holding the plug in place. The plug has always fit a little loosely in the truck connection. I have thought about changing the pigtail and the truck connection and or the brake controller but then I think that it might just be a grounding issue or a loose wire that I haven't found yet. Social distancing is keeping me from trying to tow a different trailer with a seven point plug right now. If I did that and had the same problem at least I would know that it is a problem on the truck end of it.
7.3 psdman 05/05/20 04:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Brake Controller failure

Thanks enblethen. Yes! It is working now but that could be because it is an intermittent problem. I didn't have a manual because the controller was in the truck when I bought it used. Thanks again!
7.3 psdman 05/05/20 08:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Brake Controller failure

When we got home I hooked a battery charger up to the 5th whl. battery and when I did I found out that I had a loose connection on the red battery cable. So after reading about another guy's problem I am wondering if the trailer battery cable failure could cause a problem because of needing power to the breakaway switch. Could that cause the towing- braking system to fail intermittently while going down the road?
7.3 psdman 05/05/20 08:13am Fifth-Wheels
Brake Controller failure

I am having an intermittent problem with the braking system from my 2000 Ford truck to my 2009 fifth wheel. The trailer pigtail has to be plugged in before the Pilot brand brake controller will show a red C otherwise it just shows a red dot. While towing down the road the brake controller looks like it drops out and quits showing any connection and I lose the brakes and lights on the trailer. The problem is that I don't know whether it is in the controller or the truck wiring or the trailer wiring. I have a lot of time to find the problem right now if I knew where to start. I have a meter and a test light. We hadn't towed the trailer for a few years until we took the last trip about 500 miles from home and I didn't know that I lost brakes until we took the exit off of the big highway. The campground was only a couple of miles off the highway and I noticed that the controller wasn't reading while the wife paid for the site. Anybody know where to start looking at the problem?
7.3 psdman 05/05/20 07:53am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sticky front of oven

Mean Green did good enough. It cut a lot of grease. I am working on the stove top now and the old grease is burnt on so I will try some of your suggestions. Magic erasers and maybe goo gone. Thanks!
7.3 psdman 08/17/19 05:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Real towing advise please

So many people try to tow with the bare minimum. RV haulers use real trucks and real hitches the kind that eliminate sway. Don't go cheap when your life depends on it. I have towed trailers and fifth wheels and the biggest problem I had was with finding tires for the back of the truck that would handle the tongue weight of a big fifth wheel trailer. Then again if I would have paid attention to the haulers I would have owned a truck with dual rear wheels. Good hitches like a Pullright hitch aren't cheap but they work when you need them.
7.3 psdman 08/17/19 02:24am Towing
Sticky front of oven

The front of the Apollo half time oven is black- maybe plastic. No matter what I clean it with it stays sticky and looks streaked and nasty. What should I be using to clean the front of the unit? Is there a magic cleaner for RV appliances?
7.3 psdman 08/17/19 02:06am General RVing Issues
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