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RE: Porsche as a tow vehicle? Depends on the trailer . . .

The consultant would determine the weights and if over would recommend denying insurance. Speaks for itself. Absolutely false. Insurance covers accidents. Even if a law was broken. And the manufacturer tow ratings hold no legal standing. I have actually asked my insurance agent point blank (she represents many companies) and she said she has NEVER heard of insurance denying coverage/paying for a wreck due to trailer being overweight or too large/not in spec for a tow vehicle. I tend to agree with you.
crazyro 08/26/21 09:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Cordless blowers

I use a small corded one. I usually have an extension cord running from the pole, so before I disconnect it and put it up, I use it with the blower for top of slide, awning, rug, and whatever else is needed.
crazyro 02/18/21 02:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: No brakes on trailer

Nice you finally got it figured out! Feel good doesn't it? :) Yes sir! Especially considering I had resolved to be ok with having to replace the entire braking system. :D Thank you for all your help!
crazyro 02/17/21 06:49am General RVing Issues
RE: No brakes on trailer

Amazing update... Finally had the chance to go check on the camper (it's been raining for days here!) and, first plug into truck (after monkeying with the 7 pin connector last week), truck was completely happy! I hooked up and drove a bit and used brake controller - brakes on the trailer bit as they should. I am so relieved! The fact that RAM brake controllers have been recalled on years around mine and since the camper sat for a bit and since the previous owner didn't know much about it was the perfect storm for me to assume (yes, yes, I know, bad!) the worst and check all I could. What I've learned: 1. Sometimes the easiest solution is not the most obvious. 2. You guys are a wealth of knowledge and I'm thankful for you. 3. If a trailer has grounding issues, chances are position/brake/turn signals won't work so no need to chase that. 4. Truck will stop all 15,000 lbs if I ever lose brakes on trailer. 5. Wiring diagrams shared can come in handy, so thank you for sharing them! Much appreciated again. I very much appreciate each and every answer and possible solution!
crazyro 02/16/21 06:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: No brakes on trailer

So, interesting developments tonight... Not only did I have to rescue my friend's trailer from a soft, muddy yard, his truck (2WD) got stuck as well. Do you need 4x4? Nope. Until you do... I've only had 4x4 and always will. Hook up to his trailer, and to my dismay, all lights work, but truck won't recognize it. No brakes. At this point I had accepted my fate and was going to have the dealer look at and potentially replace brake controller. After getting both of them unstuck, I pulled the camper a couple of miles down the road. There, I kept messing with the connector, but nothing worked. Pins looked all good, we had die-electric grease on them, all seemed well. On a whim, I decided to move the 7 pin connector pins on my truck around. Pinched them towards the center, pinched center pins closer, etc. Plugged his camper back in, cranked up truck and the darn thing came to life! What the? I didn't have time to go see if this fixed my camper braking issues, but if that was it, I'd be amazingly relieved, but also frustrated and ashamed of the fact that I didn't think of it at first, and ashamed of all the time I've made all of you waste (but am SO thankful for all the knowledge shared). I'm still not out of the woods, but I'm hopeful...
crazyro 02/10/21 07:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: No brakes on trailer

Thank you guys for all your help. I truly appreciate every single one of you. (and I never felt criticized at all) My plan of action: 1. Go hook up to friend's trailer tonight and see if truck is happy with it. If it is not, then 7 pin or brake controller in truck is having issues. (I've thought about getting an extension and trying the in-bed 7 pin connector for 5ers). 2. If #1 checks out, hook up to my trailer, pull the breakaway pin and drive forward. If nothing happens, then brakes on trailer need attention. 3. Jack trailer up and check brake system. 4. If I can't find the issue, drink another beer or two, throw my hands up and take it to auto shop (where owner is an RVer and has extra knowledge). Much appreciated again!
crazyro 02/10/21 06:20am General RVing Issues
RE: No brakes on trailer

If you want to confirm you have a ground connection through the 7-pin connector, plug the trailer into the truck but without the hitch dropped onto the ball. If the lights work, you must have a ground wire. Ah, that makes perfect sense. I actually did and all lights worked. So I won't be chasing the ground issue.
crazyro 02/09/21 07:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: No brakes on trailer

I'm really thinking it's the camper as our previous one was fine (well, in a couple of instances it took the truck a few minutes to realize it was there so maybe the controller IS starting to act up). Argh. Not saying that your problem is the same but everything is fine until it isn't. Maybe I missed it but have you hooked up to another camper yet? You have not missed it. Friend couldn't make it happen tonight. We'll try tomorrow. Thank you for checking.
crazyro 02/09/21 07:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: No brakes on trailer

What year is your Ram? I know that Ram had a TSB out for their brake controller (IBC) for some years of the Gen 4. "Integrated trailer brake control nodule" Throw your VIN in this and see if the TSB applies to you. https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls Otherwise, start playing with your brake settings. Change it from light trailer to heavy trailer, or heavy trailer to light trailer. Adjust the gain on it. See if those settings change anything. Whenever I get a new trailer, I take it to an open/empty area and test the brake controller at about 25-30 mph. Using the manual slider, I activate the brakes and see what happens. The goal is to get the trailer to apply just enough brake force to quickly stop me, without locking up the wheels. That is how I adjust my brake settings. Best of luck. My IBC is great on my Ram, but I've heard that some people have problems with theirs. Worst case scenario, replace it with a nice Tekonsha P3 for $120 and keep on trucking. 2017. My truck is not part of the recall. I have monkeyed with the darn controller in all kinds of ways. There was no bite at all and truck never recognized the camper. I'm really thinking it's the camper as our previous one was fine (well, in a couple of instances it took the truck a few minutes to realize it was there so maybe the controller IS starting to act up). Argh.
crazyro 02/09/21 06:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: No brakes on trailer

If you follow the 7 pin cable back to the trailer, it will eventually terminate in a box near the trailer box on the tongue. All grounds are supposed to terminate at that point and one ground wire from that box will run to the frame of the trailer. I opened up that box last night looking for any stray wires or anything that didn't look right. There are no wires going out from that box to the frame. I wonder if that could be something I should add?
crazyro 02/09/21 02:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: No brakes on trailer

The thing is ,if its not getting a good ground ,most likely your lights will not be working, I wouldn't think . You did say all the lights are working ?? When the brakes are pressed are you getting the 12 volts or whatever to the plug on your truck, you may have mentioned you checked that ,and I missed it . Correct. All lights work - have checked everything. When brakes are pressed, I'm not getting 12V to those two pins, but as it was mentioned above, unless there's a load detected, truck may not be sending full voltage anyway so that may be a bad way to check.
crazyro 02/09/21 12:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: No brakes on trailer

When I did a EOH brake system on my Boat Trailer I would get an intermittent no trailer connection "NC". It drove me crazy till I just happened to touch the ground wire while looking for a bad connection and noticed I had not tightened the bolt fully to the frame. Snugged it up and all was well! Bingo, was hoping someone would mention ground, had the same issue . I was looking to see if the OP mentioned checking the ground, he did mention getting the ground thru the ball, not a good way ,it will be intermittent no trailer connection ,been thru that also, I assumed I was getting a good ground thru the ball . When I realized I wasn't getting a good ground on the trailer , I connected a separate wire to the trailer ran it alone the the other wiring, and connected inside the plug where it belonged , all was well then . IMO the OP is not grounded well enough . To the OP ,do you get intermittent " NO TRAILER CONNECTION " ??? Also you did mention you see no ground wire ??? I looked all up and down the trailer for a ground wire hooked onto axle or frame but didn't see one - that's why I mentioned ball as I know some trailers use it for ground (and have read that it's not a solid connection). I may just have to open the box and run an additional ground wire.
crazyro 02/09/21 12:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: No brakes on trailer

Factory integrated brake controller on my truck was causing same message on mine. Argh. RAM apparently has had some issues with this. I just tested the truck 7 pin and with brakes depressed or brake controller fully engaged, I'm only getting 1/2 V on the ground and brake pins. What was your solution? Guess I should have also read page 2 of this thread.. (...) The only way to troubleshoot and diagnose a IBC problem is to drive around with a trailer connected or build a test rig with resistors and lights and a meter that present enough load to trigger trailer connected response and drive around.. Thank you for all that information! I truly appreciate it. I'm going to borrow a friend's camper tonight and will hook up to it. If truck detects it, then I know the issue is with my system. I will definitely follow through on all the suggestions and try all I can before taking it in (last resort). Much appreciated.
crazyro 02/09/21 09:34am General RVing Issues
RE: No brakes on trailer

When you pulled the breakaway switch, you should have jacked up at least one wheel to test if the brakes work. Often there will be no sound to indicate the brakes work. After testing this way, and there is no braking, you can rule out the truck. It is a simple system using wires and magnets, no special skills are needed. I was hoping to hear it hum/buzz but nothing. Will jack camper up and remove at least one wheel and see if the pads move/magnets engage. I'll need to check and possibly pack bearings anyway, so this step will happen at some point or another. :)
crazyro 02/09/21 08:02am General RVing Issues
RE: No brakes on trailer

Ol scooby needs too get a life----this mans problem is part of life so he is dealing with it as best he can. Thats how life works. I to think you have lost contact, likely a broken wire. I'll have to test continuity on all the wires. Everything looks fine but I've heard of wires breaking inside the insulation.
crazyro 02/09/21 08:00am General RVing Issues
RE: No brakes on trailer

if you gotta take it to a shop? find a shop that does nothing but trailers. not a rv dealer. I spoke with a gentleman who owns an auto shop who incidentally is a camper himself so he has knowledge of both sides.
crazyro 02/09/21 06:37am General RVing Issues
RE: No brakes on trailer

Put your meter on ohms and check for resistance at the trailer connector (with it disconnected from the truck). You should measure only a couple ohms between the brake pin and ground pin (or frame). Repeat as needed by moving down the wire closer to the wheels until you measure something. Will try it! Thank you.
crazyro 02/09/21 04:59am General RVing Issues
RE: No brakes on trailer

Have you checked the trailer for a fuse or circuit breaker? Start at the trailer brake and check for voltage and work forward. You should be able to get under w/o jacking up the trailer,also look for bare wires where the electric brake comes out of the axle, common place for wear through outer insulation. https://i.imgur.com/Fvb8xoJl.jpg Yes sir. Sure did. All wires and nuts looked fine on the trailer. I ordered a 7 pin connector tester and will ensure truck plug is fine. Then, I'll continue tracking things down. Thank you for your help!
crazyro 02/09/21 04:59am General RVing Issues
RE: No brakes on trailer

Factory integrated brake controller on my truck was causing same message on mine. Argh. RAM apparently has had some issues with this. I just tested the truck 7 pin and with brakes depressed or brake controller fully engaged, I'm only getting 1/2 V on the ground and brake pins. What was your solution?
crazyro 02/08/21 08:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: No brakes on trailer

You can buy a plug tester from Amazon, you plug it in the socket and cycle thru all the lights and brakes etc. Socket Testers I went thru this and it turned out the wiring was wrong. I have one on order. :) We've pulled another camper with this truck previously and didn't have issues, but I'm willing to try anything and rule things out - maybe something came loose.
crazyro 02/08/21 07:54pm General RVing Issues
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