Monday, July 02, 2012

ANyone know about trailer wiring?????

In order to go tenting and not have to take bothe vehicles we needed more cargo room.  And so we got a hitch added to the van and started looking for a utility trailer.  LAst Friday we purchased this one.  Marked down and sold "as is" because one of the side lights was broken (and because they no longer carry that trailer according to their website).  The broken light was even replaced!

The only problem is that none of the lights work.  Not one.  First step will be to check with the dealership that the wiring harness on the van is working properly.  ANd then teach myself about trailer wiring................
[Then again, Trailer wiring often seems to be an issue, as I remember my father almost annually having to work at gettting all the lights to work on our utility trailer]



    llikely a "4 wire flat" so look to the bottom of that page

  2. Sounds about right. Dad suggest it is likely a ground problem since nothing is working. Of course finding it is the challenge

  3. Before starting off with the wiring activity, one should check whether his vehicle has a 4-wire receptacle or any other type. The 5-wire receptacle would need a trailer light converter. It can be obtained from a nearby automobile store.In order to connect the wires correctly, it is necessary to know the color code. The colors used in the color code are yellow, white, brown and green. The yellow color denotes the left turn signal while the green is used for the right turn signal. Brown color is associated with the parking lights and the white is used to denote the chassis ground.The first thing one needs to do in the process of wiring the lights, is to locate the harness of tail light wiring of the vehicle. The second step is to find the spot for the hook up place. It is necessary that the wiring harness be long enough to reach the connector receptacle of the trailer. If the length of the wire falls short, purchasing a new connector remains the only option.

    Utility Trailers

  4. Various connectors are available from four to seven pins that allow for the transfer of power for the lighting as well as auxiliary functions such as an electric trailer brake controller, backup lights, or a 12V power supply for a winch or interior trailer lights.