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17 bodega posted 11-08-2006 10:41 PM ET (US)   Profile for 17 bodega   Send Email to 17 bodega  
I have a Jeep with the OEM tow receiver and 7 way RV style plug. When I first bought my boat with the 4 flat plug, I went to U HAUL towing department and they gave me an adapter, "7 way Chrysler/Jeep to 4 flat". This setup did not include a "converter" box for separate tail lights and turn signals. The setup worked (seemingly) fine for a long time but I kept corroding the standard wesbar tail lights in the drink.

Do I need the converter box as well as my adapter? I do have separate tail lamps and turn signals with separate fuses on my car.

I am just wondering if the lack of this "converter box" somehow contributed to causing a short/open or grounding problem on my trailer.

I will also visit a trailer type business to see If I can get this sorted out... arghhh!


17 bodega posted 11-08-2006 10:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Also I have one of those tester plugs in the 4 flat configuration and all the lights light and it seems all good.

Dick posted 11-08-2006 11:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
You shouldn't need anything except the 7 to 4 adaptor. It sounds like a problem in the trailer wiring/lights.
Chuck Tribolet posted 11-08-2006 11:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Do you disconnect the trailer lights when you dunk the trailer?

And the converter is for tow vehicles which have separate
tail lights and turn signals. If you needed it, and didn't
have it, the tail lights and turn signals on the trailer
wouldn't work right before the trailer ever got wet.


17 bodega posted 11-09-2006 12:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Ok. Thanks. That settles that. The trailer lights did work before the dunk. I haven't assembled the new wiring job yet, I just want to cover all my bases before I light the christmas tree, so to speak!

The front side marker lights on the stock EZ loader were super hodge podge in the way they rigged it. They used one of those doodads where you clamp on a wire to splice into another wire! Yikes. Both wires on the old markers were black as an ash tray, so I will need to replace those too. At this point, all the lights are LED, so what's a couple more LED marker lights to complete the project. The last remaining issue is pulling more brown wire back to the tounge to make all the marker light connections and avoid the shoddy splicing.

Thanks again guys


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