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Troubleshooting Trailer Lights Not Working

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Lights won’t work when hook up RV to 3500 dodge. I was only having trouble with electric brakes not working till a guy mess with it Now I’ve got nothing when I hook RV up to truck. I’ve checked fusses under hood their good 2007 dodge 3500

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While I'm not privy to what a guy did that may have caused the issue you're having, I can give you some troubleshooting steps to try, though you certainly did the right thing by checking your fuses. Next, in order to determine the specific problem you will need to purchase a circuit tester if you do not have one - the very handy Cordless Circuit Tester # PTW2979 would be my strong recommendation due to how easy it is to use - and test the connector on your vehicle after disconnecting it from your trailer. Check the wiring going into your harness from your tail lights to see if those wires are carrying the correct signals, if not then the issue is with the vehicle wiring.

If the signals going to your harness are okay, you'll need to test the signals coming out of the harness, and if they are correct then your issue is likely going to be with the trailer side wiring. You will also want to check both your vehicle and trailer connectors for corrosion, which can be green or white in color. A build-up of corrosion can interfere with the signals getting through the connectors so if it is present you are going to need to either replace the plug or clean the corrosion. You'll also need to make sure your grounds are attached to bare metal surfaces and free of any paint, dirt or corrosion.

I have added links to a pair of help articles on trailer wiring, including a troubleshooting guide which I highly recommend taking a look at.

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