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All Lights Work But Trailer Showing Not Connected on 2013 Ram 3500 with Factory Brake Controller


On my 40foot 5th wheel trailer all turn signals, stop lights and tail lights work but on my dash when I set the amount of trailer braking I want I receive a dash warning, no trailer connected... which of course it is as the lights and blinkers work perfectly. I took the trailer to a rv shop today and they said when they hook their truck to my trailer the trailer brakes worked fine. So it must be with my truck somehow, fuse, relay, etc...??? Can you help?


Expert Reply:

You're likely correct that this issue is with the truck, and I know that with the first generation of the factory integrated brake controllers on the Ram trucks there were a lot of issues like this that people have seen. You also mentioned that you changed the 7 way connector on your truck, so corrosion on the connection isn't going to come in play since it's new. I would start by checking the ground wire connections on the trailer and your vehicle's 7 way connection. You'll want to make sure that they are firmly connected to a paint and debris free surfaces.

If the ground wires are in good working order, I recommend checking the towing fuses on your truck to make sure that there isn't something blown on the trailer fuses (specifically the F11 fuse). Below you will find a list of the fuses that are related to the trailer connector on your 2013 Ram 3500.

F53 ATR 20 amp Left Trailer lights
F81 ATR 20 amp Right Trailer lights
F29 FFM 20 amp Trailer Park lights
F28 FFM 20 amp Trailer Back up lights
F30 FFM 30 amp Direct from battery
F11 J Case 30 amp Brake Lever
F87 ATR 10 amp ITBM module

The last thing I recommend looking at is on your vehicle's 7 way connector to make sure that power is being supplied to the brake wire when you press the brake pedal. If you're not getting power at the 7 way when the brakes are applied, it's likely that the issue is on this circuit; if you're not getting power you'll want to cut the blue brake wire on the factory brake controller and see if you're getting power at the back of the unit. If you're getting power from the unit there is an issue somewhere along the brake wire under the vehicle running to the 7 way connector.

If all of these check out and do not resolve your issues, please let me know and I can give you a couple of other spots to look.

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