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Why Would Trailer Wiring 4-Way Have 5 Wires Ran to It


Bought a 4 prong harness but it has 5 wires and the trailor only has 4. White, yellow, green, brown. The harness has the same but an additional red wire. Hooked the four up, lights do not work.


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Typically a 5th wire ran to a 4-way harness is either a wishboned running light circuit where each side of the trailer's running lights are ran to either wire or it's a case where there is two ground wires. Since you said none of the circuits are working that to me says it's a ground circuit that needs to be ran to the same circuit as the white wire. But you can test this by jumping a 12 volt circuit to the red wire and see what happens. If there's a spark as they touch it's ground. If a different circuit lights up that answers that question as well.

We have wishbone 4-ways like the part # A20WB which comes with 30 feet of wire.

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