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#4706802 - 03/25/18 08:04 PM Trailer light cable vibrating loose
Oldtom Offline


Registered: 07/05/14
Posts: 343
Loc: Cecil County Maryland
I tow a small pop up camper with my Dodge Caravan. The pop up has electric brakes, stop lights and turn signals powered by a standard 7 pin trailer plug mounted on the rear bumper. Lately, the trailer cable plug is vibrating part way out of the socket, killing the brakes and lights. Losing the trailer brakes suddenly could be dangerous. The parts look to be in good shape, with no wear or damage.

How do you secure the plug to keep it from vibrating loose? I use a lot of paracord to tie the cable in place but, this is cumbersome.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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#4706812 - 03/25/18 08:11 PM Re: Trailer light cable vibrating loose [Re: Oldtom]
skyactiv Offline


Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 4523
Loc: The Midwest
A 7 way round should have a tab on the spring loaded cover to prevent the socket from coming out. I'm thinking of a semi truck however.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SHBO2Q2/ref...la-314214739640
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#4706814 - 03/25/18 08:13 PM Re: Trailer light cable vibrating loose [Re: Oldtom]
clinebarger Offline


Registered: 12/19/13
Posts: 1998
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
Something is worn/broke or your dealing with cheap components?
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#4706816 - 03/25/18 08:14 PM Re: Trailer light cable vibrating loose [Re: Oldtom]
spasm3 Offline


Registered: 05/30/10
Posts: 8791
Loc: North Carolina
Is the socket door present? Usually there is a tab on the plug that is held by a tab on the outlet door.

This one is well made and has good reviews.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009F5D81O/ref...026728&sr=3



Trailer end

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009F5DFYY/ref=asc_df_B009F5D81O1521802800000?tag=shopzilla0d-20&ascsubtag=shopzilla_rev_266-20%3B15220269196081086359410080302008005&creative=395261&creativeASIN=B009F5D81O&linkCode=asn&th=1



Edited by spasm3 (03/25/18 08:16 PM)
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#4706831 - 03/25/18 08:26 PM Re: Trailer light cable vibrating loose [Re: Oldtom]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20569
Loc: Upstate NY
I am surprised a pop-up camper has brakes and that one notices the loss of brakes. I think on a larger vehicle like a 3/4 ton pickup no brakes would not be an issue.
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#4706851 - 03/25/18 08:39 PM Re: Trailer light cable vibrating loose [Re: skyactiv]
Oldtom Offline


Registered: 07/05/14
Posts: 343
Loc: Cecil County Maryland
You nailed it Skyactiv! The socket and cable have the tabs, but, the cover spring has lost tension or broken. Until I can replace the socket a bungee cord wrapped round cover and plug will keep it in place.

Thanks to everyone who replied grin

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#4707190 - 03/26/18 07:32 AM Re: Trailer light cable vibrating loose [Re: Oldtom]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5457
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
If the "catch elements" are there, it has to be that the spring is broken.

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#4707396 - 03/26/18 10:58 AM Re: Trailer light cable vibrating loose [Re: Oldtom]
meep Offline


Registered: 02/20/07
Posts: 3583
Loc: Southeast
I pulled a pop-up with an 01 3.3 caravan/T&C. it didn't have e-brakes, as it was only 2500 lbs.. Did not have any issues with it. The chrysler minivan did a MUCH better job pulling it than the 97 pathfinder we also owned.
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#4707491 - 03/26/18 12:44 PM Re: Trailer light cable vibrating loose [Re: meep]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5457
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
It's good you had no issues but a trailer WITH brakes is a great, safe feature to have.

On towing a trailer an old geezer told me, "Don't let the tail wag the dog".

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