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Trailer light cable vibrating loose #4706802
03/25/18 08:04 PM
03/25/18 08:04 PM
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Ceciltucky Maryland
Oldtom Offline OP
Oldtom  Offline OP
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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.

Re: Trailer light cable vibrating loose [Re: Oldtom] #4706812
03/25/18 08:11 PM
03/25/18 08:11 PM
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skyactiv Offline
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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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Re: Trailer light cable vibrating loose [Re: Oldtom] #4706814
03/25/18 08:13 PM
03/25/18 08:13 PM
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Fort Worth, Texas
clinebarger Online content
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Something is worn/broke or your dealing with cheap components?


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Re: Trailer light cable vibrating loose [Re: Oldtom] #4706816
03/25/18 08:14 PM
03/25/18 08:14 PM
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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


Last edited by spasm3; 03/25/18 08:16 PM.

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Re: Trailer light cable vibrating loose [Re: Oldtom] #4706831
03/25/18 08:26 PM
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Upstate NY
Donald Offline
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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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Re: Trailer light cable vibrating loose [Re: skyactiv] #4706851
03/25/18 08:39 PM
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Ceciltucky Maryland
Oldtom Offline OP
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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

Re: Trailer light cable vibrating loose [Re: Oldtom] #4707190
03/26/18 07:32 AM
03/26/18 07:32 AM
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Champlain/Hudson Valley
Kira Offline
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If the "catch elements" are there, it has to be that the spring is broken.

Re: Trailer light cable vibrating loose [Re: Oldtom] #4707396
03/26/18 10:58 AM
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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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Re: Trailer light cable vibrating loose [Re: meep] #4707491
03/26/18 12:44 PM
03/26/18 12:44 PM
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Kira Offline
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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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