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FYI. Over the past weekend, I found out that not all horse trailers are
wired the same. What happened: I wired in a 7-way round connector in the
middle of the rear bumper. Looks & feels solid. I needed to pull a hay
trailer w/ a 6-pin round connector. To match them, I bought a 7-to-6 pin
adapter from the local tow shop. When I hooked them up, the horse
trailer's brakes were on all the time. All other lights worked perfect.
At the time of discovery, I thought it was my wiring job that was at
fault. So did my highly disgusted wife! As I didn't know any better and
didn't have any time to fiddle, we used a different vehicle to tow with.
Wife was pissed. Anyway, another guy who was there mentioned it may be
the trailer itself. After researching it over the Internet and talking
to the local camper guys, I found out that older models of trailers w/
6-pin rounds tended to have the battery/brake (S&A) leads swapped. I
confirmed this by swapping those 2 leads on the adapter, hooking the
trailer back up, and checking brake op. When I did, no more stuck
brakes. BTW, the adapter I bought made allowances for this as all other
leads were soldered except the S&A leads! If ever I have this problem
again, I'll know to swap those leads back. It takes 5 minutes to do.
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