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  1. PaulyP

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    Decided to hitch the trailer on today for the first time, thought i had better check that the electrics work ok.:BigGrin:

    Open the socket to plug in and found that the trailer plug has 7 pins and the motorhome socket has 13 holes.:Eeek:

    Was going to see an auto electrician tomorrow to fit my new reversing camera now i've got another job for him to sort out. More expense. :cry:

    Why is there a 13 hole socket ?
     

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    maybe whoever used to own the vehicle before you (if someone did) used to tow a caravan with it as well, 13 pin is the newish euro standard socket for caravans
     
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    So changing the socket on the hymer is probably the way to go.
     
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    The standard Euro socket has 13 connectors for a caravan, rather than as used to be, twin 7 pin connectors..
    The old idea was the black 7 pin plug dealt with the trailer lights while the white ( or grey ) 7 pin plug ran the battery charging and fridge in the caravan

    You can either put a 13 pin plug on the trailer or replace the 13 pin with a 7 on the van

    Orrrr. you can buy a converter ( which is not my idea of great as it introduces yet another possible breakdown point ! )
     
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    I have a German constructed trailer. (I think)...:RollEyes:

    Anyway it came with a normal seven pin plug....... I had to extend the wire as my socket was right under the RV and the trailer would not reach....

    I was suprised when I took the plug off it was a seven (7) that had been plugged into a 13 pin plug...:Eeek:

    So out there some where you can buy a 7 into 13..

    Just had a look on fleabay..... loads of them.. like this one.. Item number: 200801952614 :thumb:

    Type this into Motors... 7 - 13 pin trailer plug..

    Not expensive either.... expect it is cheaper than paying n electrician to sort it.. :Wink:
     
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    There OK, John.... :thumb:

    Just wack plenty of "Vaseline"... up the holes... :Eeek::Wink::Rofl1:
     
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    WAYYYYY to much information !!!!
     
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    That has got me into trouble more times than its got me out of trouble in the past Old Mo
     
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    Thanks to Steve for the link, :BigGrin::BigGrin: didn't see it at first.:Doh:

    Been on fleabay and bought one, much cheaper than paying an auto electrician, thanks to all for similar advice, why did i not think of an adapter ?

    Just thought electrics and it will cost me.:thumb:
     
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    Pauly, if electrics phase you ( pun intended ! ) get your self down to Wildmans and do the class he is going to do..,

    Once you have basics the rest is really easy :thumb:
     
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    Sorry you two have lost me....

    I was told that Vaseline stops or helps stop the ingress of water and stops electrical contacts from corroding..:BigGrin:
     
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    Unfortunately i will be in the North Sea during that time, got to earn the money to pay for all the things i want to do.

    I am getting better at the electrics, just not always confident about it.
     
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    I don't want to rain on your parade but the 2 adapters I saw on fleabay had Female 13 pin ends and your van photo shows a 13 pin female.
    So that isn't going to work.

    Pete:Cool:
     
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    My point was that the adapters recommended on this thread one via a link and the other by ebay number were both the wrong way round. So if the OP has bought either of those he has the wrong part.

    Pete:Cool:
     
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    Cheers Pete,:BigGrin::BigGrin: well spotted, have changed my order the same seller has the correct adapters. Should have seen it myself.:Blush::Blush:
     
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    Oh right.. I read your post as the ones you saw were the wrong way round so I responded with the ones I saw were the right way round..
    I did not suggest anyone had made an error merely that both types were available

    Sorry, not really used to pedantry on Fun
     
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