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  • Trailer Brake Controller Installation in 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500
  • There is no plug-and-play brake controller harness for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 so brake controller installation will be a hard-wire process. Under the driver's seat there should be a green plug. The wires to this plug can be tested with a circuit tester like # ALL640595 to confirm their function since vehicle wire colors are not always consistent. A brake controller like the Prodigy P2 # 90885 has 4 wires that require connection to the Sprinter. The black wire is...
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  • Installing a Towed Vehicle Battery Switched Charging Line on 2016 Ford F53 Chassis Motorhome
  • For your 2016 Coachmen Mirada 35LS, to find a switched power line I recommend using a circuit tester like # ALL640595. Then you will use the Roadmaster Battery Charge Line Kit for Motorhomes # RM-156-75 with solenoid # TR118665 after the circuit breaker with the center post connected to your switched power line. This with make sure that power is only drawn from the motorhome when the ignition switch of your Coachmen is turned on. Then on the towed vehicle (toad) side you can use the...
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  • Safe Grease Gun Pressure for Filling Hubs with Grease on EZ Lube Spindles
  • Care should be taken when loading grease into a hub that is installed on an EZ-Lube spindle. It is very easy to over-fill the hub and apply too much pressure and blow out the grease seals. Even the double-lip seals like # 34823 used with EZ-Lube hubs can be blown out from excess grease pressure. The standard grease guns we offer top out at a maximum pressure of 7000-psi, but many are rated for lower pressure, such as # ALL940798 (4500-psi) and # L30132-11399 (3600-psi). That said, we...
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  • How to Grease the Bearings on My Trailer
  • Greasing the bearings is actually a fairly easy process. It does take a little bit of time to complete, but after you are done you won't have to worry about greasing the bearings again for a few years. I do have some recommendations to help make this process a bit easier for you. When it comes to packing the bearings with grease you do have a few different options. You can either do it by hand or you can use a grease packer. Although doing it by hand is definitely the most cost efficient...
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  • Recommended Jack for Changing Tire on 8,200 Pound Tandem Axle Trailer
  • The Powerbuilt Unijack # ALL620470 referenced in your question has a weight capacity of 4,000 pounds. This is likely enough for your 8,200 pound trailer, but I recommend going up a bit with the Unijack # ALL620471 that is rated for 6,000 pounds. This will give you more of a safety margin for jacking up the trailer to change a tire. This bottle jack features a lift range of 11 to 21 inches and the safety bar locks the jack into place removing the need for jack stands. I have attached...
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  • Testing To See If Brake Magnets Are Bad
  • It is not normal to have 12 volts on both wires of your magnet. One side should be hot and the other should be ground. I recommend checking your magnets for amperage using a multimeter like # ALL648349. I've attached an article on how to use this meter to test your brake magnets. If you find that the magnets are bad, I recommend # BP01-180 for 12 inch assemblies and # AKBRKR-M10 for 10 inch assemblies.
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  • Troubleshooting Heating Element on Water Heater
  • To test your heating element you will need a multimeter like # ALL648349. You will set your meter to the lowest ohm setting and put one probe on each of the screws on the heating element. You should get something between 10 and 16 ohms. When one is all rusted or corroded you would get no reading to show there is no continuity and it would most likely throw your breaker. Since your water is really how, you most likely have a failed heating element. If you need another replacement,...
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  • Troubleshooting No Running Light Signal on Factory 7-Way on 2013 Dodge Ram 2500
  • If the 7-way trailer socket pin for running lights on your Dodge 2500, the one at the 11:00 position as you look at the socket, has no signal and you have already checked the related vehicle fuse 29 (a 20-amp yellow) for that function then I suggest you test the wiring leading to it to find the point where the signal is lost. Apply your tester, one like # ALL640595, to the wiring that leads to the connector and move forward until you find the point where the running light signal is...
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  • Recommended Tire Step For Increased Height When Loading And Unloading
  • I recommend the HitchMate TireStep Adjustable Step for SUVs, RVs and Light Trucks - 22" x 10" - 400 lbs, # HE4040 over the Powerbuilt Adjustable Tire Step for SUVs, RVs, and Trucks - 300 lbs # ALL647596. I prefer the HitchMate because the actual step is 3 inches deeper and that gives a little more support. The weight rating is 100 lbs more which makes it feel stonger, and it comes with a bag to store or carry it.
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  • Troubleshooting Lippert Ground Control 2.0 Leveling System Error Code
  • There are a couple of things as I talked with my contact at Lippert. You will need to follow this system perfectly of the error will not clear. You need to extend the front jacks 6 inches, then the rear jacks 6 inches, and then press and hold the retract button until the jacks are all retracted. This should clear the error. If it does not, then use a multimeter like # ALL648349 check to make sure that left front jack is getting the proper battery voltage. If it is under 12V then...
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  • Installing a Brake Controller on a 2015 Ford Transit T250 with Factory Tow Package
  • To the best of our knowledge there is no plug-in adapter that will work on your 2015 Ford Transit T250. There should be a bundle of wires under the driver side dash that you can connect the adapter that you have picture to. Simply cut off the end that doesn't connect to your brake controller and use a circuit tester like part # ALL640595 to test for the following functions that you can splice your harness to: Blue - Brake Controller Output Black - 12V Power White - Ground Red - COLD...
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  • Constant Brake Output Power on the Draw-Tite Activator Trailer Brake Controller Part # 5100
  • The problem you are experiencing with your Draw-Tite Activator Trailer Brake Controller part # 5100 is either caused by a short in the brake output wire (usually blue) or a fault in the controller. In order to test the controller you are going to want to sever the blue brake output wire about 6" back behind the controller and test for power with a circuit tester like part # ALL640595. If there is continuity on the blue wire with the vehicle on and the brakes untouched then the controller...
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  • Thin-Wall Socket for Hitch Ball Installation on Fastway e2 Weight Distribution System FA94-00-1000
  • Yes, the Powerbuilt Thin Walled Socket # ALL643216 or the Fastway/Equal-i-zer part # EQ70-00-4800 will allow you to properly torque the hitch ball in your Fastway weight distribution system # FA94-00-1000.
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  • No Power at 12 Volt Pin In 7-Way on a 2008 Toyota Tundra
  • The first step I would take would be to check the 30 amp trailer brake controller fuse which is located in the # 10 slot on the fuse box under the hood of your 2008 Toyota Tundra. If the fuse is still intact then you will want to move to the 7-way trailer connector. Using a circuit tester like part # ALL640595, check the black wire on the back of the 7-way way while the vehicle is running. If you are getting power here then the problem is in the trailer connector and it will need to be...
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  • Brake Light Switch Wire Color on a 2018 Ford F-150
  • The cold side of the brake light switch on your 2018 Ford F-150 should be a purple/white wire but I really encourage you to test it with a circuit tester like part # ALL640595.
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  • Installing a Trailer Hitch Receiver to Proper Manufacturer Torque Specifications
  • There really isn't a way to torque your bolts to specs without using a torque wrench. Not using this will void your warranty because it wasn't installed properly. I recommend getting the Powerbuilt Dual Drive Torque Wrench - 3/8" and 1/2" - 10 to 150 ft-lb # ALL944001 or the Powerbuilt Digital Torque Adapter - 1/2" Drive # ALL940962 to convert your traditional ratchet into a torque wrench.
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  • Recommended Tire Setup for a 13.5 Inch Wide Tire
  • I do have an option for you but the Powerbuilt Adjustable Tire Step part # ALL647596 only fits tires up to 13" wide like you mentioned. Since your tires are 13.5" wide, it will not work for you as there will be too much surface area for the arm on the step to properly grip the tire and provide adequate support. Instead, I recommend part # TH2100 which uses an adjustable strap to secure around the tire and will allow for a much wider range of fitment like your 13.5" wide tire. It also offers...
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  • How to Determine Which Wire Carries the Brake Controller Signal on a 2016 Ford Expedition
  • The best way to determine which wire is for activating your trailer brakes is to use a Circuit Tester, like part # ALL640595, and test the wires. Since car manufacturers could very well change the color of their wiring this will be your best, and safest, bet. To test for the wire that carries the brake controller signal to the 7-Way on your 2016 Ford Expedition you will want to set your brake controller, like the Prodigy P3 # 90195, to the highest power setting and then use the manual...
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  • Recommended Powerbuilt Unijack Compatibility with 2012 Toyota RAV4
  • The Powerbuilt Unijack # ALL620470 is rated for a capacity of 4,000 lbs. That means the weight on the jack and stand at any given point can be an absolute maximum of 4,000 lbs. With your 2012 Toyota Rav4 you will me able to easily change a tire or lift one corner with this jack. With 2, you could easily lift and support either the front or rear of the vehicle to be able to work under your SUV. I've attached a video of this jack lifting and supporting the passenger rear side of a...
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  • Troubleshooting Pop-Up Camper Trailer with Non-Functioning Lights
  • Since you are now dealing with troubleshooting trailer wiring you are no longer a novice! The best way to go is to isolate the problem to either the vehicle or the trailer. If no lights at all work on the trailer then this makes me suspect the vehicle wiring is not activated. Some vehicles may need fuses or relays installed to activate factory or aftermarket wiring. Without knowing your vehicle details the best suggestion I can make is to get a circuit tester like # ALL640595 and...
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  • No Running Lights on Toad Vehicle but All Other Lights Work
  • The tow bar does not need to be attached to the motorhome/toad in order for the lights to work, just the wiring harness. In order to see if the trailer connector is bad on the motorhome you will need a circuit tester like part # ALL640595. Once you obtain the circuit tester you will then want to test the running light pin on the motorhome's 7-way. If no power is present when the circuit is active then you will want to test the wire just before the trailer connector and see if it has power....
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  • 2015 Subaru XV CrossTrek Tire Step Recommendation
  • The tires of your 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek would be less than 13 inches in width so the Powerbuilt Adjustable Tire Step # ALL647596 should have no problem fitting your vehicle.
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  • Jack Recommendation for Travel Trailer for Changing Flats
  • Going with a bottle jack like the Powerbuilt Unijack Bottle Jack with Built-In Jack Stand # ALL620471 would be what I would recommend. Since it doubles as a jack stand it gives you the ability to jack up the trailer and safely hold it at the height you want when changing the tire.
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  • Wiring Location to Connect a Brake Controller to a 2017 GMC Acadia
  • The stop light switch wiring is located behind your brake pedal on your 2017 GMC Acadia. See the picture for a visual. If you are having trouble locating the wire you can use a Circuit Tester # ALL640595 to find out which wire sends a signal when the brake is depressed. You can use a Quick Splice Wire Connector # SWC501746-1 or a Butt Connector # DW05714 to connect the red wire from your brake controller to the stop light switch wire on your Acadia.
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  • Will Powerbuilt 1-7/8 Inch 12pt Socket Work with Equal-I-zer Weight Distribution System
  • The Powerbuilt 1-7/8 Inch 12pt Socket # ALL643216 that you referenced will fit in the Equal-I-zer weight distribution hitch, like # EQ37120ET, # EQ37140ET, # EQ37040ET, # EQ37060ET and # EQ37100ET, to torque down the hitch ball. In the review video on the # ALL643216 socket, we found we were able to torque down the hitch ball in the Equal-I-zer hitch just fine with the socket. I have attached the review video of this socket for you.
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  • Availability of a 1-1/2 Inch 12 Point Socked with 3/4 Inch Drive
  • Good news! I was able to find the 1-1/2 inch 12pt socket with the 3/4 inch drive made of chromium-vanadium steel construction. The part number you are looking for is # ALL643210.
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  • Will Powerbuilt 1-7/8 Inch Socket # ALL643216 Work with Fastway Weight Distribution System
  • Yes, the Powerbuilt 1-7/8 Inch 12pt Socket # ALL643216 referenced in your question will work perfectly with the Fastway e2 Weight Distribution System # FA94-00-0600 to help with installation. For this system, you will also just need to add a compatible hitch ball like the 2 inch # EQ91-00-6080 or the 2-5/16 inch # EQ91-00-6100. I have attached the written installation instructions for this weight distribution system, along with a video demonstration that you can check out.
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  • How to Test Tow Package Wiring on 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude for Functionality
  • It is easy enough to test your 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee's factory wiring to confirm that it is functioning, even if you do not have a trailer handy. All you need is a simple and inexpensive circuit tester such as # ALL640595. All you need is the tester and preferably also a helper to assist by activating the various lighting functions on the GC while you have the tester applied to the appropriate pins on the 7-way or 4-pole wiring connector. Please see the linked video. Please refer...
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  • How to Access 5th Wheel Taillight Wiring for Installing Wiring Harness
  • Usually it will be necessary to remove interior trim panels to access the taillight wiring of a 5th wheel. If your particular trailer's taillights offer access from the exterior then you'll have an easier time getting to the wiring to allow you to test it for function. It is worth contacting the trailer maker with your VIN to see if they can offer you guidance for accessing the wiring. You will want to use a tester like # ALL640595 to confirm the signal carrier on each RV taillight wire...
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  • Troubleshooting Right Turn Signal on 5th Wheel Trailer Malfunctioning
  • It sounds like you have a short on the circuit for the right turn signal on your 5th wheel trailer. If the 7-Way on your tow vehicle and your 5th wheel look good then you will want to start off by using a Circuit Tester # ALL640595 to test the pin in the 3 o'clock position on your tow vehicle side 7-Way (see attached picture). If you are getting a signal when you use your right turn signal then the problem is on your trailer. Either way, you want to start off by checking the grounds...
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