Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-07-2014, 10:43 AM   #11
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 20
Yes, I encountered similar problems connecting my vehicle to my son-in-law's utility tralier; not completely apples-to-apples, as that trailer is a 4-pin (so I used an adaptor), but the evidence points to a problem with my vehicle.

Hoping it is simply a short where they tapped into the tail light feed, and not truly inadequate wiring. Hoping to get it into them today.
__________________

maddoxdave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 10:52 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: VA
Posts: 394
I do believe you said that you had issues when hooked to a 4-pin utility trailer. It definitely sounds like the problem is in your tow vehicle.
Does your Kia have the factory tow package? After a quick search on e-trailer, looks like there are several different wiring harness options for the Sorento's.
Here is a link to the many questions ask. Perhaps one of these questions/answers will help out.
http://www.etrailer.com/vm/Kia/Sorento/t1
Also, I think there should be a chassis ground from the connector to the vehicle also. Could be a bad ground there.
__________________

__________________
2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 5.7 HEMI
2̶0̶1̶4̶ ̶J̶a̶y̶ ̶F̶e̶a̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶X̶1̶9̶H̶
howie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 11:27 AM   #13
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 20
This is pretty frustrating for me, I actually do OK with household electrical but DC wiring baffles me...I know, doesn't make much sense because DC is conceptually much easier.

Thanks for all the help on this.
maddoxdave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2014, 03:48 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 159
Check with a dealer because some of the foreign made cars need an adapter to get even the 4 prong circuits to work. The way they set the lights up is different from American designed cars. had to do that with an older Toyota truck.
campingva is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2014, 09:44 AM   #15
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 20
We finally resolved the issue on Friday, and my suspicions about the vehicle were correct. It did turn out to be the power adapter that was bad, although I practically had to drag the mechanic under the car to check it out. He saw where a wire had sorted out on my son-in-law's trailer a year earlier and tried to blame the problem on that.

Anyway, turns out that the my neighbor (and campingva) were both right, the newer cars use thinner wire because (duh) most of the lights are LED and don't require thicker gauges. So the shop had correctly installed a power adapter that taps directly into the 12V system, and then tapped into that for the trailer lights. But that adapter only worked intermittently with the tail light feed...when I tested it was fine, but it wouldn't hold.

Anyway, all is working fine, thanks for all the input, and hopefully this will help someone in the future who encounters the same thing.
maddoxdave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2014, 06:33 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: VA
Posts: 394
Glad you got it resolved!
__________________

__________________
2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 5.7 HEMI
2̶0̶1̶4̶ ̶J̶a̶y̶ ̶F̶e̶a̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶X̶1̶9̶H̶
howie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:51 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.