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2001 caravan trailer wiring

I have a 2001 caravan it has a 5 wire tail light system.I bought a trailer harness wiht a 5 to 4 wire converter.When i put my signals on my tail lights dim.I put the trailer on my truck and they work fine.I checked the grounds and they are fine I'm stumped.

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Check with http://www.etrailer.com/faq-wiring.aspx. Sounds like a faulty converter.

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