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THE CAMPER is only reciving 6.5 - 7 volts where the truck gages indicate the altenator is producing 13.5 - 14 volts

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Check the plug in for looseness and corrosion. Also clean up the ground wire to bare shiny metal. If wiggling the plug around makes the voltage number change then you should replace both ends of it.**** connectors and heatshrink tube will make a lasting job. Hope this helps.

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