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Wire connections for camper

Cannt get electronic brakes to work on camper trailer. I believe i may have wire connection wrong. Bought new connector but wire color codes were different for a couple wires. lights and blinkers all work.

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The wire from your brake controller should be blue (if it was wired correctly). It also should be a heavier gauge wire. Typically 10 gauge. Once you have determined the correct wire, check it to see if controller power is getting through the plug. Another common problem is the ground wire not connected (white).

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