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Hi. Can anyone help.

My car is a 2012 Kia Sportage and the caravan is a 2013 Sprite Major 4FB. Caravan has a 13 pin system and the car has two 7 pin sockets. I use a 13 pin to two 7 pin adapter lead. Recently someone pointed out that when I indicate right from the car, the caravan was indicating Left and vice versa. I tried a differnt adapter lead but the problem is the same. I have chacked the wires at the car socket and they are correct. What can I check next?

 

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If you're sure the car socket is ok, then check the caravan's 13 pin plug.

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Or the adaptor lead one is definitely wrong

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Or the adaptor lead one is definitely wrong

 

Two?? :D

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Two?? :D

"One" the Black 12N only operates the road lights ;)

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If you have a local towbar centre ask them to do a quick check of the car electrics which usually means just plugging a socket connected to a set of test lights . I have done this a few times at no charge as it's a couple of minutes check for them and then ask if they can check the lead . As it's a newish caravan I would of thought the wiring is still original but it could of been changed at some point.

 

Never heard of indicator wiring changing on it's own . Lucky you have not had a accident .

 

 

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Could the 13 pin lead/plug be mis-aligned?

very unlikely as it has a peg and slot system, only way would be a wire connected to the wrong terminal.

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Or the adaptor lead one is definitely wrong

The OP says they've tried a second adaptor with the same result. I'd be surprised if the caravan was at fault, but not so the car. But, if the car has been checked and is correct, it's either a faulty batch of adaptors or it is the caravan.

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Another point, we always check the lights before every journey, belt & braces !.....

 

I would check the van wiring, you obviously use the car every day & that is ok, 2 adaptor leads, can't both be faulty ?? , got to be the van wiring, if you have'nt checked it after hooking up & someone has pointed it out then perhaps it has always been faulty.

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Just switch pin4 and pin1 on the caravan plug.

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Just switch pin4 and pin1 on the caravan plug.

But check at a towbar centre that the car is at fault first otherwise you might find the same problem when towing a different caravan or trailer.

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I have done this when I first started towing. I suspect you have the 12N (black) plug in up side down. The 'slot' in the plug outer should be down and not at the top.

 

Simple fix :)

 

Am I the only person to have made this simple mistake? A driver behind my small trailer was able to see both the trailer and car and knew I had put the plug in upside down. On the same day, I discovered one zhould not tow a trailer at 70 in the outside lane. Oh happy days!

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you obviously use the car every day & that is ok

 

that doesnt mean that the 7 pin socket is connected correctly, the car indicators will still be ok either way. but the op did say hes checked and its fine. If your sure youve checked that correctly the obvious next step is check the caravan plug.

Just like you steve I check alls working before setting off, the missis loves her job of standing at the back of the caravan looking like an air traffic controller (not!) ;)

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But if the OP thinks the plug goes slot up, every lead he tries will be 'wrong'.

At present the OP hasn't been back on the forum since 3pm yesterday. He needs to see all the replies!

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Just switch pin4 and pin1 on the caravan plug.

Second vote for this option.

 

Maybe the op should check the sockets and car wiring connected to a normal 7 pin plug on a trailer or trailer board, and not using another adaptor.

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Hi. Can anyone help.

Recently someone pointed out that when I indicate right from the car, the caravan was indicating Left and vice versa.

 

 

It has to be asked. ..........how many trips before this was discovered? :o

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Who fitted the towbar to the car? Dealer or towbar specialist? Get them to check their wiring under warranty, after all, it is only a 2012. If you fitted it yourself, get it checked by an expert. If it's the caravan wiring, get it sorted under the warranty, it's even newer.

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Nothing to do with the original question but we had a lorry in front of us a while ago whose lights seemed to have a mind of there own. At the first roundabout we followed it round i said to mrs W my usual - as long as you know where your going mate - as he indicated left, then turned right. At the next roundabout we both went straight on, but as he exited the roundabout he indicated right, then went left. At the next turning i could see through to the lights on the cab & they were going left while the trailers lights indicated right. We followed him for a few miles until we got an opportunity to let him know. he did look a might puzzled when he saw what was happening.

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Bit surprised a 2012 car has 2x 7 pin sockets and a 13 pin was not fitted saving the cost of adaptors and problems .

 

 

Might be worth just changing to car to 13 pin socket and solve the problem and save a possible problem with about 24 extra connections to have problems with .

 

 

 

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Bit surprised a 2012 car has 2x 7 pin sockets and a 13 pin was not fitted saving the cost of adaptors and problems .

 

 

Might be worth just changing to car to 13 pin socket and solve the problem and save a possible problem with about 24 extra connections to have problems with .

 

 

 

Dave.

Be not surprised - my 2014 car has 2 x 7pin sockets by choice.

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