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V6 Amarok Wiring Issues ???

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23 Sep, 2022 @ 11:36:10 am
Welkom_Guy
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Hi All,

Anyone else had issues when towing with wiring / electrical issues?

Towing a Conqueror Commander which has LED tail lights - when electrical plugged into Amarok, gives me blown light warning on dash - but checked all lights - all working nothing blown. Volkswagen say a issue due to the LED lights of trailer.

Also when going off road, and caravan towed - can't put on Offroad button to be able to use the offroad functionality :( :(

HELP???

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23 Sep, 2022 @ 13:06:06 pm
Leon
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Some other manufacturers has issues with the lights an so on.  You can get an adapter that you plug in between the tow vehicle and the caravan.  This sorts the issue with the low amps of the LED lights, and the issues are resolved.

Try the adapter.  Maybe it will help with you vehicle as well.

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23 Sep, 2022 @ 13:14:54 pm
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Where would one get this adapter? 

 

My main issue is the offroad function

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23 Sep, 2022 @ 13:18:47 pm
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I know Ford had such an adapter that the sold due to the caravan LED lights.  Maybe some other form member can help.  Think there is a trailer spares supplier in Silverton (PTA) Roadque that could possibly help they are on the NET.  Google them for contact details.  Maybe Safari 4X4

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24 Sep, 2022 @ 13:30:45 pm
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Why does the trailer LED lights cause too low a current and thus looks like a blown globe? Aren't they wired in parallel with your car globes?

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24 Sep, 2022 @ 17:08:21 pm
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Why does the trailer LED lights cause too low a current and thus looks like a blown globe? Aren't they wired in parallel with your car globes?

the wattage used to light up a LED use less than 0.5 watt  a park light =  12 watt  stop = 18 watt

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25 Sep, 2022 @ 08:00:46 am
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the wattage used to light up a LED use less than 0.5 watt  a park light =  12 watt  stop = 18 watt

If the LED is in parallel then the park light will draw 12.5W. Why is that causing a problem? Or are the trailer lights wired separately?

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25 Sep, 2022 @ 21:38:24 pm
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Why does the trailer LED lights cause too low a current and thus looks like a blown globe? Aren't they wired in parallel with your car globes?

The vehicle has a device/sensor for instance that pics up the trailer plug so that the park distance control is eliminated if you select reverse towing a trailer.  So this sensor pics up the trailer but the resistance on the wiring says there is no trailer or that a bulb is blow somewhere.

This plays haywire with the brain of the vehicle I suspect.  This, I think is but one of probably many issues that plays the brain of the vehicle when a trailer with LED lights are towed.

My Nice and her husband tow a Expo with LED light at the rear of the caravan.  They tow with a KIA Sportage.  When we fitted a reverse camera for him he showed me the installation that KIA did to compensate for the LED lights on the caravan.

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26 Sep, 2022 @ 12:28:05 pm
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Thanks Leon.

My 2015 Pajero wails when I hook the caravan and I don't manually disable the reverse warning proximity detection. It does not auto detect the caravan. The book says it can be disabled when towing by holding the button in for 3 seconds. It just disables until I go into drive again. The tail lights have no warning system. Maybe better that way. Visual inspection.

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26 Sep, 2022 @ 17:21:32 pm
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What about replacing the LED's with incandescent ones?  I don't know what the adaptor's price would be, but probably it might work out much cheaper. If it does not solve the problem, these globes are quite cheap so no great loss.

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30 Sep, 2022 @ 07:28:02 am
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What about replacing the LED's with incandescent ones?  I don't know what the adaptor's price would be, but probably it might work out much cheaper. If it does not solve the problem, these globes are quite cheap so no great loss.

This would be much cheaper only if the light fitting can accommodate the incandescent globes

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30 Sep, 2022 @ 08:04:20 am
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Ja natuurlik.  Ek het aanvaar die karavaan se ligte was oorspronklik gloeilampe wat later met LED's vervang is.  Ek het nie die moontlikheid oorweeg dat dit dalk nie die geval mag wees nie.

Do enlighten us on this point, Welcome Guy.  By the way, what is your first name- nice to call a friend- which we are on this Forum, by name.

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30 Sep, 2022 @ 12:30:38 pm
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Hi Fred,

My name Is Kelly Prince.

Ag I dont have a real issue with the globe blown warning light on the dash - as I now know what the reason is and no bulbs have actually blown after having checked.

My main issue is the "offroad" feature of the Amarok which activates everything to drive off road and makes it so good offroad. With the Commander towed it wont go into offroad mode. You would think pulling an offroad caravan to go offroading - this feature needs to be enabled to use the capabalities of the vehicle especially now pulling a Van. Otherwise getting stuck in sand etc going to be a possibility and now not using the suspension etc correctly if over a few rocky climbs.

I've asked Volkswagen here in Welkom, but they have no idea what to tell me.

You can't tell me u can't now put the vehicle into offroad mode because suddenly you towing a van - what is the use of having a offroad caravan and vehicle to go offroad if the function cannot be used - sounds stupid to me.

Any other Amarok owners had this problem?

I was thinking to try unhook the caravan, then put it into offroad mode and then hook the caravan back on - and see if it stays in offroad mode or bombs out. Just seems very weird to me 

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30 Sep, 2022 @ 18:14:39 pm
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A friend of mine connect an ordanary 12V globe in series under the body of his caravan. The LED lights remains the same. He sprayed the "extra" ordanary 12 V globes black not to shine and according to him everything works fine.

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30 Sep, 2022 @ 19:02:05 pm
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Should it not be in paralel? I think the idea is to have an increased flow of electricity. A resistor of the same ohms shoul work just as well.

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01 Oct, 2022 @ 08:59:35 am
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Whatever. n Goeie begrip het n halwe woord nodig. Ek het maar net goed gedink om my vriend se goedkoop oplossing met ander , wat soos ek, ook maar nie so slim is nie te deel. Ek is seker daar is baie ander oplossings vir die idee,maar nouja ons is nie almal so slim nie. Ek sal maar my goedkoop oplossings vorentoe weerhou om nie so my domgeid te wys nie. Groete.

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01 Oct, 2022 @ 09:42:19 am
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Ag nee man Piet, jy neem nou onnodig aanstoot en ek is werklik jammer dat jy dit so verkeerd vertolk het! Dit is 'n goeie oplossing maar  ek het gekorrigeer dat die konneksie in parallel en nie in serie moet wees nie.   Dit het ek gedoen sodat mense wat wel daarvan gebruik wil maak, dit reg sal doen. Die voorstel om 'n weerstand te gebruik, doen geensins afbreuk aan jou idee nie, net 'n uitbreiding daarvan. Niemand dink jy is dom nie want ons is nie almal deskundiges op alle gebiede nie.   Ons is almal dankbaar vir raad wat ons hier kry, want ons leer van mekaar.

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