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19 Oct 2020 @ 15:56:18 pm
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Hi guys I have recently bought a 2016 Sprite Splash. I tow it with my Ford Everest 2017 and every time I activate the left turning light, the light on my dashboard blinks 3x/sec instead of the normal 2x/sec, the noise also is faster. When I go and check the turning lights itself, they are all working an blinking at the normal frequency. Turning right lights are working normally.

I read something about the blinking relay that needs to be changed, but I'm finding this so weird as I have towed other caravans like the Penta and Gypsey without any problem of this nature.

 

Have you ever encountered the same situation? How to fix that? Thanks!

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19 Oct 2020 @ 16:57:42 pm
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that normally indicates a globe has blown on that side , or an incorrect globe is fitted , [ ie 24 v ] if the fault only occurs when the caravan is connected , remove and check voltage of globe fitted at the caravan, it will be stamped on the base of the globe.

two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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19 Oct 2020 @ 17:03:14 pm
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that normally indicates a globe has blown on that side , or an incorrect globe is fitted , [ ie 24 v ] if the fault only occurs when the caravan is connected , remove and check voltage of globe fitted at the caravan, it will be stamped on the base of the globe.

Thank you I'll check that. It looks it uses LEDs lights though.

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19 Oct 2020 @ 18:43:24 pm
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Hi Rodrigo,

If your caravan have LED lights (I,m sure it will as my 2012 was already fitted with them) it will be the cause. You do get an adapter from FORD to stop this. (I will check tomorrow for the part number)


It does end with the lights, if you have the Caravan hooked your sway control and speed control also get effected.

 

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19 Oct 2020 @ 21:45:54 pm
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Hi Rodrigo,

If your caravan have LED lights (I,m sure it will as my 2012 was already fitted with them) it will be the cause. You do get an adapter from FORD to stop this. (I will check tomorrow for the part number)


It does end with the lights, if you have the Caravan hooked your sway control and speed control also get effected.

 

Dis soos Swanie sê....daai adaptor het my R490 by Ford gekos....problem solved

WAARSKUWING:

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20 Oct 2020 @ 07:33:39 am
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Check which LED globes you are using , the ones you get from Midas or China town will work but not correctly as the resistance load is low . I bought my LED globes from 4x4 Direct as these LED globes have the same resistive load as an incandecant globe therfore not needing a converter box. Phone 4x4 Direct ( Brackenfell branch ) they will give you the correct info required .

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20 Oct 2020 @ 08:16:26 am
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Check which LED globes you are using , the ones you get from Midas or China town will work but not correctly as the resistance load is low . I bought my LED globes from 4x4 Direct as these LED globes have the same resistive load as an incandecant globe therfore not needing a converter box. Phone 4x4 Direct ( Brackenfell branch ) they will give you the correct info required .

Thank you Andrew I'll look at this alternative. As I bought this caravan used I don't know what happened with that left light, turning right works normally.

 

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20 Oct 2020 @ 08:20:07 am
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Hi Rodrigo,

If your caravan have LED lights (I,m sure it will as my 2012 was already fitted with them) it will be the cause. You do get an adapter from FORD to stop this. (I will check tomorrow for the part number)


It does end with the lights, if you have the Caravan hooked your sway control and speed control also get effected.

 

Thank you Swanie, yes it has got LED tail lights indeed.

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20 Oct 2020 @ 09:41:24 am
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So lyk die part  nommer AB39-15436

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20 Oct 2020 @ 11:04:13 am
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So lyk die part  nommer AB39-15436

 

I also had to buy this part when I towed my Venter Savuti with the Mazda BT50. It solved the problem.

 

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20 Oct 2020 @ 11:42:52 am
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So lyk die part  nommer AB39-15436

Thank you, I'll contact Ford. Interesting that I had just towed my caravan now and it was working normally, so seems to be intermittent or temperature related.

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20 Oct 2020 @ 13:51:30 pm
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Sit net n' weerstand oor die LED wat die flikker relay happy maak.

21W @ 12V = 1.75A.....Resistance = 6.8 Ohm. Sit n' 10 ohm 1W weerstand oor die LED & it should be fine. Try hoer gaan totdat die relay happy is.

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20 Oct 2020 @ 14:37:36 pm
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Wat sê Ford garage.

 

Al weer oppad iewers heen.
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21 Oct 2020 @ 09:59:10 am
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Thank you, I'll contact Ford. Interesting that I had just towed my caravan now and it was working normally, so seems to be intermittent or temperature related.

It is because the bus system used on modern cars.


When you light up a globe it will measure resistance and they determine if it is working or not. If the resistance is Insufficient It will then try again by switching it off and on, and so it will carry on.
You will notice that the tail lights will be flickering whilst driving
It is best to get the coupling or revert you caravans light to old-school filament lights

 

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21 Oct 2020 @ 10:03:32 am
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Sit net n' weerstand oor die LED wat die flikker relay happy maak.

21W @ 12V = 1.75A.....Resistance = 6.8 Ohm. Sit n' 10 ohm 1W weerstand oor die LED & it should be fine. Try hoer gaan totdat die relay happy is.

Paul dit is al wat die coupling uit bestaan male en female plugs met kort stukkie draad en die resisters in die hulsel van die male connector

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21 Oct 2020 @ 14:24:12 pm
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Paul dit is al wat die coupling uit bestaan male en female plugs met kort stukkie draad en die resisters in die hulsel van die male connector

Maar baia duurder as net die resistors in die male van die 216 Sprite Splash te sit. Tussen aarde en elk van die flikker ligte. Die resistor waarde moet so hoog moontelik wees om hitte te bekamp. ~10V met 1A is 10 W.

Wat is die waarde van die resistors in die Ford plug?

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23 Oct 2020 @ 12:43:33 pm
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My previous Ranger did and the new one does the same thing. The indicator noise and arrow on the dash is faster than normal, but when you look at the tail lights of the caravan it's the normal speed for the left / right and hazard warning lights. Not worried about it as it works normal at the back.  

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23 Oct 2020 @ 14:18:30 pm
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My previous Ranger did and the new one does the same thing. The indicator noise and arrow on the dash is faster than normal, but when you look at the tail lights of the caravan it's the normal speed for the left / right and hazard warning lights. Not worried about it as it works normal at the back.  

Hi Piet yes I'm with you. But last night I tested it and if you switch your lights on and look at the back of the caravan, you will notice the taillights blinking very fast, flickering, someone here warned me about that.

I'm not planning to tow at night at all so I'm kind on the fence to buy the adpter. I'll have my first trip with this caravan in Nov, I'll see how it behaves and decide what to do later.

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23 Oct 2020 @ 14:19:34 pm
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So lyk die part  nommer AB39-15436

Is this not too big to be there hanging? How do you hold it in place? If possible please share a picture of it connected to your trailer.

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24 Oct 2020 @ 16:49:10 pm
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Is this not too big to be there hanging? How do you hold it in place? If possible please share a picture of it connected to your trailer.

It extend the cord by 250 mm and not heavy at all

 

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24 Oct 2020 @ 16:51:17 pm
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It extend the cord by 250 mm and not heavy at all

 

I use it when towing with the C350 CDI aswell and it work.

 

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01 Feb 2021 @ 17:15:05 pm
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I also had to buy this part when I towed my Venter Savuti with the Mazda BT50. It solved the problem.

 

Hi Nabro I have just purchased this adapter but I haven't used it as yet.

Did you hooked it somewhere your just leave it hanging when using it? I'm a bit concerned of leaving it hanging there so I'm looking for way of fitting a bracket or something like that to make it more stable.

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01 Feb 2021 @ 17:19:15 pm
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Hi Nabro I have just purchased this adapter but I haven't used it as yet.

Did you hooked it somewhere your just leave it hanging when using it? I'm a bit concerned of leaving it hanging there so I'm looking for way of fitting a bracket or something like that to make it more stable.

Rodrigo

Mine is behind the seat with the wheel tools. If you leave it connected to the caravan it can grow feet

 

 

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01 Feb 2021 @ 17:22:35 pm
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Mine is behind the seat with the wheel tools. If you leave it connected to the caravan it can grow feet

 

 

hahaha yes I know that, but I meant while towing: should I just connect it there hanging? I found this adapter too bulky and not practical.

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02 Feb 2021 @ 07:36:59 am
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You could also just replace the LED globes with the original incandescant ones.  That will solve all your problems.  Your tow vehicle was designed to operate that way so if I were you, that is what I would do.

Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
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02 Feb 2021 @ 08:03:33 am
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Thank you, I'll contact Ford. Interesting that I had just towed my caravan now and it was working normally, so seems to be intermittent or temperature related.

If is was ok before hand this could just be that a bit of maintenance is needed.

First use a small piece of sand paper and clean the terminals inside the electric male and female plugs of the caravan and tow vehicle.  It is possible that the contact there is not proper.  After cleaning spray with a bit of Q20.

This will be a bit of time consuming but after its done it will last a fairly long time again.

If this does not help you will need to clean the contacts of the wires at the back of the light of the caravan aswell.

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02 Feb 2021 @ 08:48:10 am
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If is was ok before hand this could just be that a bit of maintenance is needed.

First use a small piece of sand paper and clean the terminals inside the electric male and female plugs of the caravan and tow vehicle.  It is possible that the contact there is not proper.  After cleaning spray with a bit of Q20.

This will be a bit of time consuming but after its done it will last a fairly long time again.

If this does not help you will need to clean the contacts of the wires at the back of the light of the caravan aswell.

Hi in my case it never worked well, it was always like that. My only concern now is the adapter hanging between the car and caravan, I need to find a way to secure it properly there.

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03 Feb 2021 @ 13:14:47 pm
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hahaha yes I know that, but I meant while towing: should I just connect it there hanging? I found this adapter too bulky and not practical.

Rodrigo

no i never had a problem

What did it cost?

 

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03 Feb 2021 @ 13:53:04 pm
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no i never had a problem

What did it cost?

 

It was about R580 at Ford Fourways.

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03 Feb 2021 @ 15:41:08 pm
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How are you going to solve the problem then?

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03 Feb 2021 @ 17:31:47 pm
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It was about R580 at Ford Fourways.

if i remember right it was about R750 5 year ago I got mine for free after an argument about they did not tell me that you need it and i specified that it will be use to tow.

 

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03 Feb 2021 @ 17:43:36 pm
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I keep my wires like this when the adapter   it does not pinch with braking

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08 Feb 2021 @ 16:15:10 pm
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I keep my wires like this when the adapter   it does not pinch with braking

Hi I bought this bracket from Lotfus Caravan today and mounted it to my towing hitch, see below. It is very neat now:

 

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09 Feb 2021 @ 07:35:09 am
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Hi I bought this bracket from Lotfus Caravan today and mounted it to my towing hitch, see below. It is very neat now:

 

Bracket

Very nice and neat solution.  I like! ! ! ! ! !

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09 Feb 2021 @ 08:16:45 am
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I take it the part attached to the body of your vehicle, contains the adaptor?  I just wonder why die additional connection to the tow bar was necessary.  More connections equals more places where you can have bad connections.  But I agree with Leon, it looks very neat.  It looks in fact as if is a factory fit.

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09 Feb 2021 @ 08:58:52 am
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I take it the part attached to the body of your vehicle, contains the adaptor?  I just wonder why die additional connection to the tow bar was necessary.  More connections equals more places where you can have bad connections.  But I agree with Leon, it looks very neat.  It looks in fact as if is a factory fit.

Hi Fred that's exactly that: this attachment is the adapter for the LED tail lights and now it works fine with my caravan. It is indeed an additional connection that can give me problems later but it is what it is.

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09 Feb 2021 @ 09:12:54 am
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very  neat

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09 Feb 2021 @ 10:53:48 am
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Very nice and neat solution.  I like! ! ! ! ! !

This looks very neat and secured.

Sê dankie vir wat jy in die lewe het.
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09 Feb 2021 @ 14:21:22 pm
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Very neat Rodrigo

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