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Hi all, I have wired my trailer to my Goldwing Trike. I have the 5 wire to 4 wire converter from Wingstuff. Verified wiring is correct 5 times.

Everything works perfect, Tail Lights, Right Turn, Left Turn, Blinkers, and Brake lights all work perfectly on bike and trailer. Have bike grounded and even did a separate ground on the trailer.

When I turn on the Hazard Lights, work great on Bike and only the left side of the Trailer Flashes. Not the Right side. I have tried everything I know of.
Could my 5-4 wire converter be bad?:surprise:

Any suggestions? Thanks so much.
 

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Don't see how but have you checked the power at the trailer connector when in 4 way mode?
 

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Yup, been there done that, and it won't ever work right.

I threw away all of the crapola 5 to 4 wire stuff..... a couple of good friends had to hit me over the head with a hammer before I believed them..........

but, all you need to do is remove all of that stuff.

Run the right turn signal and connect it to the trailer's "stop light", this becomes your new turn signal.

do the same for the left.

run the running lights to the normal running lights on the trailer.... the smaller of the two filaments in the 1157 bulbs.

Now, acquire some nice looking stop lights. I highly recommend the SEMA trucker's LED lights which can be bought at any auto parts store. The bracket to mount them can be used on the side of a trailer, as I did. Or, you can flush mount them and use a chrome bezel.

To this new brake light, all you do is run a new Brake Light wire, right off of the Stop lights for the bike... and wallah! you are done.

now, the Hazard lights will work exactly like they are supposed to.
 

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Thanks John, I went that route first and didn't realize I had no blinkers when I rode to CO last year. When I turned the blinkers on, it looked like flashers. My Trailer has the Goldwing Saddle bag lights. Not sure if that makes a difference wiring them direct like you said? I will give it a shot, I don't know what else to try.
 

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Thanks John, I went that route first and didn't realize I had no blinkers when I rode to CO last year. When I turned the blinkers on, it looked like flashers. My Trailer has the Goldwing Saddle bag lights. Not sure if that makes a difference wiring them direct like you said? I will give it a shot, I don't know what else to try.

Yup, know what you did alright :wink2:

you hooked up the brake lights, and viola, no turn signals.

the big secret is to connect the bike's turn signals to the trailer's "brake light" filaments... that gives a very bright turn signal....

you just need to acquire some very bright separate Brake Lights....
I and several others are using the SEMA Trucker's brake lights...

IIRC, there are about 36? SuperBright LEDs in that thing....
I just know it is really bright.

I need to go out and make a video to show you the effect...
be right back >:)
 

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Thanks so much John, I am going to give that a try. Can I not use the brake light already in the trailer? They are the Honda Saddle Bag lights, with the amber turn signals and red tail and break.
If those trailer lights you speak of are indeed 3 separate circuits, yes, you can.


All you need do then, is wire those to the same exact wire color as the bike's saddle bag lights are.
 

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here is the 1st video, this is just sitting on the bike's seat, and looking back over the trailer to show how bright those LED SEMA lights are.





The next video, will show the trailer lights from the rear of the trailer...
 

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Hey,

That 4 to 5 wire stuff is crap... a great way for people to damage the wiring on the bike.

When I rebuilt my bike, I wired a 3rd brake light in the trunk to a strobe circuit. That way when the bike had the brakes applied, for 3.5 seconds the third brake light will strobe to get attention and it really does.

When I built the trailer for the bike, I wanted to continue with that theme so I used a 6 wire going to the bike. Most people would just need the five wires. They would not have the line to the brake strobe.

Ground
Left
Right
Brake
Brake strobe
Parking lights

The tail light I chose for the trailer has the traditional red brake light and the amber turn signal light in them. I used LED for everything.

Tim


 

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Those Pulsing 3rd brake lights in the center definitely do get the attention of the traffic behind you.

IMO, it is because there isn't anything in that spot while it is not lit up....
and then, when the brakes are applied, that void becomes a brilliant spot of light....

On my trailer, since I used external SEMA LED lights, mounted with the optional L-bracket mounts, it puts the lights 3 inches away from the trailer on both sides.

That increases the "visual width", and also those lights are not lit at all, unless the brakes are applied. So, for me, I have 3 extra brake lights showing up all at once.


my summer tour covered 4500 miles over 30 days.... all kinds of roads, all kinds of weather, dry to wet and heavy rain.... not once, did anyone try to run up onto me when I applied the brakes.

Usually, the vehicle behind me dropped back and gave me a bit of extra room... I very much appreciated that result.

YMMV

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I believe in being totally lit up and identifiable (as a UFO) on the road.


Our first road trip we were on with the trailer was wet to say the least. I know that when I thought someone was too close all I needed to do was touch the brakes and they got the message.


It works great in the full sun but on a wet, gloomy and rainy day when everyone wants to pass you it works like nothing else..


Tim
 

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Oh yes John... I see what you mean with the "wide look".


When I did the trailer I made a bumper that was the full width of the trailer including the tires. It sure does make a difference.


Tim
 

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Oh yes John... I see what you mean with the "wide look".


When I did the trailer I made a bumper that was the full width of the trailer including the tires. It sure does make a difference.


Tim

Tim,

when I started my revamp of that trailer, I made it a point to relocate all of the lighting.... I removed everything the PO had on it... puny little dinky lights that were barely visible at night, much less in daylight.

I put a lot of money in the lights compared to what he did....

I am wondering if I should add extra side lights on the trailer to add more visibility from the 90 degree off views??
 

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Yup, been there done that, and it won't ever work right.

I threw away all of the crapola 5 to 4 wire stuff..... a couple of good friends had to hit me over the head with a hammer before I believed them..........

but, all you need to do is remove all of that stuff.

Run the right turn signal and connect it to the trailer's "stop light", this becomes your new turn signal.

do the same for the left.

run the running lights to the normal running lights on the trailer.... the smaller of the two filaments in the 1157 bulbs.

Now, acquire some nice looking stop lights. I highly recommend the SEMA trucker's LED lights which can be bought at any auto parts store. The bracket to mount them can be used on the side of a trailer, as I did. Or, you can flush mount them and use a chrome bezel.

To this new brake light, all you do is run a new Brake Light wire, right off of the Stop lights for the bike... and wallah! you are done.

now, the Hazard lights will work exactly like they are supposed to.
So run the left and right turn signal to the same "Stop Light"? Wouldn't neither blink? Seems they would be shorted together? Mine are not wired individually except inside the trailer. Not at the 4 pin connector.
 
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