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It’s Just 4 Wires

Growing up my dad taught me just about everything I needed to know to survive and make it in this world.   Sure I keep learning as things change but the basics and foundation had been laid.  Even those things he tried to explain over and over, you know……you’re thinking, right …like why.  Then 40 years later it all makes since.  Well here it is that time of year again when the days are getting shorter and those trailer lights you haven’t messed with need to be fixed.  Did you really need them all summer? Apparently not, you just drove around in daylight hours, well that won’t work anymore. Mother Nature and Old Man Winter are stealing day light hours from you faster every day.  So, as I go out to mess with the trailer light I still remember dad saying its just 4 wires.  Ground, right turn, left turn and running lights.  He always started with ground.  As he was verifying which one was ground he always said 99% of all your lighting problems goes right back to a poor ground, and you know he’s still right.   I’ll spend a half of day under a trailer tracing wires and rebuilding looms and get nowhere and finally decide to check out all the ground connections and sure enough……..

   I have a black flatbed trailer.  A good friend of mine bought it first then it became mine.  It’s a great trailer!!!  But my buddy lives that feast or famine life style.  He had no place to store it so he left it at my place, with the understanding I could use it like its mine.  Then he got money again and came and picked it up.  Then he was losing everything so I bought it from him because he needed  cash.  Then he needed to use it so he came and borrowed it.  Then he called and said I’m living in Texas.  I asked where is my trailer it’s almost hay season and I kinda need the trailer.  Well you see I needed to get my stuff to Texas so it’s down here……  So, out of the blue the phone rings a couple of years later, it’s my dear old buddy, “Hey I have a friend headed your way you want to buy this trailer back from me?”  I said, “It’s my trailer!! The title is still in my name.” “Well yeah, but I told this guy you would buy his gas if he hauls you the trailer.”  So, it arrived and I went to hook up to it and my factory wiring harness has been cut with what appears to be an ax.  Wires are twisted, cut taped, bare and dragging.  A huge bird nest looking mess, a multitude of different colored wires.  OH MY GOD !!! I looked at this guy and said what is this???   Well it didn’t plug into my truck so I fixed it.  I had to ask do the lights work??  Nope !!!!   I looked at him and said you know it’s just 4 wires………

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