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  1. Vinnie87

    Vinnie87 New Member

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    I bought this a few weeks ago and started working on little things.
    1. The wiring is hacked together for the trailer plug. It was cut up and as far as I can tell I do not have trailer brakes on this 1998 starcraft constellation. I am going to piece it back together with good wiring but what all wires do I keep? It does have a 3 way fridge though Tow vehicle has 4 and 7 pin connector.
    2. What lift system do I have? I am getting varied responses from Google? Has rectangle lift poles. But crank handle has an oval at the end. And is there a way to extend the crank out a bit to the edge of the camper for easier access. Thanks in advance 20210504_134939.jpg 20210504_134939.jpg 20210504_134842.jpg 20210504_010400.jpg 20210504_134939.jpg 20210504_134842.jpg 20210504_010400.jpg Screenshot_20210426-143943_Facebook.jpg 20210504_134939.jpg 20210504_134842.jpg 20210504_010400.jpg Screenshot_20210426-143943_Facebook.jpg
     
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    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    You dont have breaks on that. For the wires, you probably need them all, at least if you want the stuff to work. If you add a seven pin , it will charge the battery and stuff as you drive. You can add breaks if you want to.
     
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    Ok thank you. I was getting about 5v at the battery wire coming from the truck. But had to have my lights on.
    If I buy this it should just plug in and everything work as it should? My only other deal is just saw this on the trailer side plug. Looks like I'm missing a pin
     

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    That looks like it, they had a 4 wire one in the older picture. But wait untill a starcraft person confirms it.
     
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    I see that you do have the backing plate on the axle, so you can easily add brakes. You would need about 15 feet of duplex wiring cable, new brake drums, brake plate with shoes assembly, an emergency break-away switch, and some type of controller in the tow vehicle. The brake control wire in the harness is generally Blue. You should keep the same color code. You can get all of this and installation instructions from Etrailer.com. My 2003 Viking did not have brakes when I bought it. So I had to add them to it as well.

    As for the lift system, I think I would need to see some photos of it. There are generally two types of lift systems. The Goshan system has only one cable that runs in a tube underneath the center of the camper in the middle. The other type is called a Whiffletree system. It is mounted underneath the camper in the rear. It also has a tube with a screw type system in it. This system also uses cables to lift the four posts, but there are four of them instead of just one like the Goshan. Let's see a photo of your crank handle and where it goes into the camper.
     
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    I unfortunately dont have any photos of the lifts right now. I do have the crank though and the spot to crank it up is at the rear in the frame below the grill
    As far as trailer brakes I probably wont install them. Its light enough for the truck and wont get towed much with my work schedule.
     

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    SteveP Well-Known Member Platinum Supporting Member

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    That's an old Starcraft proprietary lift, it may also be called a Shelby lift but I'm not sure about the nomenclature. On my old 86, which used the same oval ended crank, there were 4 separate cables all individually attached to the winch. There are people on the site much more knowledgeable than I. I never had cause to work on it other than lubrication.
     
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