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Old 05-29-2006, 01:35 PM   #1
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Lighting up the Marker and tail lights for show

Many of us have converted our exterior lights to LED's. I did the clearance lights but haven't found the 4X4 inch LED's for the tail lights. I want to be able to turn the exterior lights on when parked and unhooked from the TV. Here is a diagram of how I did it. Since I am not an electrician, I would like some input on my solution. Is there anything wrong with it? It seems too simple. It works but I haven't hooked the TV up with this configuration.

What I did was to purchase a two position rocker switch that lights up when engaged. It has 3 poles labeled GROUND, LOAD and POWER.

I ran POWER from the 12volt fuse board line from the battery 1 to the switch, ran the LOAD to the green wire connection on the fuse board for the clearance/tail lights and ran the GROUND to a screw on the aluminum interior wall.

I am assuming that with the switch off, I haven't changed anything as far as the 7 wire connector from the tow vehicle.

Any thoughts or cautions would be appreciated.
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Old 05-29-2006, 01:48 PM   #2
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There is nothing wrong or odd about the way you powered your running lights. I just tested my turn signals using a 12 volt accessory source, hooked into the wiring harness underneath. So, no, nothing wrong, just make sure you have a 15 amp or whatever your drawing, fuse inline to prevent a fire in case of a short.
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Old 05-29-2006, 07:03 PM   #3
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John,

Thanks for your reassurance. I appreciate it.
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I took a 10 amp auto spade type fuse and stuck it between the two side by side connections at the twelve o'clock position on the 7 way plug. The fuse fits perfect. Works like a charm - simple, isn't it? (12:00 being keyed position on the plug; just so happens mine is straight up)
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I took a 10 amp auto spade type fuse and stuck it between the two side by side connections at the twelve o'clock position on the 7 way plug. The fuse fits perfect. Works like a charm - simple, isn't it? (12:00 being keyed position on the plug; just so happens mine is straight up)
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Old 05-31-2006, 10:22 PM   #6
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Without thinking about it first...

Do you do this only off of battery power, or do you do this either off battery and plugged in?
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Use a flasher

Buy a TV-end connector and a replacement flasher. Wire the flasher between the terminals at the 12 position of the connector. Just plug the trailer into it and the position lights will flash. With the addition of a switch, you can choose flash or steady.
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Without thinking about it first...

Do you do this only off of battery power, or do you do this either off battery and plugged in?
Makes no difference. A '72 would not use the flat spade type connectors unless the plug was replaced to match modern tow vehicle. A '72 would have used the round style pins and the terminals for the running lights are most likely in a different position.
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Makes no difference. A '72 would not use the flat spade type connectors unless the plug was replaced to match modern tow vehicle. A '72 would have used the round style pins and the terminals for the running lights are most likely in a different position.
You are very correct that at the trailer plug itself, I can't accomplish this trick. I was assuming that I would leave the tow umbilical connected to the trailer and put the fuse in the tow vehicle end of the umbilical, which has been rewired to a 7 pin to fit my tow vehicle.
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