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Old 06-08-2013, 12:15 PM   #1
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Clearance lights when parking

Hi the community,

I've seen some of you , with clearence lights on when you're parked in campgrounds and , with the 110 v plugged.... In the night, that looks great and I want to do the same without destroy the A/S electricity ....

They/you connect a wire between two plugs in front of the trailer so what is the good connection for that .

Thank you in advance....

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Old 06-08-2013, 12:37 PM   #2
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Bruno, connect the two top connections on the 7 pin plug together with a 16 gauge wire and two spade connectors.
If you want to be cautious, you can wire in a 10 amp fuse to the wire, just in case.
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Some of us have made their own switch assembly that plugs into the trailer plug for this. There is also some out there to buy that do this. Doing a search on here might bring it up as it has been mentioned on here already.
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Or buy an extra car end outlet and bridge the top two wire connections (ones closest to the locator pin) with a fuse and plug it in when you are wanting to have the lights on.
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hi bruno :-)

i like the idea of a fuse connection. add spade terminals to somehing like this: http://www.sunstore.co.uk/images/P/In-line%20fuse.jpg
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Hello Bruno:

If you use the clearance lights when parked, our group of Airstreams refer to these as "party lights" and yes we do get others asking us how to do this. There is a manufacturer of a "plug-in" device that does this with a switch for 0-1 operation and a 10 A fuse. I've even seen plug-ins with flasher device but that can be irritating even after a few minutes!

If you have not changed ALL your clearance lights from incandescent to LED you should do that as well. I measured 8.4 A DC through the 7-pin trailer plug on our trailer with the incandescent bulbs and then switched over to LED's. After I measured current of 0.84A DC or a 90% reduction in amps. Your converter will like the lower power load as well.

The only bad thing about LED's is they don't like water or moisture inside the lens. We're in central California where it is 42 C here today and we only have a few months of rain. But if the LED's get soaked they will drop in brightness. I'd suggest sealing the lens to the fixture around the top of the lens with a clear sealant with a small vent hole in the bottom of the lens to fixture. Incandescents can burn off moisture from their heat but since the LED's have no heat, moisture can be a problem. Since the life of these bulbs is 25,000 hours, I doubt you'll be changing these bulbs in your lifetime.

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You can "pot" LEDs in epoxy and run them submerged if you want. Use dielectric grease on bulb connector for good connection.
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Running the clearance lights while camping is a cool idea! I've never seen it, but I like it.
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hi there,
Thank you for all replis you've done so which pins ( two I suppose) are to be connected together to get the clearance lognts on ?
My trailer has always the genuine 7 pins "male" connector from 1971....

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is this what you have?
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f447...ing-20279.html

remember that if the diagram you look at is for the tow vehicle end, the wires will be reversed. if you use a test light on the trailer end use the 12 volt hot pin as a reference to the diagram.
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Yes, it's the same one ....
Simply I have to connect the clearance / road lights with which other one ???

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Yes, it's the same one ....
Simply I have to connect the clearance / road lights with which other one ???

bruno.
Bruno, looking at the connector plug on your trailer, the two top pins get connected. That is the two closest to the "barb" that slides in the top of the plug. Battery + and running lights.
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