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Old 12-23-2011, 05:26 PM   #1
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Running Lights on a '71 Sovereign

Hi Guys, another question or two from a new owner - (1) can you turn on the exterior lights without being hooked up to a vehicle? I did flip the single switch to the left of the front curbside window and one white light went on. (2)There are two other switches right inside the front door. What are they for? (3) Anybody know where I might find plastic light shades and knobs for the three ceiling fixtures? If not, what have you replaced these with?
Thanks in advance for any help you may lend.
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Old 12-23-2011, 06:31 PM   #2
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Bill - welcome to Airforums. You can find the light covers here. They also have the replacement switches. It's my understanding your vintage knobs won't fit these switches but you may want to call them to confirm, if that is important to you. I took mine apart and cleaned them in order to retain the original knobs. Dimmer switch knobs from Lowes, etc. should fit the new switches if you go that route.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:42 PM   #3
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If you want to turn on the exterior running lights, the simplest, cheapest solution is to grab a 10A blade-style fuse and connect the two top sockets in the umbilical together. These are the two connections on either side of the raised "key" on the connector that fits into the top of the 7 pin socket on the tow vehicle.

Quick & simple. This will drain your house battery if you're not plugged in, of course.

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Old 12-24-2011, 05:34 AM   #4
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Use of the blade fuse works, if you have the GM type round connector with flat contacts, rather than the round pin connectors.
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Hi Guys, another question or two from a new owner - (1) can you turn on the exterior lights without being hooked up to a vehicle? I did flip the single switch to the left of the front curbside window and one white light went on.
The white light, variously called a "scare light" or "porch light," does turn on from the switch by the door. It's there to help you see when outside the trailer at night, or when evaluating the identity and intentions of any visitors arriving after dark.

Although adding an interior switch to turn on the running lights is a common modification (I have done this to my trailer for example), trailers did not have this feature from the factory. It is also common for people to turn on the running lights by shorting the connector to the tow vehicle, as Bart describes.

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(2)There are two other switches right inside the front door. What are they for?
They control interior lights. You'll have to be sure the switches on the lights themselves are on, too, for them to work.

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If you need to replace the old ceiling lenses, and switches ( try Inland RV and Vintage Trailer Supply) you might consider switching to 12v LED units which will use a whole lot less battery if you are boondocking.
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Old 12-25-2011, 08:08 PM   #7
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Use of the blade fuse works, if you have the GM type round connector with flat contacts, rather than the round pin connectors.
I checked and unfortunately, I have the old 7 pin connector. So, I am still looking for a way to turn on the running lights w/o a battery. Any suggestions?
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Use a battery charger. Connect the black lead to a clean spot on the frame then connect the red lead to the terminal on the 7 pin connector that is for the running lights.
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A short jumper wire from the hot wire position to the lights position will doer.
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