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Old 06-01-2016, 11:47 AM   #1
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Running Lights when not connected?

I saw a picture on the Airstream Addicts Facebook page of a guy who had the running lights on his trailer on for a picture. He did not, however, have his tow vehicle connected. Someone asked and he said there is a fused device that connects to the trailer to truck wiring plug that allows them to be on.

Does anyone know where this can be purchased or what he is referring to?

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Old 06-01-2016, 12:02 PM   #2
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These are usually homebuilt. Get a receptacle end from your local hardware store, add a jumper from the 12V pin to the running lights pin. Put a fuse on the jumper. Wire in a flasher if you want to get fancy. Plug your trailer end into the receptacle and it should work. The lights will be powered by the battery in your trailer.
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Old 06-01-2016, 12:07 PM   #3
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The pins you are looking for in the 7 way umbilical cord are located at 11:00 and 1:00. A blade type buss fuse fits in there nicely!
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Old 06-01-2016, 12:10 PM   #4
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At trailer connector end take a 10 amp blade fuse and insert on top at 11 oclock and 1 oclock position, or you can, pur. fancy plastic covered fuze if by chance insert wrong no harm done.
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Ditto, a fuse does the trick. Here's a picture.

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I have lit up the running lights exactly per the picture from moosetags. Works fine.
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Old 06-01-2016, 02:57 PM   #7
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As usual I over thought this very simple project and created this monstrosity. It has a built in fuse and a selectable flasher.
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Old 06-01-2016, 06:04 PM   #8
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No, you just used the standard engineering approach.

If it isn't complicated, it's NOT engineering. 😀😀😀


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No, you just used the standard engineering approach.

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Running Lights when not connected?

I'm no internet engineer and I didn't go as complicated as yours - but I did rig up a blade connector for the trailer's umbilical with leads connected at 11:00 and 1:00 and fused with a 10a fuse I can swap out if it blows.

I did it this way because I'm too chicken to stick a blade fuse in to the umbilical (too reminiscent of sticking a butter knife in a wall socket for my tastes &#128512.

Was using one at a campsite and my neighbor was fascinated by it. I gave it to him. Can't be more than $9.00 in parts and a couple minutes to put together. You'd have thought I willed him my Airstream!

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Ditto, a fuse does the trick. Here's a picture.

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That's what I do.
I leave the fuse on the kitchen counter near the entry door.
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I have used a 2in piece of 10ga wire and inserted in the trailer plug to join the lead to running lights and the 12v hot lead. Works fine
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I did that a few years ago. It's a great conversation piece.
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