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Old 05-04-2008, 06:50 PM   #1
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Trailer running lights while camping

Does anyone remember which two contacts in the seven pin trailer umbilical cord you jump to turn on the trailer running lights?

Thanks, Tom
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Does anyone remember which two contacts in the seven pin trailer umbilical cord you jump to turn on the trailer running lights?

Thanks, Tom
The center pin (12 volts) and the green wire.

Take the plastic cover off and you will see all the colors.

The tail lights will also come on with the clearance lights.

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...which two contacts in the seven pin...
hi tom..

on mine (and yours) it's the top 2 connections (marker and battery) on either side of '12 oclock', i think...

with NO involvement of the center connector...

here is a post with links to threads that have PICTURES

http://www.airforums.com/forums/470129-post20.html

beside the party value...

this came in VERY handy when i needed a tow and the tow truck didn't have proper connections...

a simple fused wire can be used, but i like the flasher relay instead and it fits perfectly!

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Thanks so much. Just tested it with a fused wire and 1 + 7 does it. However, license plate light didn't come on. Is it suppose to light with the running lights, or, just when backing?

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Thanks so much. Just tested it with a fused wire and 1 + 7 does it. However, license plate light didn't come on. Is it suppose to light with the running lights, or, just when backing?

Tom
It's supposed to light when the running lights are on.
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Thanks Terry, I think I may have inadvertently discovered a bad bulb.

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I have made up a truck-side trailer connector that allows me to plug in a lamp for my flags, and switches the clearance lights on. I just wired the battery lead in the plug to the light lead.

These two connections are side-by-side on the trailer side of the 7-way plug. One could just shove an ATC blade type fuse into the respective positions and light the running lights. They are the two connections seperated by the plastic ridge that positions the connector properly when plugging it into the truck side.
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These two connections are side-by-side on the trailer side of the 7-way plug. One could just shove an ATC blade type fuse into the respective positions and light the running lights. They are the two connections seperated by the plastic ridge that positions the connector properly when plugging it into the truck side.
If you plug in an old style flaser unit in those two holes the lights will flash.
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If you plug in an old style flaser unit in those two holes the lights will flash.
If you do this, the part number for the flasher is #552.
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With ours, there's a handy switch inside the trailer that must have been installed by a previous owner. It's just below the front window, on the ledge behind the sofa.
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At Cherry blossom everyone was doing this lighting of trailers. It was a beautiful sight. Over to the side was a lonely 62 Overlander that could not due to no 12 volt system. He felt so left out... well now that Overlander has a fully functioning 12 volt system and the lights will blaze at the next rally. And they all lived happy ever after.....
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And then there are those of us that have the round NINE pin connector!
So I was just wondering if you just started plugging wire together and you put the flasher between the hot lead and your brakes, would the brake magnets get fried??
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You can take a plug and wire it with a rotory switch (make a PVC pipe housing). Then you need only plug it into the trailer socket and select which lights to light (you can add the flasheer inside too).

I don't believe the brake lights are parasitic on the magnet circuit-they have their own circuit, so lighting the brake lights shouldn't pulse the magnets.
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The ? is-- if 12V was applied to the brakes would the magnets fry? What voltage do the brakes operate on any way?
oops sorry for the hijack
What I'm getting at here is if you had a flasher in one hand and a beer in the other and started poking into the trailer connector what damage could occur?
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