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Old 12-24-2009, 10:41 PM   #15
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See post #36 of the thread "Keeping your running lights on"
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Old 12-24-2009, 10:53 PM   #16
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That's exactly how i have been doing it for years. The 10 amp fuse stays in place and provides a fused connection. Since I have replaced all of Lucy's clearance lights with LED bulbs, it doesn't matter if I leave them on all night as there is no heat build up.

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Old 12-24-2009, 11:56 PM   #17
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check this thread:http://www.airforums.com/forums/f447...-on-35681.html
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Old 12-25-2009, 11:03 AM   #18
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Old 12-25-2009, 11:30 AM   #19
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I have a flasher for each trailer which I can plug into the pigtail. Sure, they can be fun when parked. But, I carry them to be used like an emergency flasher. I don't make a habit of towing at night, but, if I am, and have trouble and have to leave the trailer along side of the road to go for help or something else, I can leave the running lights on the trailer flashing while I am gone.

I have never had to do that, but if I have to sometime, I will feel much better about leaving the trailer in the dark.

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Old 07-02-2014, 06:58 PM   #20
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Running lights always on... But I don't want them to be.

Lets see if I can rekindle this thread...

I came back from a short outing last week-end and when I parked my 1975 Land Yacht 25 ft DB, I unplugged it from the truck and the running lights stayed on.

Before said trip, when I unplugged de AS, the lights went off. The only way to turn them on was to plug the trailer to the truck and then turn the truck lights on.

I want it to go back the old way.

I figured out that the problem is with the umbilical cord. When I unplug it from the trailer, the lights shut off. I am therefore assuming that I need to check for a short between two wires in the cord. Or buy a new one. This one is in OK shape but could be better (as this problem of mine seem to indicate).

Any other insights?

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Old 07-02-2014, 10:40 PM   #21
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It does sound like something is going on with the umbilical cord ... or at least the plug itself... crossing two of the wires is the only way your running lights could remain on when it's not plugged into the tow vehicle.... Two of the wires are connected, allowing a draw from the trailer's batteries to power the running lights.
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:15 PM   #22
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So I've wired a 7-pin connector to receive my trailer's 7-pin umbilical. I bought a 7-pin "male" connector, a pre-wired 12g fused wire that could take up to a 30a fuse and a 10a fuse to insert in to the fuse holder. I wired the ends at the 11 and 1 o'clock positions on the 7-pin connector. So basically, I should be able to connect my trailer's umbilical to this connector box and my clearance lights will be on.

Reading this thread, it sounds like people have done this with everything from a paperclip to a 10a blade fuse to raw wire to very complex switchable boxes for on/off/flashers. My question is, when I connect this, what are the odds I get a shock or fry the wiring in the trailer? I guess if folks have stuck paperclips in their umbilical and lived to tell the story should bode well for a more precise fit with an online fuse, no?

Also - there was a suggestion to do this when connected to shore power to not drain the battery. So no problem running those 12v lights while on shore power at the same time?

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So I've wired a 7-pin connector to receive my trailer's 7-pin umbilical. I bought a 7-pin "male" connector, a pre-wired 12g fused wire that could take up to a 30a fuse and a 10a fuse to insert in to the fuse holder. I wired the ends at the 11 and 1 o'clock positions on the 7-pin connector. So basically, I should be able to connect my trailer's umbilical to this connector box and my clearance lights will be on.

Reading this thread, it sounds like people have done this with everything from a paperclip to a 10a blade fuse to raw wire to very complex switchable boxes for on/off/flashers. My question is, when I connect this, what are the odds I get a shock or fry the wiring in the trailer? I guess if folks have stuck paperclips in their umbilical and lived to tell the story should bode well for a more precise fit with an online fuse, no?

Also - there was a suggestion to do this when connected to shore power to not drain the battery. So no problem running those 12v lights while on shore power at the same time?

Thanks!
No problem while on shore power. The converter will keep the batts up and the batts run the lights. BTW, I use a blade fuse..K.I.S.S.
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Umbilical cord.

Thank you for your input. It confirms what I thought.

I will take a look next week-end and try to figure it out.

Have a good day!
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It does sound like something is going on with the umbilical cord ... or at least the plug itself... crossing two of the wires is the only way your running lights could remain on when it's not plugged into the tow vehicle.... Two of the wires are connected, allowing a draw from the trailer's batteries to power the running lights.
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We bought this last year. It works great and was only $15.

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We bought this last year. It works great and was only $15.

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Thank you so much for sharing this. I just bought one to replace my home-built unit. You can't beat the price - I spent at least double this to build my own jumper setup. You can't beat the size of the Camperlite either.
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I just stuck a short piece of wire in the battery charge and running light pins of the trailer plug- free- top 2 pins-
This is the method Dave Schuman, general manager of Airstream, recommended in a recent issue of Blue Beret-
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A 10 amp or larger blade fuse does same thing as plastic coated fuse I pur. Bare wire is a no no for any reason. Safety first no matter what AS general mgr. said to do.....
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