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Old 12-23-2009, 01:59 PM   #1
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Turning on Running lights while camping

So at the Blanco Rally a few of the Trailers had plug adapters that turned on all of the running and brake lights while we were camping. Made a nice addition and looked cool. I was told that all that's needed is a connector (TV side with the pins connected (soldered etc.). So can those of you in the know tell me which connector to buy and what pins to wire together, a general "how to" build or buy. Thanks
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Old 12-23-2009, 02:04 PM   #2
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Send a PM to Toddster. He made one that came to me with my Safari.

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Old 12-23-2009, 02:07 PM   #3
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So at the Blanco Rally a few of the Trailers had plug adapters that turned on all of the running and brake lights while we were camping. Made a nice addition and looked cool. I was told that all that's needed is a connector (TV side with the pins connected (soldered etc.). So can those of you in the know tell me which connector to buy and what pins to wire together, a general "how to" build or buy. Thanks
Easy to do. You can make your own, by using a jumper wire between the charge line and the clearance light circuit terminals.

If you take the cover off the connector, those two wires would be the large blue wire, and the green wire.

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hiya 'hog

while it does depend on HOW the pigtail is wired (modern 7 pin vs something else...)

there are 2 eze ways 2 do this...

a flasher relay or a fusible link.

many threads and pictures of the gizmos have been posted.

start here and follow the LINKS inside.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f447...cle-35786.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f447...-on-35681.html

see the 'automotive flashers' listed mid page here...

http://www.wiringproducts.com/contents/en-us/d35.html

and more on this...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f447...ing-41775.html

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Just connecting the terminals at position 1 and 11 o clock on your umbilical cord will do it.

As noted above a 2 prong car flasher will fit directly into these terminals and cause the trailer lights to blink, not the brake lights. If you solider 2 male spade connectors to a short piece of wire and insert that into these terminals the trailer light, not the brake lights will stay on.

Please note if your trailer has filament bulbs make sure you use at least a #12 wire because of the current, if you make your own.
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use an automotive in-line fuse holder....otherwise, there won't be any fuse protection on the circuit.
(under "normal" circumstances, the lights are fuse-protected by the tow vehicles fuses.).

I just crimped on a spade connector to each lead on the fuse holder, and stick one in @ 11, the other @1.
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PLEASE DON'T---- The person parked behind me had his on all night and made it difficult to sleep. I had to hang towels over the windows to help reduce the flashing.
Rember your fellow campers; "and do unto others"
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PLEASE DON'T---- The person parked behind me had his on all night and made it difficult to sleep. I had to hang towels over the windows to help reduce the flashing.
Rember your fellow campers; "and do unto others"
Why didn't you ask him to close his window curtains.. oh wait, you were talking about flashing lights.
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PLEASE DON'T---- The person parked behind me had his on all night and made it difficult to sleep. I had to hang towels over the windows to help reduce the flashing.
Rember your fellow campers; "and do unto others"

Now if you had one of these you could have had light wars all night, and done to others as they be doin' to you.
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LIghts at night

If you must turn on the lights PLEASE be considernate and turn them off by 8 or 9 PM. We have added room darking curtains and still fellow RV's insist on lights everywhere. How will you see the stars? Or sleep? We don't have any outside lights where we live and just the glow from the nearest town 13 miles away is distracting when you walk outside at night.
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Old 12-23-2009, 04:12 PM   #11
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One additional benefit from the flashing light setup is if you have to leave your trailer on the side of the road while the TV is disconnected. For instance, if the TV is not operating and the tow company can only tow the TV then the flashers will work off the trailer battery until you can return. Another example is if there is a need for emergency help in a campground and you call for assistance - your trailer can be the one with the flashing lights to identify yourself easily to the first responders.

I setup one that uses a 7-pin connector for a TV (female connector) on a 4" PVC endcap and all the electronics in a 6 inch piece of PVC pipe with another cap on the end. Works good and allows you to just "plug in" when you set up at the camp site - it has an on/off switch. Another benifit of using a female plug in is you protect your RV plug from damage.

PM if you want pictures. BTW - I set it up with a three way switch (On, Off, Flash) I got great advice from many people here on how to do all this - I can provide my wire diagram if you want.

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Old 12-23-2009, 04:26 PM   #12
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Cool slightly off-topic

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If you must turn on the lights PLEASE be considernate and turn them off by 8 or 9 PM. We have added room darking curtains and still fellow RV's insist on lights everywhere. How will you see the stars? Or sleep? We don't have any outside lights where we live and just the glow from the nearest town 13 miles away is distracting when you walk outside at night.

I made black-out shades for my Safari, for using it at Burningman where
everything is 24/7. After one outing I decided to forego curtains altogether.
There will always be some inconsiderate people out there, and this really helps with both light and noise, and I don't have to rely on the good character of my neighbors to get a good nights sleep
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Old 12-23-2009, 04:56 PM   #13
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For those who don't feel up to building your own:

Plug-n-Light 5th Wheel Accessories

Have nothing to do with this outfit and have never used this product. Do know it was in Trailer Life. Unfortunately this unit just allows for steady light - it does not have the flasher option.
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Here's another product... we have one. It's great and allows us to have the running lights and tail lights on (constant)... or to have the running lights on (constant) with flashing tail lights... http://www.westhaverassociates.com/flashcube/
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