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Old 07-27-2009, 10:42 AM   #1
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do i need a battery to run tail lights?

i was just wondering if i needed to have a battery hooked up on my 65 tradewind for the tail lights or running lights to work. i know on small trailers i have you don't, i did'nt know if an old airstream was an exception.

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Old 07-27-2009, 10:46 AM   #2
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As long as the trailer is hooked to the tow vehicle, then the lights will work. The batteries in the trailer also serve to power the break-away system in case the trailer and tow vehiclel become separated, then the trailer brakes will be applied.

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Old 07-27-2009, 10:52 AM   #3
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The lights will work without the battery, but you should have a working battery hooked up on the trailer or the emergency tailer brakes will not work is the trailer get separated from the tow vehicle.

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What is your TV, and have you hooked back up to another trailer to make sure they work. I have an F150, which has a separate fuse for clearance/tail lights to my receiver connection. I had it blow once and it really threw me for a loop, didn't make sense that they worked on my truck, but not the trailer.
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