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Old 08-04-2014, 03:28 PM   #1
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Running lights on shore power

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I noticed a camper that had it's trailer exterior running lights illuminated while on shore power. They would need a 12V source possibly off the battery. While there is not much value to this modification, it sparked my curiosity on how this was accomplished. Just wondering if any of you all have performed this.

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Old 08-04-2014, 03:35 PM   #2
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trailer running lights on the house battery
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:36 PM   #3
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If you jumper two pins on the 7-way plug, you can do this. And if you want to get fancy, you can plug an old fashioned automotive turn signal blinker directly onto the connector and make the running lights flash on and off.
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:38 PM   #4
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There's actually more than one thread on this. Some folks do this trick to keep their running lights lit at night at their camp sites for "more visibility".
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:39 PM   #5
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That thread I linked to shows a pic of where to put the fuse jumper in the seven pin.
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Old 08-04-2014, 06:12 PM   #6
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Thanks a bunch...seems easy enough
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Old 08-04-2014, 06:26 PM   #7
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RV'rs and their "chick'n lites" otta be a law!!!!!!



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I used a inline fuse holder. I added terminals to each end of the wire, that way it fits into the 7pin plug by slightly twisting the ends of the terminals. It fits into the plug better than the fuse by itself and no chance of damaging the plug.




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Not a great picture but couple weekends ago had both my trailers at a racing event. Picture was taken before it was too dark but can kinda see both trailers have their running lights on.

As mentioned jump both top pins in the 7 pin plug and good to go.

I do it as I like being different and like chicken lights.
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Looks good! I was thinking about using a diode and dropping the voltage down, maybe around 6 volts. So maybe not *quite* as bright and hopefully the light housings not overheat and deform. (Have not switched out running lights with LED's yet)
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