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Old 07-14-2010, 04:27 AM   #1
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Question Trailer Running Lights being used as Additional Lighting

I recently seen two trailers at a campground having the running lights turned ON when the trailer was parked and disconnected from the tv. It looked like they were using the lights as additional lighting for night and was wondering if anyone has done something like this to their trailer. I'm assuming that there is an adapter that plugs in the trailer tow harness then back to the battery to illuminate the lights. To turn OFF, I'm thinking that disconnecting the wire/harness from the battery would do the trick. I guess this can be ok since the battery will be constantly charged if it is plugged into the campground electric but shouldn't be considered if dry camping. Let me know if you ever seen this set up and how it can be set up.
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I have done this a few times and it's mainly done to locate the trailer at night and to get a little fancy and some do this for the kids so they can find there way back. There is an adapter that you can buy but all I do is jump out #3 to #4 on the plug to the camper with 12 gage wire. This info was just posted not long ago with pic. Maybe someone can find it.
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:19 AM   #3
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I use a fuse to jump it with, just stick the fuse in from power to the trailer lights
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:43 AM   #4
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Using a jumper wire, connect the Tail/Running Light(green) socket to the Battery Charge (black) socket.



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So, looking at the Front View above all I do is take a 12 gauge jumper wire, connect the Tail/Running Light(green) socket to the Battery Charge (black) socket while it's sitting in my camping spot not connect to tow vehicle?? Of course the trailer would be plugged into the camp ground electric to prevent battery from running down. Seems simple and doesn't look hard at all and would be good for the kids to find the trailer at night. I'm thinking the longest I would have this set up would be for a few hours and that's it so I don't annoy the neighbors.
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We do this when camping at RV parks... not so much at State or Federal parks.

It adds more light to the campground. And we always turn it off at bedtime. (Along with all of our lights).
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This is what we used. Starrs Trailer Sales Online Store
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I use a fuse to jump it with, just stick the fuse in from power to the trailer lights
What type of fuse will safely work? Also, are you guys sure there is no way of doing damage to the converter or blowing fuses by doing this? Thanks.
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What a great idea...I like it! Thanks!
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What type of fuse will safely work? Also, are you guys sure there is no way of doing damage to the converter or blowing fuses by doing this? Thanks.
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