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Old 06-01-2010, 08:58 AM   #11
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I am a camper noobie, and noticed wuite a few campers this weekend with their running / clearance lights on at night. I have 3 small kids and like this idea to help them find their way back to the camper at dark and then turning them off once bedtime hits.

A couple of questions / concerns before I run to the auto parts store tomorrow for the flasher (also a great idea for emergencies)...I will be most interested in keeping the lights ON (not flashing). Is there a NEED for that 12ga jumper wire to be fused or not!? I would almost be inclined to put an inline fuse in the jumper just for piece of mind and not worrying about "frying" my camper electrical system or something silly.

But, that being said, what AMP fure would I need to use in-line!?

Is it ALWAYS the #3 & #4 slots that are jumped on the 7-way plugs? I have a 2010 Salem 30QBSS TT if that makes any difference.

Last question...will this little "trick" harm any other electrical system(s) on the camper!? Just don't want to risk anything...but would like to do it if it's as simple as it seems.

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I used a fused jumper. Go the parts store, get an inline fuse, and install a flat blade female connector on each end.....you probably will have to mash them slightly to get them to work in the trailer connector. I think I am using a 15 amp fuse, but can't remember right off. You want to use the lowest amp fuse that you can, so that the fuse will blow before the wires burn in case of a problem.
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Old 07-01-2010, 07:58 PM   #12
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Hey guys I tried this and it will not work for me, I have a 1999 Keystone Sprinter. I followed the instructions to a Tee but it just won't work.
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Old 07-11-2010, 01:24 AM   #13
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I used a fused jumper. Go the parts store, get an inline fuse, and install a flat blade female connector on each end.....you probably will have to mash them slightly to get them to work in the trailer connector. I think I am using a 15 amp fuse, but can't remember right off. You want to use the lowest amp fuse that you can, so that the fuse will blow before the wires burn in case of a problem.
I was checking the Grote website & they sell a 12 Ga inline fuse holder that comes w/ a 20 Amp fuse (glass type). The PN is 82-2205. NAPA in Canada carries Grote parts.
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Old 07-11-2010, 12:49 PM   #14
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Great idea, but PLEASE PLEASE don't drive with the four-way flashers on! If I was a cop, I'd ticket every idiot out there that I see driving in the rain with them on. I understand that they want to be seen- but a four way flasher is for emergency use- stopped preferrably pulled over to the side of the road vehicles, and, as a driveryou already encounter low visibility in a storm. When you come across this, you tend to slow way down, and possibly cause a chain reaction crash. A rainstorm is NOT an emergency!!! Randy
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:33 PM   #15
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I ended up getting the Grote 82-2166 fuse holder. More robust & uses ATO fuses (large blade type). Fuse holder was less than 4 bucks including tax.

Grote Industries: ATO Style Fuse Holder (Product #82-2166)
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I used a fused jumper. Go the parts store, get an inline fuse, and install a flat blade female connector on each end.....you probably will have to mash them slightly to get them to work in the trailer connector.
I checked the fit of the female connector in the trailer plug. The fit wasn't snug or tight so I left them as they were. Tried the jumper after it got dark tonight & the trailer was lit up . If anyone drove by the yard, they probably wondered what the heck was going on.
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Randy,
in some state you have to use the 4 ways if your driving well below the posted speed limit. It is intended to increase your visibility as a potential road hazzard, hence the name "hazzard lights". This applies to your personal vehicle as well as a bigger tow rig. Down here we get some serious down pours and due the the large military presence, everybody drive differently causing some idiots to drive 70 MPH in zero visibility while others are rolling along at 30 MPH. If the 2 meet, the slow driver is ticketed because he was over 20mph off the posted 55MPH speed limit without the flashers on as well as the yahoo going 15MPH over.
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Most truckers will turn the flashers or hazards on when climbing grades @ a slow speed.
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Hey guys I tried this and it will not work for me, I have a 1999 Keystone Sprinter. I followed the instructions to a Tee but it just won't work.
If your marker lights work while plugged up to the tow vehicle, then you may not have 12 volts to the plug. Test that with a multi-function meter, and see if you have power to the plug.

Check out this thread for Bargman connection pin locations: Trailer Running Lights being used as Additional Lighting
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I have checked my plug and there is power to the plug while not hooked to tow vehicle. Does the wire have to be 12ga for it to work??
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