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Old 10-24-2007, 10:52 PM   #1
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Emergency Flasher for RV Lights

This information applies to RV travel trailers and fifth wheels with the RV 7-way flat-pin type plug. This is the most common type plug found on trailers but your trailer may have another type connector.

If your travel trailer or fifth wheel is broken down on the side of the road at night and you want to take your truck into town for parts or to get help. Wouldn't it be nice if you could leave the trailer marker lights on? Since flashing lights mean caution or emergency it would be even better if you could make them flash.

(It's happened that drunk drivers have driven into the back of a vehicle parked on the roadside thinking they were following traffic. So, using flares along with flashing lights is a good idea.)

Roadside isn't the only place where having flashing lights may be useful. Suppose you're boondocking out in BLM land and need emergency assistance. Maybe you can call for help on your cell phone but how in the world can you give specific directions to your fifth wheel. Those flashing running lights out in the darkness could be the beacon emergency response people need to find you.

This is so easy that anyone can do it and all it takes is a heavy duty 2-pin flasher available at any auto parts store.



The key is to connect the flasher to your trailer's umbilical plug. See how the plug is oriented with the square bump at the top. Notice the two white arrows pointing to the top two pins of the plug. The pin on the left is #4 and is the battery charging line. The right pin, #3, supplies power to the license, tail and running lights.

When you want the lights on but not flashing... we use our running lights as makeshift Christmas and party lights... you can use a short length of 12 gauge wire as a jumper to light up your rig.



**Reprint from RVBasics

http://rvbasics.com/techtips/emergen...er-lights.html
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Old 10-25-2007, 01:47 PM   #2
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good stuff!
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Old 03-15-2008, 06:56 PM   #3
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Great idea! I will add one to my roadside emergency kit.

My possible uses would be:

• For roadside emergency when leaving the trailer on the side of the road.

• To help a camping buddy find us when pulling into the campground.
(I think I would have him call on the cell if possible when arriving before I plug it in)

• Emergency signal identification
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Used to do the wire when kids were smaller to help them find their way back to the camper if they were out after dark. Gets dark quick in the fall
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Old 04-25-2008, 05:41 PM   #5
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Thanks for that great info!!!!
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it sure seems a bunch less $$ than the commericaly advertised yellow box to hook up and make the flash flash go flash
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Old 04-26-2008, 07:18 AM   #7
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What a GREAT idea!!
Thanks!
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Old 04-26-2008, 11:30 PM   #8
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Great Idea ..... but just one question:

The picture of the flasher unit shows the caution note that it must be fused.

What's the worst case scenario plugging the flasher in without a fuse?

I guess this also applies to using the jumper wire to simply put the lights ON, although that's an easy fix .... just buy a wire with a fuse receptacle in-line.

Any thoughts?

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Old 04-27-2008, 10:27 AM   #9
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I made two jumbers for my camper and they work great, just make sure that you use 12 GUAGE solid copper wire, NOT 14 GUAGE. For those that do not know the smaller the guage number the bigger the wire, that means the more load it can carry with out over heating.
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Great Idea ..... but just one question:

The picture of the flasher unit shows the caution note that it must be fused.

What's the worst case scenario plugging the flasher in without a fuse?

I guess this also applies to using the jumper wire to simply put the lights ON, although that's an easy fix .... just buy a wire with a fuse receptacle in-line.

Any thoughts?

John
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.

Thanks All!
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