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Old 10-11-2011, 05:58 AM   #1
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Running Lights While Camped?

I noticed the last couple of camping trips that some people had there tt running lights on while parked when it got dark. I guess that I can understand why......ambience, soft lighting around the campsite.....I get it. What I don't get is how they are doing it. As far as I know the only way to turn on my running lights would be to plug into my tv and turn on the light switch. My other question is, are they running these lights off of 12v or somehow how converting it to run off 110?

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Old 10-11-2011, 06:34 AM   #2
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The lights are running off the camper's 12V system. Just jumper pins 3 & 4 of the TV power cord. This connects the camper's 12 pin to the tail light pin.
Make sure you use wire large enough to carry the load.

I just saw where someone suggests using a 5 amp blade fuse. Just plug the fuse into sockets 3 & 4 on the campers TV plug.
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Old 10-11-2011, 06:43 AM   #3
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Another thing I have seen used is a standard 12v turn signal flasher across the same pins.
It really attracts attention, maybe to much!
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:05 AM   #4
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See? This is why i love this site. Now, How do i know which are 3 & 4? I'm just full of questions, I know.....;-)
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:52 AM   #5
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The plug on your Mountaineer is probably labeled... it will show you which is the 12V pin and which is the taillight pin.
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Old 10-11-2011, 08:07 AM   #6
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I have done it before when I am somewhere really dark and the kids are off playing. Makes it easy to find their way back. It can be somewhat annoying to folks if you are too close so I dont do it very often.

As others have said - a simple 5 amp fuse stuck in the two pins works perfectly.

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Old 10-11-2011, 10:04 AM   #7
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Wow, I have never heard of this before.
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:46 AM   #8
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I always carry a flasher in my parts bin... works GREAT if you have to call emergency services at night... a trailer blinking on and off is very easy for them to see when looking for you... same as my stick house has a strobe on the front tied to the burglar alarm.
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Old 10-11-2011, 04:13 PM   #9
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I looked at an RV show how the dealers did it and they jumped the plug with a 15amp fused wire with male crimped on ends. There is a guy that sells the plug for about $30 but that is all he has done is hidden the wire in the plug. Jump power to running lights like in the pic.
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:38 PM   #10
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I just saw where someone suggests using a 5 amp blade fuse. Just plug the fuse into sockets 3 & 4 on the campers TV plug.
I noticed people doing this a lot too at my CG this year. I keep my trailer in storage at my site, and they tow it to my site so that its there before we arrive. So a couple of trips ago, i was sitting outside at night and noticed MY running lights were on. I was like what on earth, they have never been on before....looked all over the camper for any type of switch. never found a thing.

Then happened to find one of those fuses into those sockets. I guess they did that so there would be lights on the trailer when they pulled it, and just forgot to take it out.
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