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Old 07-10-2015, 03:09 PM   #11
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We camp a lot at state parks, rarely at private CG. At SP it is very rare to see the running lights on I think I can only recall seeing them maybe two times in the past five years. Besides me doing it at a Halloween celebration campout hosted by the SP. Private CGs I see it all the time, maybe 50 percent of the time.

A friend of mine has a seasonal. While staying there one trip, he showed me this “cool gismo” that he plugs his 7 pin into that turns on all the marker lights. I replied that it was really cool, but I too have done it, but for pennies, by using a spare fuse. Left it at that. Next night, I brought over my flasher unit. Plugged it in, and walked in to the TT. Sat and talked until well after dark, went out, and he saw the lights flashing and thought he had an electrical problem.
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Old 07-10-2015, 03:16 PM   #12
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Its also a good thing to know when the fuse blows in your tow and you want to finish your trip after dark. 2 strands from some #14 wire will short the connectors and still allow the 7 pin plug to seat in the connector.
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Old 07-10-2015, 04:10 PM   #13
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I find it mildy entertaining, but also mildy annoying. Nothing like a nice wooded campground, and then turning the corner to see red and amber lights coming through the trees. Its one of those things that sort make me roll my eyes. LOL

Personal preference, I suppose.
Far less intrusive than a lot of folks awning lights, IMO. It's the perfect amount of light for having a campfire, yet still being able to see enough to move around without tripping over something.
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Old 07-10-2015, 04:28 PM   #14
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I find it mildy entertaining, but also mildy annoying. Nothing like a nice wooded campground, and then turning the corner to see red and amber lights coming through the trees. Its one of those things that sort make me roll my eyes. LOL

Personal preference, I suppose.
i much prefer the soft warm glow of my running lights to the bug-attracting glare of my LED awning light. i could get a suntan under that thing at night.
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I much prefer no lights and just the flicker of my campfire
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Old 07-10-2015, 06:18 PM   #16
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Here is a pictorial...



I saw one dude had wired his connects to a switch just inside the front door. Was labeled "running lights"...

A good way to run down your battery haha...

I have only seen one that was flashing...

In case of an emergency it sure would be neat to tell the Resque Squad people to look for the trailer with flashing lights...

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Maybe a dumb question, but can you do this while plugged into shore power? Maybe preferred so battery doesn't run down? I have seen this a handful of times and never knew how this I'd done.
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Maybe a dumb question, but can you do this while plugged into shore power? Maybe preferred so battery doesn't run down? I have seen this a handful of times and never knew how this I'd done.
That's the only way I do it. With no shore power, it would drain your battery quickly.
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Leaving on a trip tomorrow......tried a piece of wire to get the lights to work.....works great. I think I will like using the marker lights instead of the bright LED lights under the awning.
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We've found this trick useful for when we're at a campground we're not familiar with, and after a day's activities we're returning to the trailer after dark. It's much easier to find our site when we know which one it is! Of course, as soon as we get back, the lights go out.

I see nothing wrong with it, just as long as people don't go overboard....

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