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Old 03-18-2018, 11:16 AM   #1
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Lighting trailer at night using automotive fuse

This is a question, as much as a comment.
Another camper once showed me a method for lighting up all of your outside trailer lights at night by simply inserting a blade-style automotive fuse into 2 adjacent slots of the 7-pin electrical connector.
It would seem to have a negligible drain on the camper battery, especially if your outside lights are LED.
Is this a good idea? Any cautions to be aware of?
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Old 03-18-2018, 11:30 AM   #2
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This is a question, as much as a comment.
Another camper once showed me a method for lighting up all of your outside trailer lights at night by simply inserting a blade-style automotive fuse into 2 adjacent slots of the 7-pin electrical connector.
It would seem to have a negligible drain on the camper battery, especially if your outside lights are LED.
Is this a good idea? Any cautions to be aware of?
The question is WHY?
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If you're overnighting in a Walmart or roadside rest area, lighting up the exterior of your trailer may be a good idea. But, if you're in an established campground, please do not.
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Old 03-18-2018, 11:38 AM   #4
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To make the trailer more visible at night, in a quick and easy way.
Let’s say you’re boon docking overnight at a wayside or a Walmart parking lot, and you want to make your trailer more visible, for security reasons. Stringing up Christmas lights on your awning can be a pain and seems rather ostentatious and overstated.
The fuse method just turns on your regular marker lights and brake lights.
I’m not saying I have an opinion about the advisability of this idea; just looking for input.
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It would seem to have a negligible drain on the camper battery, especially if your outside lights are LED.
LED lights have a much lower draw than incandescent (stock) bulbs.
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Old 03-18-2018, 11:51 AM   #6
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Exactly.
We tried it once on our old camper with normal incandescent bulbs and left them on for about 8 hours with no discernible problem.
LED lights are becoming more and more common, so it would seem to be even less concerning.
What about the fuse rating? Is that important for this application? Does it matter if you use a 30-amp, for example, as compared to a 15-amp? Is there any potential fire danger or a possibility to damaging your battery?
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Old 03-18-2018, 03:03 PM   #7
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i like it

mike we boondock a lot I am going to try this. does it light up all your lights?

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Old 03-18-2018, 03:17 PM   #8
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I believe all of the outside lights that would be effected by your tow vehicle controls.
Wouldn’t effect your outside porch light, for example.
We had to experiment plugging the blade fuse into various adjacent slots. Only takes seconds to find the right combination.
We haven’t tried it on our new camper, yet.
I think we’ll light it up next to the house and leave it on, all night, to see how much it depletes the battery. My guess is that the power drain will be negligible.
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Lets assume that your tail lights draw about 0.25 amps and that you only have two. They would draw 0.5 amp/hour or about 4 amps in an 8 hour period. You would have to make the decision on usefulness depending on your battery bank size.
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I love to be able to use a Walmart parking lot for an evening stopover, and have on many an occasion. The one thing I don't like is how much ambient light there already is, and always position the trailer to minimise it's effect inside.

I fail to see how having your running lights on makes you any more secure. In fact, you would draw even more attention to yourself. And like Donna asked it would please me too if folks did not do this in campgrounds.

As well, do not Walmart's have parking lot security cameras in all locations? I know some do.
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You simply bridge the two pins closer to the 'key' in the Bargman plug using a standard fuse.

No a big fan of this personally. I like it dark!
But I admit I've done it once during an evening at a campground where there was an event, most RVs were lighted like this and it gave the campground a nice festive atmosphere.

I also use this trick if I want to check my clearance lights without plugging in the tow vehicle.
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Old 03-18-2018, 04:39 PM   #12
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Good points.
Like I said, I don’t have a strong opinion, either way, but I am not overly concerned about lighting up the inside of our camper, because we have good room-darkening shades on every window.
Are there lots of security cameras at wayside rest stops?
I guess I just figured that a well-lit camper would signal that somebody’s home and would be more conspicuous; thus, a deterrent against prowlers.
What bothers me a lot more than lights at campgrounds is NOISE. Lots of folks deck out their campers with Christmas lights and build big camp fires that put out lots of flickering light, far past curfew time. I can deal with that. But more and more campers come equipped with outside speakers and some people are not as considerate as they should be!
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Old 03-18-2018, 04:53 PM   #13
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can be done

mike I like the fact you have shown us the way to make it work for whatever reason.

I installed a little solar light right above our outside light. it glows at a very low light until you step up to the door. then it puts out just enough light for you to find your door lock as soon as you go inside it shuts down.

the lisatania came up with this nice idea!

makes things very nice and handy

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Old 03-18-2018, 04:55 PM   #14
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Sounds good. I’ll get one.
Where can I find one?
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