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Old 01-29-2012, 09:43 AM   #15
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LED resistors are commercially available, too, but at $10 a piece, expensive. It is 6 ohms and 50 watts, which is a big resistor.

Putco LED Light Bulb Load-Resistor Kit - Ceramic Putco Accessories and Parts P230004C

Another alternative would be to simply use a light bulb instead of a resistor.

See also:

http://www.etrailer.com/question-21012.html

I also see that eBay has a kit designed to fix this problem:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2x-25-Watt-1...item5ae4b89eea
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:08 AM   #16
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I have the same problem, but I don't worry about it. If I were really concerned, I'd just unplug the trailer while parked. Even drawing 0.2 amps, it would take a long time to drag my vehicle battery down. I'd be more concerned about other electrical loads in the camper, e.g., the fridge, interior lighting, etc., if you're really worried about discharging your starting battery.
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:55 AM   #17
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[QUOTE="Ron F"]I have the same problem, but I don't worry about it.


Thanks Ron

That's probably what we'll do.

The harness we put on is the only one TheHitchStore.com lists for our car. When we called they claimed the feedback was only a few milliamperes
Hubby checked because he wasn't going to get too excited if that was all it was. Then he discovered it was closer to 0.6 amps which is why we're trying to fix it. Just as soon not end up out in the tulles with a dead tug because we just could forget to unplug it!
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Old 01-30-2012, 11:28 AM   #18
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Led Lights

Some of the PLC 's do not go to zero output when turned off
There is leakage or passive current present in the off state On the equipment I worked on the load would drag the voltage output to zero , The Led may not be enough load to pull the voltage down thus the faint glow.On the new truck I bought the turn signal is from an output on the trucks computer I would believe you could find an isolation device that would solve this poblem
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:09 PM   #19
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Hi Denece

Saw that you are adding electrical to your egg. I changed all the interior lights in our egg to led. the tail lights run off the connection coming out of the TV. powered by the TV battery. the battery for the trailer is also charged by the TV alternator. I put halogen stop/running lights in to replace the existing lights, of the trailer, they give a much brighter light than the incandescent that I removed. I bought them at O'Reilly auto parts. When the TV engine is shut down, the halogen bulbs draw no power,( if the TV lights are turned off), and they draw no power from the trailer battery, even if the TV is left on ( the TV battery will draw until it is dead). While you are driving they don't take power used to charge a trailer battery if one is in place. they are powered by the battery in the TV along with the stop/tail lights of the TV. I pull a trailer behind my Harley, they are factory 20 bulb leds and they are incredibly bright, it is too bad that we can't use these, (perhaps they can be bought on eBay) but they would be a totally new housing to get these deluxe lights. they are not like a regular tail light bulb.

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Old 02-10-2012, 11:13 PM   #20
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Simple problem. Some cheap tail light converter boxes are not rated for LED lighting. I work at a car dealership and we had to advise our customers not to use trailers with LED lighting until we got the updated trailer wiring controllers. I think someone hit on the problem already about the electronics in the cheap converters "leak" voltage. And it doesn't take much power to make LEDs glow.

Your options at this point are: 1)live with it, 2)pay the extra money for the converter that's LED rated, 3)build the pig tail with resistors to fool the cheap controller.

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Old 02-11-2012, 08:20 AM   #21
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Hi: Denece... I had a similar case but it was only one LED of the ten on the right side stop/turn/tail (end of circuit). Saw it glowing in the night, with the trailer unhooked, so next day I went back and tightened all connections and removed the ground from the frame, sanded off the rust, and replaced it.
Results were "Lights Out"!!!
I always try the simple solutions first...and it seems I do simple really well. LoL
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Old 02-11-2012, 08:53 AM   #22
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Hi: Denece... I had a similar case but it was only one LED of the ten on the right side stop/turn/tail (end of circuit). Saw it glowing in the night, with the trailer unhooked, so next day I went back and tightened all connections and removed the ground from the frame, sanded off the rust, and replaced it.
Results were "Lights Out"!!!
I always try the simple solutions first...and it seems I do simple really well. LoL
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As a side note. I used to maintain a fleet of rental trailers. I learned that the ground needs to be soldered to the frame, not attached with a screw. Alternatively, you can run a separate ground wire to each light.
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A follow up to all your kind suggestions. We contacted Curt who were "aghast" that we had a problem. (Hah!) They sent us a new harness, just like the old one. I mean exactly. So the LEDs still glow. For now we will just be unplugging the egg when not being towed, but once we get the To Do list whittled down some we will have to do the resistor pigtail.
The sad part is that Curt is telling people that the LEDs will take a "couple of months" to run down the TV battery when hubby's calculations put it closer to two DAYS! (He's a retired engineer).
So, I think it's up to us to pass the word so some poor soul doesn't end up stuck in the boondocks with a dead tug!
LEDS will drain your battery if left on 24/7.
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And now you know who the retired engineers that almost flunked engineering work for. Designing LED converters, designing wiring for trucks and so on.
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You may want to try a different brand of harness. I changed the tail lights over to LED last year on my Scamp and haven't had that problem and its attached to a Subaru as well. The harness came from UHaul so have no idea what brand it actually is.
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I agree with Carol. Get a refund and then purchase a different brand.
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I was just thinking about what I need/want to do to the Egg'ster and realized I have full LED trailer lights (outside) and no problem with glowing. But I do have one other annoying problem - when the hazard lights flash on the car, nothing happens on the trailer. Well, one tail lamp flickers weakly if the trailer has LED tail lamps, but nothing on regular bulbs.

I have a non-powered tail lamp convertor from Uhaul. Had a convertor box from a trailer shop, but the left turn diode burnt out. Uhaul even had a tech bulletin about it.

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One tail light "on"

Purchased an older model Scamp last fall that has replacement LED tail lights which were installed by the previous owner within the last 3 years. I've been keeping the parked trailer plugged in to house power. Just within the last week we have noticed that one of the tail lights is emitting a very small amount of light - it's so low that you can only see it in the dark from directly behind the trailer. Any ideas?
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