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Old 06-11-2019, 01:40 PM   #61
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after an emergency situation a couple evenings ago where my trailer became unhitched (tow ball threads stripped!) on a darkening road with narrow shoulders, and realizing my battery powered emergency flashers were worthless. I had an idea for a simple product, a blinker circuit in a 7 blade trailer socket wired so the trailer battery powers the blinker which is sent to the running and brake lights so they all flash like an emergency flasher.
Quite a few people have had the same idea. It makes sense, and apparently works well.
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Old 06-11-2019, 02:49 PM   #62
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I have a commercial made emergency flasher that plugs into the rv plug, as soon as I can get to it I'll post a picture. Here are some pictures
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:57 PM   #63
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Escape is apparently counting on the 40 amp fuse blowing being noticed because something else doesn't work (such as the jack, or that the battery doesn't charge while towing)... because we know that almost no one actually pulls the breakaway plug to test for power every time they hook up.
Found a breakaway switch with an LED that confirms power is at the switch. I knew something like this had to exist.

Breakaway Switch with LED Indicator Light-8507311-Reese Towpower
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Old 06-11-2019, 08:02 PM   #64
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I have a commercial made emergency flasher that plugs into the rv plug, as soon as I can get to it I'll post a picture. Here are some pictures
http://www.amazon.com/Products-006-1.../dp/B003CY95WK
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:06 AM   #65
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Hopkins also has a similar model https://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-20050...gateway&sr=8-4
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Reading the descriptions of both the Reese and the Hopkins products, it sounds like the LEDs only come on when the breakaway switch is activated, which eliminates using them as a quick visual-only check for power without popping the pin, which most folks don’t do as standard part of their preflight. I don’t. Maybe I should rethink that.
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Reading the descriptions of both the Reese and the Hopkins products, it sounds like the LEDs only come on when the breakaway switch is activated, which eliminates using them as a quick visual-only check for power without popping the pin, which most folks don’t do as standard part of their preflight. I don’t. Maybe I should rethink that.
That is correct, but it still has value. Before hooking up the 7-pin one can simply pull the pin and look for the red LED to light up which confirms a complete circuit. Much easier than going back to the wheels and listening for the brake magnets or unchocking and trying to drag the trailer with the tow vehicle. Just as a point of reference I have attached what Escape officially suggests doing which is the latter.
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That is correct, but it still has value. Before hooking up the 7-pin one can simply pull the pin and look for the red LED to light up which confirms a complete circuit. Much easier than going back to the wheels and listening for the brake magnets or unchocking and trying to drag the trailer with the tow vehicle. Just as a point of reference I have attached what Escape officially suggests doing which is the latter.
That underlined "Before" is important - some vehicles will have their electrical system damaged it the pin is pulled while the trailer is connected.
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Old 06-12-2019, 03:46 PM   #69
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I also used a DC to DC converter (also known as a Battery to Battery Charger - mine is a Sterling). I installed a separate charge circuit of #4 cable with an ATV plug at the truck bumper for disconnecting the trailer.
This is what I had in mind for using a DC-DC converter, aka BtoB charger. This would fit my pattern of travel during long trips, when I tow for a day every week or two. But I'm concerned about BtoB failure making it impossible to charge the batteries via 120V plug-in, as you mentioned in a later post. Hmm.
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After installing your B2B charger did you notice a decrease in gas mileage when towing? The change if any might be too small to be noticeable, but I'm curious.
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