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Old 06-30-2016, 08:47 PM   #1
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Planned modifications to Prairie Schooner....

Although not hatched, I'm busy at home preparing to become the proud parent of Prairie Schooner, a 2017 Escape 19'. I'm planning on installing this for my trip home from the factory after picking it up. We stop a lot at rest areas at night for naps and I like to be seen, particularly around the big rigs. So I'm installing another 7 pin connector which has the top 2 connectors wired together via a fused wire. I'll mount this on the outside of the storage box by drilling a hole for a flush install. All I have to do then is merely plug in the trailer's power cord, thus illuminating all the trailer lights.
First picture is the package and the next is the Hopkins 7 pin connector, my wire kit and the fuse
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Old 06-30-2016, 08:48 PM   #2
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Remember to slip the collar on before connecting the wires, slip down the collar and done.
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Old 06-30-2016, 09:24 PM   #3
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This is a great idea. What size (amps) fuse is appropriate?
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Old 06-30-2016, 10:27 PM   #4
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Jim, you should consider a Second Career as a Hand Model! Your cuticles are magnificent!
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Old 07-01-2016, 09:19 AM   #5
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Great idea. This is a good reminder that the trailer should be unplugged from the tow vehicle during extended stops to eliminate risk of drawing down the battery.

Per the ETI Owner's Manual: "When
the power cord between the travel trailer and the tow vehicle is connected, the trailer and tow vehicle electrical systems operate as one. The trailer battery is recharged by the tow vehicle’s alternator and when parked, the tow vehicle battery can be discharged by prolonged power usage in the trailer. Consequently, when parked and operating from the trailer batteries, the cord between the tow vehicle and travel trailer should be disconnected to avoid running down your tow vehicle battery."
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Jim, you should consider a Second Career as a Hand Model! Your cuticles are magnificent!
I am not even sure why you know this lol :}

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Not for nuthin', but.... If the new trailers will have all exterior LED lights I don't see why a disconnect from the tow vehicle is necessary. Even with an overnight at the Flying J what significant electricity draw could there be?

Oh, wait, I get it. If connected to the tow and you want your trailer lights on then the tow vehicle's parking lights would also be on. Never mind.
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You need a second cup of coffee, Myron.....
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And park it next to big brother...
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Great idea. This is a good reminder that the trailer should be unplugged from the tow vehicle during extended stops to eliminate risk of drawing down the battery.

Per the ETI Owner's Manual: "When
the power cord between the travel trailer and the tow vehicle is connected, the trailer and tow vehicle electrical systems operate as one. The trailer battery is recharged by the tow vehicle’s alternator and when parked, the tow vehicle battery can be discharged by prolonged power usage in the trailer. Consequently, when parked and operating from the trailer batteries, the cord between the tow vehicle and travel trailer should be disconnected to avoid running down your tow vehicle battery."
My F150 shuts off the trailer circuits 15 or 20 minutes after the ignition is turned off. No need to disconnect.
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