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Old 12-02-2014, 07:57 PM   #21
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I don't think there is a junction box in my trailer, at least not under a dinette seat, though none of my wiring is there like in newer trailers. I am putting one in that Trillium I am rebuilding right now.
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Old 12-02-2014, 08:33 PM   #22
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Is it possible to get a wire run from the porch light to one of the markers. Then you could use the porch light switch. Just put a Diode in series just before the connection at the porch light, so the porch light doesn't come on when you're driving with the lights on. We are, of course, assuming that the tow vehicle umbilical is unplugged when you're parked.
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Old 12-02-2014, 08:44 PM   #23
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I suggest that whatever you do, use a fused lead as Don suggests several posts back. The exterior lights get their fuse protection from the tow vehicle. A simple jumper across the umbilical or elsewhere sets up an un-fused circuit.
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Old 12-02-2014, 10:16 PM   #24
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I don't think there is a junction box in my trailer, at least not under a dinette seat, though none of my wiring is there like in newer trailers. I am putting one in that Trillium I am rebuilding right now.
Maybe the older Escapes didn't use them. Certainly other brands didn't always. One of the things about my Scamp that I didn't like was that they didn't use a junction box to make the connections in. All the connections were exposed Marrette twist on connectors on the floor of the locker Not something I'd do.

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Old 12-03-2014, 11:27 AM   #25
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Okay, so here's another thought. A lot of folks like to secure their trailer plug by use of one of those devices specific to that, keeping it off the ground, etc. Why not mount a female plug permanently into, say, the storage box, then run the appropriate wires into the trailer with a switch. The switch would be inside, and it wouldn't matter if one forgot to switch it off, since pulling the plug to reconnect to the tow vehicle would essentially do the same thing.
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Old 12-03-2014, 11:31 AM   #26
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I like that idea, just plug in the cord and throw a switch from inside. Simple, thanks for the suggestion, Bob......
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Okay, so here's another thought. A lot of folks like to secure their trailer plug by use of one of those devices specific to that, keeping it off the ground, etc. Why not mount a female plug permanently into, say, the storage box, then run the appropriate wires into the trailer with a switch. The switch would be inside, and it wouldn't matter if one forgot to switch it off, since pulling the plug to reconnect to the tow vehicle would essentially do the same thing.
Sounds like the perfect solution to me. And it only took 25 posts to get there, with no food news on the way.
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Sounds like the perfect solution to me. And it only took 25 posts to get there, with no food news on the way.
Hi: dfandrews... Here's some food for thought... Another plug for the 5.0TA. The umbilical cord from the tow plug in goes to a junction box beside the pin box. Access to the power wires would be available in there. Alf
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Okay, so here's another thought. A lot of folks like to secure their trailer plug by use of one of those devices specific to that, keeping it off the ground, etc. Why not mount a female plug permanently into, say, the storage box, then run the appropriate wires into the trailer with a switch. The switch would be inside, and it wouldn't matter if one forgot to switch it off, since pulling the plug to reconnect to the tow vehicle would essentially do the same thing.
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Why not do a setup like Don shows, and add a switch on long leads to it, which you could bring inside after pluggingg it in?
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Hi: dfandrews... Here's some food for thought... Another plug for the 5.0TA. The umbilical cord from the tow plug in goes to a junction box beside the pin box. Access to the power wires would be available in there. Alf
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Alf,
It is a good access point for the wires, but then we're back to the issue of forgetting to throw the switch, when we hook up to the TV. With SantaCruzer's solution: "and it wouldn't matter if one forgot to switch it off, since pulling the plug to reconnect to the tow vehicle would essentially do the same thing", there's no forgetting, no protection diodes, no tags on the steering wheel, etc.
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