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Old 11-01-2015, 11:37 AM   #121
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And, if you feel getting to understand relay wiring is not in the cards, a simple heavy duty toggle switch saves the nuisance of plugging and unplugging.

I have a toggle switch. It just gets to be habit pretty quick. Pull into site. Flip switch. As Donna would say easy peasy

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Old 11-01-2015, 11:48 AM   #122
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And, if you feel getting to understand relay wiring is not in the cards, a simple heavy duty toggle switch saves the nuisance of plugging and unplugging.

I have a toggle switch. It just gets to be habit pretty quick. Pull into site. Flip switch. As Donna would say easy peasy

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Ron, how did you wire in the toggle switch? Old Geezers wanna know
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Old 11-01-2015, 12:18 PM   #123
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My truck came with a "tow package" but that didn't include power to the trailer or a brake controller (or a rear view camera). So I added them myself.

I had two choices for the trailer power. Take it from the fuse box or the battery terminal. So I used the battery terminal to an inline fuse, to the toggle switch and then on to the 7 pin connector. Could have have used a relay and had the switch inside but I don't mind popping the hood at the end of a day's driving and flipping the switch. Never hurts to take a quick glance at the engine after a long day's drive.

If I had a factory installed 7 pin power connector that stayed live even with the tug engine off I'd probably look for a suitable place to tap into the line and install a switch.

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Old 11-01-2015, 10:30 PM   #124
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In the late eighties when we were pulling our airstream with a suburban, we went camping for the very first time and stayed hooked up for two days. We were happy to see that we could use lights and pretty much everything else. Only when we went to leave the campground did we realize that we'd been drawing off the suburban battery, which was now dead.

Pretty embarrassing.
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Old 11-01-2015, 10:40 PM   #125
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I can't believe no one said anything to you in two days about being hooked up.

Wonder how Ellen's batteries are now.
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Old 11-02-2015, 07:34 AM   #126
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I have used one of these for past 10 years in various tow vehicles to determine what the factory connection status with the ignition off or on....Amazon.com: CURT 58270 12V LED Connector Tester: CURT: Automotive
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Old 11-02-2015, 05:04 PM   #127
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I'm not a good at fixing this type of thing so next year i will try to find someone to install a switch or something to stop my car from charging the trailer when stopped.
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Old 11-02-2015, 05:05 PM   #128
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Just unplug the trailer, very simple fix.
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Old 11-02-2015, 05:22 PM   #129
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up that's the plan...
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:07 PM   #130
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Don't drain the tow

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Just unplug the trailer, very simple fix.
As Jim said and has been previously noted, one sure way is to unplug the trailer from the tow vehicle and make sure to check the lights before taking off, then you'll catch the unplugged unit and simply hook up and go. Simple is good for me.

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