Tail light converter

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Tail light converter

Post by Odie » Sat Nov 23, 2002 2:19 pm

I was looking for a schematic for a tail light converter. My car has separate wires for brake and turn lights but my trailer uses one wire for both. Does anyone know how to make one?<p>Thanks for your input. You're right...I went to Walmart and bought one for $13.00. I make so much stuff, sometimes I overlook the obvious.<p>[ November 24, 2002: Message edited by: Odie ]</p>

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Re: Tail light converter

Post by russlk » Sat Nov 23, 2002 6:28 pm

I think it may be just as easy to wire in a new tail light, but if you want a project, I posted a solution at: http://www.geocities.com/russlk/BRAKEDIR.gif<p>You may have to copy and paste the URL into the address bar because geocities does not allow links.

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Post by Dean Huster » Sat Nov 23, 2002 7:33 pm

That identical question popped up in the "Q & A" column in Poptronics magazine this year. Although the original answer left something to be desired, a subsequent reader input provided two schematics, one using bipolar transistors and the other using MOSFETs. The original question was in the May 2002 issue but I can't remember where the correction/retraction/reader input was (after that, obviously!).<p>However, I recommend that you simply buy the adaptor from a camping supply place such as Camping World (http://www.campingworld.com)or a local RV dealer. Any circuit you build will be larger, probably more expensive, need to be weather-proofed, have to withstand vibration/heat/cold/weather and last (but not least) must be totally reliable since we don't want folks plowing into the back of your trailer because the brake lights failed to work properly.<p>If your trailer has electric brakes, the same recommendation applies, but more so. Folks hauling around travel trailers and fifth-wheel trailers have been doing this for a long time and manufacturers have responded to the various needs such as this.<p>Dean
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Re: Tail light converter

Post by Odie » Sun Nov 24, 2002 9:39 pm

Thanks for your time.

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