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Post: # 14233Post zildjian
July 12th, 2016, 9:36 pm

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July 13th, 2016, 1:49 pm

Will everything work electrically from the caravan/towing plug alongside towball?

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Post: # 14250Post zildjian
July 13th, 2016, 4:35 pm

Ideally needs the second grey plug wiring in alongside, that or the new multi-pin
then you get charging of camper's leisure battery, reversing lamp, and (i think) habitation lighting and fridge thrown in as well

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July 15th, 2016, 8:28 pm

thankyou and i would guess then that is in the ignition circuit as the fridge could flatten car battery

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Post: # 14324Post Black Countryman
July 16th, 2016, 11:29 pm

Another stupid question.

My pick up towbar has black & grey sockets which match the black and grey plugs on the demountable.

I want to tow my boat up to Abersoch next weekend and need a lighting board on the back of the boat.

Ideally, i would like a splitter so that I can run the black socket to both the demountable & the lighting board. Is such a thing available?

If not, would I be legal with just the lighting board and no rear lights on the demountable?

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Post: # 14378Post zildjian
July 18th, 2016, 9:41 pm

Popular consensus is; it would probably work but try it see if having a few lights on at once blows a fuse, (either)
unplug camper, and or refit LED bulbs on back of everything to be on safe side, these use a fraction the current your bulbs do as they aren't creating any heat as a by product only light

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Post: # 14468Post Alexd
July 24th, 2016, 7:31 pm

Question.
As an insulated unit and essentially just sat in back of a truck
How does the earth work?
I always imagined a trailer or caravan would be properly grounded through the towball being metal

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Post: # 14474Post saDgit
July 25th, 2016, 7:55 am

Alexd wrote:Question.
As an insulated unit and essentially just sat in back of a truck
How does the earth work?
I always imagined a trailer or caravan would be properly grounded through the towball being metal
The towing sockets on the back of the truck - 12N (black), 12S (grey), or single 13-pin - carry earth leads back to the truck's chassis as well as power leads to the camper/trailer/caravan.
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Post: # 14478Post Alexd
July 25th, 2016, 12:29 pm

Thank,
I' D just wondered if the metal-metal of tow hitch was used in any way

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Post: # 14479Post keeflester
July 25th, 2016, 12:37 pm

Alexd wrote:Thank,
I' D just wondered if the metal-metal of tow hitch was used in any way
Nope. It might be an issue with the trailer lights if the earth connection in the plug fails. You can get some very weird effects, but a well designed lighting system won't be connected to the trailer chassis. Note the caveat.
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