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Old 08-08-2014, 05:43 AM   #1
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Wiring and the leveling jacks: Question

I want to install a warning light on the dash (red LED) that will come on if the jacks are down and I turn the key to “on”.

The small panel on the left sideboard does have a tiny amber light for a number of functions including indicating that the jacks are in the down position. It is out of my line of sight and only glows if I turn the jack system panel "on". It just isn't enough if I have forgotten that the jacks are still extended or “down”.

I can wire a red LED to come on when the jacks are down by tapping into the line that lights the amber light on the jack panel. I can put the LED on the dash in a position that is in my line of sight and won't be overlooked.

The problem is that in doing this (above) I suspect the red LED is only going to light up when the panel is turned on, defeating the idea of having a red LED light up in my face as soon as the key is turned to "on" whether the panel is turned on or not.

Where would I wire the light to bypass the on/off function of the jack panel? I want it to come on even if the panel has not been turned on.

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Old 08-08-2014, 07:51 PM   #2
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You would have to connect to the sensor at the jack I would think. Ours has a beeper too. I use a check list and a walk around to check everything including putting eyeballs on the jacks, every one, to be sure they are up before driving.


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Old 08-08-2014, 08:28 PM   #3
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I'd think you'd need to either power the jack control panel through the ignition switch. OR put a push button switch that shuts off on each jack so when the jack is up, the switch is pushed in and off. I think dvmweb's idea is simpler. When I put my TV antennae up, I hang a reminder tag I made up on the ignition switch so I don't forget it.
You could keep a pad of PostIt notes on the dashboard and stick one over the speedometer when you put the jacks down.
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