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Old 11-14-2013, 04:54 PM   #1
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Magnetic tow lights

Anyone using magnetic lights on their towed vehicle? Any problems, suggestions, etc? Just considering my options.
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Old 11-14-2013, 05:09 PM   #2
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A lot has to do with strength of magnets. Had magnetics for 30,000 miles on vertical side of Jeep. Two lane 65 or 70 mph roads with 18 wheelers coming at you - they did not always hold. With orig. 1990 paint, a few scratches didn't matter. Bought new set and mags much weaker so I transferred old ones. Current 2014 toad - mag lights will be a last resort. I could not test but suspect if mounted on horizontal surface they would wold better.
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Old 11-14-2013, 05:11 PM   #3
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I bought the LED set from Harbor Freight. Placed them on the trunk lid and they scratched the paint. I never even moved the car!
So what I did was get some of that 3M Scotch locking "velcro" (but not velcro, they're plastic) and attached them inside on the parcel shelf behind the rear seat. I can remove them when not in use, they store in the trunk. Works great!
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Old 11-14-2013, 05:14 PM   #4
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Anyone using magnetic lights on their towed vehicle? Any problems, suggestions, etc? Just considering my options.
I don't use them but I saw some reviews on Harbor Freights "100 lb magnets". They are supposedly 95 pounds actual rate and are used under the magnets on their light sets or as replacement magnets. I also saw a label on the magnet to not remove it to avoid scratches.
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Old 11-14-2013, 05:27 PM   #5
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I've been using the magnetic lights for five years now. In fact you can see them standing on the roof of our toad. They work fine. Absolutely no problems. Don't know why I'd want to consider doing anything different.

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Old 11-14-2013, 06:02 PM   #6
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Ive been using them all summer. The ones I bought did have a sticker that said do not remove to prevent scratchs. So far no issues at all with them. We have a 2013 Escape and I am anal about scratchs. No issues at all. I do run the wires inside the SUV and then bring them out on the front corner of the front door and run the rest of the wires under the car. Works perfect for us. I could wire the Escapes lights to the motorhome but this is an easy option for me.
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:40 PM   #7
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I bought a set from HF , mounted them on a board that would fit in the back window deck on the inside. Ran the wire from the front under the car to the trunk, made it were I could put it in the back window and plug it up when it was in use. Just unplug and store in the trunk or MH.
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I use them and have for years. I have the Harbor Fright lights. No scratches and never moved at high speeds. They are currently on sale for $9.98.

Also, I bought a 7 pin round to 4 pin flat adapter at Walmart for $10, making my set up plug and go in a minute.

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I bought the LED set from Harbor Freight. Placed them on the trunk lid and they scratched the paint. I never even moved the car!
So what I did was get some of that 3M Scotch locking "velcro" (but not velcro, they're plastic) and attached them inside on the parcel shelf behind the rear seat. I can remove them when not in use, they store in the trunk. Works great!
Scotch All Weather Fasteners Clear 2-pk. 1"x3" : Target
Exactly what I did, and I agree it works great.
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Old 11-15-2013, 04:18 PM   #10
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I use magnetic lights - they have lenses on both sides (yellow for the front side & red for the rear). I can see the yellow come on when applying brakes or using turn signal. A nice visual confirmation that the lights are working.
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Got a set from Camping World. I set them in the rear window of the toad. Work great.
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I have a set of mag lights. Have used them for nearly ten years. Have worked well.
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I use the HF lights on my pick up. I mount them on the outside corners of the back bumper. No problems at all. i know of others who have had problems with scratches, but I suspect it is from sliding the lights when they are begin installed
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Old 11-15-2013, 07:37 PM   #14
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this is what I have on all my tow trucks and that make it easy to use on the back of what ever is behind the toter



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