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Old 02-10-2015, 05:10 PM   #1
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Tail Lights for the Toad

I will be towing a 2000 GMC full size in two weeks for the first time. Hitch is ready ... Coach is wired and ready but am wondering how to use the trucks tail lights ... how to wire that, if that can even be accomplished. Or do I have to add lights, I never have liked the additional lights on the bumper. Is it possible to back feed into my existing trailer light connection on the truck?
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You can buy kits for your vehicle. Go to the toads forums and search that forum for your vehicle and you can find out what others are using
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You need to run a wire from the rear lights to the plug on the rv. You will also need diode kits so you dont back feed. Do you have a brake setup for the vehicle being towed
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The RoadMaster support site has a bunch of manuals and information, including tail light wiring.

The page : Roadmaster Inc. - Tow Bars, Braking Systems & RV Accessories

A good document outlining tail light wiring options titled "Universal Wiring Kit (part 154)"
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Thanks ... and no brakes for the toad as of yet ... suggestions? Some say not needed and some say go with the brake box that sits on the floor of the toad.
I think I got the lights figured out
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Don't be intimidated by the diodes and extra wiring. It's an easy project. On your GMC there is a lot of room to work around those lights and will be easy to route the wiring underneath and alongside the frame. Check out YouTube, as well ... I am sure there will be some videos there that will show you exactly how to wire it up! \ken
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Thanks ... and no brakes for the toad as of yet ... suggestions? Some say not needed and some say go with the brake box that sits on the floor of the toad.
I think I got the lights figured out
Lynnford,
I'm towing an '11 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab 4x4 and use the stock tail lights for toad lights. I've set all my toads up that way, including (7) different Jeeps, (1) Toyota Pickup, (1) Honda CRV and as stated, our present toad. It's always worked flawless. And, you don't have to purchase those expensive diodes from RV supply houses. All you need is TWO diodes from Radio Shack. Get the largest ones they have. I think I spent a whopping $4.00 for a three-pack of them.

But, if you'd like any help, be sure to PM me and I'd be glad to assist.
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This is what I used. http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Ox-BX8869.../dp/B003VAUQ2I
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My Mechanic says we can back feed into the trailer light socket on the truck ... no diodes needed ????? I realize they are a one way switch so no current flows to any other place such as the front blinkers. Can it hurt anything else on the truck? I'm a little confused and don't want problems and also realize the simplicity of the installation of the diodes and or the simplicity of just plugging into the existing trailer socket on the truck. I farmed for 22 years before I went into the ministry so I get most of this stuff but this one is a must to work correctly ... HELP
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We use a wireless Towmate TM21 light. We've had ours for five years and other then corrosion in the 7 pin receptacle it is trouble free.
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What kind of braking system are you using on the truck? I hope you are using one? How is it activated?
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You can get a plug and play unit from Amazon whitch plugs into the wiring in the back with all the diods in a small box then run wire to the front and plug in - easy
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You can get a plug and play unit from Amazon whitch plugs into the wiring in the back with all the diods in a small box then run wire to the front and plug in - easy
Link?
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We use a wireless Towmate TM21 light. We've had ours for five years and other then corrosion in the 7 pin receptacle it is trouble free.
Wow, $250 on Amazon. Think that's beyond my squeal point.
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