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Old 05-31-2017, 07:29 AM   #1
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Hi. I am a new member and also new to rvs. I am purchasing a 2017 Ford Focus to tow behind a Thor 29G class C. The Ford handbook instructs me to disconnect the battery. Question - with no battery, what powers the Focus lights? The Thor electrics? Thanks for any help to this novice!
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The coach powers the stop/tail lights. You'll need to accomplish this by wiring your tail lights via diodes to a plug on the front end of your car. In my case, I was able to remove the tail light assembly and drill a hole to contain a separate light socket containing a 1157 bulb. (dual element) That way I didn't need to splice into the existing car wire loom. Power from the coach is transferred to the car via a patch cord between the car and the coach.

You'll also need auxiliary brakes for the car. (Most every state requires brakes on towed vehicles over 3,400 lbs.) There are several devices that will activate the brakes on the car when you apply the brakes in the coach. Some auxiliary brake systems even come with a break-a-way option that will apply the brakes in the car should it leave the coach. In addition to all of that the basics are a tow bar and a base plate for the car as well as safety cables or chains.
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Many thanks. You have confirmed that the coach powers the car lights. Great. And yes I am installing a brake buddy.
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Agree...and highly recommend the separate bulb approach. It avoids porential complications.
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Many thanks. You have confirmed that the coach powers the car lights.
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It will, but ONLY if it is wired correctly
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Many thanks. You have confirmed that the coach powers the car lights. Great. And yes I am installing a brake buddy.
Jeff
FYI you can also purchase wireless battery operated magnet mount lights. plug a transmitter into your motorhome tow light connector and it sends a signal to the lights magnetically mounted on the toad. Im currently using these on my latest toad and find they work great. Much brighter than adding 1157 bulbs, only drawback is they do use AA batteries and if you forget to shut them off when you stop for the night the batteries do run out. I got mine from Blazer on Amazon. About $100.00. Also using a Brake Buddy.
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