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Old 05-30-2017, 06:30 AM   #169
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After reading about the potential consequences of a diode failure I've decided not to go that route, and to go with separate bulbs. Since the bulbs used in the Roadmaster harness look pretty standard, I wonder if it might be a good idea to replace those tungsten bulbs with much brighter LED bulbs? Just a thought.

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I thought about LEDs, but in the end went with the BlueOX BX8869 Bulb And Socket Tail Light Wiring Kit. Camper Parts, Camper Supplies, RV Parts, RV Supplies: RVupgradestore has it for $48.96. The brightness is comparable to the OEM lights.
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Old 05-30-2017, 08:15 AM   #170
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Roadmaster Bulbs

I used the stock incandescent bulbs that came with the Roadmaster kit. I thought they were plenty bright. You certainly could replace them with LED bulbs though. The advantage, in addition to a potentially brighter bulb, would be longer life. Those tail lights are so easy to get off though I really wasn't worried about replacing a bulb.
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Old 05-31-2017, 12:09 AM   #171
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I used the stock incandescent bulbs that came with the Roadmaster kit. I thought they were plenty bright. You certainly could replace them with LED bulbs though. The advantage, in addition to a potentially brighter bulb, would be longer life. Those tail lights are so easy to get off though I really wasn't worried about replacing a bulb.
Are those bulbs using a 1506 base? I think I will add LEDs for the quicker response time and being brighter.

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Why can't you just put a harbor freight battery disconnect on the positive terminal to shut it off when towing? I have a 2013 Ford Focus that uses a key to start it and how I've been towing my car is just disconnecting the ground wire from battery to the frame and tucking the wire down between the plastic stopping it from hitting any metal when towing the car
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Why can't you just put a harbor freight battery disconnect on the positive terminal to shut it off when towing? I have a 2013 Ford Focus that uses a key to start it and how I've been towing my car is just disconnecting the ground wire from battery to the frame and tucking the wire down between the plastic stopping it from hitting any metal when towing the car
You can. It is totally disconnecting the battery so it is your choice.

My 2015 Focus I put a disconnect on the negative because that what Ford says and I didn't want problems with them if something happened. I did find some theroy that by disconnecting the ground there was no chance of getting stray voltage to the transmission and causing it to decide to engage into gear. I do not know if it possible but decided not to take a chance.
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Why can't you just put a harbor freight battery disconnect on the positive terminal to shut it off when towing? I have a 2013 Ford Focus that uses a key to start it and how I've been towing my car is just disconnecting the ground wire from battery to the frame and tucking the wire down between the plastic stopping it from hitting any metal when towing the car
My 2012 Focus Titanium has 89,000 mile on it and I've towed it for the last seven years with a disconnect on the positive terminal. I use the type with a knob you tighten to complete the connection but instead of just loosening the knob to kill the connection, I remove it for the duration of the tow to make sure it couldn't vibrate back tight.

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This is exactly why I bet Ford says to remove the negative and has nothing to do with electronics problems from removing the positive.
Removing the negative first has been the standard procedure for a long time now.
Removing the positive by a careless or uninformed person could be disastrous. I can't believe any mfg. would recommend it to the consumer for any reason.
This hazard is the ONLY reason Ford has for the negative cable disconnect procedure. The problem is, getting to the negative cable is very difficult.

I've towed 2014 and 2016 Focuses four down for years. I carry a small, 1/4 drive, insulated (with shrink wrap) socket wrench and simply disconnect the positive cable from the post. Then, I slip a tennis ball (cut one side open) over the connector and push it down between the front of the battery and the case. The tennis ball ensures the cable / connector doesn't flop around while traveling and guards against any possibility of the connector touching the positive terminal while traveling.

Super easy and NO modification of the cabling required.
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I prefer this ,easy to set up , now just turn the knob & done .
Ultimately, I canít stand this car & am looking forward to something differant .
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I will soon be in the position with my '14 Titanium focus

Thanks for all the good reading. Looks like I will soon be in the same perdicerment with my 14 Focus as we move to a Class C. My one question is how are you all powering your brake assist set ups with the negative post disconnected/switched?
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