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Old 09-06-2019, 03:03 PM   #1
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Towing the Geo Tracker. Preferred way to run the lights.

We have done a shakedown cruise with our new to us DP and Tracker. We have towed flat many times before and already had the hardware for towing. The Tracker tracks perfectly and is very light. We used a Blue Ox Tow bar and, for the first time a Brake Buddy. The brake buddy works well especially with the sensitivity set at 3 and the air down to 20lbs. It has the added advantage of lighting the brake lights when in operation. I ran an 12v pair back to the battery to prevent draining it.

We used one of the standard cheapo magnetic tow light sets left over from our old toad. I have to say it was not so good with the tracker because the placement choices were not so good. It is a convertible and the magnets did not hold well through the vinyl. They also did not hold when put on the sides.

Has anyone wired the lights directly to the RV and was it easy or convenient to use? do the lights work normally when not towing? If diodes are needed does it make the lights dim?We will be full timing on January and I want it to be easy to hook up.

Then there is the hangs on the back bumper style. Is that secure? Easy to use I suppose.




Thanks in advance for any and all advice.
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Old 09-06-2019, 04:43 PM   #2
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I have used these, batteries last about a year. Just throw them in the back when not needed.
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Old 09-06-2019, 08:58 PM   #3
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The ordinary Roadmaster diode wiring kit works fine. You'll still need the power line from your MH.
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Old 09-07-2019, 07:58 AM   #4
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On my Saturn Vue, I installed a 7 pin receptacle with a spring loaded cover on the front of the Vue under the license plate. I then wired it directly, no diodes, to the Vue's front running lights and turn signals, 4 wires:

Vue's Running lights
Vue's Left turn
Vue's Right Turn
Vue's Ground

I then made a 4 ft long cable that has a 7 pin plug on both ends. four wires, One end plugs into the motorhome, the other plugs into the Vue.

IMPORTANT - My Vue has separate bulbs / circuits for the brake lights and the turn signals. This is important to know because your aux brake system may need to know when the motorhome is applying the brakes by looking at the brake lights. Your aux brake system may require that you install a couple diodes in its sense wires .
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Old 09-09-2019, 07:28 AM   #5
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We had a tracker and like you, found it pulls great. I wired into the tracker tail lights and used diodes.
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