We have a 2002 Exiss living quarters trailer. The lights in the horse compartment only work when plugged into the truck. Is there a way to have these lights also work off of the generator, battery or plug-in?
Posted 2017-01-01 10:58 PM (#169054 - in reply to #169051) Subject: RE: Exiss Lights
Location: Calgary, Canada
Our LQ horse trailer is also wired the same where the horse compartment, manger compartment and outside spot lights only work off of the truck when it is running. When camping and disconnected from the truck, I have a jumper wire made up with a 7 pin connector with two wires (auxillary light wire and ground wire) that have alligator clamps . I have also included an in line fuse on the auxillary light wire. I hook up the 7 pin connector to the plug on the horse trailer and the two alligator clamps to either the LQ battery or to a spare battery if I want to separately power these lights. I find this a lot easier than making wiring changes to the trailer which might result in problems when connected again to the truck. Regards, 3CW
Posted 2017-01-03 5:18 PM (#169064 - in reply to #169051) Subject: RE: Exiss Lights
Location: Calgary, Canada
I am thinking that it MAY be better to keep the two lighting systems separate ... at least when connected to the truck. Not sure if I want my truck to be powering my LQ when going down the road in the event that I leave my battery switch "ON". I would be worried about over loading the hot wire on the truck plug which has a 25 amp fuse (300 watts at 12 volts). It may be more of a problem if I was running my generator on my LQ ... if I fiddled with the wiring and was connected to the truck, PERHAPS my generator would now be powering my truck. Perhaps I am I am worried about nothing but for me, it is best to leave well enough alone. As a rule, I normally leave the battery switch in the "OFF" postion when connected to my truck. Regards, 3CW
Posted 2017-01-04 9:43 AM (#169069 - in reply to #169051) Subject: RE: Exiss Lights
Actually, most every newer LQ trailer has the two systems connected via what they call the "charge line". By charging the LQ batts from the truck, the accessory circuit is tied in to them. Benefit- the lights always work and the batteries stay charged. I've never heard of a wire melting from the truck because of dead batteries.
To the original poster, you'd most likely make this connection towards the front of the trailer. The trailer's wiring starts in the front and goes overhead to the rear, the LQs is all centered around the living area. A wire from the original trailer's Accessory circuit to the batteries will be the easiest way to make this happen. A 30-50 amp fuse in it is customary.