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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-18-2001, 07:09 PM
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Wiring for towing

I have learned a lot from all of you, just by reading the posts on this board. Thanks so much. Now I have a question. I will be flat towing my jeep next weekend for the first time. How do I get the lights on the jeep to work while it's being towed?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-18-2001, 08:34 PM
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Re: Wiring for towing

well an easy way is to buy the two tail lights with long cables that attach with magnets to the rear of the towed vehicle. get at u-haul for around $30. then also get the matching male/female plug for the tow-er and splice into tail-light wires.

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Re: Wiring for towing

Fill out your profile; what kind of jeep are you towing? I can only speak to what I learned about my CJ. I wired in a plug on my grill; Then I made a pigtail to quickly hook the tow vehicle to the CJ; ran wires to the rear harness and spliced into the circuit; nothing worked. It has something to do with the power feeding back through the circuit. I think if you put some diodes downstream of the splice you can utilize the towed vehicle's lights; I haven't had time to do that yet, so my solution was to scab some $6 lights onto the back end and spliced them to my plug.

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