Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-29-2006, 12:04 AM
Total.Lawn.Care's Avatar
Total.Lawn.Care Total.Lawn.Care is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Posts: 842
Auxillary Power in Ford Truck Trailer Plug

I just installed 12V DC lights in my trailer to run off the Auxillary Power Lead from the trailer light plug. However, to test it, I had to plug my Chevy up to the trailer because my '94 Ford F-150 did not get power to the 12V+ power lead in the trailer plug harness. Upon further head scratching as to why that plug does not have power, I tested the 12+ power lead on my '03 Ford Excursion and low and behold, it does not have power either. Has anyone else experienced this with their Ford Truck?

Is there a wire lead somewhere that needs to the connected to the battery or a fuse installed that I am unaware of. I have looked in the manuals and cannot find anything referencing this 12V+ power lead.

Any suggestions?
__________________
Total Lawn Care &
Pressure Washing


Serving the Greater Savannah Area
www.tlc-lawncare.com
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-29-2006, 01:15 AM
Luvs2Play Luvs2Play is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: West of Seward, NE
Posts: 246
I believe on a Ford, the key has to be in the run position in order to get 12 volts.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-29-2006, 07:56 AM
Fordsuvparts Fordsuvparts is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Morehead Ky
Posts: 519
On a lot of the newer fords the fuse and relay are not in place in the fuse box under the hood. The constant power wire on the ford should be an orange wire.
you probably will have to buy another 30 amp maxi-fuse from an auto parts store to make it work.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-31-2006, 10:45 PM
gammon landscaping gammon landscaping is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: east tennessee
Posts: 551
good question i could not get mine to work on my 99 f250 the other day had the fuse and relay in it and it still would not work.
__________________
236 cat slip and slid
245 massy tractor
99 250 power strock ford
agri metal strawblower
more power and hand tools than i haul
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-01-2006, 08:13 AM
Total.Lawn.Care's Avatar
Total.Lawn.Care Total.Lawn.Care is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Posts: 842
Quote:
Originally Posted by gammon landscaping
good question i could not get mine to work on my 99 f250 the other day had the fuse and relay in it and it still would not work.
I did figure out that on our 2003 Excursion, it works when the key is in the run position. In other words, when the truck is running, it works. I have a friend that said the same thing about his 2006 F-350 dually. Have to have the Maxi-Fuse in and the key in the run position.

I think this is crazy to have to have the key on. You do not want the ignition charged (or truck running) for hours on the jobsite just to run two 12V lights to illuminate the inside of the trailer.

I thought about wiring my interior trailer lights to the brown running lights wire, so that all I have to do is turn on the truck parking lights at night and I would be able to use the interior lights then. Plus it would help identify the truck on the side of the road in those low light conditions late in the evening.
__________________
Total Lawn Care &
Pressure Washing


Serving the Greater Savannah Area
www.tlc-lawncare.com
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-01-2006, 06:59 PM
mike lane lawn care's Avatar
mike lane lawn care mike lane lawn care is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Lenox, MA
Posts: 1,726
what about installing a battery in the trailer that powers the lights? then hook that battery up to a charge controller and plug it into the tow hookup, that way when the truck is running the battery is being charged, and you have lights int he trailer.
__________________
"Your Lawn is Unique, Your Lawn Care Provider Should Be Too"

2005 GMC sierra 2500 4x4
2000 Chevy Astro 4.3l vortec V6
2006 Simplicity Broadmoor
2005 Lawn Boy 21" walk behind
2006 Craftsman 21" 6.0 HP push
2005 tow behind spreader, dethatcher, aerator
2006 5X8 trailer
2005 Echo gt-200R
a slew of hand tools
The list goes on

Rome wasn't built in a day, but they didn't have me working on that project
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-01-2006, 07:01 PM
muddstopper's Avatar
muddstopper muddstopper is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: transition zone
Posts: 2,343
The reason you need the truck running is the very thing you just mentioned. Running aux. lighting, even 12volt interior lights without charging the battery can leave you looking for a jump start. Why not add a bigger battery to your safety brake disconnect and run your lights from there. That way you are not running your vehicle battery down and whenever you crankup and drive off, you recharge your disconnect battery. I use an automotive battery for my brake disconnect and run a hydraulic pump on a dump trailer from that battery, its always charged and has plenty of amps for the hyd. pump.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-01-2006, 07:20 PM
FearThisDeere's Avatar
FearThisDeere FearThisDeere is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Lancaster, MA
Posts: 1,187
Has anyone thought of the push-on lights? I bought two at Walmart for $8 each and they work great. They run off two AA batteries and illuminate a lot. The batteries last for like 100 hours or something like that. They mount flush to the side of the trailer. I have them in my dump trailer and they really throw off a good amount of light. Just buy the more expensive ones, the cheap ones for like $1 each are junk, I know!
__________________
-2005 John Deere 4310 with bucket loader, 5' mowing deck, 5' backblade, 5' boxscraper, and 6' landscape rake
-2003 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT Crew Cab 4X4 5.7L
-1995 Ford F350 XLT Regular Cab 4X4 7.3L PSD with Diamond 8.5' Plow
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:13 PM.

Page generated in 0.09966 seconds with 9 queries