Hello...I have a brand new Skyline Koala TT which came with the regular standard incondescent lights. I recently bought the Bargman LED tail lights 47-84-612 which are a two light combo (red and amber). I hooked one side up and quickly learned that I could light the tail light and blink the amber light but the brake put both the amber and red lights on...not good.
I called e-trailer and it was determined that I needed a tail light converter. This will allow me to independtly use the red side as the tail and stop, and the amber as a blink only.
My question is how to do this. I understand the "input" and "output" on the converter box but where does that box go on the trailer? Do I find the wires just after the junction box up front or is it more towards the back.
My desire for the new LED's is simply visability during day and good flashers at night. The original "all in one" tail, blink and stop left little to be desired as far as visability.
Greatly appreciate anyone's help on this. Just changed out all clearence lights with LED and that went smooth. This is the last step in the conversion.
The best place to locate the converter is on the inside of the frame on the tongue of the trailer. Find the wiring harness and install the box just before the harness splits off to the right and left.
Don't cut the whole harness, just strip the sheath off and find the individual wires you want to cut/splice. Find a color code online, etrailer.com has good ones. I prefer solder/shrink tubing but I've used crimp on splices with good results often, just cover the crimp with dielectric grease and wrap tightly with good electrical tape. Once done I'd wrap all the wires back together and secure the box with zip ties. Probably shouldn't wrap the box, it may need to dissipate heat.
I totally get the better visibility with the yellow turn signals. When I got our MH it has 3 wire lighting, I re-wired my car hauler to add separate turn signals, much better IMO.
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We kinda had to use a converter to do the opposite for our first pop up and TV. The minivan had amber turn signals that we had to convert to work with the red only lights on the pop up. Should be the same set up as long as you trace and tap into the correct wires. Only difference is which side of the hitch you are working on.
What model Koala do you have? There is a small group of us here, probably less than a dozen since the line is only 2 years old. You may also get more input over at the yahoo group under skylinekoala.
Thanks everyone...I decided to send back the Bargman Red Amber LED for the RED-RED Led. Seems like a lot of work for the extra wire to the Amber. The converter seems straight forward, but I'm not ready to make big changes within the camper wiring just yet.
Changing out the clearence lights and soon to be tail lights have made a big difference so far. I hooked up LED back-up lights that I attached to the underframe as well. Hooked them up to the auxillary center wire on the harness and it lights up my perimeter just enough when backing in. Not intruisive to my neighbors and it gives me a lot of view for the camp site.
Thanks for the Koala forum as well. I joined last night. Have a 26SS and so far we love it.