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dedmiston wrote:

JRscooby wrote:

Tyler0215 wrote:

Why?


IMHO, it is a good idea to carry a flasher in someplace handy incase you need to unhook along side the highway.
As for markers in a campground, go sleep in a truckstop.


He probably wouldn't be connected to 110 in that case. Just a guess.


Jump between the battery charge line to the taillight line, power would come from battery. (When shore power the converter feeds)

Skibane wrote:

The clearance lights on a lot of modern trailers are LED, and don't draw enough current to make a typical flasher...flash.


Might be right, but 1 incandescent bulb will trip a flasher. The trailer will have at least a dozen lamps. Don't know if would work or not...

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JRscooby wrote:

dedmiston wrote:

JRscooby wrote:

Tyler0215 wrote:

Why?


IMHO, it is a good idea to carry a flasher in someplace handy incase you need to unhook along side the highway.
As for markers in a campground, go sleep in a truckstop.


He probably wouldn't be connected to 110 in that case. Just a guess.


Jump between the battery charge line to the taillight line, power would come from battery. (When shore power the converter feeds)

Skibane wrote:

The clearance lights on a lot of modern trailers are LED, and don't draw enough current to make a typical flasher...flash.


Might be right, but 1 incandescent bulb will trip a flasher. The trailer will have at least a dozen lamps. Don't know if would work or not...


Newer vehicles have led lights and the flasher works for those, so no reason why it would not work for a trailer.

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Path,

I have one direct answer that might help.
Years ago someone patented a light switch for houses that could set the outside flashing in the case of an emergency and I never heard more about it. I can't find any reference, but maybe you could rig such a thing.

The indirect answer. Walk outside with your smartphone and record the Lat/long of your house. Give that to people in stead of a street address. Tell them to put those numbers in the car GPS.

Wishing you and yours all the best.

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As someone said a standard "HD" two pin blinker in the 7-pin socket (yup the plug is really a female so socket)

And a pair of earplugs to block out the screams of your neighbors.

Please do not do that. at least at night.


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@path1. Sorry to hear of your situation and best to both of you. I, nor anyone else could have likely imagined why you were asking this.
I have another suggestion.
Like someone suggested giving your lat/long coordinates, you can drop a location pin on your phone map and then send that location via text.
Or, for deliveries, presume you know the “wrong” street name. Why not just use that street name for your delivery address if that’s what gets someone to the right place?
It’s not a solution for the overarching problem, but it should work.


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Solar powered post lamp at your driveway entrance with an address sign made with 4" reflective letters and numerals? Advise those who travel to your property to use the original address if they navigate with GPS since Google apparently works at their own speed?

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Bicycle light raised with 8' PVC pipe or 16' if needed. Or Christmas lights on a pole with an extension cord, etc.


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Boon Docker wrote:

Newer vehicles have led lights and the flasher works for those, so no reason why it would not work for a trailer.


Most newer vehicles don't have a flasher - They just use a few lines of software in the "body control module" to turn the lights on and off.

The old-style mechanical flashers tend to be pretty picky about how much current will make them blink - and how fast they'll blink.

One bulb would burn out, and suddenly you had all the others no longer blinking. Add a couple more bulbs on a trailer, and suddenly you had them all hyper-blinking dozens of times per second.

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Get one of these and mount it where it is easily accessible and can be seen.

https://www.amazon.com/RISOON-Flashing-Waterproof-Construction-Navigation/dp/B08FX2XWDW/ref=asc_df_B08FX2XWDW/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=475826875892&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=16466316205334666780&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=t&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9025362&hvtargid=pla-1012177342921&th=1

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Solid state flashers with the same pin configuration as the old round “can” types have been available for years. They work with both incandescent and LED bulbs.

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