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Old 14 June 2013, 13:16   #51
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Why do I need a towing module? | LED Tow Connect - Tow LED Fitted Trailers Safely

Its clearly the test signal causing the flashing

Then I saw the price
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Old 14 June 2013, 13:57   #52
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I can't believe you said that about the price, it quite clearly says it's inexpensive !!
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Its hard to believe that the manufacturers havent got a fix for this yet, such as being able to turn off the load sensing circuit, but as some reading has revealed, attachment of a trailer causes other changes in some cars, such as additional rear air bag pressure and gear ratio changes to mention a few, so the car needs to know something is behind it.

I also read that its mandatory to have a flasher illuminate on the dash to inform you of a connected trailer light ? .. I didnt know it was mandatory ?

Seems like later BM's and Mercs are the worst for it, as a simple resitor wont cure it, at least not in one circuit .. and that I find strange as some of these vehicles have been fitted with actual led's for some time ... maybe thats a factory option ? and thery are also fitted with a revised bulb failure detection system
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Its hard to believe that the manufacturers havent got a fix for this yet, such as being able to turn off the load sensing circuit, but as some reading has revealed, attachment of a trailer causes other changes in some cars, such as additional rear air bag pressure and gear ratio changes to mention a few, so the car needs to know something is behind it.

I also read that its mandatory to have a flasher illuminate on the dash to inform you of a connected trailer light ? .. I didnt know it was mandatory ?

Seems like later BM's and Mercs are the worst for it, as a simple resitor wont cure it, at least not in one circuit .. and that I find strange as some of these vehicles have been fitted with actual led's for some time ... maybe thats a factory option ? and thery are also fitted with a revised bulb failure detection system
I've had three sets of LED's on different set ups...Crap!..I've gone back to Bog Standard trailer Board for ease of running repairs...(It Can be Dangerous if Lights go U/S in Transit..not to metiom Mr Plod!)
You can always carry a few Bulbs ect...or even get things en-route in case of failure....Try that with LED's... I have!!...IMO Not worth the Hassel!!
Of course if you only go out Once or twice a yr they may last longer..Regular Dunking-Long Miles Been there, tried it!
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I've had three sets of LED's on different set ups...Crap!..I've gone back to Bog Standard trailer Board for ease of running repairs...(It Can be Dangerous if Lights go U/S in Transit..not to metiom Mr Plod!)
You can always carry a few Bulbs ect...or even get things en-route in case of failure....Try that with LED's... I have!!...IMO Not worth the Hassel!!
Of course if you only go out Once or twice a yr they may last longer..Regular Dunking-Long Miles Been there, tried it!
You know .. I was just wiring this set up for the last go .. and one of my solder joints failed as I fitted the Lamp pack back on the board .. and it occurred to me .. is this actually any more reliable ? If something fails with my soldering on the main road .. its not a screw driver and bulb job to fix, with plod breathing down your neck saying .. 'its 3 points if you cant fix it son '
.. and I had visions of carrying a spare set of mag mount lamps ... at which point the validity of the whole exercise was questioned .. maybe we are too ahead of the game fellas ?

one things for sure they work a treat with my works jeep on plant trailers
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I'm sorry I started this thread for some.... But delighted for others....
Finally got round to buying some and wired mine in tonight. All functions work fine, BUT 2 of the 5 indicator LED's are on permanently.

Anyone had anything like this? It's on a 18month old XC90......

Any thoughts, ideas or suggestions appreciated.... :-)
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What happened to the chap from Ireland that was making braided waterproof modular unbreakable LED lighting systems for trailers to spec?
Guaranteed waterproof and unbreakable.
or have I missed something?
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I've had three sets of LED's on different set ups...Crap!..I've gone back to Bog Standard trailer Board for ease of running repairs...(It Can be Dangerous if Lights go U/S in Transit..not to metiom Mr Plod!)
You can always carry a few Bulbs ect...or even get things en-route in case of failure....Try that with LED's... I have!!...IMO Not worth the Hassel!!
Of course if you only go out Once or twice a yr they may last longer..Regular Dunking-Long Miles Been there, tried it!
The ones I am using come with an allegedly watertight connector. My plan is to carry a complete spare cluster which should be no more difficult to change than a bulb. (2 screws & pull the plug).

Having said that, my reasons for changing are more down to where to store the 2m manky plank on arrival at the slip than reliability, and so a change back won't be an issue... If they fail completely to "talk" to the car, I have half planned a set of "mini clusters" that can hang from the supporting woodwork that the LEDs are currently screwed to, and I'll replace the LED multiplug with a couple of Bulgin Buccaneers so the cables can go swimming.


That will keep the mank out the car far more easily!

When I get 5 mins free to finish the wiring I'll tell you how they behave.......



And yes, the trailer detect can (if the car maker has done their job properly) re- calibrate the ABS / stability control / cruise control (load compensation) / switch off the rear fog on the car without the aid of a crappy contact in the plug..... etc etc.

I also thought the extra indicator lamp was mandatory, but my Focus treats a trailer bulb failure as it would one on the car & ups the flash rate instead. It's got a factory fit hitch, so I guess its more a case of "trailer bulb failure indication" is what is mandatory rather than an actual lamp on your dash / annoying buzzer in the boot.
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What happened to the chap from Ireland that was making braided waterproof modular unbreakable LED lighting systems for trailers to spec?
Guaranteed waterproof and unbreakable.
or have I missed something?
Or was he illegally promoting his wares without being a trade member?
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