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trailer/caravan electrics

Post by garry clayton » Thu Feb 19, 2015 16:23

Hi
I am going to be fitting electrics for a small trailer to my Aussie moke. Has anyone got got any tips for both either or
1 fitting the electrics
2 legalities on what needs to be wired up, as I don't have hazards.
3 Any places that I should visit when we are travelling around Europe?

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Post by grantourer » Thu Feb 19, 2015 17:06

Hi Garry. You need the basics on your trailer, side lights, brake lights, indicators and if fitted to your vehicle, a rear fog light. Hazards will not be needed if your vehicle does not have them. Our '81 Aussie does not have hazards and we tow with no problem. as for sights to visit, depends where you are aiming for. How about including IMMM 2015 Switzerland in your holiday.
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Re: trailer/caravan electrics

Post by garry clayton » Thu Feb 19, 2015 18:03

Just been looking at the events that are on and have posted on the thread for it. would love to come but have to weigh up whether we can. We have got a wedding to got to in Krakow Poland the weekend before. we are looking at the possibility of going to the wedding first then driving on to the IMMM after.

Thanks for the info on the trailer lighting. Did you get the electrics done or were they on the moke already?

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Post by Doug G » Thu Feb 19, 2015 18:34

If travelling in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland (and plus other EU countries 8) ) you need safety equipment including but not limited to a high visibility jacket, a self-test breathalyser(France), reflective warning triangle etc.

I am sure that the AA and/or the RAC will be able and happy to advise you.

http://shop.theaa.com/store/driving-in-europe
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Post by Nigel(no top)Sykes » Thu Feb 19, 2015 18:56

When I wired up my trailer electrics I simply connected in at the bullet connectors for the rear lights. Pretty easy really as everything is there and just needs some connectors soldering/crimping on some lengths of wire to run to the tow ball area
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Post by garry clayton » Thu Feb 19, 2015 19:41

Thanks Nigel
That is what the plan was as I don't want to cut into the original loom. My only worry is the flasher unit might not me man enough for the job. I was going to look at a mini replacement if it wont do the job.

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Post by Nigel(no top)Sykes » Thu Feb 19, 2015 19:52

When it's all connected up try the indicators, if they are a bit slow then it's easy to swap the flasher unit ..... I think I found the one I used in a box of bits at the back of the garage ( I wasn't going to buy one was I ?)
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Post by grantourer » Thu Feb 19, 2015 20:50

As far as a flasher is concerned. I had problems with mine, until I found a mod on an Aussie site. use a Ford Fiesta electronic one, you will need to add an earth but it works very well. You can get them for the bay of fleas.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FORD-FIESTA-E ... 3a87117337
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Post by Tim » Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:54

Most modern electronic flasher units should be fine. Alternatively if the trailer can be fitted with LED replacement globes that should work too. Personally I've always just used the standard flasher unit, it slows down a little but still flashes OK.

I hope your caravan is tiny. I recently had a crash-course in towing caravans and I wouldn't want to do it with a Moke.

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Post by Nigel(no top)Sykes » Fri Feb 20, 2015 17:46

Google eriba puck Tim. Mines excellent, they're very popular with the mini fraternity though I don't think you have them down there
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Post by Tim » Fri Feb 20, 2015 19:37

Yes, I know pucks. I don't reckon there are many of them here. Our caravans tend to be a bit bigger, and aluminum bodies are much more common than GRP.

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Post by Nigel(no top)Sykes » Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:17

I thought it was the Americans that were always bigger?
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Post by Tim » Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:29

Yeah, their RVs are massive compared to ours. We're in between the US and UK for vehicle size.

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