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Upgrades (non TDI Engine related) The place of handling, lighting and other upgrades that do not relate to the performance or economy of the TDI engine. In other words upgrades to your TDI that don't fit into TDI Fuel Economy & TDI Engine Enhancements.Please note the Performance Disclaimer

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Old October 10th, 2018, 11:31   #3301
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I've already gotten a request to make them bigger which I have not yet done and now a request to make them smaller. As you can see the scale slip pic has been fixed.
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Old October 10th, 2018, 11:43   #3302
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Well you still have on huge pic of loading that lathe.

Just for everyone else's benefit post a smaller pic 800x600 that is clickable to the larger full size image. Then you don't blow the page limits out and those that want high resolution can have it too. I am on a 22" monitor and still blowing my screen out by more than half. I have no idea why someone needs a weigh slip the size of Texas to look at.
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Old October 10th, 2018, 12:15   #3303
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Since this is the towing thread I thought I'd ask about my wiring issue here.

I have a uhaul hitch installed by the previous owner. When I hook up my trailer all the lights work for a couple seconds and then I get a lamp sign on the dash and the running lights go out on the trailer.

My brake lights and turn signal lights still operate. It's just the running lights on the trailer that won't work.

Any idea what it could be?

From my research is could be a bad ground connection or one of the wires got frayed as the previous owner did not run the wire to the hitch. Its just sitting in the trunk so I assume he just placed it out the back of the trunk and closed the lid on it.
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Old October 10th, 2018, 16:11   #3304
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Try replacing some of the incandescent trailer bulbs with LEDs. This decreases the load (if you add it up, it can be a lot of amps). You can also replace the wiring with a powered wiring kit which takes power from the battery directly; the draw from a trailer is too much for the electrical system. I left the running lights with incandescent bulbs - if you go all LED, the lack of load is interpreted as a burnt out bulb.
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Old October 10th, 2018, 17:10   #3305
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Reasons like this is why I went with trailer module.

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Old October 10th, 2018, 17:49   #3306
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I've already gotten a request to make them bigger which I have not yet done and now a request to make them smaller. As you can see the scale slip pic has been fixed.
don't worry about it, thanks for posting pics, man

nice lathe, btw
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Old October 11th, 2018, 05:40   #3307
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@phantom1260 Bulb monitoring on the car is getting mad that there is the additional load from the all the trailer bulbs. Ideal solution is a factory trailer light module (control module that provides the trailer light signals, INDEPENDENT of the car light system). But a powered trailer light module will take load of the car and works for most people.

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Old October 11th, 2018, 05:56   #3308
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Thanks for the input. This is why I wanted to post here and get vehicle specific feedback before I went hunting down loose ground connections.

Is there any pre-existing grommet or access I can run the trailer wire through to the hitch. To avoid running it out of the trunk?
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Old October 11th, 2018, 07:51   #3309
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I'd just run it out the trunk, the amount of times it gets closed in the trunklid pales in comparison to being exposed to the weather full time.
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Old October 12th, 2018, 05:55   #3310
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Yeah, there are grommets, but they are kinda pain to reach. Unless you tow daily or have OCD, then just run it out the trunk like [486] said.

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Old October 14th, 2018, 10:47   #3311
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Rented a "jumping jack" compactor...



Dropped it off at home and then loaded 960 lbs of #57 stone...



The lid is out of view, but I always cover my loads if I can, especially loose stones and dirt...



I'll use the compactor today, shovel the stone directly from the trailer and into a slab form (maybe compact it?), then put the compactor back into the trailer to return it to the rental place.

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Old October 14th, 2018, 10:58   #3312
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I love your trailer. Are you able to lock/secure the lid?
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Old October 14th, 2018, 17:10   #3313
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Thanks!

Lock it? No. I suppose I could put some hinged devices that accept padlocks. I may do that if I travel and need extra security on an overnighter. Still, I'm sure that could be easily defeated with bolt cutters or a crowbar since the box is just wood. Otherwise, the lid is just held in place with ratcheting tiedown straps.

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Old October 15th, 2018, 07:50   #3314
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Thanks for the input. This is why I wanted to post here and get vehicle specific feedback before I went hunting down loose ground connections.

Is there any pre-existing grommet or access I can run the trailer wire through to the hitch. To avoid running it out of the trunk?
With the JSW, I ran the wires out of the drain hole in the spare tire well. The plug drops between the tire well and the rear bumper. Sometimes, I have to fish it off the lip of the rear bumper but it's not a big deal.
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Old October 15th, 2018, 08:21   #3315
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With the JSW, I ran the wires out of the drain hole in the spare tire well. The plug drops between the tire well and the rear bumper. Sometimes, I have to fish it off the lip of the rear bumper but it's not a big deal.

I use this on both my vehicle side and trailer side connectors: Hopkins 48095


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