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Monday, February 17, 2014


Let there be light!

And there was light.

This application is best for emergency or temporary lighting. What we have done, is take the running lights off of a stock trailer, electrical wire spliced into the lights as well as a switch and two alligator clips. Then used a car battery to power. And viola! We can see!

Now recharging this car battery.

Since we have a 20 min drive to the shop (one way, everyday except Sundays) Husband came up with an ingenious way to utilize the gas we were already using. No, we aren't switching out batteries, we are piggy backing them.


We basically made small jumper cables, using 12 gauge Romex house wire. Splicing an on/off switch into them. The line is routed under the body and through the frame of the truck so that it doesn't hang nor gets a door closed on it. Then another set of alligator clips are secured to the trucks battery. Once the truck is started, you flip the switch on, and the second battery charges without depleting your other battery. But be sure to turn the switch off when you turn the truck off, or you will kill your working battery.


Rob said...

I saw your 12v lights & my mind flashed to some folks with a cabin in southern Oregon back in '73 or so.
They swapped out their truck battery when needed to give them lights in the cabin.
The other thing I remember is the black water hose on the hill between the spring & their cabin for hot showers.

Providence Acres Farm said...

Have you considered going solar?

mizdeb said...

Great idea!! Amazing what you guys come up with. Thanks for sharing.

Sandy said...


Knucklehead said...

This is a much better solution today that a few years ago now that LED auto lights are available. We used to do this as kids to light our "forts". We'd raid the local autobody/junk yard and grab a battery and a headlight or two. It was also the days before digital cameras everywhere.

I have to ask, though, why not just get a $20 LED lantern that will light up an area quite nicely and will run for hundreds of hours on 4 or 8 D-Cell batteries? Why strip a trailer of lights then go through the trouble of wiring and hauling and recharging auto batteries?

Just curious.

Phelan said...

We are working with what we have on hand.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Surely this is a site well worth seeing.

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