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Trailer lighting and the 'magic boxes'...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by dremu, Apr 11, 2006.

  1. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    that combine separate brake and turn signals, like the new-fangled vehicles have, into the single brake/blinker on the trailers, like the old vehicles had.

    Is it just me, or is the highly complicated electronic box they sell for $15-20 a couple of fricken diodes? Seems like a pair of 1N4005's or whatever would be a LOT cheaper.

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    diesel4me 1 ton status Premium Member

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    hmmm...could be!..

    I never diseccted one of those "magic boxes"..but it would not suprise me to find out there was only a few diodes inside one!...they charged my friend 70 bucks for one of those boxes recently,when he put a hitch on a Jeep Cherroke!!..I told him I hope they used vaseline!..and I had one sitting in my spare parts box too..I sure could have used that 70 bucks!..:( ..I'd have sold it for 50 and been very happy--seeing I bought it for 20 about 10 years ago,and used it twice!....:crazy:
     
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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Well, my $2 pack of four diodes from Radio Shack is now soldered up and waiting to be installed when this rain clears. Seventy bucks is hilarious!

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