Pull behind trailer lights?


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Pull behind trailer lights?

Postby eveready » Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:51 pm



I bought a 4" by 4" trailer from northern tool and I'm having trouble wiring the lights to my 82 wing. Can anyone tell me how to wire the brake and blinkers. And does anyone know the part # for a heavy duty blinker unit?



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Re: Pull behind trailer lights?

Postby bcassel » Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:17 pm

You will need a 5 to 4 wire converter, available from any RV supplier. Our 82 Goldwings have four lamp circuits on the back, your trailer has only three.

Bike: 1) Tail, 2) Brake, 3) Right Turn, 4) Left Turn
Trailer: 1) Tail, 2) Right Turn/Brake, 3) Left Turn/Brake

The converter should cost you about $20.

THEN, you may want to convert your trailer lamps to LED so you don't have such an additional draw on the electrical system and your blinker speed won't be affected.

I installed each of my trailer lamp circuits through an adapter that triggered relays for each circuit. That relay back was powered by a fused circuit direct from the battery.

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Re: Pull behind trailer lights?

Postby Wilcoy02 » Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:39 am

I tied my trailer lights into the gl1100 to the wires under the seat. I did not use anything else. I did use led lights on the trailer. i used the round plug from bike to trailer. I did not use any converters or any other devices. The round plug has pins for 6 items. I only used 4 of the pins. running lights both sides, back lights, turn signals, and brake--and liscense plate light.

Trailer and lights gave me no problems on a trip from Ohio to Sturgis last summer--1300 mies.

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Re: Pull behind trailer lights?

Postby dingdong » Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:39 am

I also would not use the converter. I like the separate brake and signal lights. I just feel safer. Red brake lights and amber signal lights.
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Re: Pull behind trailer lights?

Postby bcassel » Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:47 am

Adding another circuit to the back of the trailer so that it copies the bike is another option. If it's all done in LED, the load would be minimal. I chose to make all my trailers for all my vehicles consistent (boats, camper, utility, cargo, motorcycle pull behind, log splitter).

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Re: Pull behind trailer lights?

Postby eveready » Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:23 am

I plan on getting LED lights because the ones that came with the trailer are dim and flash to quick.
I still don't understand how to tie my brake and blinkers together. It's not like car you just tie in to the tail light.

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Re: Pull behind trailer lights?

Postby Wilcoy02 » Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:07 am

unerneath the seat is a connection with a rubber boot. The green is your ground (It has 2 wires in it now) The other 2 wires are you left and right turn signals. This is where I tied my trailer wires into the bike.

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Re: Pull behind trailer lights?

Postby eveready » Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:14 am

Thats were I tied in but when I tied the brake to it **** would work right, both lights blinked at once. I'm not saying I don't know were the wires are or what is what, I'm saying the don't work wired that way.

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Re: Pull behind trailer lights?

Postby bcassel » Tue Jun 04, 2013 2:01 pm

That is the reason for the converter. Your turn signals on the bike are a totally separate circuit from your brake light. So, you either need another complete circuit and lamps to the back of the trailer, or a converter. It doesn't work any other way.

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Re: Pull behind trailer lights?

Postby eveready » Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:58 pm

Thank you I will get the converter and LED lights. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks again

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Re: Pull behind trailer lights?

Postby NKYWinger » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:42 am

The Hopkins Converter is easy to wire in, it pulls 12V direct from the battery and gives you the proper output for a standard flat 4 connector. As others have mentioned, the connections for brake/running/turn are all under the seat and super easy to get at. It's your option, but my vote is with a converter.....


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