Subs and Biscuits . . .

We got over to Gina’s about 9:30 after Jan had fed the deer here at the park. Then about noon I drove over to the Subway to pick us up some sandwiches for lunch. Later, coming back to the rig, I got back on my rig To-Do list.

One of the things I did was replace on of the 12 volt sockets on the dashboard. This one, the one that powers my Brake Buddy Alert Receiver when we travel, had become flakey and intermittent. Luckily I found one at an auto parts store that was a direct replacement so it pretty much just plugged right in.

Later I started changing the way my truck taillights are powered from the rig when we are towing it. Originally I set it up so that the normal truck lights were powered directly by the rig through steering diodes. But the voltage drop across the diodes dimmed the taillights somewhat, even when the truck was not being towed.

So after checking out my taillight lenses to see if I had enough room, I decided to add separate new sockets and bulbs to the lenses.

Here’s how it looked before I started.

Taillight 1


And here’s how it looked after I drilled a hole in the lens and mounted the new bulb socket.

Taillight 2

I ran out of time before I got any further, but next I’ll remove the diodes from the system and then plug the wires from the connector on the front of the truck directly into the new sockets, which should finish things up. I’ll post a follow-up when I’m done.

About 5pm I headed back over to Gina’s so we could head down to San Marcos to have dinner at Red Lobster. Along the way we stopped off at Walgreen’s to pick up some prescriptions for Gina

Dinner was really good, especially the Cheddar Bay Cheese Biscuits, which I think Jan could just eat along with nothing else.

On the way back to the ranch, I made another quick stop at an auto parts store for a couple of more project items for my To-Do list.

Tomorrow, I’m at it again.


Thought for the Day:

Seen on a bumper sticker –

Why do I need a gun? Because I can’t throw a rock at 1155 fps.



2 Responses

  1. I added the extra sockets and bulbs to the tail lights on our CRV… It has worked flawlessly…. Sometimes I leave the parking lights on in the car to go along with the extra bulbs when it gets after dark… Also the brake box activates the brake lights on the car too… Man we are lit up like that Christmas Tree…. But that’s better than the Honda getting plowed into… You’ll be really happy with the new setup…

  2. Rod,

    I’ll know more how it works when we leave here Monday, but it should be fine.

    I can’t leave any truck lights on, because after a few minutes the computer turns them off if the engine is not running.

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