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The truck I bought already had a Herin bed on it. The 7 prong rv plug on back works fine but it was wired without a jacalope. My question is there any big advantage of the jacalope. I am not satisfied with the brake controller and want to add a Direct Link,but was just wandering about adding the jacalope at the same time. Thanks

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In my opinion the Jackolopee is a quality built conversion box, and well worth the money I spent for mine. Plus, if you ever have any trailer lighting, or plug, or braking problems the LED's built into the Jackolopee are great for trouble shooting. I don't think you'll ever be sorry for taking the time to put one in your truck. This is my thinking anyway.

 

Ed

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Made my own panel. Wanted something I could fix on the road. Used common automotive 12 volt relays. Put LEDs on the input side and the output side so I know what both sides are doing. Had to add an emergercy flasher section as they did not work on the Volvo trailer plug.

 

 

 

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Looks like you still rely on a three-to-two converter, like a Hoppy which the Jackalopee was designed to eliminate. Only the top end Hoppy model has the reliability to be close to the Jackalopee. Otherwise you just have a relay isolated Hoppy (or similar).

 

I have run with a high end Hoppy for 9 years now. There was no Jackalopee then. But the Hoppy is $85 and for a few dollars more you will have the relay isolation of the Jacckalopee.

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Easy - that is basically a Jack, but you still used the 3 to 2 converter just beefed the outputs. The Jack uses 1 less relay (emergency), the aux is used for trailer power feed.

 

The Jack is a very simple, robust, relay based box. The relays are socketed for easy removal.

 

On mine, I use the heavier cable, (8,2-10,4-12's) so I have a wirenut and tails going to the ground connections, but I have seen the Jack would underwater. (not a cooling recommendation though)

 

Heavy - if what you have works and is a clean install, just use it. The Direct Link does a great job - even through the Jack.

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Yep, I agree. should have said this in the earlier post. Buy a Jackalope. I already had the Hoppy (on the Volvo when I bought it) and had all the relays. The wiring on my Volvo was a disaster. Lights to the trailer did not even work. I pulled a lot of useless wires out where someone tried to make it work. I am just a tinker and like building my own stuff when I can. The Jackalope is a good buy at the price if you don't have all the stuff and the time to make your own.

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Larry Herrin now uses Jackalopees to wire his trucks. You must have one of the pre-Jackalopee Herrin beds.

Jackalopee was developed as an "alternative" to "expertly" done Hoppy based truck lights conversions.

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Yes, this bolt ties together two wires "to make connection".

 

An alternative,

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The external relay was added to drive two massive spot lights driven by the reverse lights.

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