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Old 09-07-2017, 03:58 PM
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For whatever reason I could not power the camera successfully using the power to the backup lights. I forget what I metered it at, but it was below battery voltage. The rest of my charging system is fine, and everything works on the truck. Then I connected the camera lead to the canbus wire which is where they recommended anyhow, and it has been great since.
Well I just got the power wire switched over to the radios power antenna wire and it works fine. So hopefully I'm finally done with the basic install and can get onto the fancy stuff.
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just read through your thread, nice work
Thanks !
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After I take a break and fix something to eat I will upload pics to finish the install.

Tonight I will order the obc control software and hardware and do that howto.
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Rested and fed so here are some more pics of what I got done.

This a maglock.

What makes it unique is its held to the vehicle magnetically and its short out proof. If the end on the cable isn't attached to the plug on the vehicle the contacts have no power on them. A super small amount of force is needed to pull the plug off the socket too. So if you forget to remove the cable and drive off it simply pulls away unplugging itself from the car. No damage and no fuss.

I use these to charge my vehicles when I'm not driving them. So when connected the power from my solar panels charges the vehicles. Only simple solution I came up with keeping 20 plus vehicles charged all the time.
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Nice solution...!

I wanted a good "hidden" charge connector too, so I used the OEM trailer connector - it has a live (fused protected) connection to the battery already. I made a lead from my charger to the OEM 13-pin trailer connector. Done.



Have to be careful not to drive off with it plugged in though!

I attached one of these to remind me.

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Nice solution...!

I wanted a good "hidden" charge connector too, so I used the OEM trailer connector - it has a live (fused protected) connection to the battery already. I made a lead from my charger to the OEM 13-pin trailer connector. Done.



Have to be careful not to drive off with it plugged in though!

I attached one of these to remind me.

I did the same thing with my diesel truck and cars when I had used the block heater cord. Problem was I still kept driving off with the drop cord plugged in anyway

I ended up getting the plug the fire departments and ambulance companies use for their diesels. It has a power solenoid in the center of the plug. When you crank up that thing will spit a power cord 5 feet or more away from the vehicle.
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Nice solution...!

I wanted a good "hidden" charge connector too, so I used the OEM trailer connector - it has a live (fused protected) connection to the battery already. I made a lead from my charger to the OEM 13-pin trailer connector. Done.
Awesome! Do you have a pic of it?
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Awesome! Do you have a pic of it?
https://photos.app.goo.gl/gdJthIQGtEP5ozcu2
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Cheers, Wayne. What's the pin for the battery feed? Just the standard power wire on a 7 pin plug? (I have the 13 -7 pin adapters for both the X5s).

Edit: Also just noticed your tongue is non-removable, but still BMW... weird!
edit edit: Just looked at RealOEM and even theirs is different. Wondering if they're made locally in each country?
Ours are "Hayman Reece" style.
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Cheers, Wayne. What's the pin for the battery feed? Just the standard power wire on a 7 pin plug? (I have the 13 -7 pin adapters for both the X5s).






I used Pin #9 (+ve) and Pin #13 (gnd)...

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