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    I have just got home with a M101 A2 trailer I picked up at Letterkenny. It is in fantastic shape, but needs a few things. It is missing the crank handle for the landing gear. Also, does anyone have any suggestions on modification to electrical system to get lights working with a 12 volt system?
    I would like to change as little as possible, any help would be appreciated greatly.

    Thanks in advance!

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    CUCVFAN in MD was going to get some of the crank handles made. I am not sure if he has any left or what he was asking. Send him a PM.

    In order to use the trailer with a 12V system, all you have to do is make sure the bulbs are 12V!
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    My A2 doesn't have a crank on the landing gear. It's a fold-down. I put a Reese jack on it from TractorSupply that has paid for itself many times over, cheaper than the next item.

    A3 crank reproductions are available on EBay. I think they're a regular item - easy to search.

    I bought a 108"+ 12V lighting kit at Pep Boys. It had a license plate mount that's illumnated from the left light. I disconnected then removed the 24V lights and mounted the 12Vs. Bolt holes matched right up. Ran the wires forward along the 24V wiring and cable tied it every 10" or so, leaving enough extra at the fold point. About 18" from the front of the bed, I started some flexible wire loom/tubing and brought it forward along the A frame iwth enough extra for jackknife. Extra wire is pulled back, coiled and tied underneath out of sight and snag.

    Took about 30 mins.

    Hope yours goes as easily.

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    I was thinking it may be as simple as changing the bulbs. I would like to get a female coonector to adapt to my suburban so I can retain the original connector on the trailer.
    I printed out the TM so I could figure out the electrical system. 415 pages!!!! Good thing its not complicated......
    Thanks for the fast response

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    For the lights you will need to change the bulbs and either add the military connector to your truck or put a civilina connector on the trailer, ther is an electrical junction on the tongue under the metal cover. you can get the correct wiring ends so that you do not have to cut the military harness.

    The A2 landing leg is a simple pivot but many A2's have the A3 landing leg that is a crank up jack. If you have the crank up jack look in the classifieds for the handle. If you can not find one you can cut a slot in the end of a piece of a piece of pipe to turn the jack

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    I thought you were just asking for getting it on the road. Didn't realize you wanted to keep original.

    I'm told that there are 12V bulb replacements but before I could find the number I decided to go the easy way and put on the civilian harness. I'm sure someone here knows those bulb numbers.

    I did see a civilian wired vehicle-end connector/adapter with coiled cord on EBay that makes the conversion to the military connector but I remember that it was 'way more expensive than I wanted to pay to keep the original wiring functioning.

    I figured that it wasn't worth it since I'm towing with an Econoline for freight runs.

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    Bulbs, 1156 and 97 will get you there, 2 ea. If you add a military trailer receptacle to your pintlle hitch and put a 4 flat on the back, you can use not only the hitch, but the trailer with any vehicle with a receiver hitch.
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    either add the military connector to your truck or put a civilina connector on the trailer,
    just take a connector/plug from both ends/needs and have an auto electrical shop make you up a cable (civi plug on one end, Mil plug on the other) then you will have everything you need and won't have to change anything..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Recovry4x4 View Post
    Bulbs, 1156 and 97 will get you there, 2 ea. If you add a military trailer receptacle to your pintlle hitch and put a 4 flat on the back, you can use not only the hitch, but the trailer with any vehicle with a receiver hitch.
    I would like to add to what Kenny said and let you know that Grote sells LED tail lights that are omni-volt, operating from 10-32 volts. They are super bright which is a plus in my book. You want to be seen.

    A dealer on eBay sells them for around $25 each BIN or make an offer for $21 or so.

    The military connector for the trailer runs $23 or so from Erik's Military Supply.
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    I will be mounting a military connector to my suburban too so that I can remain "authentic" with the trailer and then get those LED's that run off 10-32 volts.
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