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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterJ View Post
    Well then, sit down every one, this is a true but horrifying story. I hesitate to start said story with " my mate took his new D5........." But, that's also true, where, I am not saying, but had a towpro, second battery isolator, Anderson plugs to the rear for said caravan, 2 way, TPMS repeater and some 12V lines to run some other accessories fitted in the front of the car. The workshop supplied everything except the 2 way and TPMS repeater including the $6000.00 invoice for the 4 days work.LED Trailer LightsLED Trailer Lights
    Yep, I am still shaking my head.
    Bloody hell, then again it could rack up.

    $1000 for the towpro and isolator.
    $500-$1000 for battery (aux)
    $300-$500 Fabricate battery tray

    Thatís $2500 so adds up quickly.

    Antenna, mounts etc and of course whatever the hourly rate all add up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tombie View Post
    Bloody hell, then again it could rack up.

    $1000 for the towpro and isolator.
    $500-$1000 for battery (aux)
    $300-$500 Fabricate battery tray

    Thatís $2500 so adds up quickly.

    Antenna, mounts etc and of course whatever the hourly rate all add up.
    Yes, and so it did rack up, but in this instance no battery tray or battery he used his carryover system from his D4, yes to antenna mount and no doubt a lot of hours spent pulling the inside apart and putting it back together, not much fun at all to do to your 4 day old vehicle. It was just such a shock to me, I do all of this type of stuff myself so I admit to being completely out of touch with what these services cost Having said all this, my mate was extremely happy with the work they did, so in the end that's all that matters.
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    Does anyone happen to have photos of where the wires are that have to be tapped to fit the ballast resistors? What colour wires I'm looking for would be a great help, too.

    The packaging on the resistors - Narva - says they can get to 170 degrees C so guess I will have to mount them in such a way as to not melt or set fire to anything...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Numb Thumbs View Post
    Does anyone happen to have photos of where the wires are that have to be tapped to fit the ballast resistors? What colour wires I'm looking for would be a great help, too.

    The packaging on the resistors - Narva - says they can get to 170 degrees C so guess I will have to mount them in such a way as to not melt or set fire to anything...

    Cheers
    Numb Thumbs
    They do heat up. I've measured them with a infra thermometer but after 20 minutes of continuous operation via the hazard lights (ie both resistors heating up at the same time) only got to 80C. Depends on how / where they are mounted I suppose. Tombie posted somewhere of lower wattage ballast resistors which would probably heat even less.

    Picture below is of D4 looking into the rear passenger side tail light assembly. Perhaps it is similar for a D5 or maybe give you some ideas of where to look.

    You can see the aluminium box the resistors are mounted in. In the top left hand region of the picture you can see where yellow and green wires from the ballast resistors tap (covered in black electrical tape) into the yellow and green wires of a loom that is labelled "Trailer Towing".
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    Thanks, Ferret.

    Cheers
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