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What is the best way to hook up the brake and interier lights on my raider truck cap.
04 Silverado,, not sure if there is a plug in hookup or if you need to tap into the harness.
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That's a good question, I don't know the answer but I'd like to know it myself. In the past I have seen a wire hookup from the rear-brake light that enters the cover. There's got to be a "best practices" way of getting it done.
 

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Do you have the trailering package? if so there will be a harness between the cab and box or along the frame on the drivers side at the back of the box to tie the brake light into. For the dome light you will just have to run a power wire from your fuseblock with an on/off switch. Unless someone else knowsof a better way.
 

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i used a 3m scotch lock to hook up the brake light (there is a hole in the bed right by the drivers side brake light) and just taped into a hot wire for the dome light but dont forget to put some type fuse in line for the added protection i also put bullet type connectors for quick disconect if i take the cap off

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What is the best way to hook up the brake and interier lights on my raider truck cap.
04 Silverado,, not sure if there is a plug in hookup or if you need to tap into the harness.
Thanks Kent.
Hi Kent. Did you ever figure out how to hook up the brake and dome light on your truck? I just bought a Raider cap today and need to hook up my electrics (brake and dome lights) and I'm not sure how. Any advice?

John
 

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Thx guys for the help. No John Bo haven"t tackled the job yet to freekin cold and wet to crawl under the truck this week,my hands work better when its above zero outside. I will likely cut into the trailer light harness just inside the rear bumper to pickup the brake light,there should be a light blue wire that is for the high mount brake light circuit. White wire is the ground, I also need to see if the cargo light wire goes back to the rear bumper area to. I will use this to power and switch the internal dome light inside the cap.
Will post the results when I get to it here,but it may be awhile the weather is looking like crap for the next couple weeks here with below normal temps.
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Wiring a third brake light on a Raider cap

Hey Redrider. I couldn't wait to hook up the electrics to my Raider cap as I've been told that it's illegal to cover up your 3rd brake llight as I did when I installed the cap. Last week I took my 2002 Sierra to "Truck Toppers" in Fonthill to have them do the wiring as it was only about $35.00 plus tax. It was a lot less hassle letting them do it as it was done right and it's guaranteed. Now the brake and dome light work perfectly!

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Kent, I was there while it was being connected but I didn't crawl under the back of my truck as he tapped into the existing wiring however I do know that he tapped into the wiring which leads to my harness just below my rear bumper. He was really good and knew exactly what to do. I found out that my brake light (on rear of cap) was shot and had to be replaced. That part cost $50 but like I said the hook-up alone was about $35 and shouldn't take him anymore then 30 minutes.

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Hey Redrider. I couldn't wait to hook up the electrics to my Raider cap as I've been told that it's illegal to cover up your 3rd brake llight as I did when I installed the cap. Last week I took my 2002 Sierra to "Truck Toppers" in Fonthill to have them do the wiring as it was only about $35.00 plus tax. It was a lot less hassle letting them do it as it was done right and it's guaranteed. Now the brake and dome light work perfectly!

Good luck, John
You know, for $35 I agree, that's not a bad way to go.
 

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Post some photos of your truck with the topper on it. ;-)
 

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Third Brake light wire tap for topper camper shell

I wired in my third brake light on the topper I've had a while. I bought for $5 at the wrecking yard an LED bar/strip that are mounted on top of the 90's Suburban/Safari/Blazer/Jimmy. I discovered that there is a wiring harness for trailer lighting on my 97 S10 truck and after some investigation I found that there are 6 total wires that are grouped there. There are two white wires there, one thick, one thinner. the thin one is for brake light only function. The thicker white wire is a ground wire attached to the frame close by.

My truck is: 1997 Chevrolet S10 2WD 2.2 4cyl 5 speed manual
 

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Hi,
Newbie here.
There is a 3rd light waterproof connector in the wiring harness at the back for toppers, but my local dealer says the pigtail to plug into it is 70 bucks! (at least here in canada).

I hate to cut into the wiring and use a crimp connector as it will corrode pretty fast in the salt used on the roads in the winter. I've got some but connectors that self solder and shrink seal so I guess I'll try those.
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Hi,
Newbie here.
There is a 3rd light waterproof connector in the wiring harness at the back for toppers, but my local dealer says the pigtail to plug into it is 70 bucks! (at least here in canada).

I hate to cut into the wiring and use a crimp connector as it will corrode pretty fast in the salt used on the roads in the winter. I've got some but connectors that self solder and shrink seal so I guess I'll try those.
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I would suggest looking at the auto store for some of those weatherproof connectors if available. One tip in using a piggy back splice/crimp connector is to add some light bulb grease where the exposed wire would be before closing/smushing it closed. That'll keep moisture out.
 
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