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Upfitter Switch Uses

What have you connected to Upfitter Switches?

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My vehicle powered inverter has a remote with a electrical tab connection. When 12 volt power is applied to the tab the inverter starts. Used the # 1 user defined switch to supply the power so when engine stops the inverter stops and when the engine runs the inverter starts. A on-delay timer was added to delay the inverter start so no chance inverter using power before engine starts.

Second user defined switch powers the added voltmeter to give voltage of the Transit batteries. Did not want voltmeter drawing power continuously.
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One connects vehicle power to my CTek D250S charger for the house bank. So far I haven't needed it, solar has been plenty, but it's there in case I want/need to charge the house bank while driving.

The next turns on my 3rd-brake-light rear-view camera system. I don't use it all the time, mostly when towing or if I want a better view of what's going on behind me, especially when not in reverse.

I haven't hooked the other two up yet. Third is going to be a "horn disable" switch. Ford honks the horn twice when remote-starting which would be a great way to win friends at a campground on a cold morning...! Of course the upfitter switches are only powered when the engine is on so I'll wire it so the switch must be on to enable the horn.

Haven't quite decided on the fourth yet. I have a large inverter I've thought about tying to the vehicle side for short high-load items like a microwave if I add one, could use it to enable that. Might use it as a way to enable house-bank powered items while driving - say, if I put some "patio lights" on the side/rear of the van for use when camping. I could also turn them on with the fourth switch to make it easier to see while parking or looking for a campsite on a dark night or such... (I need to actually go camping a few times and see how things pan out, see what I really want/need. I'm terrible about waffling when it comes to "possibles"... )
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I've been disappointed by the switches. They're not as flexible as I'd have expected: they only operate as "closure to ground", and they only work when the vehicle is on. So you can't use them to control anything powered just from the house battery, or anything that you might use while camping, or anything where one side of the switched circuit isn't ground. Yes, relays can take care of some problems, but not all. (I have a 2016 -- I think they made some changes to the switches in 2017, but I don't think they changed these aspects.)

In addition, they're positioned right where someone's knee will usually disturb them while moving from driver or passenger seat to the rear of the van -- so I'd be unwilling to have them control something where inadvertent turn-on or turn-off would be an issue.

In the end, I unplugged them, and turned their space, plus the coin-holder, into a new storage cubby. Maybe someday I'll think of a use for one of those switches, but I'm doubtful.
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Switch 1: Vehicle powered inverter for charging house system

Switch 2: front light bar

Switch 3: rear flood lights


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I've been disappointed by the switches. They're not as flexible as I'd have expected: they only operate as "closure to ground", and they only work when the vehicle is on. So you can't use them to control anything powered just from the house battery, or anything that you might use while camping, or anything where one side of the switched circuit isn't ground.
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My thoughts as well.
Ditto. I do use one sw to power a dual cigar receptacle up on the parcel shelf. I connected my gps to it so I have an immediate turn off method if she talks too much. Other than that, looking for good uses for them.

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If only they were Enhanced Upfitter Switches with key off battery use...

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yup -- nice, though being able to select key-on/key-off for more than just the "big" circuits might be nice. i wonder if they'll move them overhead for the transit too.

(this does make me wonder how hard it would be to move the upfitter switches and relays to a different hot circuit -- either "key-off", or "house".)
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I'm currently using 1 to disable my back up beeper. That thing is loud. I plan on using another to run strobes.
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