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Military Trailer Lights, 24v to 12v

Hey everyone, I just purchased an 3/4 ton M101A1 trailer from a military auction (govliquidation.com) and I was wondering if anyone has one of these, if so, what lights do you run now? I'll be rewiring it from the 10-pin military to a 7 pin 12v but I really like the lights on it. Does anyone know of inexpensive tactical lights that work off 12v or if the 24v lights will work on half the voltage? Thanks in advance!

Here are a few pictures of the trailer along with a picture of the style of lights these trailers run.







Here's what the lights look like:
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you should be able to just take the 24 volt bulbs out and put 12 volt bulbs in.
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you should be able to just take the 24 volt bulbs out and put 12 volt bulbs in.
Agree,

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Wow, its never that easy! Haha. Thanks gents!
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That should be all it takes.
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Nice new toy. I've dreamed of one of those for a few years.

What kind of brakes does it have? I saw one on craigs list that said "need to have brakes converted"...but had no idea what that implied.
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Thanks sir! I picked it up for just over $400, I'm going to be using it and its dump feature up in the mountains for pineneedles and firewood. I'm not quite sure what brakes they come with but I know the bigger ones (1 1/2 ton M105's) have air brakes....

I'm looking to swap the axle for one with electric surge brakes (I believe the M101A3's have surge brakes). A2 and A3's have the 8-lug but go for more. The main problem is I'm not sure the stock brakes can function off 12v (I'm not too worried about brakes though).
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Ahh, maybe the one I saw was one of the bigger units with air brakes.
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Yeah, the M105's are too big and tall for what most people need but they're cheaper and their beds make a mean replacement pickup truck bed!
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Hanging in there bro, it's just about groundhog day everyday. I'm gnna shoot you a pm
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