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cj_rezz

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Posted: 05/25/20 11:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My family and I often arrive at campsite late in the day, often when it's dark, as we work a full day at work and then leave town after that.

I came across a great deal on 4 27watt LED Flood lights at Princess Auto and couldn't pass them up as reverse lights for the trailer.

The lights are hooked into the empty wire on the trailer coming off the reverse pin of my 7 pin trailer plug so they come on automatically with my tow vehicle's reverse lights.

I installed 2 at the back of the trailer that light up behind the trailer and to the sides of the trailer and 2 at the front pointing backwards along the sides of the trailer. They are all angled down as to still allow my spotter to look at the trailer without getting blinded.

This mod has made a big difference in the ease of arriving at a campsite in the dark and being able to back it in easily.

The total amps the lights draw, since LED, are under the amp rating for that reverse circuit on my tow vehicle and all wiring I installed was spec'd for the length of the wire run and the amp draw of the lights over that length of wire run.

Picture - for whatever reason, RV.net shows a broken image when I link the the share google photo... so here's a link instead.

* This post was last edited 05/26/20 08:17pm by cj_rezz *   View edit history


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Posted: 05/25/20 01:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good idea and execution.


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Posted: 05/25/20 01:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice!


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Sounds like a nice plan, I like it.

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Posted: 05/26/20 05:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very well executed. Makes my single light on a TT some years ago look stupid ha.


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Posted: 05/26/20 05:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That's a great idea!

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Posted: 05/26/20 05:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I didn't understand backup lights until I saw your picture - great idea, and just where you need light to be when backing in the dark.


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I like it. I also have two LED backups that I added near the front like you did. It makes it a lot easier to back up when out in the desert at night. It also makes it a lot easier to deal with leveling blocks and stabilizer jacks as I don't need to hold a flashlight in one hand.

Have you added a switch so you can turn the lights on even when not hitched up? Currently mine are only wired to the backup circuit on my Suburban. But I found that many times I need to get out and do something while leaving the lights on. The only way to achieve that now is putting on the parking brake and leaving the truck in reverse which I'm not too keen on doing.


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opnspaces wrote:

I like it. I also have two LED backups that I added near the front like you did. It makes it a lot easier to back up when out in the desert at night. It also makes it a lot easier to deal with leveling blocks and stabilizer jacks as I don't need to hold a flashlight in one hand.

Have you added a switch so you can turn the lights on even when not hitched up? Currently mine are only wired to the backup circuit on my Suburban. But I found that many times I need to get out and do something while leaving the lights on. The only way to achieve that now is putting on the parking brake and leaving the truck in reverse which I'm not too keen on doing.


I haven't but that was on my to do list as well! It would be very handy to be able to flip a switch and have some perimeter lighting come on!

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Nice mod !!

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