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Discussion in 'My Favorite Mods, Tips, Tricks (and Blunders!)' started by C. VanHart, Apr 1, 2020.
Here is pics of my back up lights for our Roo 235s
I bought the lights on amazon and went with a remote control unit https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JFH6VQH/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Also on amazon to turn them on and off. i was going to tie into the reverse lights but wanted to be able to control them when unhitched as well.
That remote relay has lots of potential uses, so thanks for that! Good work on the lights too!
Great idea on the remote. I plan to do the same thing but I never thought about remote control. Where did you mount the control console?
I'll take more pic's when I can. It's on the frame underneath but pics will show better. The remote works from quite a good distance as well. I always forget to take pic's or videos until after I'm done.
Good idea on the remote. The lights are nice and bright also.
I'm pretty sure in this state (Virginia) if you mount the lights on the back of the trailer they will be required to ONLY COME ON when the vehicle reverse lights come on. Can't have wall mounted switch to turn them on... Another DOT safety feature... With that in mind I would mount them on the sides of the trailer. Most of the time that is all you need to see what's behind you anyway at the back-in spots at the camp ground... Most of us can't see directly behind the trailers anyway.
Back in my JEEP OFF-ROAD days we could get around those special lights by putting 'SOCK TYPE' covers on them when not in use. Now days if they don't follow the safety laws they make you take them off before they will renew your DOT safety inspection sticker haha...
Just something to check on before you commit any monies to it haha
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I guess if it becomes an issue I will put in a disconnect. they can't fail you for a decoration .]"[/QUOTE]
The DOT Safety Inspection will see the lights and probably write you up for bad lights haha... Who knows...
Some states inspect towable vehicles??? Heck, we don't even have motor vehicle inspection here in Alaska to say nothing of inspecting towables... I guess I live a sheltered life up here.
Looks really good they should come in really handy, especially with a remote too.
We dont have vehicle inspections either.
Ok so here are the pics from under the camper looking toward the front hitch. I think it's well enough up there that I shouldn't need additional weather protection. I installed a blade fuse holder and put in a 10 amp fuse. I went light because there is only a total draw of six amps and I would rather it blow the fuse then cause any damage. Also on the third image you can see I ran my negative back to the Battery. This was a common negative run to all the lights and was done because I didn't want to add any more areas for possible rust. I did use Blue locktite on all my mounting screws and also used stainless steel screws to help prevent future rusting
I may put gel on the terminals just to be safe.
So the next thing I did was to install a hardwired EMS. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002UC6RSA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I did this because I don't like the thought of putting a 2-3 hundred dollar piece of equipment out on a pole. I know they make locks but they also make bolt cutters.
The hardest part of this install was running the wires. luckily there was plenty of wire in the back I just had to fight to redirect it were I wanted. also during this ordeal i removed the paneling inside the rear compartment and opened up a dead space which is directly behind the toilet on the inside. I'll post those pics separately. I mounted the monitor for the system on the inside right next to my T stat.
That same unit is in my Amazon wishlist. I have to replace my fridge though, so that comes first and is kind of an ouchie!
Great idea on the remote switch ! I may have to copy this. I have the same EMS and I will never own another camper without one. The first time out after the install, it dropped us off the campground grid six times for low voltage. Ignorance was bliss pre-EMS, I guess. Are you going to make your own bonded plug in case you ever need to run the camper off a generator?
Honestly I haven't gotten that far so thanks for the comment. I'll make sure I do when I get that far. We are planning on dry camping in the fall in Vermont or at least that's the plan who know's with the shutdown.
OK here is the last "Electronic Upgrade" for now. We bought a tail hitch carrier and when I installed it I noticed that the spare was in the way. (they do make an under mount spare carrier but that's down the road.) I wanted to move the spare as far over as possible but was blocking my tail lights. So I installed two extra ones higher up on the trailer. I still kept the lower one somewhat uncovered but now if I put my right turn signal on the new one is clear as day.
they were super easy to wire except for the cramped space. I used https://www.autozone.com/ignition/e...-tite-blue-18-14-gauge-quick-surplice/18663_0 these connectors to tap into the existing wires and since they were inside just wrapped with some electrical tape.
OK here are the three interior projects I did the first is a rack I built to hold the remotes, phones, and I pad. It was going to be made with wood slats across the front but it seemed to bulky so I used chicken wire that I
painted with rubber instead.