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Discussion in 'My Favorite Mods, Tips, Tricks (and Blunders!)' started by Jack Sprat, Dec 30, 2019.
I'm thinking about installing back-up lights on my Pup. Any suggestions/tips etc....
I use my wife with a flashlight. She can see where backup lights can't.
I have a couple of these I slap on the bumper of the pup when I need backup lights:
It's surprising how much light these little guys put out.
Somehow i pictured someone sitting on the back of the pup with a light. Lol.
No she is standing where a wrong turn won't have me needing a new spotter.
I installed a cheap pair of fog lights on the rear bumper of the TT, wired with a switch and relay to the trailer battery.. When needed I jump out turn them "on" .. can also if required turn them on to light up the bush area behind the trailer..
My TT came factory equipped with reverse lights. They are handy, especially with a camera.
I installed two 4" led lights on the rear bumper of my trailer and wired them on a second plug to my back up lights on my truck. Works great.
Reversing lights are one pin o a proper 7 pin harness, if your tow vehicle has that installed.
I took the easy way out and found a battery power spotlight with a magnetic base. I do have to get out to put it on, but I get out anyway to walk my site to make note of the obstacles. I bought it when my last trip I pulled in after dark and backing into a tree lined site with thankfully a hardtop drive. Couldn’t see a dang thing behind me but could see when the camper tire was getting off the road. I rarely have a reliable spotter with me. Thankfully a guy and his young son was walking and helped me out with their flashlight.
Just keep in mind that the permanent mounted backup lights come under the State safety lights rules and have to come ON only when you are in reverse... Having a switch on them in our state VIRGINIA is illegal and the State Safety Inspections won't pass until they are removed...
Pretty sure all other states have same rules...
I have a couple of 10W LED floods mounted way up on the rear of my hybrid. They're not reverse lights, they're "backing lights" or "docking lights". They're not connected to my reverse circuit. I have to switch them on manually from inside the camper. So they're like any other outdoor flood light. The camper has passed inspection here in MA. So I guess they're kosher.
In retrospect, some magnet mount LED floods would have been waaaay easier.
I just changed the stock lights to ones with an extra socket and new lens. I have a LED bulb in the backup spot with a silver reflector, but the rest of the light have 6 inch long LED light under the lens.
I just didn't want too much light to bother others at night. But I wanted anyone behind me that I was backing up.
Section I 10-e of the Virginia Code says vehicles not equipped with reverse lights can have them wired into an independent circuit.
You can also install lights with removable covers.
The LED floods I have are pretty damn bright. But I figured that if I have to back in in the dark, the bright lights won't be an issue for very long. They can cope.
My eyesight is so bad, and my glasses are so thick and scratched and dirty, that I can't see way back there in the mirror anyway. I have my wife yell at me about whats going on back there, and then when I'm too close to something, she yells even louder at me and I go back and take a look.
How many limons are those 10 watt LEDs?
The only time I need backup lights is at night and backing into a campsite. I thought about just putting some floods on the back up the popup and wiring them through a switch to the battery on the camper. When I need the lights go back to the popup and turn them on.