RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Back up lights

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Do It Yourself Modifications a...


Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Prev
Sponsored By:
philh

Belleville MI

Senior Member

Joined: 05/11/2015

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/08/19 09:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why a conduit instead of something like direct burial 12v wire?

Vintage465

Prunedale CA.

Senior Member

Joined: 05/02/2015

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/08/19 07:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

philh wrote:

Why a conduit instead of something like direct burial 12v wire?

I kind of like the challenge of running EMT. Also, it allows making changes easier.......like adding the side lights. Not very easy to make a clean tap off of a directly mounted cable to power the side lights. This way it's all protected.


V-465
2013 GMC 2500HD Denali. 2015 Creekside 20fq w/450 watts solar. Retiring in 2021, then look-out road, here we come!

Vintage465

Prunedale CA.

Senior Member

Joined: 05/02/2015

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/08/19 07:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rhagfo wrote:

GordonThree wrote:

Nice work, conduit and junction boxes look great.

I have the same lights on my back bumper. Adding a side light on either side is on the Todo list.

Probably illegal in many states but mine are on a switch so they're available if I'm in park, or drive, trying to line up, hook up, pack up, etc.

A tip for the future, upgrade the bolt that couples the light to the bracket to stainless steel, and put a little anti-sieze on it.


If they are wired to the Backup light circuit and only come on when backing not likely illegal. I would have aimed the side lights backwards about 45 degrees.

Yup they are wired into the backup light circuit. I might aim the side lights back a bit. They are mostly for illuminating the side though so I can see.......and my bride.

JRscooby

Indepmo

Senior Member

Joined: 06/10/2019

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/09/19 04:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Backup lights on the back of trailer? Before I back in I normally get out and walk the site. If it is dark, I got a flashlite in hand. I guess if I had lights on trailer I would never need to lay the light to shine on a obstruction. But my eyes must not work as good as most, no matter how much light, I can't see thru a trailer! IMHO, the best place to mount backup lights would be the sides near the front aiming back and slightly out, to light up the sides and what they are likely to hit.

hornet28

Muskegon

Senior Member

Joined: 07/27/2017

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 07/09/19 07:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have had back-up lights on every trailer I've owned since the late 60's. You don't point them straight back but angled off to the side. For the last 20+ yrs I've also added extra bu lights to my trucks. The aftermarket lights are much better at illuminating a wide area





Vintage465

Prunedale CA.

Senior Member

Joined: 05/02/2015

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/10/19 08:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

JRscooby wrote:

Backup lights on the back of trailer? Before I back in I normally get out and walk the site. If it is dark, I got a flashlite in hand. I guess if I had lights on trailer I would never need to lay the light to shine on a obstruction. But my eyes must not work as good as most, no matter how much light, I can't see thru a trailer! IMHO, the best place to mount backup lights would be the sides near the front aiming back and slightly out, to light up the sides and what they are likely to hit.


In my post I should have noted that it's mostly for my wife so she can see when she gets out to back me in. Makes it so she's not tripping on rocks etc. She gets a great view of where the trailer is headed. Also I can see tons down the side of the trailer on both sides and all the stuff that the corner of the trailer is getting close to as I'm backing in.

nremtp143

Georgia

Senior Member

Joined: 08/29/2010

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 07/16/19 04:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My Montana and neither Sandpiper had backup lights, so I out them on there using LEDs from Etrailer. The top ones are actually 10 CLEAR LED lights for the backup and the bottom ones are 10 tail/stop/turn lights to brighten the rear up while on the road.
[image]
[image]
[image]


2016 Montana 3790RD, Legacy Edition, G614s, TST TPMS
2008 Thor Vortex 26FS
2013 F350 DRW 6.7L 4x4, Edge CTS, B&W Companion, Viair 10007 Air System, Firestone Air Bags
2001 Excursion Limited 7.3L 4x4, V/B Springs
2001 Silverado 3500 DRW CCLB 8.1L/Allison 4x4


Vintage465

Prunedale CA.

Senior Member

Joined: 05/02/2015

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/18/19 01:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Those are sweet! Some day I may take the ones on the back, put them on the side and install those sweeties you have there on the tool boxes that the current work lights are mounted under.

* This post was edited 07/18/19 06:14pm by an administrator/moderator *

opnspaces

San Diego Ca

Senior Member

Joined: 12/22/2004

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/18/19 03:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

hornet28 wrote:

I have had back-up lights on every trailer I've owned since the late 60's. You don't point them straight back but angled off to the side. For the last 20+ yrs I've also added extra bu lights to my trucks. The aftermarket lights are much better at illuminating a wide area


For lights that are truly on the back, try aiming them in an X. You still get the center of the space lit up, but you also get a wider pattern to the sides.


1996 Suburban 4x4. 350, 4.10 3/4 ton
2005 Jayco Jay Flight 27BH
1986 Coleman Columbia Popup.

hornet28

Muskegon

Senior Member

Joined: 07/27/2017

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 07/18/19 09:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The flood style work great I just aim them off to the side a bit probably not over 10-15 degrees, certainly not as much as 45 degrees. This is the style I use under the truck bumper.https://www.ebay.com/itm/2x-6INCH-36W-LED-WORK-LIGHT-BAR-SPOT-OFFROAD-ATV-FOG-TRUCK-LAMP-4WD-12V-6/392292938458?hash=item5b567b32da:g[emoticon]oUAAOSw7gdc0UOl

I have 2 pair of this style on the headache rack on my open car trailer. One for back up and 1 for loading. https://www.ebay.com/itm/2PCS-4INCH-27W-Round-LED-WORK-LIGHT-BAR-Spot-OFFROAD-DRIVING-FOG-LAMP-12V-USA/254185654784?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131003132420%26meid%3Dd1fa8248627249abaff91aaf4c5adab3%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D391874642369%26itm%3D254185654784%26pg%3D2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Prev

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Do It Yourself Modifications a...


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2019 CWI, Inc. © 2019 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY | YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS