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Old 10-02-2013, 09:31 AM   #1
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Backup lights

We were a little surprised to realize that backup lights aren't standard. I think some have added this -- We're trying to figure out if it's necessary, because it seems like a big deal to do. Our Airstream had backup lights.
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I have never had them on any trailer, nor felt the need for them. The times I have had to reverse in the dark, with no other light, I can't recall there being an issue. I got it done with very little problem.

I guess there would be no harm in having them though, but it seems we can get carried away with adding lots of unnecessary items.
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:14 AM   #3
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I have never had them on any trailer, nor felt the need for them. The times I have had to reverse in the dark, with no other light, I can't recall there being an issue. I got it done with very little problem.

I guess there would be no harm in having them though, but it seems we can get carried away with adding lots of unnecessary items.
I agree with Jim that they are not needed. Probably would be of more value to the spotter than to the driver, but I find that the taillights are usually sufficient to see by. If not, a flashlight is simple for the spotter to use. There are many other options that I would have Reace add before I asked him to add backup lights.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:48 PM   #4
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Ice-breaker, if you don't mind, what are a couple of the options would you ask Reace to add before b/u lights?
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:29 PM   #5
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Humm. I always thought backup lights were to warn someone... I'M BACKING UP look out! Like in parking lots, etc. As a single traveler, they wouldn't help me to back into a site. GOAL. But, if they're important to you it would be worth asking Reace about....
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If your trailer is 21ft and your TV 20ft you could not see any backup lights. Maybe a back-up camera would be more helpful. I use the porch light and the service light on the driver side for lighting up both sides of the trailer. The wife is the spotter.
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Ice-breaker, if you don't mind, what are a couple of the options would you ask Reace to add before b/u lights?
Lots of choices. The options we chose are listed here. E-Day is Nearly Here

I would pick any of the options we got over backup lights.
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We were a little surprised to realize that backup lights aren't standard.
Most RV trailer electrical connections do not include the backup light circuit; most trailers don't have backup lights.
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:19 AM   #10
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Most RV trailer electrical connections do not include the backup light circuit; most trailers don't have backup lights.
... mmm well the automotive 7 wire connector and cable does support back up lights.. For whatever reason the rv industry chooses not to implement them on trailers.
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