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Old 08-17-2016, 05:59 PM   #11
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I'm sure that reverse lights are legal everywhere, and even required on motor vehicles (but not trailers).
I'm pretty sure too. Gone through many, many jurisdictions in 3 countries without incident.

I added a rear light, not for backing up, but as part of having 360* lighting. I like to be able to see who or what's out there in the dark. Maybe sometimes I stay in places a little more sketchy than most. I don't need it for backing up at night. My camera and my wife with flashlight and walkie talkie work well enough in the rare case where I'd need to back in at night. If I change my mind it'd be easy to connect to the 7 pin connector.

I find front one very handy.

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Old 08-17-2016, 06:10 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the thoughts.

I am thinking the floodlight - just to help HER see.

In addition to headlamp

So my question is

Where would be a good location?

That looks ok and works ok and maybe doesn't blind her?

It would be on a local switch. I am sure we would not row with it on.

And

The backup cam has infrared night vision.

But I am confident the local floodlight would not mess it up.
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Old 08-17-2016, 06:51 PM   #13
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Where would be a good location?

That looks ok and works ok and maybe doesn't blind her?
I would avoid mounting to the trailer body. An obvious location would be the top of the bumper (one on each side, skewed outward in aim); I would put the bracket on the forward side of the bumper, or on the visible part of the frame rail, so the lamp is protected by the bumper.

To avoid blinding the backing assistant, the light needs to aim down. Ideally I suppose it would be higher than the bumper (so it can aim down more and still cover a good range), but well below eye level... maybe a post sticking up from the spare tire bracket, just high enough for the light to shine over the tire?
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Old 08-17-2016, 07:23 PM   #14
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I would avoid mounting to the trailer body. An obvious location would be the top of the bumper (one on each side, skewed outward in aim); I would put the bracket on the forward side of the bumper, or on the visible part of the frame rail, so the lamp is protected by the bumper.

To avoid blinding the backing assistant, the light needs to aim down. Ideally I suppose it would be higher than the bumper (so it can aim down more and still cover a good range), but well below eye level... maybe a post sticking up from the spare tire bracket, just high enough for the light to shine over the tire?
All good ideas

As I will have a 12v outlet added to the exterior - and we are putting this by the stock 120v exterior - and that is just rear of the wheel wells - curb side

Maybe I DONT hard wire anything in

Just save the $

And have a 12v flood light at the ready

With long wire

And have a way to clamp it onto bumper. Or clamp to top of spare tire area. And angle dos.
. If needed.

Seem like a good idea all around?



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Old 08-17-2016, 08:00 PM   #15
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Lots of solar power motion detector lights on Amazon. You would have to turn them on at the light and not a switch though. I was thinking of them for use while parked away from others.
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Old 08-17-2016, 09:05 PM   #16
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Things change of course but when we ordered the porch and street light were standard, howevery only the porch light is switched inside, meaning to turn on the sreet side you have to walk out in the dark to turn it on.We added a rear and front light and switched them together then switched the street light separately...three rocker switches... one for inside light. Works nice as you can switch all four lights from inside the trailer or turn an individual light off at the lamp.
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Old 08-17-2016, 09:52 PM   #17
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The driver's side standard light on the 21' is handy if turning on the electric for water heater. We do not have that light on a switch. We do have front and back lights we added on switches.

The new 21' has different standard back lights and our added light could not go up high because of that, so it is in the middle. Much smaller range than our front one that is up high. The back one was to be for a clothesline but we have not put that in on this trailer (as we are doing fine with indoor clotheslines.) We use the back one for a security light occasionally.

Of course, it could be used for backing but we come in during the day.
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Old 08-17-2016, 10:34 PM   #18
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Things change of course but when we ordered the porch and street light were standard, howevery only the porch light is switched inside, meaning to turn on the sreet side you have to walk out in the dark to turn it on.We added a rear and front light and switched them together then switched the street light separately...three rocker switches... one for inside light. Works nice as you can switch all four lights from inside the trailer or turn an individual light off at the lamp.
Couldn't agree more. Having to go outside, in the dark, to turn a light on to see what's there made no sense to me. I added the second light on the street side because access to the wiring to put it on a switch would be difficult. So, on mine, the original door light still uses the original switch and the 3 new lights are turned on by a second switch.

And you lucky folks ordering now can ask for what used to an owner mod.

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Old 08-17-2016, 10:43 PM   #19
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It wasn't an option when we had ours built in Feb 2015 Ron, but as the saying goes, 'ask and ye shall receive'. Left controls passenger porch light, right controls driver side porch light.

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Couldn't agree more. Having to go outside, in the dark, to turn a light on to see what's there made no sense to me. Ron
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