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Old 11-02-2008, 03:57 PM   #1
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External Lights, Added exterior rear and driver's side lights

It is pretty easy to add external lights to the rear and driver's side of an Escape, these come in handy when parking at night and camping in out of the way places. Please see this link to FiberglassRV.com for details.

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/in...escape+trailer
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Old 01-11-2009, 08:39 PM   #2
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Re: External Lights, Added exterior rear and driver's side lights

I did the same but also had one placed on the front so hooking up and acessing my tongue box was easier. I wish I had also placed one at the rear but thought I could use the backup lights, but have not yet figured a way to wire them in w/o interfering with the normal function. I also wanted them hooked up to a single switch so the "porch light" switch lights all four sides for security purposes. Not to leave them on but just so I could investigate strange noises in the night and/or chase critters away. I boondock camp a lot.

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Old 01-12-2009, 08:03 PM   #3
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Re: External Lights, Added exterior rear and driver's side lights

Hi: All...We have one just behind the 5th. wheel pin leg for night getaways(makes a great indirect night light also), and one on the service side of the trailer for possible night water/ power hookups!!!
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:08 PM   #4
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Re: External Lights, Added exterior rear and driver's side lights


I discussed adding a couple more lights to the back of the my Toad with Reace. He wasn't enthusiastic about how useful they would be in backing. Problem is the backup lights on your tow light up and illuminate the white trailer, making it difficult to see beyond. If you could install a switch to cut the tow vehicle backup lights, it might make the lights on the trailer useful.
He also showed me a neat trick if you want light at the back at camp. I'm not going to describe it because if you mess up, you really mess up. It involves a short piece of wire that connects the backup circuit to the ground, lighting up the backup lights.

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Old 01-12-2009, 09:17 PM   #5
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Re: External Lights, Added exterior rear and driver's side lights

Hi: all...IMHO the only good idea I've seen for reverse lights on a trailer had them mounted on the rear bumper pointing down at the ground.
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Old 01-13-2009, 01:11 PM   #6
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Re: External Lights, Added exterior rear and driver's side lights

Because of the aforementioned situation, I'm trying to figure out a not too expensive rear view camera arrangement. My minivan has a back-up camera that is very useful even in the dark. Systems can be purchased on line, but if one isn't very knowledgeable, major headaches can result. http://www.rvcams.com/merchant2/merc...e_Code=RBCARVS , http://www.rearviewcamera.net/carter...tercamhome.asp , http://www.rvtoyoutlet.com/ are some of the sites I've viewed. I understand they can also function as a rear view mirror, remaining on while towing.
Camping World is no bargain, but the last time I looked, they had some slightly lower prices. If any Escape owner has rigged one up, I'd like to hear from them. I'm looking into one of those license plate cameras, but I've been told that they cannot remain on because the monitor heats up.
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:22 PM   #7
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Re: External Lights, Added exterior rear and driver's side lights

also, sams club has the 100 dollar special. Some are very expensive for what you get,another idea is amazon.com and look under security cameras, pages and pages of all kinds and types .some are good prices some are high.
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All the cameras I've seen are only good for 16' wireless. So you'll have to run wire from the back of the trailer to the unit on the dash.

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Old 01-19-2009, 11:10 PM   #9
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Re: External Lights, Added exterior rear and driver's side lights

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I discussed adding a couple more lights to the back of the my Toad with Reace. He wasn't enthusiastic about how useful they would be in backing. Problem is the backup lights on your tow light up and illuminate the white trailer, making it difficult to see beyond. If you could install a switch to cut the tow vehicle backup lights, it might make the lights on the trailer useful.
He also showed me a neat trick if you want light at the back at camp. I'm not going to describe it because if you mess up, you really mess up. It involves a short piece of wire that connects the backup circuit to the ground, lighting up the backup lights.

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Reace cautioned me on the same thing and he is right but the problem is easily overcome. While backing stop every now and then and shift to nuetral with your foot on the brake. The brake lights alone should give a pretty good picture. Another trick I have seen done is to hang a towel or something over the tow vehicles rear lights.

My personal solution was to add a pair of bright driving lights to the trailer bumper, aimed slightly down and out. Also if the camp sight is very tight I will place a lit flashlight on the ground as an aiming point (I travel alone with no one to assist the backing porcess).

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Old 02-22-2009, 09:15 AM   #10
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Re: External Lights, Added exterior rear and driver's side lights

When Tali and I bought the Outlaw Oliver, we had the factory mount a rear-view camera for us. We have this one...

http://www.rvcams.com/merchant2/merc...ategory_Code=1

and have been very satisfied with it. I find that I can still get a clear signal from the transmitter when the tug is several hundred feet from the trailer.
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