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Old 03-19-2009, 10:04 PM   #1
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Extra backup lights for trailers

I needed a way to get extra light behind my trail to help me back up into spaces at night. Even though my wife assists me with a FB radio, it helps to have that extra light. I bought a pair of off road lights used on sand rails and such. I mounted them onto the frame on each side and wired them to the backup light circuit so they only come on when I back up. They adjust up and down so you can get the coverage you desire.
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Old 03-19-2009, 10:16 PM   #2
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Back Up Lights

Neet idea! I will be adding a set to my TT. I do have one question, are those concrete concrete blocks.
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Old 03-19-2009, 10:46 PM   #3
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They almost look like the footings used when you build a deck on a house.
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Old 03-20-2009, 12:35 AM   #4
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Yes, they are concrete pier blocks. Due to my yard having a slight slope, I use them to split the difference when putting my back jacks down. This way it keeps them further apart instead of fully extending them down with less stability. Only use them at home. I will be getting the area graded this summer and fix that slope problem.
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Old 03-20-2009, 08:53 AM   #5
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Talking about back-up lites......my Surveyor came without backup lites, but my Trailmanor had them. I guess there is no industry wide standard??
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Where did you tie into the backup circuit?

I bought my lights last with doing the idea of doing the same thing. The only place I knew to tie in was up front where the TV harness wire connects the trailer. I was also going to put in a 30 amp relay with the backup circuit as the activator.

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Old 03-21-2009, 12:11 AM   #7
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Locate the pin on the connector that operates the back up lights. Follow your TT connector back to a metal box attached to you trailer tongue, usually just under the front of the TT. Open the box and find the wire associated with the back up light pin using a lighted tester pen. Make sure your parking brake is on and wheels choked when you put your tow veh in reverse. By removing the wire screw caps, you will eventually locate the right wire when your pen lights up. Tap into that wire and put the screw cap back on. Run your new wire out of the box and close it up. Now you have your lead for your back up lights. Just don't forget to ground each light as well.
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That is where I was thinking. I wanted to make sure there was not a better place.

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If you have the standard 7 blade plug it will be the only one not being used.
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Hi,
Thought I'd chime in on this one. I'll be putting back-up lights on soon as well. I don't want to assume that all Forest River wiring is the same, but on my Rockwood the wire I need to use is the yellow wire. It is the only one not connected to anything inside the junction box.
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