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Old 03-02-2015, 06:53 PM   #1
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Finished my lights

I have wanted lights for a while so when I found these flush-mount LEDs on ETrailer.com($20 each) I went for it. These lights are plenty bright(I canít look straight into them) and hardly any amperage draw.
I hooked the backup lights into the wiring harness so when the TV is in reverse theyíre lit-up.I also wanted to use these while not hooked up so I spliced in and ran it to a switch with another power source.
As long as I was running wire I put on a utility light for hook-ups and why not light in the front too. The front floods the ground with light for 40 plus feet but I wish it was a little higher.
I ran all the wires to a switch panel just inside the door for easy access. The switches light up when in use so I cant forget to turn them off. I am running the power from an open terminal on the fuse panel, I put a 10amp fuse in.
My only hiccup came when mounting the switches. The switches are a little deep for where I wanted to mount them so I made a wooden spacer, I think it turned out nice. It wasnít actually the switches that where too deep but by the time I connected with spade terminals they almost doubled in depth.
We got some real use out of these on our last trip and am very happy
John
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Old 03-03-2015, 06:56 AM   #2
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Looks great, thanks for the post, I guess I'll have to bite the bullet now.


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Old 03-04-2015, 01:45 PM   #3
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Old 03-14-2015, 08:11 AM   #4
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Nicely done! Really need these on my fifth wheel!! Good job!
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Question on the rear lights... could you have flushed them into the bumper or do you carry something in there? I have thought about doing that to mine but there is a fold up ladder in my rear bumper now.
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Question on the rear lights... could you have flushed them into the bumper or do you carry something in there? I have thought about doing that to mine but there is a fold up ladder in my rear bumper now.
Helmsey, I don't see why you couldn't put them there, but with the back wall of our 365s being hung glass, we should be able to drill a hole for the wires and fish them down and out the bottom. I believe I am going to do this to mine, as well as add one on each side, at the bottom near the rear corners as he did. If I recall correctly, the purple wire in our 7way is not connected and that should be the reverse lights...
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Very nice..
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Helmsey, I don't see why you couldn't put them there, but with the back wall of our 365s being hung glass, we should be able to drill a hole for the wires and fish them down and out the bottom. I believe I am going to do this to mine, as well as add one on each side, at the bottom near the rear corners as he did. If I recall correctly, the purple wire in our 7way is not connected and that should be the reverse lights...
Be sure and document with pictures if you do, please

My thought was to flush them into the bumper and take power from the 12v supply to the electric stab jacks on the rear. I would just add a small toggle switch somewhere out of the way and could manually turn the lights on and off.
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There are two different lights on etrailer. One you have to fluh mount and drill an oval hole. The other has a black flange with two wires coming out of the back. That enables us to drill a small 1/4" hole and then use two small stainless screws to mount it. Then a little trace of silicone and we are good to go. I do like the idea of a toggle switch on the back. That's a great idea! And easy to do!
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Initially I wanted to incorporate a back-up light with the turn/brake lights(LEDs) but after pulling off the old lights I couldn’t find an easy way to chase an extra wire.
I then thought the easiest would be to install on the bumper but I worried about screw heads abrading the sewer hose and wires getting snagged on hose ends.
So I drilled a small hole in the bottom of the trailer and fished up as high as I could go easily. It turned out nice and I am sure I have more light output than an all in one turn/brake/backup.
I also had thought about putting the switches out near the lights but I liked the idea of being able to flip on the lights in the middle of the night so see any strange noises. It would definitely be easier to put the switches closer. Once I decided to run the wire it wasn’t too bad and I had all the wire already.
I had a great chance to use these lights on our last trip. The front light throws out a ton of light to the ground, waist high. Not so good for playing cards at a table, the light was low and left a strong shadow on the top of the table but we got used to it. Later that trip I had to hook up at O’dark-thity, flipped on the lights and could see everything, just like they were made for it…..
One issue (I’m not sure is a problem) because I hooked up a second power source to my camper back-up lights, when I hooked in the trailer harness my utility back-up lights on the truck came on(powered from the camper through the wire harness) My trucks normal back-up lights did not come on just the extra ones that I had hooked into the trailer harness. I am not sure this is bad but I am sure GMC did not expect or plan for power to be coming back from the 7-pin. I could install a diode but I think I’ll just make a mental note and turn off the camper switch before plugging in the harness.
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