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Old 11-14-2013, 09:34 PM   #1
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Night time Trailer setup

For the first time in 3 years of owning our Wildwood TT, we will be arriving at a back in camp site space after dark... It is easily done in daylight when you can see the parking pad but at night it will be different... The camp ground is unlighted... Since there are no back up lights on most trailers, how do you accomplish this evolution? I am thinking that I might take a portable halogen shop light and plug it into the power / water pedestal to illuminate the pad but not sure how that would work. Putting the DW with a flashlight in her hand behind the trailer to guide me would be comical at best... Ideas or suggestions??
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:49 PM   #2
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I would plug the shop light in with an extension cord and point it away from you as you back in.

Or you could light your space with four glow sticks, one on each corner.
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:03 PM   #3
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The thing that I hate the most about backing at night, the truck's back up lights reflecting on the front of the trailer. This can be blinding. You may take thick paper and tape over those lights.

Take it slow, best of luck.
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:04 PM   #4
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I was parking in a spot as it was getting dark the first year I had the fifth wheel. A neighbor guy walked down with a flood light in hand and used it to light up the area that I was trying to hit. I swore that would be something that I added to my equipment. He held it by hand and made sure not to shine it at me. If we didn't have the extra guy- we'd just point it at the spot, making sure the back was too me.

You'll need to go extra slow and make sure you and the wife circle the truck and camper more than usual to avoid obstacles.
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:53 PM   #5
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I just have my wife stand where I need to go and we play chicken till we get it right. Walkie talkies help on the yelling too.
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:35 PM   #6
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happened to us too. second time out with camper we got to camp ground at dark. just laid a couple flashlights along pad and had the wife keep me from backing into stuff. having a back up camera helped a bunch since I could see her easier
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:43 AM   #7
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I've also heard of folks who use detachable awning lights of plugging them in and laying them down along the path that they are aiming for parking.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:01 AM   #8
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I turn on the two scare lights at the rear of my 5er. Lights up everything on each side. Could wake your neighbors if you arrive too late. No problems yet!
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:14 AM   #9
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I just have my wife stand where I need to go and we play chicken till we get it right. Walkie talkies help on the yelling too.
I use this method too, only I give her a flashlight and a walkie talkie, so far so good. The one time we had to setup in the rain at night, she wasn't really happy with me though. I told her she could try to back it up and i'ld hold the light, she just gave me a really nasty look and got the umbrella...
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:18 AM   #10
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I carry a Streamlight in my camper. If I do not have a spotter and I get somewhere and its dark, I can set it on the ground to light the way. Its great for hooking up, waterproof and mounted on the wall of my underbelly storage, can be charged with 12V off the battery setup or 120v.
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