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Old 01-12-2014, 08:36 AM   #1
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Anyone build additional docking lights?

My Discovery came with "docking lights," which are more like cute decorations than useful lights for backing at night. I'm thinking about making supplemental lights that could connect to the towing plug to get power when in Reverse.

Not sure how/where I would mount them.

Anyone try this? Got pix to share?
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Old 01-12-2014, 10:49 AM   #2
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How custom or quick of a solution are you looking for?

Bully CR-607 Bully Ball Mount Back-Up Light - Free Shipping on All Orders @ JEGS would be quick. I am still looking for ones for my 5er.
(Link is just a quick find)
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Old 01-12-2014, 11:34 AM   #3
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I have seen Led bars in white, red, and amber, They come in 3,6,8, and I think 12 led light bars. I was thinking of mounting them on my rear mudd flaps. I have seen them on OTR Truckers. I have been thinking about getting the red and the white for ours. Red for break and turn and White for back up. I would run the wires to the Reciver and into those wires.
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:03 PM   #4
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I mounted these 10W LED outdoor units from EBAY on the bottom edge of the back end and wired them into the "reverse" lights. They come on when I put hte transmission in reverse.



10W 20W 30W 50W 100W LED Flood Light Day Warm White Outdoor Landscape Lamp | eBay
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:27 PM   #5
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"Statgeek".........Years ago, I wired two backup lights into the wiring for my docking lights. I tapped into one of the lights and just ran the wire down the frame to the rear. On my Monaco, there is one docking light on each side, just in front of the rear tire. The docking lights were okay, but never great. Since most of these motorhomes use undersized wiring, the rear back up lights I added were never really great, but did help. I added a photo where you can see one of them.

Walmart sells a package of two 12" LEDS that are very bright. I used them under my entry step. I'm going to pull off the backup lights I added and replace them with two sets of the Walmart LEDS just under the fiberglass. This will give a ton more light output and solve the undersized wiring issue since the LEDS require so little power.
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How about changing your current docking lights to LED's? There are several on the market now and the change over would be simple. You might have to use your existing docking light plug but that would be about it and they would look factory installed. Here are a few pictures that might help https://www.google.com/search?q=led+...ih=553&dpr=1.5
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back up the entire underside

I had a problem with the backup lights, 36 feet behind me. as soon as the backup lights went past the drive entry (ditch on each side) there was no more light. I added these to each side just behind the front mud flap. They are powered with a separate switch inside which allow me to leave them on when going forward so I can see where my rear tires are when near curb or other obstacles. Got them at tractor supply. Use a flip switch with a guard to prevent accidental activation.
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Forgot to mention the added directional lights. These LED are bright for use day or night. got them at NAPA and are metal not plastic. Trucker call them "Chicken light" but I call them "thanks for lettin me in". Before these it was always a challenge to have other drivers see or even know I wanted to change lanes. Now, even when they are next to me they know my intentions and some will even slow down to let me move over. Also added similar lights to the rear both up high for trucker to see over the tops of SUV's and lower for small cars to see directly at their level. I have never driven behind my MH but at night it must be some big red display.
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Good ideas here... Guess I need to do a little more investigation. The LED accessory lights that I've seen weren't all that bright. Like that one that's connected to the hitch--easy location.. Are they pretty bright? And do the shine only straight back, or do the also shed light on the sides?
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Good ideas here... Guess I need to do a little more investigation. The LED accessory lights that I've seen weren't all that bright. Like that one that's connected to the hitch--easy location.. Are they pretty bright? And do the shine only straight back, or do the also shed light on the sides?
You might also try to check your current bulb size on ebay for that bulb in LED. Get the brightest one you can find and give that a try. It might be even a simpler fix. I just changed all of of my yard light bulbs to LED, what a difference.
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Bronox--agree! Thanks for the idea.
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