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Old 01-03-2016, 06:23 PM   #1
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Back up flood lights

Due to horrible traffic we ended up at an unfamiliar campground after dark (again). Even with the copilot trying to guide me in via cell phone I found myself having trouble seen what I was backing up into with the minimal interior lights from my dash and other cabin lights. I was thinking if I had some rear mounted LED floods it would have made the process much easier. Anyone have something like that they've added to their coach?
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Old 01-03-2016, 06:29 PM   #2
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WOW, what a great idea! It'd be rather easy to rig it up, using your back up lights to signal a relay to take power from the hot line on the trailer plug to an off-road LED light bar. BOOM daylight
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Old 01-03-2016, 07:06 PM   #3
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This may be a little more than what you are looking for, but I added docking lights to my rig, which helps backing into a site at night significantly. It wasn’t a hard project, just time consuming. You can read about my project here. See post #740.

They make surface mount LED docking lights now that would be much easier to install.

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"jondrew".....On my previous coach, I just added some driving lights under the rear bumper and tapped them into the back up lights. Now with the availability of inexpensive LED strips, you could buy whatever will fit across the back of your coach and even run them around the side a few inches and really light up where you need to go.

You just need to be careful they aren't an issue if used when backing up outside of a campground where they could blind someone. A separate switch would work for that.

This is a photo of a 16' strip I put under the edge of my coach. They're dimmable, but you can imagine the light they would cast with two four foot strips across the bottom edge of the rear of your coach, facing backwards.

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I really like the idea of back-up floods, but I know I'll never get around to it

What I do is place two of my emergency reflective triangles right where I want each of the back corners of the rig to end up - that way, even if I can only see one triangle through a mirror I know I'm clear. They give me highly visible aiming points that I can see clearly through my back-up camera or mirrors... usually both.

I stop backing up when the triangles are just about halfway out of sight of my camera... that puts me just about a foot or so in front of them. They light up brightly from just the standard reverse lights, though I'll also turn on my docking lights as well if there are any side-clearance concerns.

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I really like the idea of back-up floods, but I know I'll never get around to it

What I do is place two of my emergency reflective triangles right where I want each of the back corners of the rig to end up - that way, even if I can only see one triangle through a mirror I know I'm clear. They give me highly visible aiming points that I can see clearly through my back-up camera or mirrors... usually both.

I stop backing up when the triangles are just about halfway out of sight of my camera... that puts me just about a foot or so in front of them. They light up brightly from just the standard reverse lights, though I'll also turn on my docking lights as well if there are any side-clearance concerns.

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I added LED Flood Lights to back of my trailer

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Old 01-03-2016, 08:56 PM   #8
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I added spots just in back of my front wheels. I found that with light only in the back I could not see the 36 foot distance down sides where my front wheels were going while backing up. Now I have light all the way to the rear.
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Just ordered these - Amazon.com: Nilight 2 X 18w 1260lm Cree LED Flood Beam 60 Driving Fog Light Led Work Light Bar Mounting Bracket for SUV Boat 4x4 Jeep Lamp: Automotive. Should work. Plan to add them to the base of the rear cap either side of the hitch receiver.
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I know I'm not a motorhome but I've solved that problem long ago.



I might not be a motorhome but this does help me to see the trailer axle and also make hitching up a breeze. What I'm using is 100w flood light in rubber buckets. Added a relay in the taillight and pull power from my trailer plug and power my 2 floods. Angled out slightly and and can see the trailer rather well in the dark. I'm planning on adding 2 more on the travel trailer so I can see beyond it.
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Wow, what a treasure chest of mods there. How did you secure the PVC pipe Ts that hold the cell booster antenna to the side of your trailer?

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Just ordered these - Amazon.com: Nilight 2 X 18w 1260lm Cree LED Flood Beam 60 Driving Fog Light Led Work Light Bar Mounting Bracket for SUV Boat 4x4 Jeep Lamp: Automotive. Should work. Plan to add them to the base of the rear cap either side of the hitch receiver.
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I just installed the "almost" exact same lights as this person. I say ALMOST because, the ones he ordered are FLOOD, the ones I installed are beam. But, I installed them on both the front and rear of our toad, an '03 Jeep TJ Rubicon. They make ultra nice and bright backup lights. And, since they're LEDs, they draw very little power. You really don't need a relay with more capable wire to run them. I just wired them to my existing backup light wires and WOW, Those things are seriously bright.

And you can't beat that price with a stick. I also replaced the junk 7" round fog lights on the front of the Jeep with a set of those too. Twice as nice as the old 7" round fogs. Now, what you see in the pics is them installed on our Jeep. But, with a tad bit of ingenuity, it would be easy to fit them to the back of a coach for some seriously upgraded back up lights.
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The rig we have now came with what look to be driving lights in the bumper. They do light it up back there and they have their own switch.
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