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Old 02-07-2016, 04:49 AM   #11
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A very Nice job on the install.... Lots of thought gone into your project...

Looking at the specs on the LED LIGHT BAR from the AMAZON site I wasn't able to come up with a required DOT NUMBER for those of us here in the USA. I'm am pretty sure without the DOT NUMBER stamped on the lens we folks here in Virginia would have a state inspection problem. Anything mounted on the front and rear of our vehicles have to follow STATE DOT requirements. Those items mounted that do not qualify must be removed before a State Inspection Sticker can be issued. Another state inspection requirement here in Virginia is that the REVERSE LIGHT must be controlled by the reverse action of the vehicle - not just a switch that the user manually turns on. I personally have not run into this on RV State Inspections but have had problems with my OFF-ROAD Jeep light bars doing similar installs. Just something for all wanting to do this to check into before putting alot of money into your purchase.

The other issue I noticed is that this LED ASSY has an operating 12VDC range of 10VDC to 30VDC. This indicates to me that a buck boost regulator circuit is most likely used and this unit may interfere with HDTV and high frequency radio operations. Of course being a back-up light this probably would not be of much concern to the RV user.

Just some of my thoughts for concern from my past experiences installing vehicle/trailer safety lights...

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Old 02-07-2016, 05:27 AM   #12
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Thanks for posting a well documented and planned mod.

It should be very helpful to anyone contemplating adding these lights or even just routing wiring for any project.
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Old 02-07-2016, 07:50 AM   #13
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Sweet job, Classic!! Thanks for the detailed pics. Another for my list also.
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:43 AM   #14
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Thanks for the info Roy.
At least in Ontario RVs are exempt from annual inspections.

Those lights I used were straight from China. Only documentation was a Chinese sticker on the side of the box. And they are cheap
I'm sure a DOT registered light can be used, but I was looking for a LED that was bright, black and low profile so it wouldn't hang lower than the hitch mounting bar. With these low profile lights the mounting bar would be the first thing to hit the ground if the rig went up one of those rear end scraping inclines. I didn't want the lights to get scraped off.
These lights fit the bill.

I was unaware of the HDTV interference. I hope I never back into a sight next to you while you are watching TV. You'll know why you lost your channel
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:00 AM   #15
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I have been looking for this all weekend.....I knew I saw it here somewhere. Is it possible to use the harness on the factory installed wiring for the rear hitch for reverse lights?
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Very nice, I have thought of doing it for a few years. I have been concerned about the dog's tie out catching on them as our htt is very low to the ground.
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:14 AM   #17
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I have been looking for this all weekend.....I knew I saw it here somewhere. Is it possible to use the harness on the factory installed wiring for the rear hitch for reverse lights?
Only if you have a Cedar Creek!

I called Jayco (and I had a little bit of attitude) and asked if they pulled 4 wires to the back, like my previous Cedar Creek.
They told me they used to, a long time ago....!!!!

Not only are these rigs 40+ feet long but they are listing for 70k plus.
Why not pull 50 cents worth of wire to the back? And add it to the list price.
Why not just make reverse lights standard. (I'm not sure why this isn't government enforced)
Why not, at the least, soak the buyer of some more money and make reverse lights an option. I would have paid it.
Ugggg.

So no, there is no wire back there.

Spepi, I'm only thinking about NorthPoint and Pinnacles. Your HT could be a whole different ball game
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Did you do your wiring with the slide in or out? Trying to figure out which way gives easier or better access to fish the wire. Does it even make a difference?
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With the side 3/4 out. You need to lift the bed and not be too big (I'm at almost the limit 6'4 240.)
Lay down between the bed and the closet and tuck you head into the little space. Look to the middle at the back and see the wires coming from the propane area, thought the floor. It will be hard to reach if you have short arms.
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:37 AM   #20
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I like that. Been considering sound that on my old trailer, but too late now!

One I get the new rig, I'll add this to the list.

I've often thought about adding lights on the frame in FRONT of the wheels aimed back and out in addition to one's in back. That way I can watch the wheels for obstacles and see my spotter. For some reason, it really bags me to not see the wheels very well when backing into a sight at zero dark thirty. Hoping that would give me ample light without creating a campground mob squad coming after me. I'd probably just wire to a switch in a storage compartment that we turn on and off manually (no inspections to worry about in Michigan).
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