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Old 09-01-2015, 01:02 AM   #1
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How Do You Remove a Running Light?

I have researched a few back-up cameras for my AS and have decided on one, but it needs power. The best bet is to tap into one of my rear running lights on top (see picture). How do I access their innards? Do they just pop off with a plastic scraper or something? I don't want to break anything trying the wrong way. Thanks for any help.
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Old 09-01-2015, 05:08 AM   #2
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i was wondering the same thing. I tried to pop it off, but gave up as I also did not want to break andthingl
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Old 09-01-2015, 05:54 AM   #3
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How Do You Remove a Running Light?

You have to remove the lens. There are tabs that hold it on. The base is riveted to the trailer. So you have to drill the rivets with a 1/8 drill.

On my 2013 25 FB, I put a grove in the base and used the wire hole for an entrance point. I wired the camera to the 12 volt radio supply. It's hot all the time. I put a toggle switch on it above the DVD player to turn it off and on.
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Old 09-01-2015, 09:25 AM   #4
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On your 2015 there is a tab at the front and rear end of the light. Small screwdriver under the lip of the chrome mount and under the light and it will lift up. Does take a bit of force.

Depending on how you want to do the wiring you may not need to remove the base. If you are using something like the Voyager you can drill a hole for the power wire with grommet and then use a snake to pull that wire up to the hole where the power wires are for the center light. Usually there is plenty of slack on the center light wires for you to use crimp connectors and tuck it all back together.
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:08 PM   #5
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[QUOTE=ghaynes755;1677845]On your 2015 there is a tab at the front and rear end of the light. Small screwdriver under the lip of the chrome mount and under the light and it will lift up. Does take a bit of force.

I have actually been wondering how to get this light off myself. (One of mine has lost a segment.) If I am understanding your post correctly, the chrome will come off as a unit with the colored lens. Correct?

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Old 09-01-2015, 12:29 PM   #6
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Incorrect, the colored lens has a sealed black backing plate with the aforementioned tabs which is entirely separate from the chrome base. You need to lift the edge of the lens by inserting your "tool" between the lens and the chrome. On mine, lifting the smallest radius end of the lens was the best spot.
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:38 PM   #7
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I would love to have somebody take some pictures of this install. Having a problem of getting started - pics would help me get over that initial hurdle.
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Old 09-01-2015, 01:43 PM   #8
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Our 2015 marker lights have a piece of adhesive double stick foam "tape" under the lens as well.
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Old 09-01-2015, 01:48 PM   #9
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Separated from base

No fear, you are not the first, nor last, to be intimidated by the LED light issue. Here is what it looks like separated from the base. You should be able to see the two tabs that 'click' into the base.
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Old 09-01-2015, 02:24 PM   #10
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How about the license plate light base? Is it attached to the body permanently like the marker light?

Similar age trailer, 2013.


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I have done both. You can remove the lens by wriggling it up and down with your fingers until the clips release. The base is held in with 2 screws. Their is not a lot of wire to work with. I mounted my rear cam just above the license plate an connected to that wire, lots of wire to work with. When heading down the road just turn on your pArking lights for the switch. I copied that from the way Airstream does it
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Running lights and backup camera

would you that installed a backup camera in this location send some installed camera pics showing 12v wiring.
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I have researched a few back-up cameras for my AS and have decided on one, but it needs power. The best bet is to tap into one of my rear running lights on top (see picture). How do I access their innards? Do they just pop off with a plastic scraper or something? I don't want to break anything trying the wrong way. Thanks for any help.
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Just 'pop' the lens off, and drill of the mounting rivets. [1/8" drill might work.] Stow the wires carefully, if not using the wire.
FYI: Did you happen to observe that the running lights are installed backwards?
And this is 'supposed' to be a streamlined trailer!
'Streamlining' faces fat end forward. Look at any aircraft.
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I have researched a few back-up cameras for my AS and have decided on one, but it needs power. The best bet is to tap into one of my rear running lights on top (see picture). How do I access their innards? Do they just pop off with a plastic scraper or something? I don't want to break anything trying the wrong way. Thanks for any help.
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Typically if the camera is to be used as a backup camera as stated, it should be wired to the backup light circuit. If another use, then I guess it could be wired anywhere with a switch designated to the camera. If the camera is connected to the running light circuit, you would have to turn on your lights to operate the camera.
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