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Old 06-25-2019, 06:58 PM   #1
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Adding Brake Lights to Fiamma Bike Rack

Hi folks - Iím looking for kits and/or parts recommendations for additional brake lights to add to a bike rack. Iím most interested in how to tap-into the trailers brake lighting so I can run wire to new lights for the rack. I appreciate any help and advice you can offer! Thanks!
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Old 06-25-2019, 09:23 PM   #3
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I would suggest you look at these tail light strips from etrailer. I used one for a high mount brake light on our trailer. I added one of their taillight converter modules so it's also tied into the 4 way emergency flashers. Apparently the current modules allow you to do all three; lights, brake & turn.

https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Lig...ils=.questions

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Old 06-26-2019, 06:27 AM   #4
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I would suggest you look at these tail light strips from etrailer. I used one for a high mount brake light on our trailer. I added one of their taillight converter modules so it's also tied into the 4 way emergency flashers. Apparently the current modules allow you to do all three; lights, brake & turn.

https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Lig...ils=.questions

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FYI: The window drip cap is not black, there is a strip of black silicone rubber to cover up the piano hinge to keep water out. The PO put in the piano hinge and it allows water to weep inside when the wind blows rain against the window. Shot the photo at just the right angle that the reflection onto the underside of the drip cap is black.
Thanks; these would be a great addition. BUT, where.did you access the trailers brake/turn signal/flasher wiring to connect the new lightís wiring? Thatís where Iím stumped.
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Since I'm not familiar with your trailer, I don't know whether you can access those wires inside the trailer through an access panel or by removing the taillights themselves. Either way after splicing into the existing wiring you'd want to feed the new wiring through your outer skin with a water tight outlet (grommet) to the bike rack. There are several products available to splice into your existing wiring and provide a water tight opening.

Here are a couple of the Q&A answers from etrailer on the light I gave you a link to that may help you under stand the connections needed.

https://www.etrailer.com/question-260246.html

https://www.etrailer.com/question-254937.html

This wouldn't require an RV technician. A good automotive tech that does electrical work could also handle this, if you aren't comfortable with electrical. Just make sure whoever does the work puts a proper water tight seal around the wiring where it exits your outer skin.

Hopefully someone following this, that has a trailer similar to yours, can add more detail and photos to help you out.
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My solution in consideration of a black cover was to add a set of lights from I believe a 16' ??

https://tinyurl.com/y3uytvde

I had thought a lot about how to get power from each of the existing bezels. One side backed up to the sink vanity so was somewhat accessible. The other backed up to the shower...not so. My initial thought was to attach a portable light bar to the bikes and run power to a plug, possibly mounted on the back wall or inside the rear storage. In the end I didn't want to penetrate the skin so opted for the lights. Dealer did the work and worked out great.

Very happy with the additional lights. I believe it helps provides a better visual in heavy traffic as well.

Another option that I simply did not have time to explore is a light bar controlled by a wireless connection of some sort. I have seen it on vehicles connected to a tow truck.
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Blazer C6304 LED Wireless Magnetic Trailer Towing Light Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BJEICDS..._3x8eDb4KAKDKK
Saw this on Amazon. Seems easy enough. I think Iíll have to try it.
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I'm giving thought to adapting these to my Fiamma Bike Carrier.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...KIKX0DER&psc=1

The cable could be lengthened to run under the trailer to the 4pin port next to the 7-way on my RAM. I'm assuming that the brake, turn and tail light functions would work simultaneously through both the 4-pin and 7 pin connectors.
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Blazer C6304 LED Wireless Magnetic Trailer Towing Light Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BJEICDS..._3x8eDb4KAKDKK
Saw this on Amazon. Seems easy enough. I think Iíll have to try it.

Just a heads up as this looks very promising. Watched the video and it indicated for vehicles under 80" wide. Not sure where the 80 comes from (Code or Mfg) and possibly other Blazer products may accommodate greater widths.


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IMHO, tap into the existing rear light
add a small female connector on the the read of the AS, get one with a rain cap
plus what ever type of light you get, just plug into that connector

then when not in use, all you see is the cap on the connector
p.s. i would fuse the add-on device , in case it shorts out, you don't blow the rest of the circuit
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Check your tow vehicle trailer connectors. Many vehicles now provide both a 7 pin round receptacle for our trailer as well as a standard 4 pin receptacle for simpler trailers (SilverWind touched on this earlier). Getting the wire to the back of the trailer, I'll let you use your imagination.


Walmart, Harbor Freight, Home Depot, etc. all sell lighting kits for trailers but you would have to figure out a bracket or mount for attaching to the bike rack.





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