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Old 03-13-2019, 08:06 AM   #1
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Top rear running light removal

2014 FC 25' FB- I want to access 12v power for a roof mounted rear facing camera and would like to use a wire coming to the center rear top red clearance light. Before trying, are there any tips for removing these lights, lens and base, to access the wiring?

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Old 03-13-2019, 08:26 AM   #2
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I would strongly suggest you learn how to back up a trailer before resorting to gadgets. Other than keeping you from running over something to someone a camera will be of no use while backing up. You are more interested in where the rear corner of the trailer and wheels and are that where the back of it is.


Most lamp lenses snap off the base. Some just by squeezing them and some by lifting with a screwdriver in a slot on the side. The base will have 2 screws holding it to the trailer. The center light should be a clear shot to the area you will want to mount a camera, no frame members in the way.


You do realize that the camera will only be powered while the parking lights are on. That means any time you are driving at night the camera will be on and you will have to turn the lights on during the day to back up.
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Thanks. I appreciate the comment on learning how to back up, and in no way is the camera a substitute for learning that skill, which I have. It's more for a double check system. Thank you for the further explanation of light removal and access to roof top.

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The rear lights are just held in place with spring type clips and a small square of 3M tape.
Pull and pry easily and you will get it off.
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Thanks. I appreciate the comment on learning how to back up, and in no way is the camera a substitute for learning that skill, which I have. It's more for a double check system. Thank you for the further explanation of light removal and access to roof top.

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I agree, love my rear view camera. Fabulous while driving in traffic as an addition to good rear view side mirrors. I drive with the running lights on to power my camera. I think having running lights on during the daylight hours may even be a safer way to drive. I too know how to backup my trailer, without a camera
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Talking Backing up

I'm here LMAO as my wife just said "Backup camera, sure ! The way you backup, you'd be better off closing your eyes ! " Problem is, She's right !
Got to admit, We switch seats if the shifter reads "R" !
Plus, the last time I replaced running lamp bulbs, I fell off the ladder ! Didn't hurt much more than my pride, but then again getting older is pain enough LOL !
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I agree, love my rear view camera. Fabulous while driving in traffic as an addition to good rear view side mirrors. I drive with the running lights on to power my camera. I think having running lights on during the daylight hours may even be a safer way to drive. I too know how to backup my trailer, without a camera



Same here. Have never used my backward facing camera to back up - only so I know if I'm being tailgated or to help me judge when it's safe to move back into my lane after passing someone. Side mirrors are great, but the rear camera shows the front of what I've passed only when I've actually passed it with the rear of the trailer. Mirrors won't do that.
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