RV Mod: New Lights for Backing Up and Security

By:  Jim & Melinda Tanner

5th Dec, 17

Camping during the winter is possible in Oregon as we typically don't have severe weather conditions that require an RV to be "winterized" with RV Antifreeze. This means we can leave after work on Friday and come home Sunday afternoon!

However, camping in the winter months usually means we are arriving to campsites in the dark. Arriving to the campsite in the dark is not so bad....it's the parking that provides its own set of challenges and struggles. We determined that using a flashlight to help just wasn't enough.

More light was needed! After doing a bit of research, we decided to add 4 LED lights to our Heartland Bighorn. Once we considered all the possible locations to add the lights, we settled on adding two lights towards the front of the RV (along the frame pointed backward) and two lights positioned on the back bumper. With the lights now installed, we have a remote control inside the truck to turn on the lights when needed. We can now EASILY see behind our fifth wheel when backing into a site. Using the Furrion Reverse Camera (a future blog entry), I can now see the illuminated area behind the RV, even if it is pitch dark. No more ity-bity flashlight!

Important to note: We used "flood" lights for this setup vs "spot" lights. Flood lights will give a larger area behind the RV vs spots lights. Spots lights can go a LONG way back, but that is not what we need when backing in the Bighorn.

In order to control these lights we purchased a 15 amp wireless controller. The main lights in the back draw 3 amps each, so a total of 6 amps. The smaller lights on the side will draw 1.5 amps each, so 3 amps for the pair. This brings the total draw to 9 amps, so the 15 amps wireless controller is well within specs.

For more on this upgrade, watch the video below:

Items Needed for this RV Upgrade:

*A version of this article was originally published on www.rvwiththetanners.com. It is published here with permission. All opinions expressed are solely those of the author.*

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Jim & Melinda Tanner

Jim & Melinda Tanner


About Melinda and Jim......

We met at Oregon State University. Jim currently works in the high technology industry while Melinda works in Education. 

We have 2 boys and enjoy camping as a family and being in the outdoors.

Jim grew up in Oregon and Melinda, having moved from Virginia, has come to love the Pacific Northwest's vast outdoor/camping opportunities.