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Old 06-10-2018, 12:59 AM   #1
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Backup light wiring

I put in a DIY wireless backup camera that works great after I fixed the problem where the signal is trying to shoot through the trailer from the back. Total cost $75 excluding the $50 Fire Tablet display.

I have it wired into the running lights, which means it is on all the time at night. I can't find any backup lights on the back of this trailer which is, of course, necessary to make it a "true" backup camera. So today, I checked the current draw through the center terminal on the harness plug. Most diagrams show this as the backup light connector. Since I saw 0.00 amp current, am I correct in assuming nothing on the trailer is connected to this terminal ie, the trailer doesn't have backup lights at all?

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Old 06-10-2018, 03:00 AM   #2
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Nothing on the trailer will be using the backup wire, if it didnít come with a stock backup light. I had to run a new wire from the pinbox (it was the yellow in my case, it was coming from the truck to the pinbox, but not used by the trailer) all the way to the back bumper.

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Old Yesterday, 11:53 PM   #3
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Camera lighting

Does the camera have it's own illumination
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Old Today, 12:31 AM   #4
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It does not. I am thinking I could extend the backup circuit to the rear and mount some LED floods to the bumper. The harness wire comes into a junction box which **should** contain the yellow wire mentioned previously, so this might be an option. I could also wire the camera to that, but I kinda like the idea of having a rear view available while driving...
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