Reversing lights

Submitted: Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 21:12
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Any particular reason trailers/caravans don't come standard with reversing lights? The tow vehicles have them to help the driver see where they are reversing (if your lucky they might throw out enough light) and to let others behind you know that your reversing. Wouldn't the same apply to the tow vehicle?
Those of us that know how, do reverse trailers at times.
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Reply By: Ross M - Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 23:45

Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 23:45
Think of all the extra wiring that is required, one small wire!
And the cost of the lights, horrendous!
With all that added complexity most who have problems with trailer wiring and lights possibly couldn't handle it at all.
Using 7 wires instead of six is pushing it, just how much can a koala bear?

Personally, I agree with your idea and can't see why not. It seems they think people don't have caravans moving at night time.
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 02:15

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 02:15
I guess for most of us "moving at night time" is a pretty rare if ever occurrence. Well for me anyway. With a van 20' or so the lights are going to be pretty far back and unless a very good quality reversing camera is fitted not much use.
Maybe it's something left over from pre-reversing camera days?????
All the same I have wondered about their omission myself.

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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 07:13

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 07:13
As a follow up to Pop,

If a reversing camera was fitted and was of the infra red type (aren't they all?) you should be able to "see in the dark" when reversing:-)


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Reply By: Member Boroma 604 - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 12:30

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 12:30
Really think they should be mandatory, I was cursed one evening at a Fuel Station for reversing with no reversing lights on the caravan, a bloke had pulled right up close behind me with out my knowledge, I had needed to reverse out of the pumps as there was not sufficient room to swing in the forward direction for parked cars.

Fortunately there was no collision but i was severely reprimanded by the other bloke for not having lights so he could read my actions sooner.

Must admit, often have been saved by seeing them come on when people reverse out of car parks in all sorts of places before looking in their mirror, the reversing lights do give you a warning.
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Reply By: Dion - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 13:28

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 13:28
Probably as there is no ADR requirement for it, manufacturer's aren't doing it.
I have put them on trailers before, including my boat trailer which gets dunked no problems.
I just use pin number 2, black wire. (I understand those living nearer the Indian Ocean have yellow and green wires that they could also use)
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Follow Up By: SDG - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 14:57

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 14:57
Yeah thinking about setting some up myself. Want to find something that looks right, and not out of place on the van.
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Reply By: The Bantam - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 22:48

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 22:48
Remember one thing.....trailers..all trailers..regardless of the price paid are cheap and nasty.

The bloke who manufactures the trailer would rather put the $50 it would cost to include them toward a carton of beer.....after all there IS no legal requirement to fit them.

I find it obsceene that a $50 000 caravan does not come fitted with reversing lights.

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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 06:24

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 06:24
I think the reason is that the trailer plug in many vehicles set up for campers is wired up so switched 12v is present. Reversing lights would be on all the time.
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