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Old 01-04-2021, 11:00 PM   #1
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No Scamp backup lightS??

Discovered in another group that the new Scamps no longer have backup lights. It showed in the great new video but I failed to notice it. To me they are more than just to see with, they are also safety equipment to let others know you are in reverse.


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Old 01-04-2021, 11:17 PM   #2
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Trailers with a four plug don't have backup lights anyway and they arenot required in any jurisdiction of which I am aware.


Many new cars now come with only one backup light, it would be a simple matter to add one if desired. Love the new Taillights... nice LEDs.


If you want an effective trailer reverse light try mounting a single aftermarket bright white light facing downward .
Place it at the rear bumper or better yet, under the center rear of the trailer.
This lights the ground around the trailer and really helps when backing into a campsite.


If they are "safety equipment" to inform others that you are in reverse, then why does GM and a few other manufacturers illuminate the "backup" lights when unlocking the vehicle with the remote with no one inside and the vehicle in park?
It is an aggravation in parking lots when you have to be constantly confronted with unoccupied cars which alert you to the possibility that they are about to back out in front of you.
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Old 01-05-2021, 03:33 AM   #3
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I have towed and reversed many hundreds of different trailers in my life and not one had reversing lights. For me personally, I fail to see a need for any reason. Not that I think they are a bad thing, just not really needed.
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Old 01-05-2021, 08:27 AM   #4
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I didn’t know Scamps ever had back-up lights. My 2008 doesn’t.
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Old 01-05-2021, 08:36 AM   #5
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As far as safety is concerned , a back up horn similar to commercial vehicles would probably be more effective than a small light especially when trying to warn children.
We have the factory trailer back up camera which does nothing to warn others that we’re backing up and does even less for me
The Glenn Baglo “GOAL “ method has worked well for me .
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Old 01-05-2021, 10:09 AM   #6
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I have the best backup lights for my Boler because they were free. I take two of the Harbor Freight work lights you get for free with purchase and stick them to either end of the bumper since they are magnetic. Really helps when backing in at night!
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Old 01-05-2021, 10:39 AM   #7
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Required or not I still think back up lights are a good idea. I'm not required by state law to wear a motorcycle helmet but I still do.

We are frequently required to back our trailers, with limited rear visibility, in locations that have heavy foot traffic. Often after dark or in poor weather.

An inexpensive back up light is not asking too much of a manufacturer.
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Old 01-05-2021, 10:52 AM   #8
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One thing I always do whether towing or not is to put my Hazard lights on while backing up.
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As far as safety is concerned , a back up horn similar to commercial vehicles would probably be more effective than a small light especially when trying to warn children.
We have the factory trailer back up camera which does nothing to warn others that we’re backing up and does even less for me
The Glenn Baglo “GOAL “ method has worked well for me .
Not so good for the rest of the campground when backing into a campground at 12:00AM...

I agree on the "Get Out And Look" particularly since I travel solo. I don't arrive after dark (well, once in 10 years), so back up lights wouldn't help parking.
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BACK UP HORN?

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As far as safety is concerned , a back up horn similar to commercial vehicles would probably be more effective than a small light especially when trying to warn children.
We have the factory trailer back up camera which does nothing to warn others that we’re backing up and does even less for me
The Glenn Baglo “GOAL “ method has worked well for me .
That would be nice at the camp ground. Late set ups would be waking up everyone in the camp ground. That's as bad as my f150s that honked the horn every time I opened the door with the engine running. I had to pay a soft ware guy $100 to change one digit in one line on code because Ford said it was required by federal law.
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I don't think I've ever had a trailer with back up lights
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I didn’t know Scamps ever had back-up lights. My 2008 doesn’t.
To have backup lights the RV needs a 7 pin cord, common on RVs with brakes. Many Scamp 13' RVs did not have brakes. New Scamps all have brakes and the 7 pin hookup, but for some reason, after many great additions, this year they did away with backup lights. I can't even find a small stop/tail fixture with back up lights. I just changed the lamps in mine to get LED. (and added a flasher to the top lights to get the attention of texters. it flashes three times and then stays on.)
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To have backup lights the RV needs a 7 pin cord, common on RVs with brakes. Many Scamp 13' RVs did not have brakes. New Scamps all have brakes and the 7 pin hookup, but for some reason, after many great additions, this year they did away with backup lights. I can't even find a small stop/tail fixture with back up lights. I just changed the lamps in mine to get LED. (and added a flasher to the top lights to get the attention of texters. it flashes three times and then stays on.)
My 2008 came from the factory with a 7-pin connector, battery charge line, no brakes (they were an option), and no backup lights. Don’t think I’ve ever seen one with backup lights. Did yours come with factory back-up lights?
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I should have stated my response more carefully
I was not advocating anyone install a back up horn , mainly because of the noise during sleeping hours but if you wanted to warn everyone that you are backing up , a light is not very effective , especially during daylight hours
A loud blaring horn is more likely to get people’s attention was my point .
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My 2008 came from the factory with a 7-pin connector, battery charge line, no brakes (they were an option), and no backup lights. Don’t think I’ve ever seen one with backup lights. Did yours come with factory back-up lights?
The upper lamp is the backup, lower is the stop/turn/tail.
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So there is a clear section of the lens at the bottom? What year is that?
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So there is a clear section of the lens at the bottom? What year is that?
I may have made an edit just as you hit send.

On the "face" the is a clear part high for the backup light, red in the lower part, and clear under the left light for the plate light (lighted by the tail light.) Mine is a 2017 16'.
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Mine seems to be the first response, here on the forum, from California where back-up lights are REQUIRED on all vehicles and tow vehicles. I cannot imagine running a vehicle without them as they are a vital warning system to pedestrians and drivers of other vehicle to LOOK OUT!

Ours is a 2011 13' SCAMP purchased new and picked up in person at the Backus plant. I'm wondering now if they built our SCAMP to California regulations. When we had the hitch system with brakes installed on our tow vehicle by U-Haul we did have a problem in that the rear back-up lights did not work and they fixed the problem. As part of our safety check before EVERY outing (which could be several times a day) we do a back-up light check. I, for one, highly recommend having back-up lights whether they are required or not.
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Honestly, adding a backup light is down right trivial.
Spend $20 and add one.
Weigh that against the cost of those new and MUCH improved LED taillights.
Separate backup lights are better anyway.



I have VERY nice aftermarket backup lights on my 2004 Scamp13D.
I was surprised to see that it came from the factory with backup lights, but I only bothered to hook them up on half the TVs which I have used over the years. I do like them since they actually illuminate the area behind the trailer and facilitate backing in at campgrounds.



BTW... I can find no law for California which would require backup lights on a Scamp trailer.
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Well thank you Floyd, I am willing to stand corrected about the CA law, but I've always functioned as if it were law. No wonder I've almost been run over as a pedestrian several times because others' back-up lights that did not function.

I'm not a lawyer and am not going to research the issue but this is one article I found https://codes.findlaw.com/ca/vehicle...ect-24616.html. It seems the qualifying word is "may" as opposed to "must". I'm not a lawyer

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