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Old 05-07-2021, 07:25 PM   #1
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Before I go cutting a hole in my brand new camper...

...can anyone here clarify something for me? I'm going to be installing a Tadi Brothers backup camera this weekend and I plan to tap into the middle clearance light for power. Will install the camera just below the light. My question is, are these lights ALWAYS on whenever the trailer is plugged into my truck and being towed? I'm brand new to this stuff and learning as fast as I can, but damn there's a lot to learn! I've watched dozens of videos for this install so I feel pretty confident in executing, but this is the one thing I'd love extra confirmation on. I suppose I'm being lazy by asking prior to trying myself, but I've been so busy trying to make sure I learn everything else that I just haven't had the time. Any help is appreciated!
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Old 05-07-2021, 07:27 PM   #2
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The clearance lights on your trailer will be powered when itís plugged into the tow vehicle AND the tow vehicle lights are on.
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Old 05-07-2021, 07:32 PM   #3
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The clearance lights on your trailer will be powered when itís plugged into the tow vehicle AND the tow vehicle lights are on.
By "tow vehicle lights are on" do you mean headlights? Or daytime running lights? My truck lights are always set to "auto" so they manage themselves...might have to investigate this more.
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If your tow vehicle marker lights are on, the trailer marker lights are on. DRL is just headlights I believe, I donít have that option on my truck and I donít use it Iím my car.
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Old 05-07-2021, 10:27 PM   #5
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You will have to manually activate the lights when you are towing to get the camera to activate. I have the my camera tied in that way. I just tow with the lights manually activated.
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Old 05-07-2021, 10:46 PM   #6
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You will have to manually activate the lights when you are towing to get the camera to activate. I have the my camera tied in that way. I just tow with the lights manually activated.
^^^ this

I run my lights on Auto as well, but when towing I switch over to running lights to activate my camera.
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Old 05-08-2021, 03:31 AM   #7
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By "tow vehicle lights are on" do you mean headlights? Or daytime running lights? My truck lights are always set to "auto" so they manage themselves...might have to investigate this more.
If your tv lights are set to ďautoĒ then the only time the camera will have power is when the tv lights all come on ( not daytime running lights) . If itís raining and the windshield wipers come on most cars /trucks set to ďautoĒ will bring on all the lights as if it were dark outside. And obviously when it gets dark while set to auto you will have power to the camera.

I leave mine on auto and only switch the parking lights on when I want to view the camera for a min or so.
Iím not very happy with my garmin camera and will be looking for a different plug-in camera and will hardwire it.The garmin rv 785 will accept a wired camera input as well
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Old 05-08-2021, 03:43 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone! I'm going to back up to my TT and plug in today to test it out. Hoping to install today or tomorrow.
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