If you've ever found yourself in a situation where your RV's tail light has stopped working or suffered damage, you're not alone. Tail lights are more than just aesthetic additions to your recreational vehicle; they're a legal requirement to ensure safety on the roads. Fortunately, replacing a tail light is a task that you can easily handle on your own with the right tools and a little guidance. Matt and Bart from our expert team walk you through the process of changing a tail light. Let's break down their instructions step by step:
Step 1: Gather Your Tools
Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary tools at hand. The tools you'll need include a screw gun with a #2 square bit, wire strippers, bell caps, electrical tape, shop rags, isopropyl alcohol, adhesive remover, a razor knife, putty tape, caulk gun, sealant, and rubber gloves. Having these tools ready will streamline the process and ensure a smooth replacement.
Step 2: Disconnect the Power
Make sure the 7-way connector is disconnected from the tow vehicle to eliminate any 12-volt power supply. Safety always comes first.
Step 3: Remove the Lens and Base
To access the tail light, you'll need to remove the lens cover. It's important to note that the tail light also functions as a license plate light. Remember this when ordering a replacement part. After removing the lens, unscrew the base of the light and gently score the sealant around the perimeter to separate it from the rear wall.
Step 4: Expose Electrical Connections
With the base removed, you'll be able to access the electrical connections. Gently pull the attached wire from inside the wall and cut it as shown. Clean the area on the rear wall, removing old putty and sealant to prepare for the installation of the new light.
Step 5: Prep the New Light
Prepare the new tail light by applying butyl or putty tape to the back. Strip the wires back about half an inch from both the coach wires and the new light. Secure the connections with bell caps in the same orientation as they were removed.
Step 6: Test the Lights
Before finalizing the installation, plug the 7-way connector into the tow vehicle to test the new tail light for functionality. If everything is working as it should, proceed to the next step.
Step 7: Reattach and Seal
Secure the new tail light onto the rear wall by screwing it in place. Reinstall the cover and seal the perimeter of the light to prevent moisture from seeping in. Follow these steps carefully, and you'll have successfully replaced your tail light.
Mission Accomplished—In no time, you've conquered the task of changing your tail light, saving yourself both time and money. Matt and Bart's easy-to-follow instructions have made a seemingly daunting task manageable for anyone.
So, go ahead and take control of your vehicle's maintenance. With a little guidance and the right tools, you can tackle tasks like tail light replacement with confidence. Happy DIYing! Just another way Keystone RV helps you Camp Better!