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Back-Up Buddy

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by searay220, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. searay220

    searay220 Member
    Messages: 99

    Have you seen the Back-Up Buddy forums on the equipment heading? Wow a really nice looking unit. Mounts to your reciever hitch with 2 reverse lights and a strobe. I really like the idea of this unit however it is very pricey. Also if you back up into a snow bank it will get destroyed. I'm wondering if the parts for this are available to the general public to purchase like the oval amber strobe with a switch. If you could get someone to weld up some 2inch sq steel and have it come back under your bumber so it is protected would be the way to go. A few simple mods this would be ideal. Just don't know if you can buy this stuff. What do think?
     
  2. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

  3. ejsmass2

    ejsmass2 Member
    Messages: 76

    i have the backup buddy

    They have built a very high quality product. It has survived a number of snow pile hits with no damage this far. I am very pleased with the job they have done and would recommend the product. I got the one with the led lights and am very happy.
     
  4. SafetyLighting

    SafetyLighting Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    Sometimes it seems like a product may be easily reproduced, but in reality a lot of troubleshooting and testing has gone into the actual production unit by a company. My advice to you is if the product will fit your needs, buy it. I do not have any affilliation with BackupBuddy.
     
  5. Maine_Train

    Maine_Train Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    Something not mentioned in post #2 is a relay for the backup lights to get all the "juice" they need to be at full brightness. Paint/powder-coating, sealant, and other miscellaneous stuff should be factored in when figuring the cost cost of a thses. You do get "free labor" if you DIY, though. ;)

    Did you see the page on Back-up Buddy's site with a discount for PlowSite members? That trims 10% off the price.

    I think the choice of 35W or 50W utility lights is something new.
     
  6. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    Forgot about the relay my truck came with a relayed back up circuit from the factory so I forget about that important step.
     
  7. TwoBrosLawn

    TwoBrosLawn Member
    from 53223
    Messages: 89

    i just bought a light that plugs into the trailer light plug, it has two settings reverse and utility light, halogen light bulb, but i also just bought a salter and the salter covers where the light would shine so i cant use it. gonna return it or sell it. 35.00 shipped
     
  8. nymustang50

    nymustang50 Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    How bright does it get?
     
  9. Maine_Train

    Maine_Train Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    And how/where does it mount?
     
  10. backupbuddy

    backupbuddy Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    Light kit

    If your interested I just made a light kit for a guy that you just have to bolt on to your sander and plugs into your 7way which will automatically go on in reverse and with the flick of a switch the lights will stay on if you need extra light to see. Cost $69.00 plus $10.00 s/h for 35w or $79.00 plus $10.00 s/h for 50w halogens. both kits come with 2 lights w/ switch, 4ft weather resistant wire between lights, 4ft weather resistant wire with 7way male connector all assembled. Send me an email if you are interested to
    sales@back-upbuddy.com.

    Thanks,
    Gary
    Back-up Buddy Inc.
     
  11. SafetyLighting

    SafetyLighting Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    If I am thinking of the correct one, it literally is a one piece unit that plugs into the trailer plug. The light and all is self contained. So it is sticking out of the trailer plug.
     
  12. Maine_Train

    Maine_Train Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    Oh, okay. I was interested in something that would mount a little higher, maybe bed rail level. For anything at hitch level, I'll just go with something more solid and with more light output, like the Back-up Buddy.
    Thanks for the info.
     
  13. vamootsman

    vamootsman Senior Member
    Messages: 316

    I have been all over the back up buddy website and can't find anything about a plowsite discount.
     
  14. backupbuddy

    backupbuddy Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    Plowsite discount

    Here is the link www.back-upbuddy.com/plowsite.asp

    Gary,
    Back-up Buddy Inc.
     
  15. vamootsman

    vamootsman Senior Member
    Messages: 316

    Thanks, I sent an email with some questions too.
     
  16. Maine_Train

    Maine_Train Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    A hunnert and thirty-eight posts, and ya don't know the Secret Handshake yet?

    Juuuust kidding . . . :jester: (I'd have given it to you, if Gary hadn't gotten there first.)
     
  17. vamootsman

    vamootsman Senior Member
    Messages: 316

    Thanks I'm becoming a Plowsite Junkie. So what's the secret handshake?:D
     
  18. backupbuddy

    backupbuddy Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    Pics

    I have received a few emails about this so here are a couple pics. All you have to do is bolt them onto your sander and plug them into your 7way. No hardwiring involved.

    Gary

    lights.jpg

    lights2.jpg
     
  19. Maine_Train

    Maine_Train Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    Wicked cool. :cool:

    Now if you cobble up something to go in the stake pockets of my truck, with a wye connector so I can run the GG304 directly behind and those other lights a little to the side, I might not back into/over anything.
    Some additional amber LED flashers to the sides and rear will be right handy, too.
    Gee, I think I feel a high-tech-designing session coming on. :D
     
  20. backupbuddy

    backupbuddy Senior Member
    Messages: 267