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Old 04-14-2013, 11:18 PM   #29
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Yes, as Frederick explained, my width reference was explicitly to the lighting requirement. 80" is a popular width because it is as wide as the manufacturer can go without incurring the cost of those extra lights and wiring. Most trailers are wider, including many moulded fiberglass trailers, including mine. The lights are not important - they're just a reason for the remarkable consistency in width. It would be very surprising to find a small trailer any wider than 80".

I also had a typo (now fixed) in my earlier post: the 80" or 6'8" width is 2.0 m. The 2.6 metre (102") value which I originally listed is the maximum width for a normal trailer - yes, that's considerably more than 8 feet. Eight feet (96") was the normal width of a large RV for years, but now "wide body" means the maximum width or very close (101" to 102").
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:36 PM   #30
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I think the lighting means roof line lighting, because all new, modern trailers have sideline marker lights.
Not that it matters to the subject of this thread, but the width marking lights do not need to be at the roofline. Since big trailers are usually both so wide that they need width markers and so tall that they need height clearance marking lights, they cover both by putting them on the top corners of the front and back. Yes, side markers are unrelated.

Even further off-topic... the Ford F-150 Raptor has such wide tires and track width that its fenders exceed the width threshold, so it has the 3-light I'd set - in the middle of the grille -and clearance lights in the fenders. Not the roof, because its not tall enough to need that.
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For us, in a sparsely populated parrt of the continent we found that our choice of trailer was pretty much 'what was available'! We had some hopes - like being in good condition - in our price range - we wanted a three way fridge and a propane heater. After that it was keep looking, asking around and waiting. Hubby wasn't too keen on getting a trailer he couldn't stand upright in. The first time round we got a Ventura and the second time a Trillium.
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