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Old 07-11-2017, 08:38 PM   #1
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Broken rear lense cover 1985 Uhaul camper

My wife just backed into the left rear lense cover of my 1985 Uhaul camper. Does anyone know where I could get a replacement?

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Old 07-11-2017, 08:40 PM   #2
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My wife just backed into the left rear lense cover of my 1985 Uhaul camper. Does anyone know where I could get a replacement?

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A replacement for the wife ?
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Old 07-11-2017, 09:01 PM   #3
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My wife just backed into the left rear lense cover of my 1985 Uhaul camper. Does anyone know where I could get a replacement?

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Obsolete part, no longer available. Only possibility is if someone has done the adapter conversion and took off a good lens that they will sell.
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Now may be a good idea to change to LED? U-Haul made everything for these trailers themselves - may be worth a look with them to see who has any stock or where they came from. 3-D printing is all the rage today - maybe someone can make two so they match?
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best idea is to buy a set of the fiberglass adapters made by Gary and convert to a standard round light. They directly attach using the original lens screw holes. I have a couple sets of the aluminum adapters that Uhaul once sold for the conversion (sold out now) but Gary's adapters are better. Someone was working on a mold to produce new lenses, but haven't seen any report on that venture in a long time. These are the aluminum adapters, originally used on the older cargo trailers.
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Broken rear lense cover 1985 Uhaul camper

Unfortunately, there is no simple replacement.

Because the original lenses are no longer available, a couple of people have designed and are selling adapters that fit the opening and allow you to install a standard round flush-mount taillight (LED would be a nice upgrade). I believe I saw an aluminum version and another made of fiberglass.

A site search on "U-Haul taillight adaptor" might turn up a link, or a U-haul owner might chime in.

As Bob says, you could get very lucky and find someone who installed the adapters and still has one good lens left.

For a more original appearance, some people install taillight units from 80's vintage GM pick-ups, but I believe some modification of the fiberglass is required. .

Welcome to the joys of vintage U-hauls!

(EDIT- I see Bob has already chimed in regarding the adapters.)
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[QUOTE=Jon in AZ;649680]Unfortunately, there is no simple replacement.

Because the original lenses are no longer available, a couple of people have designed and are selling adapters that fit the opening and allow you to install a standard round flush-mount taillight (LED would be a nice upgrade). I believe I saw an aluminum version and another made of fiberglass.


For a more original appearance, some people install taillight units from 80's vintage GM pick-ups, but I believe some modification of the fiberglass is required. . (Jon's quote)


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Only one fiberglass adapter being made that I know of.

The GM pickup units do require fiberglass work to modify the openings and now with the availability of Gary's adapters is now a thing of the past

One owner made a lens by heating and bending Lexan or a similar material
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Another problem with the Uhaul tail lights is the mounting for the bulb sockets, which again is a unique to Uhaul molded rubber piece that also acts as the gasket for the lens. Like most every part on the trailers, "Uhaul" is molded on the lens, as it is on the marker light lenses. At least the markers are a common light made by Arrow. Imagine the cost of the special tooling to make the tail light assemblies, rather than using off the shelf lights and making the mounting area flat like it's Burro cousin rather than rounded.
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Old 07-12-2017, 01:58 PM   #9
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Thank you all who have responded. Currently I am using crazy glue and clear tape. I know it's a long shot but I have to try
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If you have the pieces or most of them then Acrifix will make things all better.
Acrifix is a UV cured glue that will repair a very expensive sailplane canopy and can be finished to be pretty much optically OK.
It cures fast and can be built up in layers and sanded or ground with a Dremel tool.
It is expensive though at $49.00 a tube!
I have some and it is great and has paid for itself many times.
Here it a link to the place I bought mine.
http://eglider.org/repair-materials/acrifix-192.html

I have repaired canopies, red plastic lenses for anti-collision lights etc.
A side benefit is you don't need a UV light to cure, just put it in the bright sunlight and it cures pretty quickly.
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Old 07-12-2017, 10:55 PM   #11
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Thank you. I did a temp fix but because the lense was pretty brittle it shattered. Thank you for your help tbough.
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Thank you. I did a temp fix but because the lense was pretty brittle it shattered. Thank you for your help tbough.
Being the parts are far from easy to find, it may be a good time to upgrade to parts that are common today.
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I will sell a set of the aluminum adapters, but you are really better off with the fiberglass set that Gary Roys makes as they attach to the original lens screw holes. Then you use whatever light you choose.
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Thank you for the offer. How much would I be looking at as far a price goes?
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