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Old 07-21-2014, 06:25 PM   #1
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my current tail lights are showing there age and i was wondering what some people may have used to be a bit different? ive been thinking flush mount oval leds so far but with the large flat area i can work with, it would be cool to do something that stands out such as some vintage looking bullet lights or tear drops etc.?

any pictures of some instals would be cool, i do like the look of smoked or clear covers
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it would be cool to do something that stands out such as some vintage looking bullet lights or tear drops etc.?
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Jodi Sorrels' husband Jim custom made fiberglass mountings and added 1959 Cadillac tail lights to their restored 1989 Casita Liberty 16'.
Jodi's avatar is a picture of those tail lights. I weighed their trailer at the 2012 Lake Casitas Rally
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that looks pretty cool, not sure i am gonna go into that much, but a set off an old mustang tails would be cool molded on with the intermittent blinkers...
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I am doing something similar with my Compact Jr rebuild that I am still working on.
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:56 AM   #5
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any pictures of some instals would be cool, i do like the look of smoked or clear covers
Keep in mind in BC when it comes to tail lights they need to meet the approved standards of the BC Motor Vehicle Regs as well as the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Canada) and the applicable SAE standards so smoked and clear covers are out......

Your smart to change them out though as most of our old trailers (including my own) the old brake lights are pretty hard to see in certain light conditions - particularly if the sun is shining on them.

Some people simple changed them out to school bus style LED round ones but I have seen some pretty cool tail lights at Vintage rallies. Some people have used the newer LED style but have made custom metal covers with cutout/designs on them that snap on over the lights. Sorry I haven't taken any pictures.
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:18 AM   #6
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Hi Jeremy,

I changed out all the lights on our Burro 13. I went the easy way with the tail lights and installed the 7" round "metro" LED tail lights which are very bright, although kinda boring. But we wanted something more custom for the upper rear marker lights so I found that Harley Davidson turn signal lights are the correct diameter and are cool red bullet shapes. It required custom mounting flanges but I made these from 2" PVC pipe fittings cut to size on the table saw and epoxied the whole thing together. The are very complementary to the Burro's curves and are also bright LED's.

DOT and other requirements are less stringent for marker lights so you can get very creative, as long a the colors are correct.
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Your smart to change them out though as most of our old trailers (including my own) the old brake lights are pretty hard to see in certain light conditions - particularly if the sun is shining on them.

I "improved" the stock tail lights on my old Scamp just by cleaning the nasty lenses (inside and out) really well. I also needed a new bulb or two and made sure they were making good connections with the sockets.
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Old 08-03-2014, 08:16 AM   #10
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I'm a believer in bigger, brighter and more (lights!). You'd think anyone could see a bright white egg... but, I want in-your-face lights! YMMV
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I agree, brighter is better. Mine are bright enough.
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Jared, nearly any TT tail light I've seen is bright (or bright enough) at night. It's the daylight hours when I travel (so does most everyone else) that I think B-B-M really counts. The only way for anyone to know is a two-person job, best done at the bright part of the day with the back of the trailer facing the sun. Hookup, have someone at the wheel working the brakes and turn signals. Now walk back behind the trailer and keep checking the "brightness." Some are fine at 20' (stopped in traffic) but hardly visible at 100'. Think freeway travel at freeway speeds and everyone is slamming on brakes. You want to be seen.

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After adding my hitch and man box. (That I leave on at all times, but can be removed if needed) I added LED trailer lights to the carrier because my rear lights were blocked.
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