Temporary Signal Light Bar - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-16-2015, 06:50 PM   #1
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Temporary Signal Light Bar

This is not a real modification, but something I thought might interest a few people.

My siginal lights are not working on my 1978 Scamp 13. However, I wanted to take it up to a local car wash to wash some of the heavy grime off the trailer.

So I used a temporary signal light bar that I use to transport boats when their trailers don't have signal lights.

I drilled a hole in the center of the aluminum light bar, and attached the light bar to the spare tire upper bolt. Knowing that the bar wouldn't stay level for long with a single attachment point, I added a 1/4-inch line from each side of the bar to the bumper.

Here is photo of the installed light bar, less the lines.

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Worked just fine!

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Old 04-16-2015, 08:41 PM   #2
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Looks better than what we came up with towing ours home.

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Old 04-17-2015, 07:31 AM   #3
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My solution was to mount some lights onto spring clamps, worked well to clamp to the window opening but it does need a norrow lip or flange to clamp on to.

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I bought a set of magnetic tail lights on sale a Princess Auto for about $30. You do need a steel bumper or the like to mount them.
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Jim, I bought the same thing here in the US at Harbor Freight. Comes with all the wire and connections. Keep it in the camper for that day when those lights quit.

It is amazing how many trailer lights don,t work. Especially Boat and utility trailers.
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Jim, I bought the same thing here in the US at Harbor Freight. Comes with all the wire and connections. Keep it in the camper for that day when those lights quit.

It is amazing how many trailer lights don,t work. Especially Boat and utility trailers.
I don't believe I have ever bought a boat or a trailer where the signal lights worked like they should.

The Scamp trailer had a set of magnetic tail lights attached to the rear bumper with electrical tape. For extra insurance I guess. However, they didn't work, and when I got the Scamp home I found cut wires int he lights harness.

When I tried to repair the wires I found that the size of the copper (?) wires inside the lines was so small I wasn't able to strip the instulation away without cutting the wires in two! I plan on completely rewiring the lights with heavier gage wire.

On the last two Harbor Freight trailers I assembled, I didn't even bother mounting the lights. I just attach my aluminum light bar to the rear of the cargo, boat, etc, and go on my way! Lights have always worked, but I do store the light bar inside when not in use.

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Goodmorning all,

That's what I will be using when I pick up the Biod in BC. Once we're home the lights etc have to get changed, the plug-in is different in Europe.
Keeping them in the trailer is a great tip, thanks for that!
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