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Old 02-27-2018, 10:59 AM   #1
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adding trailer tail lights

I'm thinking of adding tail lights up higher on the trailer above the bicycles has anyone done this or know of any rules about Thanks John T
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Old 02-27-2018, 11:17 AM   #2
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You can get a LED light bar to mount above the rear window. I have one on both our fiberglass trailers. It's about 18" long and is marker light, turn light, and stop light. One time I made a 4 foot bar with lights on it to mount on a bike rack because the bikes partially blocked the trailer tail lights.
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Old 02-27-2018, 11:20 AM   #3
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Ive seen threads here on that.. in the search menu, try the Custom Google search. It seems to work better.

One of my favs was a Tee shaped metal bracket that went under the spare, attached to the mounting bolts, with the top of the Tee above the tire. Light was mounted on the top of the tee and wire run (I think) down and under the camper so there where no holes int he shell, only in the wood floor.
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Old 02-27-2018, 11:56 AM   #4
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Scamp will do it as an option on some models, as will Escape, so I think it unlikely to cause a problem.

Another solution I have toyed with is adding a 4-way connector at the back bumper and mounting tail lights on the bike rack. I have seen rear cargo carriers with their own set of lights, so that ought to be legit, too.
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Old 02-27-2018, 12:30 PM   #5
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Another solution I have toyed with is adding a 4-way connector at the back bumper and mounting tail lights on the bike rack.
That's what I did. I like the high mount light because it can be seen better by anyone following close, especially a truck.
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Old 02-28-2018, 03:07 PM   #6
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I added 2 vertical lights either side of the rest window on my Casita. They're 17inches long and are led's,very bright and safe. Do a search on the Casita forum, I think it's listed as "third tail light". A poster gives directions with photos. You need to remove inside window trim and peel back the fur a bit, then snake wires down below rear seat to tap into existing wiring. It's a bit of work but worth it.
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Old 02-28-2018, 03:33 PM   #7
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I think I like the light bar depicted in Mary & Bob's post#2.

Here's a Plan B that is wireless, which has advantages and drawbacks. Advantagers include ease of installation and the LEDs are very bright. Drawbacks include you should turn it off to conserve batteries, and possibly theft.

There are other models, but this is one. Make certain the wireless range works from your tow vehicle.
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My lights are similar to Mary and Bob's, except I used two light bars and placed them inside our Scamp at the top of the back window, one on each side. I snaked the wires behind the rat fur and have them connected to my tail lights and turn signals so they work in conjunction with the lower bulbs.
The picture is not the best, since it's raining, dark, and I had to partially climb up a hill our Scamp backs up to.
I had to trim some of the travel decals I had at the top of the window so the lights would not be blocked! :-)
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Old 02-28-2018, 08:20 PM   #9
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Thanks

Thanks everyone great info as all ways. The wireless from Tom, I will investigate sounds like an easy fix if not I can easy wire in a new light on each side just above the belly band. Thanks again John T
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Old 02-28-2018, 10:58 PM   #10
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Easy to read article aummerizing the DOT regulations which you must follow. Do not just randomly follow what people in the forums say because it sounds good or convenient. You must comply with the DOT regulations in order to be legal.
Department of Transportation Trailer Light Regulations | USA Today

The DOT regulations for trailer lights as stated in the article.

As far apart as possible

Located between 15 and 72 inches from the ground. That 6 foot high from the ground maximum height should hopefully get you high enough over the bicycles for good tail light visibility.

Those third tail light bars above or below the window are exactly that...a third tail light They do not qualify as being "as far apart on the trailer as possible". They are useful of course but they are not your primary tail lights.
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Old 03-01-2018, 01:57 AM   #11
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KC, I read the DOT regs you posted for lighting. As all those are covered with the original TT build. The additional lights being talked about here are over and above the regs and only a plus for being seen.
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The light bar I used replaces the 3 center marker lights and lights up in that configuration, plus acting as a high mount stop light and turn light.
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I see semi-trailers decked out like Christmas trees. I'm having a hard time imagining any patrol officer having an issue with a second set of rear taillights in any reasonable location (as long as they are red).

Another simple safety upgrade is DOT reflective tape. It is most effective down low on the bumper, where it catches the headlights of an overtaking vehicle from a greater distance.
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