I was talking to my sheetmetal guy about making my new wings, and he asked me if there were lights in them. Ofcourse there isn't, but I sure like the idea. I was thinking it wouldn't hurt to add a strip of LED tail lights/running lights in the back of the wings. Seems like a good idea to make these trailers as visible as possible during nightime driving.
I might try to fish some wire up from the running lights, don't thin I could pull turn/brake wiring up at this point without removing siding again. Any thoughts?
Anybody know if there are any legal matters involved
JoeK '61 16' Airflyte
Vintage Trailers: a common dream for uncommon people
I am interested to hear what you ended up doing about the lights in the wings. It is my understanding that you cannot have any white light other than the reverse lights on the back of a vehicle and would presume it is the same for a trailer. We are presently doing a ground up rebuild and are putting lights in the wings. Since we do not have any wings yet we just are running wire from the converter which means I wasn't planning on having them on while driving but I think that would be great too and might also run a wire up from the tail lights. They would be two separate systems and therefore potentially two different colors if we wanted. The LEDs that I am planning on using are from a sign company. They run on 12VDC and are bright. Most anyone could probably go by a sign company and ask them if they will sell them 10 to 20 and you can wire them right into your driving light system. They are water resistant as well.
Post by diamondrelics on Dec 5, 2010 14:16:59 GMT -5
My son just bought a set of amber led lights for his motorcycle that are 5/8 around and super bright. The lense is magnified .He's using them as blinkers. They make them in red also and would fit in a set of wings perfectly. I think he paid $30 for the set
I think it would be way cool to have the camper sitting at it's campsite with not only the wings lighted, but some of those light strings that some custom car builders place to give subtle colored illumination off under the vehicle...if tastefully done, it would sure set your camper apart from those around it come sundown...the operative words being "subtle and tastefully"...as far as meeting state codes...if you plan on going out of state, frequently, I agree, maybe it would be too difficult to meet all requirements to have them illuminated while under tow after dark. Citations from other jurisdictions can throw cold water on an otherwise extremely enjoyable camping holiday.
We use the Sloan ChanneLED in some signs we make at work, they're great. They come in chains and you can cut them anywhere and just jump off with blade connectors. Another source is www.LEDwaves.com
Perhaps this deserves its own thread, but the shop manager where I work got so excited about my Shasta when I got it, he started talking about running a gas line back to the wings so they could belch fire at will. Something about roasting hot dogs at the campsite, too. One day I went into my office and there was a post-it note on the desk, no explanation, just the line work for the image below. I picture Steve laughing so hard he just had to draw it and share, then move on to his next hare-brained scheme. I added color and made t-shirts. How could I not?