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Trailer lights 4 years 1 week ago #102051

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Hello Everyone:

I'm getting my Lil' Dude trailer sand blasted and painted. It only has one tail light with a bracket that holds the license plate.

California law requires two tail lights.

What have other people done about tail lights? Scrounge up some vintage lights? Go to Pep Boys and buy some new ones? Any suggestions?

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Mike

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Re:Trailer lights 4 years 1 week ago #102052

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Not sure what your original lights look like Mike, but Peterson makes a replacement light that looks a lot like many of the units found on classic trailers;
www.pmlights.com/products.cfm?cId=2&fId=4&pId=437
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Re:Trailer lights 4 years 1 week ago #102053

I replaced mine with LED's and I'm very happy.

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Re:Trailer lights 4 years 1 week ago #102060

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Thanks Mark:
I'll check those out. Found cool lights on ebay, but big bucks and rough shape. Gotta draw the line somewhere.
Mike

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robert-lorigan wrote:

I replaced mine with LED's and I'm very happy.

I did replace mine with LED's as well, but I know some of the folks like to stay as original as possible. There are even LED bulbs now that will screw into the original style bases, but I prefer the sealed units = less headaches on the road IMHO.

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Re:Trailer lights 4 years 1 week ago #102079

I think it is way better to put two tailights on the back. But you may not have to if you really do not want to. Not sure what your state laws are but here (Minnesota) if the trailer only had one tail lite when new that's all you have to have when restored.
Most any truck stop or place that sells trailer parts will have the round tail lites like what was most likely on your trailer. Yours would have been metal and the new ones will be plastic but it is very hard to tell them apart.

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Re:Trailer lights 4 years 1 week ago #102080

I think it is way better to put two tailights on the back. But you may not have to if you really do not want to. Not sure what your state laws are but here (Minnesota) if the trailer only had one tail lite when new that's all you have to have when restored.
Most any truck stop or place that sells trailer parts will have the round tail lites like what was most likely on your trailer. Yours would have been metal and the new ones will be plastic but it is very hard to tell them apart.

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Re:Trailer lights 4 years 1 week ago #102082

trying to remember but if you originally only had one tail lamp....that's all it was....kinda nice and a lot safer if you can also have turn signals...john

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Re:Trailer lights 4 years 1 week ago #102088

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Thanks everyone:

I am having the old original light and license plate bracket sand blasted with the trailer. Will probably find another oldie to sorta match so I can have a pair.

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Re:Trailer lights 4 years 1 week ago #102116

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I've got a few laying around the garage Mike, post a pic of what you're trying to match up and maybe I can help?

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Re:Trailer lights 4 years 1 week ago #102157

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Thanks Mark, I'll do that when I get my parts back frm the sand blaster.

Mike

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Re:Trailer lights 4 years 1 week ago #102175

Mike,
Why not restore the trailer with one light and use a magnetic tow light kit for operation?

www.harborfreight.com/12-volt-magnetic-towing-light-kit-69626-8847.html

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Re:Trailer lights 4 years 1 week ago #102194

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I've got a set of those too unclbuz, they're great for picking up "new" project trailers or as an emergency kit to get home - but I wouldn't use them on a regular basis. I'm afraid the magnets would scratch up a nicely painted trailer, and they're very prone to theft if you park somewhere!

If I've got something you can use Mike you can have it for whatever it costs to mail it to you. ;)

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