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Old 09-01-2010, 10:57 AM   #1
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Conspicuancy/Reflective Tape

Do any of you use reflective tape on your trailer? I have been looking at what's available online and was surprised at all the colors the stuff comes in.
I guess on a travel trailer any color is OK?
If you have some pics of the tape placement and color, please post them.
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Old 09-01-2010, 11:49 AM   #2
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opinion:
bumper facing rear ok
tongue facing left and right side ok
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Although not required by law. I think its a good idea. I would not use anything but what the DOT requires of Semi Trailers which is White & Red.THESE are very high Reflective colors.I would use not other.
As KenOwens says
Rear Bumper YES
Between Rear bumper and shell YES is ya have room.they can be short strips.
Side of Tongue( A Frame) Both sides
AND if you feel so inclined a regular interval on both sides on the bannana wrap.
This definitely reflects(headlights) light off an other wise blank side because on most vintage models there is no center marker on the shell.
I have cosidered this but have not done it.
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I have a two of the white/red reflective strips that they use on big trucks. When I pull up behind Lucy in the truck at night, the headlight reflection will about blind you.

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Old 09-01-2010, 12:54 PM   #5
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on the classis there is a CLASSIC place for da'tape.

just below the rubber bumper on the DRAWER LIP...

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it's the ideal spot without buggering up the rear end,

and very reflective even in day light...

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i've posted a few dozen pix of the stuff since 05 and it's holding up fine.

i also attach dayglow stickers to the 'garage door' which are multipurpose...

since when the door is OPEN they cushion it against the bumper lid.

many threads on this,

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...ape-46408.html

i favor the DOT stuff and not getting OVERly creative with colors.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...tml#post470096

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f447/chmsl-61873.html

the goal is to do what the big rigs do on a smaller scale.

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Old 09-01-2010, 01:35 PM   #6
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If you only want the reflective tape so show up at nite and blend in with the AS dark rear bumper, I found black reflective tape by 3M™ (Scotchlite™ Reflective Striping Tape 79902). It turns white in the dark when reflecting light. You can Google some articles that have pictures. Seems this is popular on motorcycles and bicycles. I found this product at a bicycle store and then found it cheaper online.
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Old 09-01-2010, 04:45 PM   #7
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Moosetags and 2air,
That's what I am talking about! Your trailers look good with it on there and the placement of both types of trailer bumbers is perfect. I found a company called Peterson has this type and says it's 1000 candle power reflective. Northern Tool in my area carries it.

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That's a great idea, I like the black! All I could find on line is 1/4" stuff and I could not find out how reflective it actually is at night (300 candle power or 500 or 1000). Whatever color(s) I end up with, I'm searching for 2 inch wide to go under the rubber rub strip on the bumper of a Classic where the bumper drawer is located, like where 2air located it on his trailer, in the above picture, I have the same style bumper..
Can you shine more light on the subject?
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There are a bunch of truck supply houses in D/FW. As well, supply houses for construction, airlines, railroad, etc. Widen your search as you can likely find it locally along with "pro advice".

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Not sure I'm a believer. The retroreflective tape has been a lifesaver on flatbed trailers and to a lesser extent other semi trailers in dealing with the fairly frequent accident case where a driver collides with a parked or disabled trailer at night in an unlit area where the running lights are not illuminated. Airstreams are easy to see at night and with the coach battery the running lights can be jumpered easily enough if it is necessary to leave a disabled trailer on the roadside without a tow vehicle.
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Not sure I'm a believer...
in what?

no claims have been made for da'tape other than reflecting light.

bluto...

i did see the northern tool offering, imo it's worth it to get the 3M or AVERY tape...

better sparkle-ez and longer lasting...

it's widely available in 18 inch pieces sold in packages of 4-6 pieces (many auto parts chains & trucker stops)

i put a lesser brand on the truck tailgate

and while plenty reflective it was PEELING the top layer by ~2 years of duty.

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Old 09-01-2010, 06:26 PM   #11
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one plus to the tape is if your lights fail at nght and you don't know it. i believe the D.O.T. has regulations as to where the colors can be used.
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Please, 2air, don't be obtuse. I'm not a believer in any safety benefit, which is why people use the stuff, right? Unless ur striping and stickering up to plug into the 18-wheeler mystique. If ur tastes run to bright white and red stripes on aesthetic grounds alone then I'll be surprised.

U are of course entitled to make ur own choices for ur traylah. I'm just saying that I don't see the benefit, and accordingly I choose differently.

The OP was on whether we use the stuff, so this is fAIR game, right?
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Not sure I'm a believer. The retroreflective tape has been a lifesaver on . . semi trailers in dealing with the fairly frequent accident case where a driver collides with a parked or disabled trailer at night in an unlit area where the running lights are not illuminated. Airstreams are easy to see at night . . . .



"At night" is the key. Most of us aren't driving then . . and we never cross highway intersections in a heavy rain or fog either. Travel trailers are considered fair weather/daylight only, in a sense, whereas truck trailers are not only outside the frame-of-reference for cars (size/height), but can be "anywhere at anytime".

Conspicuity tape might be considered overkill, but, with the advent of LED clearance/signal lamps (some extras), the tape might be seen as a good idea for those wishing a little more piece of mind. I know I have tensed in a few situations where my trailer "showing up better" would have been good . . and tape plus lamps is thus on the "study list".

I've also found myself looking at random-pattern, slow-flashing LED amber lamps as with construction/over-dimensional vehicles on the highway. I travel at 60 mph . . and while it hasn't been a problem so far (running up my tailpipe or sewer-bumper), . . . .

LED Strobe Round Head Grommet Mount (Amber) - LEDWIC3RNDA - $60.00

I imagine someone can show me that such isn't approved, but . . . .
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Not sure I'm a believer. The retroreflective tape has been a lifesaver on flatbed trailers and to a lesser extent other semi trailers in dealing with the fairly frequent accident case where a driver collides with a parked or disabled trailer at night in an unlit area where the running lights are not illuminated. Airstreams are easy to see at night and with the coach battery the running lights can be jumpered easily enough if it is necessary to leave a disabled trailer on the roadside without a tow vehicle.

Well, I'm thinking more that the benifit would be my trailer being seen when pulled over and parked at a rest area in the fog. I'm aware of how to jumper the trailer lights when parked, but don't want to do that when I'm taking a nap for a few hours. There are also times when the weather is at it's worst and so is visibility and I feel that this tape on the back could help in that kind of a situation.
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