Been a while since I've posted any serious construction photos. Well, I decided to redo my old coach (1987 34 footer) with all new LED running lights, tail lights, and license plate lights.
Last year, a buddy of mine came over who is an aircraft electronics whiz and we replaced all the running lights. It is nice to have them actually work now
We took the rig to New England and had a blast.
Well, I had these nice new SuperBrightLED tail lights, but I needed to make new bezels, and didn't have time before our trip. And after our Halloween outing, I was involved in a motorcycle crash and wasn't in the shape to fab metal very well.
But anyway, I'm all mended now, so is the bike, and time to make the trailer shine.
The hardest part of making the new bezels, to me anyway, was the laying out of everything. I was going for the "Corvette" look of three round tail lights on each side. Well, as you know, these silver trailers taper in two planes, so it's not the easiest thing in the world to get the measurements. But in the end, after a few tries, I got it worked out. Drew it out in AutoCAD to where it looks like a flower: You have the rectangle with the three round cutouts in it that the lights go in, then you have four "petals" at the top, bottom, left, and right, which form the top, bottom, and sides. I sent this file off to a metal fab shop and they used their CNC plasma cutting machine to cut it out. Then a 4-way metal brake to fold the tabs over. I then had them make angle for me which I cut out and riveted in to attach the corners.
I used a pneumatic rivet gun and round headed aircraft AN rivets to get the same look as the rest of the trailer. I think they turned out nicely!
Everything is .040 inch thick 6000 series aluminum. The LED lights are quite bright, and the way I wired it up, both outboard lights serve as running lights, brake lights, and turn signals. So when I'm making a turn, there are two of these 5.5" diameter lights lighting up.
I really like these LED lights. They work great. Now if it cools down a little this evening, maybe I can install the new LED license plate light, and start installing the new reflectors to replace my old dull ones.
I need to wire up one of those switches where I can turn all the running lights in the campground and look like Las Vegas
See ya on the road!