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Old 07-25-2013, 03:56 PM  
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I hope you don't mind but this is one mod of yours that I'm not going to copy.
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:11 PM  
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Originally Posted by sandlapper

"I use a trick I picked up from the truckers: as soon as I see the back up ahead, I put on the flashers as I approach and slow down, leave them on till we are moving again."

Great Idea - why didn't I think of that category!

Also: Since I don't have any back-up lights coming out of my TV, I ran the wire for my trailer backup light to my 'tail light' connection and changed the lens to red on the trailer back-up light. This gives me twice the volume of light (4 to the rear instead of two) to the rear. Working on some way to wire a higher tail/brake lite higher up in the middle of the rear, like modern vehicles.
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:17 PM  
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"Hi, I also use my flashers at times like this and I changed my lower lights to amber ones. They are almost blindingly bright."

I believe having anything but red to the rear is illegal in all states (except white when backing). Good Idea except will give a cop an excuse to pull you over - if not a ticket.
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:39 PM  
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I am sorry for the rear ended accident that will mess up some summer plans dramatically.

I would suggest a very high intensity red LED array mounted either above or below the existing brake light assembly like these that pulsates when the brakes are energized. They are not very big, but the excuse "I did not see you" is put to bed before it was even uttered.

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Old 07-25-2013, 04:41 PM  
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I did NOT curtail my trip at all. Great time in Vermont and New Hampshire, now in Maine. Not to rub it in, but it was 54 degrees this morning. If the "always underfoot" Airstream basset hound -- (UH, that would be RHODA), hadn't been adding extra warmth I would have run the Dometic heat pump....better known as the NY subway for its sonic signature. In terms of accident, USAA already on top of it. Out-of-Doors Mart has ordered parts from JC, so hopefully it will be a quick and painless renewal process when I get home. OH! And, for you Alumalina folks, as promised, I have procured a HALF GALLON of real maple syrup for the fall pancake event at Lake Wateree!
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:58 PM  
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Colonial Airstream is very close to you - best Airstream work (dare I say even better repairs then the factory), William is "The Man" for all your panel repairs...
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Old 07-25-2013, 05:08 PM  
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Bummer, Barry!

Sorry to hear of this, but so glad no one was hurt.

When you look to replace your bicycle......have you seen those folding bikes? Really pretty cool, very sturdy and nice looking. They ride inside, removing the drag outside and wear & tear on your bike from the road and weather,

We replaced our bulky rack and bikes on the rear with ones from Citizen Bike, and absolutely love them! They come in a range of prices.


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Old 07-25-2013, 07:47 PM  
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John, I'm VERY fortunate to have Out-of-Doors Mart about 10 miles from where I live (I ordered SilverLeaf from them and they have already done one spectacular repair for me...a long and nasty scratch that was about 20 feet long midway down the CS panel). They'll handle this for me. Have also heard wonderful things about Colonial, but I'm one of lucky few who have a quality dealership in my backyard. A lot of the Vintage folks use ODM for parts supply -- they have an ENORMOUS on-site warehouse.
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:50 PM  
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I did NOT curtail my trip at all. Great time in Vermont and New Hampshire, now in Maine. Not to rub it in, but it was 54 degrees this morning. If the "always underfoot" Airstream basset hound -- (UH, that would be RHODA), hadn't been adding extra warmth I would have run the Dometic heat pump....better known as the NY subway for its sonic signature. In terms of accident, USAA already on top of it. Out-of-Doors Mart has ordered parts from JC, so hopefully it will be a quick and painless renewal process when I get home. OH! And, for you Alumalina folks, as promised, I have procured a HALF GALLON of real maple syrup for the fall pancake event at Lake Wateree!
Good man, Barry. Now, just don't haul the syrup in the back end of your trailer, we will need every drop!!!

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"Hi, I also use my flashers at times like this and I changed my lower lights to amber ones. They are almost blindingly bright."

I believe having anything but red to the rear is illegal in all states (except white when backing). Good Idea except will give a cop an excuse to pull you over - if not a ticket.
Hi, actually amber is OK in the rear for turn signals only; Mine work as running lights, brake lights, and turn signals. [No ticky yet, knock on wood]
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This kind of accident concerns me a good deal as well when it comes to my TT. Your average Boobus Americanus hasn't a clue of proper stopping distances to maintain (being able to see plenty of hardtop ahead AFTER being stopped), much less following distances when at speed (a four second gap).

When at work I use the flashers to let others know I'm coming down to a full stop for construction (the signs don't matter, they don't pay attention). LED lamps and, as switz pointed out, a flashing brake light are probably a minimum.

This is also where proper mirrors play their part. Many, if not most, folks assume that if they can see back along the sides of the TT that all is well. But the better mirror set-up allows for views "closer" to the rear of the combined vehicle . . . while one might not avoid being hit, being prepared and keeping a lot of distance in front of one once stopped might allow one to roll forward to "roll with the punch" to minimize damage.

I've always taken pleasure from recalling my Dad's experience with an older pickup hitting the back of his Silver Streak. The front end damage totalled the truck . . Dad had the trailer rear bumper replaced.

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Old 07-27-2013, 02:26 PM  
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Great looking bike. Which Citizen model did you buy?
Sorry for the delay in responding. We have been off the grid in Northern MN for a week.

We got the Miami. Really love them.


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