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Old 06-10-2013, 03:41 PM   #1
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Tail light lens for '66?

Here's an easy question for someone (not me!): what was the original tail light for a 66 airstream? My originals are long gone thanks to the previous owner; they were replaced by some sort of generic lens that looks nothing like the ones I see on most vintage Airstreams. I "assume" the original should be the Bargman Trail Lite #99, but I can't seem to find a picture of an original '66 to make certain. Can someone verify this for me?
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:05 PM   #2
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here is a shot of my 66 with replacement LED style lights. They are the same size as what came off.

TAILIGHTS
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This is the replacement type that are like the orig ones on my 66 Caravel

Trail Lite No.99 Complete Taillight Assembly

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here is a shot of my 66 with replacement LED style lights. They are the same size as what came off.

TAILIGHTS

Hey, That turned out pretty nice! Thank you Alan.
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This is the replacement type that are like the orig ones on my 66 Caravel

Trail Lite No.99 Complete Taillight Assembly

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Thanks!! I'll place my order.
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:10 PM   #6
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Ace's 6ixty 6ix has been to my shop. We did an axle last year.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:58 AM   #7
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Ace's 6ixty 6ix has been to my shop. We did an axle last year.
That's good to know! I plan on swapping out my axle in the near future. Have you done anything with your 66 Safari yet?
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Thanks!! I'll place my order.
The original tail lights, cost more than LED replacmens.

Lighting the rear of cars, trucks and trailers, 50 years ago, was far removed from what it is today.

Safety then, has no comparison to today.

Using LED tail lights, that are far brighter in the daylight, then the original are at night, is a giant step in the dirrection of better safety.

Yes, it's nice to many times keep things original, but not always.

The brighter the tail lights, the greater the warning to drivers behind your trailer.

Plus, LED lights do not burn out like incandescent bulbs do, which also adds to safety.

Saety is far more important than looks.

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That's good to know! I plan on swapping out my axle in the near future. Have you done anything with your 66 Safari yet?
The Safari... Yes, sold it

Would be glad to help you out with your axles. I can guarantee the best price around.
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Hey, That turned out pretty nice! Thank you Alan.

welcome. They are super bright too. School Bus lights from the web. I think 20 bucks got both.
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Alan, I just finished changing out all my tail lights with LEDs that I got at Tractor Suppy. Very happy with the change over. I don't know how close a 66 is to a 76 but you are welcome to the lens and reflector from my 76 if you think they will fit.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:28 PM   #12
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What about swapping out the old incandescent bulb with an LED?

I'm thinking a Bargman 99 with a modern LED "corn" bulb is what I'm after.

Thanks for the info folks- much appreciated.

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I must be one of the few who believes a vintage trailer should have original bulbs. I have heard the argument about brighter, but I just like it looking as it was originally. To each his own....
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You may be one of the few. Safety, while still looking good works for me. But I am not one to keep everything original anyway. Just MHOP....
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