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Old 07-05-2010, 10:26 AM   #1
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Adding a third brake light to a vintage trailer

I've searched the forums and found nothing. Anyone actually add a third brake light to their Airstream successfully? If so, where did you source the light itself? Where did you mount it? I'm pretty good with wiring. Making it work isn't an issue, it's more where to put it and what type of light to use. I have a few ideas, but I'd like to see what others have done.
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herez a recent thread on this topic...

see the LAST POST for links to many other relevant threads.

((some of the links are buried/linked inside the links...))

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

for a classic old stream consider something that attaches temporarily...

like an led light bar on the bumper OR attached to the back window glass INSIDE or out...

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2air, thanks for the link. A temporary mount is something that is definitely in order. My '69 is nearly all original and naturally, I don't want to butcher it. I actually have a red 12V neon tube that is about 10" long I'm considering attaching to the inside of the glass. It's completely transparent until you put power to it; nice and bright when you do. That's part of why I posted this thread. I wanted to see if someone else had a better solution than what I'm considering.
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A PO cut a hole in the rear panel to install a 3rd brake light on our AS...bummer, as he must have done it without a tape measure! It's off-center a bit!

I replaced it with an LED model stop light that I got at a truck supply place...

It's wired into the LH STOP light circuit, so comes on with any stop, and then 'blinks' when turning left, to hopefully draw some additional attention to our situation....

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Ray, I wired the brake light on my pickup camper shell similar, only I used a couple of diodes to make it flash with either turn signal and then come on solid when I hit the brakes. Worked out great. I can walk you through how to connect it all up if you're interested.
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Journalist,

how did you size / spec the diodes?

thanks for your help!
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Journalist, sounds like a cool idea - I'm assuming you'd make 'bridge' of the two diodes, with the 3rd light connected to the center...I think I'll do that next time I get into the wires back there...

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Journalist, sounds like a cool idea - I'm assuming you'd make 'bridge' of the two diodes, with the 3rd light connected to the center...I think I'll do that next time I get into the wires back there...

Thanks, Ray
Exactly. I used fairly heavy diodes, but I don't remember what size they were. They were just some I had laying around the house. I've had that setup for about a year and a half on the truck, and I'll likely wire the trailer the same way. I like the idea of it always being on solid when the brakes are applied.
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