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Old 09-01-2009, 09:06 AM   #15
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say, you wouldn't happen to have a manufacturer and part # for those LED backup lights, would you?
I just buy the cheap knockoff stuff (no-name) at my local discount place as they have "sales" all the time and you can get quite a deal.

You could try Super Bright LEDs - Brake Light, Turn Light and Tail Light Bulbs but there are dozens of companies selling led direct replacements. Just watch two things 1) the colors have to match the lense (narrow wavelength light won't pass through the wrong color of lense) and 2) leds come in side light or top light versions. If the socket is mounted sideways, you need a side light led to point in the right direction. Top mounted point away from the socket.

I'd love to replace all of mine but LED lights are still dear. I pick up a couple when on sale and replace the ones I use the most to save power.

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Old 09-01-2009, 09:26 AM   #16
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I bought my backup LED lights from Inland Andy. You can find them on his parts website for $39 each.
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:50 AM   #17
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I bought my backup LED lights from Inland Andy. You can find them on his parts website for $39 each.
yes, I know that. you said it before.

(sometimes, things are cheaper and no shipping if you can source them locally)
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:33 AM   #18
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Sorry, should also say that the single filament double contact bulb replacement is a 1004 and the single filament single contact replacement bulb is a 1003.

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Course, more info leads to more questions...

I bought the single filiment replacement bulb 1156 from the autoparts store. Hope this is the same thing (as the 1003). Which is still different than my Owners Manual which specifies bulb #1073. Why is everything so confusing???

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Old 09-01-2009, 10:37 AM   #19
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Forget the old bulb numbers. Use 1156 for the backup lights and the 1157s for the brake and turn signal lights.
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:40 AM   #20
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Forget the old bulb numbers. Use 1156 for the backup lights and the 1157s for the brake and turn signal lights.
Cool. Thanks for the speedy response. I'll be heading home soon and will try the battery test. I'll be holding my breath.

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Figures

Soooo, I got my lights back in place just in time for my Labor Day trip. I was so excited until..... my friend, following me in her car, said that every time I hit the brakes, my back-up lights came on too. Well, only one back-up light and the bulb from the other fell out of the socket (and will not hold securely in place now). Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr What the crap? I'm wondering if, when I had the front connector rewired to meet standard 7-pin specs, it was miswired (with the back-up light wired to the brakes?). Is that even possible? I'm going to take the bulbs out of each until I figure it out. I can't imagine how folks following behind me will react when they see my back-up lights coming on every dang time I hit the brakes: Yikes - watch out - that silver fool is going to back right over us at the stop light!!!!

Why me. I was so proud of my job. I had even cleaned up the lens with a headlamp restoring compound. Sigh.

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Old 09-08-2009, 03:38 PM   #22
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Hi Laura,
Check your pigtail on both ends to ensure it is wired correctly. Most exterior light wiring issues can be isolated to your pigtail or to your tow vehicle's fuse panel. There are several threads here on the forums that have diagrams and pics of the wires and where they should be connected. The brakes are controlled by one wire and the brake lights by two others. Yet another wire controls your backup lights and another your running lights. Sounds like you have a few wires crossed in there.
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Yep. Mike has the answer. Sounds like the pig tail (AKA the Umbilical Chord) to the truck is miswired. I have the wiring diagram around someplace if you need it. It's also available on the Airstream.com website.

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Well, the Airstream.com website link to that diagram is busted (AGAIN!!!). Why can't Airstream get (and keep) that stuff straight?! Dang, it's frustrating.

The diagram is available here on this website. If you can't find it, somebody will provide it for you. My scanner is down for a few days, so I can't scan it in right now. Dang.

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Well, the Airstream.com website link to that diagram is busted (AGAIN!!!). Why can't Airstream get (and keep) that stuff straight?! Dang, it's frustrating.

The diagram is available here on this website. If you can't find it, somebody will provide it for you. My scanner is down for a few days, so I can't scan it in right now. Dang.

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Thanks -- and I have the diagram. I gave it to the RV tech who I paid to rewire the front connector for me - and paid for the new umbilical that he provided to me as well. Hummmmm When I picked it up, the brake controller was not wired correctly either and I had to leave the trailer for another day until he corrected that problem.

I'll dig into it later. I guess I'll let the backup lights filter down the priority list - to save my patience as well.

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Forget the old bulb numbers. Use 1156 for the backup lights and the 1157s for the brake and turn signal lights.
On my 71 for some reason unfathomable to me the cans are factory painted black. Painting the cans white significantly improves the brightness. A similar gain can be made by changing the 1157s to 2057s. The total gain is enough that I have crossed off the LED conversion. Anybody want some LEDs cheap?

The can on the spook light was metallic. I painted it white and it is also brighter.

Anybody know if replacement round early 70s tail/stop and back up lights are still available somewhere?
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