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Old 01-12-2010, 09:12 AM   #1
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I have a 67 Tradewind that apparently did not come with the three clearance lights on the front and rear endcaps. I see most trailers with them no matter the year. Just curious as to what dictated whether a trailer does or does not have them? Anybody know?
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Usually it was the FMVSS of that year. If it were optional for that year, Airstream would install them as part of a package, usually the International package.
The latest trailers merely have four, similar to your '67, one on each corner.
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My 67 Safari did not have the front and rear three clearance lights either. It is a California model. I wonder if that has something to do with it. It is not an International model.
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My 67 Safari did not have the front and rear three clearance lights either. It is a California model. I wonder if that has something to do with it.
Lee, is your Safari an International, or plain Land Yacht?
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Which leads to yet another question. What is FMVSS?
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I have a 67 Tradewind that apparently did not come with the three clearance lights on the front and rear endcaps. I see most trailers with them no matter the year. Just curious as to what dictated whether a trailer does or does not have them? Anybody know?
Those 3 extra clearance lights, can easily be added, just like Airstream did.

There is a green wire that goes between the 2 clearance lights that are there.

Make a small hole, like 3/8 to 1/2 inch, where you want the center clearance light to be.

Using a coat hanger, fish for that green wire. It's very easy to find. Don't pull out any more of the wire than you need to make that splice.

Hook that green wire to your new clearance lights, and it's done.

Add some Vulkem sealer to the wire that goes thru the hole.

Use a couple of stainless steel screws to mount the new clearance lights.

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Fmvss?

Thanks Andy. I wouldn't even have to fish since my interior panels are removed. Not sure if I want them though. Just another place for a leak to happen. Still don't know what FMVSS stands for.
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Thanks Andy. I wouldn't even have to fish since my interior panels are removed. Not sure if I want them though. Just another place for a leak to happen. Still don't know what FMVSS stands for.
Clearance lights will never leak, "IF" Vulkem sealer is properly applied, in the wire and screw holes.

But, since you have the interior panels removed, installing the new style LED clearance lights, is the way to go.

They cost a little more, but will out last all of us in time, and, are brighter in the daytime than what you have now, is at night time.

The other added plus, is if you had all 10 clearance lights using LED's, they collectively would draw less current than just 1 (one) clearance light that you now have. Not bad at all.

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On our 67 the clearance lights front and rear were installed as optional equipment at the Airstream factory in California for $12.00! The original build sheet is fun to look at.
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On our 67 the clearance lights front and rear were installed as optional equipment at the Airstream factory in California for $12.00! The original build sheet is fun to look at.
Those days are loooooooooong gone.

But, it was nice while it lasted.

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that 12 bucks was just as hard to come by as is the 112$ today....
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that 12 bucks was just as hard to come by as is the 112$ today....
I had a very good friend, from long ago, that said when Airstream trailers start selling for more than $10,000.00, that they will go out of business in less than one year.

Now, most of the time, a 30 to 40 year old Airstream, somewhat beat up, with bad axles, etc, sells for more today, than it did when new.

Ah yes, those days can only be found in History books.

Also back then, you could get "china", made in Japan.

Today, all to many things we buy, are made in China. I hear, that they are working on kids, for us.

Heavens to Betsy, what next???

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