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Old 02-07-2011, 12:22 AM   #1
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Lens removal for orange running lights on 1973 model

I have a 1973 Ambassador trailer. I want to change the bulbs on the orange running (marker) lights but I don't understand how the lens is connected. There are no screws holding the orange lens on?

Can someone tell me how I can remove these covers (without damaging them)?

Also pictures are greatly appreciated, if available.


Sorry if it's a repeat question, I've searched but can't find this information, even from the lens resellers.

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Old 02-07-2011, 12:33 AM   #2
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They are just a snap on fit. Use a screw driver between the lens and it's base and gently pry it loose.
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:43 AM   #3
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Makes sense

Thanks. I'll try it in the morning.
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:36 AM   #4
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U will see a small like flat on either end.Use a screwdriver and pry very gently. If those lenses are old they my crack or even krumble. The sun bleaches all the oil out of the plastic. If you break the lense ,its probably best the replace the whole lite assembly. I did replace all the marker lites on our 77 last year the bases were crumbling also and the bulb holders broke and would not hold the bulbs so they made contact.
Find your local big truck or semi-trailer dealer that sells GROTE they are the same as on most AIRSTREAMS.
I think 10 complete lites cost me about 20 bucks.
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If you have to replace the complete units, you may want to invest in LED types - They'll last forever without having to worry about a 'bulb' burning out, plus they're brighter and use about 1/4 of the amps as the originals...

One note - if you do replace em' all - do one at a time - connect your TV's 7-way cord and test the PARKING LITE circuit to make sure everything's hooked up properly - replace the next one, and test again, etc - this method will guard against having one being 'shorted' to ground that would be hard to find/fix later...
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Old 02-07-2011, 10:39 PM   #6
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As I opened each lens, burnt out light bulbs and crumbling plastic fell out on each unit. I tested the wires with my multimeter, and power seems to be getting there. I plan to replace them all with LED's. They seem to be installed using rivets and some sealant. I guess it's time to make an investment in a rivet tool.

Any recommendations? Also is there information on rivet sizes or internal rivets versus external.
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As I opened each lens, burnt out light bulbs and crumbling plastic fell out on each unit. I tested the wires with my multimeter, and power seems to be getting there. I plan to replace them all with LED's. They seem to be installed using rivets and some sealant. I guess it's time to make an investment in a rivet tool.

Any recommendations? Also is there information on rivet sizes or internal rivets versus external.
Use # 48 all aluminum pop rivets and some Par-bond sealer.

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