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Old 08-08-2010, 09:40 PM   #1
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License Plate Bracket Install Question

I ordered this: Truck-Lite - Catalog Product : White & Chrome Bracket, Bulb Replaceable bracket from Vintage Trailer Supply. It came with a foam gasket. Not paying attention when I took it out of the box, I assumed the black foam gasket went between the bracket and the trailer skin, and that is how I installed it. However, looking at the picture, it looks like it goes between the chrome light cover and the bracket. Is that correct? If so, what goes between the skin and the bracket? Installing it the way I did might be the reason I felt I had to caulk between the white bracket and the chrome cover. Working with these lights on an AS is a PITA with the way the wires come out of the body.
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:48 PM   #2
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I just installed the same bracket.No foam gasket was included from VTS.The big black rubber gasket is for the light.The part that has the slots for the plate is attached to the trailer skin via the 2 drilled holes in the bracket.I used 2 olympic rivets dipped in vulkem and that is the only sealing you need to do.I shot some vulkem in the wire hole from the inside,but I had my inside panels off.
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Old 08-08-2010, 11:23 PM   #3
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Hi, the picture is wrong. I tried to fit the rubber seal between the chrome cover and the white bracket, but it won't fit. This was when I got a new assembly to replace the rust ball of a chrome cover. Airstream installed mine with the foam rubber seal against the trailer body and the white bracket on top of the seal. The chrome cover has no seal and that is why it rusts so quick. My original chrome cover was a ball of rust within two years. My new cover has lasted over four years so far. I made a seal out of 1/16" vacuum hose that I split on one side then slipped it onto the edge of the chrome cover. I ran out and took this picture tonight. The cover is really dirty, but still not rusty. I did not replace the white bracket so you will see a spot of rust on it. The main thing is if you can see the seal I made.
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:12 AM   #4
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Thanks guys. Robert, it sounds like it would be a good idea to make a small gasket to put between the chrome and the painted metal.
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License plate light and bracket

I have also purchased the aforementioned replacement part for my trailer and have another question about its mounting process.

Mine came with the same gasket as the one above, which I am going to use between the bracket and the trailer skin, but it also came with 2 hard rubber spacer grommets that I haven't seem mentioned anywhere else. They are about 1/2" diameter and about 1/2" tall. I don't really see where I need them but for those who have put these parts on before, where did you use them in this assembly, if at all?

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Old 04-09-2011, 11:00 PM   #6
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I have also purchased the aforementioned replacement part for my trailer and have another question about its mounting process.

Mine came with the same gasket as the one above, which I am going to use between the bracket and the trailer skin, but it also came with 2 hard rubber spacer grommets that I haven't seem mentioned anywhere else. They are about 1/2" diameter and about 1/2" tall. I don't really see where I need them but for those who have put these parts on before, where did you use them in this assembly, if at all?

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Hi, I haven't seen these rubber bushings. Maybe for SOB's or hot rods or maybe they will fit over the back sides of the license bolts to protect the body.
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Something that works real well on that light is put Airstreams Clear Acrylic Spray 28174W on it before you install it.That helps it from getting rusty and old looking. I knew a guy who took it off every year and resprayed it. He kept it looking like new for a long time.
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I would agree with BOB.Those are rubber bumpers to keep the license plate from hitting the body.Im sure they were in the kit I installed.
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Rubber Bumpers

Thanks for the replies Bob and Mike. I'm thinking you're right about the use of the spacers for protection from the license plate against the body.

Dan -- I painted and/or clearcoated all of the parts, inside and out, before I installed it. Of course I had to change the white bracket to silver.

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As mentioned above the spacers are to off set the lic. plate from the body. Not only protecting the body but will allow for installing the plate or changing the plate.
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I have also purchased the aforementioned replacement part for my trailer and have another question about its mounting process.

Mine came with the same gasket as the one above, which I am going to use between the bracket and the trailer skin, but it also came with 2 hard rubber spacer grommets that I haven't seem mentioned anywhere else. They are about 1/2" diameter and about 1/2" tall. I don't really see where I need them but for those who have put these parts on before, where did you use them in this assembly, if at all?

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Can you tell me where you purchased the license plate/light from? Did not see it at inland or out doors.
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Vintage Trailer Supply has them.
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I know this is an older thread but I have a question about installing this bracket. The old unit has a red and a grey wire coming out and the replacement only has the red. Does the grey hook up to the bracket for a ground or is it even needed with this unit now. I have a '75 Tradewind.
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Yes the gray wire from the unit is the ground and can be hooked up to the body of the light for a ground. The body of the light is ground.
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