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Old 08-06-2016, 01:39 PM   #1
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So my 63 Overlander doesn't have the 3 lights above the Airstream name plates. I'm not sure what the law is on if I need those, and I wouldn't know where exactly they should be placed. I like the look of using the tear drop lights for this but I'd be afraid I wouldn't position them right. I've seen other people put 3 red lights above the rear name plate and 3 amber lights above the front name plate. Do I need both sets or is the rear set the only one required? Thanks for the help.
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The Law does is not retroactive to older units. There is no standard as to height as you will note if you follow different vehicles.

Pulling the wires is not going to be an easy job. If yo do tackle it use LED fixtures to minimize the current on the circuit and get a brighter light.
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So my 63 Overlander doesn't have the 3 lights above the Airstream name plates. I'm not sure what the law is on if I need those, and I wouldn't know where exactly they should be placed. I like the look of using the tear drop lights for this but I'd be afraid I wouldn't position them right. I've seen other people put 3 red lights above the rear name plate and 3 amber lights above the front name plate. Do I need both sets or is the rear set the only one required? Thanks for the help.
Trailer lights and reflectors are covered by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 108. The edition of FMVSS 108 that was in effect in 1963 when the trailer was built is what your trailer has to comply with, even if requirements were made more stringent in later editions. Changes to the Federal requirements are never made retroactive.

So if your trailer wasn't made with them in '63, they're not required today, either.
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The Law does is not retroactive to older units. There is no standard as to height as you will note if you follow different vehicles.

Pulling the wires is not going to be an easy job. If yo do tackle it use LED fixtures to minimize the current on the circuit and get a brighter light.

It wouldn't be hard to wire them because I have everything apart right now. I think I want to add them because I like the look. Is there a template or measurements somewhere out there?
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