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Old 12-29-2007, 10:44 AM   #1
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Replace '73 Overlander clearance lights?

Who makes the airstream 73 overlander clearance lights? I was shopping at northern tool and came upon clearance lights that look exactly like mine. The lights I was looking at were made by a company named peterson. Could I use those peterson clearance lights? The orginal lights are in terrible shape.

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Old 12-29-2007, 11:16 AM   #2
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Airstream sells the ones just like you have in regular and LED. They are the only place I was able to find replacements that came with a gasket. Not very expensive either - I recall like $4.50 per in regular.
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Old 12-29-2007, 01:18 PM   #3
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Also Vintage Trailer Supply. The OEM lights are called "double bulls eye" and are standard. You can often find them at auto/ truck parts stores. I replaced mine with LEDs which had a jack at the end of the hot wire and no gasket I had to cut off the jack and make gaskets out of bulk gasket material to get the clearance between the light and skin. A gasket is not necessary to weather seal the LED unit but was helpful for the needed clearance.
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Old 12-29-2007, 02:35 PM   #4
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You can get the LED replacements that look identical to the ones you have for about $6 each from LED-R-Us.
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Old 12-29-2007, 10:28 PM   #5
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Brian,

You can purchase all 12 (5 red, 7 amber) for less than $30 from a truck supply house. (The marker lights run about $2 a piece)

I replaced all exterior lights, including tail/back-ups for less than $100 from local truck supply house.

Unless you're really set on LED, the original double bullseye will work for years (and was a real improvement from playing games with the originals)

Give me a call if need more info. I've still got all the part #s for the cans.

After playing games with the Overlander, I got serious with the Sovereign and replaced all lights and haven't had a problem with grounds/connections since.
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Old 12-30-2007, 06:36 AM   #6
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Pizza Chop:

I bought two lights at Northern Hydraulics for 5 dollars each. They are the exact same as the ones on my overlander. All I will have to do is make a gasket for them. I can do that. I want to get up on top and start to get it in shape. That rain friday night proved to me I have some leaks that need attention. I was glad to put two huge tarps over the trailer because it is coming down pretty hard in Loganville.

I cannot do anymore to the bathroom until I get some welding done. I am going to yank the stove top cover off today and gather all metal parts that need refinishing. I found a place in Conyers that will powder coat everything for $30.00 dollars. I had the opportunity to see a finished product. It looked awesome and powder coat can with stand heat up to 400 degrees.

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Brian,

Do yourself a favor and replace all of them. You can seal around the top with Vulkem (use a small syringe).

Next time we talk I'll tell you about the 2.5 hours I spent in Chattanooga trying to fix my right taillight on the Overlander (near the beginning of a 12 hour first day of driving to Colorado).

As for leaks, one thing I did on the Sovereign that was well worth the effort was painting the top with white elastomaric paint (Kool Seal). I sealed up all the small rivet leaks, which amazingly, tend to add up.
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Hey Pizzachop, I'm looking for the same cans that you had for the tail/stop lights, can I get the part #'s?
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FireDog,

Behold!

I'm not sure of the part number for the clear lenses, but I'm sure you can get it from the Trucklite distributor.
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Thanks Pizzachop, you've already been a great help just in my first month. This forum is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I just noticed that you have 7 little ones, I feel your blessing cuz I got 5 of my own. It's what life's all about huh.
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I just noticed that you have 7 little ones, I feel your blessing cuz I got 5 of my own. It's what life's all about huh.
FireDog,

It gets better than that! Mrs. PizzaChop (Brenda) is great with child (#8), due Jan 5!

We are on standby.....
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Working on the next Danielville, GA. baseball team? You and Brenda make great parents from what I have seen at the rallys so your kids are lucky. Hope Brenda is doing well.
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Hey Pizzachop, it's the fourth. Do we have baby #8 yet?
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You and Brenda make great parents from what I have seen at the rallys so your kids are lucky.
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They save their best behavior for the rallys. For a more sober assessment of our parenting skills, it's best to come to our house!

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Hey Pizzachop, it's the fourth. Do we have baby #8 yet?
FireDog,

Out of 7 live births (last 3 at home), only one occurred on the due date. One was a day late, the others were days or even weeks late. No baby yet, but she's definitely very uncomfortable. Due dates are nice, but they don't mean much around here.

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