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Old 10-23-2016, 11:48 AM   #1
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What are these lights for?

Anyone know what these lights were used for on a 1972 Safari? Is it for reverse polarity or something? When I reattached my umbilical cord to the airstream these lights lit up. Thanks.
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Old 10-23-2016, 12:51 PM   #2
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I bet you didn't know you had fiber optics in your trailer!

Those "lights" are actually lenses. There are two fiber optic lines that go to each brake light from there. You can see in rearview mirror if your brake lights are functioning. Yours is missing the cover but I think they are available
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Old 10-23-2016, 03:08 PM   #3
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Yep, optics so that you can view if your brake lights work from the drivers seat. I think Inland Andy sells a metal replacement cover. The plastic original is long gone. The reverse polarity light is a round, clear, crystal looking fixture on the trailer.
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Old 10-23-2016, 05:32 PM   #4
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when I had all the walls out I cut the fiber Optic not knowing what it was. I still have most of the fiber optic lines and the lens, its fun to show the grand kids how it lights up with a flashlight at the opposite end. I just did a round patch over the hole where the lens was. I did change to LED tail light not sure how I could have made it work anyway. I think there are some LED tail lights made to hook up the fiber optics.
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Old 10-23-2016, 09:31 PM   #5
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Yep, optics so that you can view if your brake lights work from the drivers seat. I think Inland Andy sells a metal replacement cover. The plastic original is long gone. The reverse polarity light is a round, clear, crystal looking fixture on the trailer.
Do you know the whereabouts this polarity light would have been located? Thanks.
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Old 10-23-2016, 09:37 PM   #6
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Is this the cover? If yes is it just a aluminum cover?
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Old 10-23-2016, 10:04 PM   #7
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Is this the cover? If yes is it just a aluminum cover?
Yes, that's the cover, and you may know that Vintage Trailer Supply sells them.
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Old 10-24-2016, 12:07 AM   #8
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Do you know the whereabouts this polarity light would have been located? Thanks.
On my tradewind it was on the left rear side just above where the fresh water connection was. Hopefully yours will be in the same general area, unless a previous owner removed it for some reason.
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Old 10-24-2016, 10:23 AM   #9
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Nothing...

Nothing on my safari. Wonder if the 72 Safaris had them?
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Old 10-24-2016, 11:32 AM   #10
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Nothing on my safari. Wonder if the 72 Safaris had them?
Our 72 Safari had a polarity light, I could not find a picture but I believe it was located just below the 120V breaker box looks like a junction box. When I get home I will check all my pictures and post if I have one. look in the rear wardrobe closet street side. Or under street side bunk if you have a twin, I can't remember if it was behind or in front of the water heater.
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Old 10-24-2016, 12:37 PM   #11
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Our 72 Safari had a polarity light, I could not find a picture but I believe it was located just below the 120V breaker box looks like a junction box. When I get home I will check all my pictures and post if I have one. look in the rear wardrobe closet street side. Or under street side bunk if you have a twin, I can't remember if it was behind or in front of the water heater.
Ok great. So you're saying that the polarity light is inside the airstream not on the outer side so to check it, I would check from the inside.
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Old 10-24-2016, 01:25 PM   #13
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These two pictures show the polarity light electrical box from the inside of the trailer. My trailer ('76 25' Caravanner) has it just above the water heater, as you can see. On the outside it's just a little red glass fitting. I took mine out during the rebuild.
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I found a picture it was just in front of the water heater, you can see it in the picture, the water heater is gone in this picture, there was and orange light center of the cover, mine did not work I removed it when we remodeled, I now use a polarity checker that plugs into outlets.
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I found one more photo showing how the two 120 V circuits were wired in the polarity light
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