Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-26-2023, 09:14 AM   #1
Moderator Emeritus
overlander64's Avatar
1964 26' Overlander
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre
Anna , Illinois
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 5,699
Images: 194
Send a message via Yahoo to overlander64
Installing New Marker Lights on 1964 Overlander

Greetings All!

I am getting ready to embark on a new project. In the past, I would have trusted this job to Ace Fogdall RV in Cedar Falls, Iowa, but since they were purchased by Camping World and I have retired, I am going to try this job myself.

I have purchased a set of these teardrop LED marker lights from Vintage Trailer Supply. I face two quandaries in regard to this project. The first being what method of attaching the new lights would be preferred -- aluminum pop rivets or stainless steel metal screws? I have both available, just not certain which to use, but my intuition says rivets. The second being what method of joining the wires would be preferred -- the old style crimp connectors or the new style solder splice connectors that solder in a sleeve that melts when in contact with heat from a heat gun and a plastic sleeve that surrounds the repair? I like the idea of the solder splice connectors, but I have both types of connectors in my tool kit.

These are the Tear Drop lights that I have purchased from Vintage Trailer Supply:

These are the solder splice connectors that I have purchased from Xiamen Huaju Industrail Co. Ltd., through Amazon:

Thank you for your opinions and advice!
Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC #7864
AIR #827
1964 Overlander International
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre
overlander64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2023, 10:20 AM   #2
4 Rivet Member
1976 Argosy 24
1961 28' Ambassador
1968 26' Overlander
Lakewood , Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 397
I think all your options are viable. I usually use screws, rivets will certainly work. Some will install nutplates and machine screws. I like crimp style butt connectors, maybe with heat shrink but that means another tool and a power supply. All your options will work.
Good luck, Mark D
mrdes8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2023, 10:31 AM   #3
Rivet Master
2007 16' International CCD
Vintage Kin Owner
Somewhere , Colorado
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 1,508
I have some experience with vintage trailers and their restoration, have used those same lights from VTS, and offer the following. I would go with aluminum rivets due to the potential galvanic corrosion between the aluminum body and stainless steel screws, and I do like the solder splice connectors. In addition, I don’t recall what (if any) gaskets came with the lights but some butyl tape would be good for leak protection.
field & stream is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Replace Incandescent Marker Lights with LED Marker Lights Fwrandall55 Lights - Interior & Exterior 1 08-11-2021 08:34 PM
Installing new LED marker lights on 1975 Argosy VintageFan Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 4 03-19-2016 04:35 PM
Installing 1959 front and rear teardrop marker lights JimHoek Lights - Interior & Exterior 8 09-04-2010 10:06 AM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:02 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.