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Old 31 January 2013, 16:00   #11
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I had a similar problem on the narrow roads here. In my case, oncoming traffic didn't realise just how wide my rig was (2.7m), despite the forward facing white reflectors on the mudguards.

In the end I fitted an amber revolving flasher on the trailer and it worked a treat. A bit illegal though, but I controlled it from the cab and could switch it off when not needed.

In your case, I'd rig a couple of forward facing whites on the lighting board, maybe extended up or out where needed....
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Old 31 January 2013, 16:03   #12
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What you want are marker or running lights. They're red behind and white in front. Easy enough to install on the top of the mudguards. I did this on my last roller coaster trailer. However, the lights need to be waterproof, ideally LED bulbs. You can splice the wiring into the main loom if you have a light board (you'll need a detachable point) before it connects to the socket on the car.

That's one of my jobs for the spring before the start of the season.
Sounds interesting you should create a project thread so us useless folk can copy. My thoughts re. my issue is that having lights at the mud guards are too low to see out of a drivers window and generally to late as they would have pulled out before the trailer mud guards got level with the driver. Still better than nothing at all
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I had a similar problem on the narrow roads here. In my case, oncoming traffic didn't realise just how wide my rig was (2.7m), despite the forward facing white reflectors on the mudguards.

In the end I fitted an amber revolving flasher on the trailer and it worked a treat. A bit illegal though, but I controlled it from the cab and could switch it off when not needed.

In your case, I'd rig a couple of forward facing whites on the lighting board, maybe extended up or out where needed....
Cheers Wiilk they look pretty good just need to understand where the law stands with lights on a boat trailer such as height location etc., anyone up on these regulations?
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Sounds interesting you should create a project thread so us useless folk can copy. My thoughts re. my issue is that having lights at the mud guards are too low to see out of a drivers window and generally to late as they would have pulled out before the trailer mud guards got level with the driver. Still better than nothing at all
Sounds like a plan. Worked a treat on the Indespension roller coaster trailer which sat lower and wider than my current Rapide trailer.

The original rubberised 12v bulb marker lights lasted a couple of seasons before they corroded internally. I subsequently fitted LED marker lights which were sealed units. I attached them to the mudguards and sealed them with sikaflex, then ran the wiring up to the hitch.

Because I use a light board, I added a connector near the tow hitch so it could detach prior to launching. You could of course add separate red and white LED marker lights, however it can work out expensive. On the positive side, they're less likely to get damaged as they're not directly on top of the mudguard if you go for the combined version.

Some examples here: LED lights
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I stuck reflexite strips on the front edge of the mudguard and the lightboard. Much cheaper and easier!

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Red on the back, white on the front.

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Good link Spartacus some of those LED lights arn't as expensive as I thought they might be have you bought from them before? Might update my light board as the lights are becoming temperamental.
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what was the illegality of the amber?
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I stuck reflexite strips on the front edge of the mudguard and the lightboard. Much cheaper and easier!
I tried that - didn't work. I think that the glare from my dipped headlights obscured the reflected light (I used SOLAS tape). On the whole, I found that a rotating amber put manners on them

My bad, obviously...
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what was the illegality of the amber?
AFAIK (amd I didn't check 'cos I didn't plan to change my plan) you need to be travelling below a certain speed - it's something silly like 20-40mph.

This bothered me not a jot
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Depending on how new your car is the ecu could be programmed so the rear fog lights don't work when the tow hitch electrics are connected.

Surely amber side markers would be fine?
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