installing tail lights above rear window - Page 2 - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Modifications and Alterations
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-02-2016, 11:43 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Port Townsend, Washington
Trailer: 2017 19 “Lilly”
Posts: 246
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bruce Wray View Post
I'd love to do this on my 19. The factory won't do a retrofit - I asked.

Bruce

Curious. They retrofitted upper brake lights onto my 17b for me just a couple of months ago. I presume they tied into the existing taillights. They ran the new wiring inside upper cabinet in wire loom. Very clean install, like everything they do.
__________________

__________________
There is no such thing as political correctness. Just correctness.
sclifrickson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2016, 10:07 AM   #12
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Anacortes, Washington
Trailer: 2006 Escape 17
Posts: 22
I installed the LED lights on the sides of the rear windows by routing the wires from the factory wires located under the bed on the Escape 19, up the corners and behind the liner. I used a small aluminum shield when drilling from outside to prevent the drill getting into the headliner. I found removing the plywood under the mattress made access much easier.


__________________

advdave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2016, 07:51 PM   #13
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: grand rapids, Minnesota
Trailer: 2006 17B
Posts: 33
I'm curious, the 3middle lights, are they brake, turn and tail light individually? What is the advantage to having so many? Doesn't this increase risk of leaks? I was thinking of just a strip above the window.
Thanks for all the input everyone!
riverplace is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2016, 07:53 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Jim Bennett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Trailer: 2017 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 11,934
Quote:
Originally Posted by riverplace View Post
I'm curious, the 3middle lights, are they brake, turn and tail light individually? What is the advantage to having so many? Doesn't this increase risk of leaks? I was thinking of just a strip above the window.
Thanks for all the input everyone!
They are clearance lights.
properly installed, there is no issue with leaks.
__________________
2017 Escape 5.0 TA
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
Jim Bennett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2016, 08:29 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Port Townsend, Washington
Trailer: 2017 19 “Lilly”
Posts: 246
Quote:
Originally Posted by riverplace View Post
I'm curious, the 3middle lights, are they brake, turn and tail light individually?

My understanding is that they denote vehicles wider than 8 feet, and on such vehicles they are required by law. Ever notice how semi's always have them?
__________________
There is no such thing as political correctness. Just correctness.
sclifrickson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2016, 09:50 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 1979 Boler B1700
Posts: 9,052
Quote:
Originally Posted by riverplace View Post
I'm curious, the 3middle lights, are they brake, turn and tail light individually? What is the advantage to having so many? Doesn't this increase risk of leaks? I was thinking of just a strip above the window.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim Bennett View Post
They are clearance lights.
properly installed, there is no issue with leaks.
Close, but not quite. The clearance lights are the ones at the corners of the front and rear, intended to indicated the width of the trailer.

Quote:
Originally Posted by sclifrickson View Post
My understanding is that they denote vehicles wider than 8 feet, and on such vehicles they are required by law.
Correct, except for the width allowed. The law is CMVSS/FMVSS 108.

These are the wide vehicle identification lights. They must be three lights in a group, centred on the vehicle, and usually mounted (although not necessarily) at the top. They are required if the vehicle is 2 metres (80", 6'8") wide or more, which is why they are on the 19 Foot and larger Escapes, but not the 17 Foot and smaller models (which are just under the limit). No Escape is eight feed wide... yet. Motor vehicles need them on the front as well, but trailers only need them on the rear.

Cars, almost all SUVs, and most pickup trucks are not wide enough to need them. Pickups with dual rear wheels, Hummer H1 and H2 SUVs, and the Ford Raptor pickup are too wide so they have these lights.

There are lamps available which are a set of three lights, spaced sufficiently far apart, in one unit so it needs only one wiring connection and mounting of one housing.
Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2016, 09:56 AM   #17
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: grand rapids, Minnesota
Trailer: 2006 17B
Posts: 33
So, I could install 2 lamps (3lights each) above the window and that would be sufficient on my 17B...LED can be spliced into existing tail lights?
riverplace is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2016, 11:57 AM   #18
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Frewsburg, New York
Trailer: 2017 "Early" Escape 21, pulled by 2008 Silverado
Posts: 76
Trailer light regulations.

Here is an excellent link that explains the NHTSA regulations:
Trailer Poster Table for Website

There are also regulations covering each type of light. You cannot use just any red/yellow lamp. Each light must be a certain color, intensity and output a specified pattern of light. Make sure you purchase lights that are clearly marked for the purpose intended.
__________________

pstyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
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






» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:35 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.