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Old 06-19-2011, 12:21 PM   #1
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i really love my bus but want to convert the top old flashers to brake and turn in back and will use all amber in front as turn signals. i hope someone may have done this and have some tips for me...thanx
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Do some checking, I think there are some regulations about how high brake/turn light can be. I think it was on this forum.
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Re: brake & turn lights

TRUCKS, BUSES, MPVs: FEDERAL LIGHTING EQUIPMENT LOCATION REQUIREMENTS

NO MORE THAN 72 INCHES ABOVE THGE GROUND

Link http://www.arenco.ca/normes.pdf
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TRUCKS, BUSES, MPVs: FEDERAL LIGHTING EQUIPMENT LOCATION REQUIREMENTS

NO MORE THAN 72 INCHES ABOVE THGE GROUND

Link http://www.arenco.ca/normes.pdf

Where did you see the "maximum" height? I have had the same chart for years (different source). I understood that those were the legal requirements. I have noticed that a lot of the semi trucks are looking more like "christmas trees" due to all the lights on them. Not only are the getting carried away with the side marker lights but I have noticed that an increasing number of the cabs are installing upper brake/turn lights towards the upper rear parts of their cabs. We will use one set of the old flashers as a "docking light (a 75Watt docking light... then I want to go find that yo-yo who left HIS sticks-n-staples RV's docking light on for hours late one night!!) and standard stop/turn/ parking light bulbs on the outer rear (red cover) and a turn or parking/turn bulb in the outer front (amber cover). NOT the original 75W bulbs!


http://icsw.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/standards/conspicuity/
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Re: brake & turn lights

you could probably hook the ones up top to work WITH the current ones on the back of the bus but you cant unhook the current ones if thats what you mean.
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Re: brake & turn lights

very last column on the right, under trucks and buses.. top 4th page down.
TRUCKS, BUSES, MPVs: (continued)
FEDERAL LIGHTING EQUIPMENT LOCATION REQUIREMENTS
BASIC EQUIPMENT REQUIRED ON ALL TRUCKS, BUSES & MPVs
DESCRIPTION MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS

Area Equipment (SAE Lens Coding) Functional Purpose Quantity Color Location

Height mm (in.) from the ground 15 - 72 inches / 380-1830 mm

Stop Lamps (S) Indicate braking Minimum 2

Red On the rear - symmetrical - as far apart as practicable

the xmas tree lights are all marker lights on the big trucks......
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It does not say MAXIMUM height, just gives a range. I will have the required lights placed in the specified placement ranges... and some extras. Doesn't matter. I will do our extra lights as planned. If it turns out to be a problem in any state we title/tag in, then I will simply remove the bulb.
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MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS
Area Equipment (SAE Lens Coding) Functional Purpose Quantity Color Location
Height mm (in.)
from the ground
Stop Lamps (S) Indicate braking Minimum 2
Red On the rear - symmetrical - as far apart as practicable
(no lower than 380mmm - no higher than 1830 mm)
(no lower than 15 inches no higher than -72
from the ground )



Good luck with your build,......... You are way ahead of me I don't even have one yet...
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I won't go round and round with you. I have tagged/titled a former commercial vehicle as a recreational vehicle before and I already know that many of the things that you guys think apply, do not apply to a recreational vehicle (must be tagged/titled as such). If I have a problem when I put it out on the road, I will post that. Until then, I will do what I want to the lights. I will have the MANDITORY LIGHTS. I will also have the extra light. The requirements do not address that. As far as I know (based on observation and reading OTHER forums) I can put OTHER additional lights on the bus.
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I won't go round and round with you. I have tagged/titled a former commercial vehicle as a recreational vehicle before and I already know that many of the things that you guys think apply, do not apply to a recreational vehicle (must be tagged/titled as such). If I have a problem when I put it out on the road, I will post that. Until then, I will do what I want to the lights. I will have the MANDITORY LIGHTS. I will also have the extra light. The requirements do not address that. As far as I know (based on observation and reading OTHER forums) I can put OTHER additional lights on the bus.
I do not want to go (around) as you call it .......was only trying to help a fellow skoolie out.... It says he, she, it did not say it was mandatory...

It's printed in bold letters at the top the page....MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS

I don't care what you do with your lights, it's your bus, your lights, have fun with it.....

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