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Old 04-15-2017, 01:12 PM   #1
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What Lights are required around the roof of my skoolie?

I am resurfacing the roof and the inside is gutted so i only want to replace what is required by DOT. There are currently 3 on the front face at the very top,1 on each side corner, 1 on each side center , and 3 on the rear face above back door...
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Old 04-15-2017, 04:27 PM   #2
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And those are what DOT requires ... 5 front (3 center, 2 on the corners), 5 rear (same as front, in red), and one on each side (typically if length is 30' or more).
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Old 04-15-2017, 08:03 PM   #3
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Anything over 8 feet wide requires top clearance lights.
Part of those top clearance lights are the edge area lights to help traffic determine your vehicle width.
Large vehicles over 30 or 32 require side marking lights.
Amber lower side, red upper if you are going to make the sides.
Equally spaced apart, within front 10 and rear 10, ideally 5 per side.
front end, mid, center, mid, rear end.

The best rule of thumb with lighting, red to the rear only, amber on the sides unless approaching 10+ feet, amber and white only to the front.
Driving lights, fog lights, and other non-off roading lights cannot be at a height higher than your state allows. Typically 16-24 inches before it is ruled as a blinding or distracting light source for oncoming traffic.

If you have questions for exact things, look up your local state police or county sheriffs non-emergency number and ask to speak to a deputy or highway safety officer. They can give you the exact low down on your specific state requirements and regulations.
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Old 04-15-2017, 10:41 PM   #4
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This is what's needed:
https://icsw.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/st...y/TBMpstr.html

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Old 04-15-2017, 11:16 PM   #5
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Thank you all for the helpful replies!
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Old 04-16-2017, 12:28 AM   #6
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looking at the led clearance lights on amazon to replace the old brittle ones I am removing. Not one so far is stating DOT approve. Would this ever be an issue down the road (crossing the border, changing title to Motor home/RV, ect.)?
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Were some of the other clearance lights on amazon DOT approved? I've shopped for new clearance light too but gave up.
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Check out Superbright LEDs. All their lighting is DOT approved.
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Ok will do scooter. So are these lights required to be DOT certified? Have you or have you heard about anyone ever having a problem? There are so many real good ones without the certification.
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Ok will do scooter. So are these lights required to be DOT certified? Have you or have you heard about anyone ever having a problem? There are so many real good ones without the certification.
As long as they're DOT compliant, and stamped DOT, they'll be fine. Clarification reference here; article on Truck-lite.com
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