temporary tail lights?

Anything electric, AC or DC

temporary tail lights?

Postby KA » Sun Aug 13, 2006 4:05 pm

Hi,
Mercy. I know absolutely nothing about wiring.I will be doing some how-to reading. In the meantime, here is my problem. I will be taking my wheels and axle to the welder who will assemble my chassis. I need to get the trailer home from the welder's so I can start building the cabin. Should I have the tail lights with me when I go to the welder and wire that part for the ride home or should I rent some temporary lights to attach (I'm assuming there is such a thing)? Is there a problem with doing just the tailight/turn signal wiring and adding cabin wiring later? Also, should I put the trailer wires in some sort of conduit? How do I run and attach them from the front of the trailer to the back. Should I weld something onto the trailer to attach the wires? I would really like to get a visual feel for how the back of the cabin looks before I decide where to put the tail lights.
:designing:
Thanks.
Kris
KA
Donating Member
 
Posts: 479
Images: 9
Joined: Sat Aug 27, 2005 1:04 am
Location: Olympia, Washington

Postby asianflava » Sun Aug 13, 2006 4:33 pm

We welded my frame at my buddy's shop. When I towed it home, it was night time and I had no lights, no tags, no chains. Since he lives across the street from me, he just followed me home.

I don't know for shure but you might be able to get away with sticking reflectors to the rear if you don' have to go far. If you still are leery, I saw some temporary lights in the last Harbor Freight sale paper. These are the magnetic ones for people who tow cars.
User avatar
asianflava
8000 Club
8000 Club
 
Posts: 8410
Images: 45
Joined: Mon Aug 02, 2004 5:11 am
Location: CO, Longmont

Postby KA » Sun Aug 13, 2006 4:54 pm

Thanks Asianflava,
I'll check out the lights. Also, good idea having another car follow me home.
Kris :)
KA
Donating Member
 
Posts: 479
Images: 9
Joined: Sat Aug 27, 2005 1:04 am
Location: Olympia, Washington
Top

Postby apratt » Sun Aug 13, 2006 4:55 pm

Maybe you use those yellow triangle signs that the farmers use on their impelments, but you would want to do it in the day time.
Arthur,

ASL spoken here
User avatar
apratt
Gold Donating Member
 
Posts: 966
Images: 16
Joined: Fri Feb 24, 2006 11:43 pm
Location: Washington, Chehalis
Top

Postby KA » Sun Aug 13, 2006 5:53 pm

Hi Arthur,
I hadn't thought about that idea.
Thanks
Kris :)
KA
Donating Member
 
Posts: 479
Images: 9
Joined: Sat Aug 27, 2005 1:04 am
Location: Olympia, Washington
Top

Postby angib » Sun Aug 13, 2006 6:36 pm

Don't all countries have the rule that no vehicle law applies to journeys within 10 miles of home by upright citizens?

Andrew 8)
User avatar
angib
5000 Club
5000 Club
 
Posts: 5783
Images: 231
Joined: Fri Apr 30, 2004 2:04 pm
Location: (Olde) England
Top

Postby Miriam C. » Sun Aug 13, 2006 7:41 pm

angib wrote:Don't all countries have the rule that no vehicle law applies to journeys within 10 miles of home by upright citizens?

Andrew 8)


Not likely! :lol:
Here it depends totally on the officer.

Ka,

1st call your police dept. You may be able to get away without lights.

You are unlikely to run all your wireing in a single run. I would go to the autoparts store and buy a "Y" set. That is a set of 4 wires that are split brown/green and brown/yellow. You can get a cheap set of lights to use untill you decide to be fancy.

Get the welder to drill you holes for the bolts. If you are sure you don't want holes in your frame then get the magnetic temps.

You can hold the wires up temporarly with wire ties or even string.

PS - brown/green to the curb side
brown/yellow to the drivers side

Good luck
Miriam
“Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past.â€
User avatar
Miriam C.
our Aunti M
 
Posts: 19673
Images: 149
Joined: Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:14 pm
Location: Southwest MO
Top

Postby KA » Sun Aug 13, 2006 8:00 pm

Thanks for the replies, Andrew and Miriam,
I think I'll call the place where I get my trip permit and see what I need to do. I imagine the ticket could be pretty expensive if I was spotted on my way home without lights....16 miles. I probably could get by with a vehicle following me in the daylight but then again it would be painful to use trailer parts money for a ticket.
Kris :roll:
KA
Donating Member
 
Posts: 479
Images: 9
Joined: Sat Aug 27, 2005 1:04 am
Location: Olympia, Washington
Top

Postby madjack » Sun Aug 13, 2006 8:02 pm

...unless you have far to go just get someone to follow you...if stopped by the po-lice, cry, smile, flirt and remember that it is easier to beg forgivness than ask for permission :D ......
madjack 8)

white -ground
brown-running/marker lights
green-right blinker
yellow-left blinker
A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.
most all personal problems can be solved with the proper application of high explosives
User avatar
madjack
Site Admin
 
Posts: 15122
Images: 177
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 5:27 pm
Location: Central Louisiana
Top

Postby KA » Sun Aug 13, 2006 10:11 pm

Hi Madjack,
Thanks for the wire code info.
I don't think your ticket avoidance technique will work very well, though. It would probably work better if I showed the officer all of my receipts and charts. After about 40 pages, he'd probably let me off just to get me to stop talking.
:lol: Kris
KA
Donating Member
 
Posts: 479
Images: 9
Joined: Sat Aug 27, 2005 1:04 am
Location: Olympia, Washington
Top

Postby halfdome, Danny » Sun Aug 13, 2006 10:16 pm

I went to U-Haul and rented a trailer to haul my chassis home. The $53 was cheaper than a moving/equipment violation. :D Danny
ImageImage
"Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing". William Feather
Don't accept "It's Good Enough" build to the best of your abilities.
Image
Teardroppers Of Oregon & WashingtonImage
User avatar
halfdome, Danny
*Happy Camper
 
Posts: 5368
Images: 150
Joined: Sun Aug 14, 2005 11:02 pm
Location: Washington , Pew-al-up
Top

Postby Micro469 » Sun Aug 13, 2006 10:29 pm

I bought a couple of cheap trailer lights and mounted them on an angle iron... the ones with holes in them. Connected up the harness and strapped it to the back of the trailer. Got me where I was going.... :thumbsup:
John
Image
User avatar
Micro469
Super Lifetime Member
 
Posts: 3185
Images: 382
Joined: Mon Nov 07, 2005 10:46 pm
Location: Brampton,Ontario,Canada
Top

Postby Dale M. » Sun Aug 13, 2006 11:04 pm

Micro469 wrote:I bought a couple of cheap trailer lights and mounted them on an angle iron... the ones with holes in them. Connected up the harness and strapped it to the back of the trailer. Got me where I was going.... :thumbsup:


I have exactly same thing (light bar) I use when I am going to pick up (tow) something when I have no clue as to what shape or if there are any tail/stop lights on it.... Light bar and a few "bungie" cords works well....

Dale
Lives his life vicariously through his own self.

Any statement made by me are strictly my own opinion.
You are free to ignore anything I say if you do not agree.

Image
User avatar
Dale M.
2000 Club
2000 Club
 
Posts: 2634
Images: 18
Joined: Thu Jun 09, 2005 8:50 pm
Location: Just a tiny bit west of Yosemite National Park
Top

Postby KA » Mon Aug 14, 2006 12:27 am

Thanks Danny, John, and Dale,
Those are all good ideas. :) The trailer might just be the way to go.
Be careful with the bungee cords, tho. A friend of a friend just had a problem this week strapping some stuff to the back of a motorcycle with a bungee cord. He leaned over the stuff, pulled the cord tight and then it slipped and hit him right in the eye. The hook cut thru his eyelid, hit his eyeball, and then caused him to pass out. Lucky for him, there will be no permanent damage...a very close call. Anyway, be careful of putting your face near bungee cords when you are pulling them tight. EEEGAADS! :shock:
Kris
KA
Donating Member
 
Posts: 479
Images: 9
Joined: Sat Aug 27, 2005 1:04 am
Location: Olympia, Washington
Top

Postby madjack » Mon Aug 14, 2006 1:00 am

Kris, I was(am) a commercial driver with over 20yrs and 2million miles behind me...many of those pulling a flatbed trailer and having to tarp loads...you learn real quick to look away and cringe/duck while pulling bungees tight...they hurt!!!!!
madjack 8)

p.s. thanks for the warning on bungees
A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.
most all personal problems can be solved with the proper application of high explosives
User avatar
madjack
Site Admin
 
Posts: 15122
Images: 177
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 5:27 pm
Location: Central Louisiana
Top

Next

Return to Electrical Secrets

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest