Jump to content

Made Joey Legal


Mark and Dale Bruss

Recommended Posts

At the 2016 Rally my Bounder got gigged by light expert David Dixon for not having width reflectors at the rear. I was surprised that a new motorhome would not be properly marked. Maybe Fleetwood thought the rear taillights were enough but they were not reflectorized lights. When I pointed this out at the Fleetwood repair facility, they gave me two more reflectors like were on the sides of the hitch area. hen I measured the, they were two small, I acquired a couple of Grote Type A Reflectors and mounted them. So thenks to David, I am legal.

DavidDixonReflectors.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The old incadesent lamps had reflectors built into the lenses. When manufacturers changed over to LED lights, it seems that many overlooked the reflectors. I have hunted and hunted but LED lights with reflectors are as elusive as a unicorn.

 

That's the truth! About the best option in a 4" round light is the Optronics line that can be had with a reflectorized mounting flange. And for the round marker/clearance lights with reflectors, there are similarly few options--there's a 2-1/2" round light that's reflectorized from Truck-Lite, and I think one from Petersen, but that's about it.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

So, you guys have me wondering..... When I built my bed, I put in 4 x 4" led units, two on each side. Can I use reflective tape, sometimes reffered to as DOT tape, as my reflector? I have some scraps of polished stainless that would make a nice mounting surface.

 

I've been installing this tape on my farm equipment for years. It's amazing how well it holds up. My grain trailer is 16 years old, and just this year, the tape is finally starting to show signs of weathering, and it hasn't spent a dozen days indoors in all that time.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Reflective tape, meeting specific standards (that I didnt feel like typing) can be used in place of side reflex refectors but there is nothing allowing for its use in place of other required reflectors. Of course that is for "commercial" vehicles but since 99.999999% of those requirements come from the same manufacturer standards as passenger vehicles, I would bet they are the same. I might be wrong but I detest reading the 108 standard, so I'm not doing it. I would recommend a good old plastic reflector.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

So, you guys have me wondering..... When I built my bed, I put in 4 x 4" led units, two on each side. Can I use reflective tape, sometimes reffered to as DOT tape, as my reflector? I have some scraps of polished stainless that would make a nice mounting surface.

 

I've been installing this tape on my farm equipment for years. It's amazing how well it holds up. My grain trailer is 16 years old, and just this year, the tape is finally starting to show signs of weathering, and it hasn't spent a dozen days indoors in all that time.

I don't believe reflective tape counts as reflectors

 

 

Reflective tape, meeting specific standards (that I didnt feel like typing) can be used in place of side reflex refectors but there is nothing allowing for its use in place of other required reflectors. Of course that is for "commercial" vehicles but since 99.999999% of those requirements come from the same manufacturer standards as passenger vehicles, I would bet they are the same. I might be wrong but I detest reading the 108 standard, so I'm not doing it. I would recommend a good old plastic reflector.

 

The distinction isn't commercial or non-commercial (though it affects who can write the ticket, and whether cold Dr. Pepper is of any use!). The red and white tape is often used as part of a "conspicuity system", which is required for all "big" trailers (see below), except when designed exclusively for living or office use (which obviously creates a grey area for toy haulers...). Some of the confusion enters with the term "conspicuity reflex reflector" which can be used in lieu of or in conjunction with the tape, but is different from a "reflex reflector" as required on the side/rear. Reflex reflectors are required on all vehicles, except trailers with a conspicuity system--in other words, there's no exemption for the truck. Even if there were, the details for how and where to put that tape take quite a few paragraphs to explain.

 

The requirement for number and placement of reflectors on the truck can can be found in Table I-a - Required Lamps and Reflective Devices, and the excerpts related to conspicuity systems and exemptions are below:

 

S6.1.1.1 Conspicuity systems. Each trailer of 2032 mm or more in overall width, and with a GVWR over 10,000 lbs., except a trailer designed exclusively for living or office use, and each truck tractor must be equipped with retroreflective sheeting, reflex reflectors, or a combination of retroreflective sheeting and reflex reflectors as specified in S8.2.

 

S8.2 Conspicuity systems. The requirement for conspicuity systems may be met with retroreflective sheeting, conspicuity reflex reflectors, or a combination of retroreflective sheeting and conspicuity reflex reflectors.

 

A trailer equipped with a conspicuity treatment in conformance with S8.2 of this standard need not be equipped with reflex reflectors if the conspicuity material is placed at the locations of the required reflex reflectors.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

RVers Online University

campgroundviews.com

Our program provides accurate individual wheel weights for your RV, toad, and tow vehicle, and will help you trim the pounds if you need to.

RV Cable Grip

All the water you need...No matter where you go

Country Thunder Iowa

Nomad Internet

Rv Share

Dish For My RV.

RV Air.

Find out more or sign up for Escapees RV'ers Bootcamp.

Advertise your product or service here.

The Rvers- Now Streaming

RVTravel.com Logo



×
×
  • Create New...