Light issue on a Trailer - Avoid violation

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by goblue710, Jan 14, 2022.

  1. goblue710

    goblue710 Bobtail Member

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    Has anyone looked into tools that could alert me of lighting issues on a trailer? Anyone have an idea on what that would cost?
     
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  3. lester

    lester Road Train Member

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    You mean your eyes? They are typically part of a package deal. 2 free along with hands to open the door and feet to walk around
     
  4. goblue710

    goblue710 Bobtail Member

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    Yes obviously! But talking about while on road! If something goes out while going.
     
  5. Catmando

    Catmando Road Train Member

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    This is a joke right ??..... or is this for real ?????????????... Ever seen 1 of these... it's still in the experimental stage but I've heard good things about it
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  6. lester

    lester Road Train Member

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    I was going to suggest that to but its a lost cause. And I got yelled at a few times back in the day for using it to alert people of issues. They worried the DOT was listening and would find them
     
  7. Hawkeye72

    Hawkeye72 Light Load Member

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    Keep looking. Typically if something goes out you should see something. Lights flickering/ marker lights not working. Or someone will let you know on the radio or when passing you.

    Keep a couple of plastic seals. Sometimes the connections to fit together quite right. And lights will flicker or not work righr. You can put a seal inside connection with truck plug. It will make the parts fit better. If that makes sense.
     
  8. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    I guess that used to be a thing - I remember that when I started. So, you'd use code like "Hey flatbed, you're missing an eyeball".
     
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  9. Studebaker Hawk

    Studebaker Hawk Road Train Member

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    These things are not made to aircraft quality specifications. Hell, if it is a Kentucky trailer you are lucky if all the lights work from the moment you pick it up at the factory.
    What you are describing is some sort of RF controlled circuit, where all devices(tail light, clearance lights etc.) is all on one supply circuit, one 12v positive and negative to each, and each one has a cute little chip inside that is controlled by a lighting ECM on the tractor. The ECM sends a signal via the voltage supply circuit to each device to do what it is supposed to do, blink, go bright, on, off etc. The technology has been around for a while. Also referred to as fly by wire.

    Don't look for that advance anytime soon given the world can't make enough chips for the stuff that Walmart sells, let alone this safety related item.
     
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  10. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Road Train Member

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    In automotive world the newer electronic flashers will do what they call “hyper flash” which is a noticeably faster flash when a bulb on that side is out. But since Heavy duty truck flashers are designed to take loads from 10-20 lamps they don’t always feel the loss of current thru a burnt bulb so the speed may not change. That being said I have seen the speed and rhythm change on a few of them. It is noticeable but only slightly.
     
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