To chicken light, or not

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Gumper, Jan 18, 2020.

Opinions on the extra truck lights

  1. Keep what’s left of the glorious lights

    9 vote(s)
    10.1%
  2. Take all of it off, go bare minimum

    24 vote(s)
    27.0%
  3. Add more like it’s Christmas

    56 vote(s)
    62.9%
  1. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    And yet every time I ask someone to provide state rules to support this, no one can.
    As there is no federal requirement for non-required lights to work. The guy who brought this up simply cannot be put OOS as per CVSA rules.
    The most that can happen is a specific state law, but again no one has ever been able to show me one.
     
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  3. TTNJ

    TTNJ Heavy Load Member

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    Variety or reasons why one would like all the Chicken lights. Some of those reason are as basic as they look cool while others can be for safety reasons.
    For me, they look cool and honestly provide a better view for me while driving at night by reducing the glare from oncoming headlights....it might just be in my head though.
     
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  4. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Yet we had some dip#### mechanic at the Ford dealer fail one of our F550 service trucks during our yearly CVI because an interior light in one of the toolbox cabinets didn't work.
     
  5. Deere hunter

    Deere hunter Road Train Member

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    OK last thread you said you were just about broke fixing to lose everything and now we’re talking chicken lights there’s something amiss here?
     
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  6. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    How anal can you get? :biggrin_25513:
     
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  7. Gumper

    Gumper Road Train Member

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    All the lights were on the truck when I bought it, and it’s a butt connector mess. I always solder and heat shrink my connections, and use grease on all the plugs. The problem with the lights on there now is the plugs are starting to corrode, and wires that are rubbing through their insulation. I have auto reset circuit breakers, so I guess after the wire shorted it would pop the breaker then turn itself back on? Either way I feel it’s better to eliminate the potential problems.

    Right now all I have left are the step and sleeper filler panel lights. They’ll stay until they give me problems.

    The shop I brought my truck to last year wouldn’t pass me for my annual because of a few accessory lights didn’t work. I had to argue with the bumpkin for a few minutes before over it. That old “if it’s there it must work” thinking just won’t die.
     
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  8. Gumper

    Gumper Road Train Member

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    Yeah, I’m eliminating them rather than fixing. Seems pretty sensible.
     
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  9. Deere hunter

    Deere hunter Road Train Member

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    Well I hope things are looking up don’t wish anybody any miss fortune just ribb’n you a little bit !
     
  10. Gumper

    Gumper Road Train Member

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    Steady as she goes. The issue I have is constant downtime especially right before a $9000 insurance bill is due. Need to get a reserve built back up in the bank which is difficult with all the repairs plus a worse flatbed market compared to last year.
     
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  11. JonJon78

    JonJon78 Road Train Member

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    Atleast if I get hit at night they cant use the excuse they didn't see me :biggrin_2559: 157 lights.

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