L.E.D trailer lights

Submitted: Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 15:49
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Has anyone had any problems with L.E.D type tail lights on their off road camper trailers, I have just had several discussions with the people making my camper trailer, and i wanted L.E.D tail lights fitted, but they said they have heard a few rumors about the L.E.D tail lights not handling off road conditions well enough for them to risk putting them onto my camper trailer, and have already put standard lights on. i thought the L.E.D's were virtualy bullet proof, which i why i was ready to pay the extra money, but now its too late as they have welded a surround around the tail light that they'd have to grind off to fit the L.E.D's....and I'm not real keen on that idea when ordering a brand new camper.
So its not a whinge about the company, I'm not losing any money because of the lights, I would have of course preffered the newer style L.E.D's I only want to know if people have had L.E.D lights on their trailers a while, and been off road and had any problems.....I thought trucks now used them, including road trains,which as you all know drive thru some fairly rough conditions.
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Reply By: Roachie - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 15:59

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 15:59
Why not give the friendly people at Ultimate Campers, Batemans Bay a call. Their campers are now fitted with LED's and you'll find an Ultimate in some of the most remote and inhospitipal (spelling???) places Australia has to offer. I feel sure they'd let you know if they've been having any dramas with theirs.......tell 'em Bill Roach suggested you call. Don't be surprised if they sell you an Ulti' though!!!
Cheers,
Roachie
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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 16:03

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 16:03
david should include a spell checker for us forumites as i'm sick of stealing my daughters dictionary.
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Follow Up By: macca - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 16:10

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 16:10
I agree with you Bob. Cant find the dictionary and the Navigator is always pulling me up for my spelling.
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Follow Up By: Roachie - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 16:13

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 16:13
Bob and Macca,
I knew when I looked at it that it just didn't look right, but thought "what the hell"; he'll know what I mean.LOLOL
Cheers,
Roachie
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Follow Up By: Member - Gajm (VIC) - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 16:31

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 16:31
It's way too late to swap camper brands, we are picking this up at the Caulfield camper show on April 5...plus as much as I like what other brands have to offer, The Trak Shak seems to be perfect for our needs, fam of 5 etc...believe me, we looked at so many before choosing that i started dreaming about the things!!.......and i agree with the idea of the spell checker.....while Davids at it, can he do something with punctuation?.....cause I cop it from my wife after she reads any of my posts and complains about the lack of comas and full stops.....i tell her people know when to take a breath but it isn't good enough.....and i got a C- for this post (she is an English teacher)
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Follow Up By: Member - Eskimo - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 18:12

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 18:12
I'm with roachie
what the heck ...as long as its close it should be able to be deciphered what was meant.....
if you guys really want to be so accurate with your spelling type it in word 1st and cut and paste into EO furom (spelling )
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Follow Up By: Colin T - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 19:23

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 19:23
My mate has an Ultimate and was worried about the LEDs. We went away with his family in our Tambo Camper and he had no problems with his lights.

Surely the manufacturer should do what the customer wants.

Colin
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 21:30

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 21:30
Roachie,
inhospitable.
difficult to live with, not welcoming, un-friendly.
That sounds like someone who would correct your spelling.LOL

Wayne
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Follow Up By: macca - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 23:39

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 23:39
Hey settle down fellas. we were just commenting on the fact that we cant spell too great and having a bit of a shellacking at our selfs. lighten up (spot the errors here and let me know how I went)
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Reply By: Ian Bee - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 16:34

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 16:34
I would have assumed that the LED's ( which look waaaay cooler ) would have lasted much longer than a filament type set up. New range Rover has LED's......... makes you wonder.........

With all the gadjetry we have had over the last 25 years or so, I don't ever recall having to replace an LED in anything.

Don't worry about having to gring off the surround, they are just making sound all complicated, I know, I own a Sheet Metal Shop. Fit your own after you've collected the trailer.

Cheers

Ian BEE
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Follow Up By: Member - Gajm (VIC) - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 16:38

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 16:38
i agree....i did wonder if someone had fitted the wrong lights by mistake. As for grinding it off, i know its not that big a job, but Its brand new, and the last thing i wanted to do was take to it with the grinder....i alread plan to have the wife and kids sitting on it when going thru bushy tracks pushing the branches away from it
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Follow Up By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 19:14

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 19:14
LED will last the life of the vehicle. They use them now on semitrailers that cover hundreds of thousands of km per year. They were a development of the Apollo space missions, so if they can't make them reliable by now, you might as well go back to candles.....
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Follow Up By: Ralph2 - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 20:30

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 20:30
Hi All, I've had LEDS go out to lunch on a rear wing on a car, but my mates with semis love em on there trailers. Your enjoy the Track Shak I've had one for years been all over the place neaver had a problem.
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Reply By: Bitsumishin - Mike A (WA) - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 17:34

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 17:34
Seeing the wife & kids on the back pushing away the branches..... Now thats a pic I'd like to see!
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Reply By: Dave from Fraser Coast 4WD Club - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 17:57

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 17:57
Nah

The LEDs are virtually indesructable.

And will outlast a normal filament light many times over.

Methinks that there was another motivation involved!
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Follow Up By: Member - Eskimo - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 18:14

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 18:14
i reckon they forgot what the customer ordered and now its a bit late to go backwards....they'll lose labour time re-doing the fittings to take the Leds
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Reply By: Member - StevenL - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 18:59

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 18:59
Why do you think the trucking industry is adopting these things?

Much of the running is nightwork so the globes get heavy usage. Trucks have LOTS of lights so checking and replacing them is a real PITA. LEDs apparantly have better visibility, last heaps longer and draw much less power.

If you drive in Adelaide you will notice many of the Traffic lights (that' those red, orange and green thingos for you bush dwellers) now have a matrix of LED globes. The old ones just had a 100w light bulb and when they blew that was it. Now if a few LEDs die the signal still works. Transport SA says it will save thousands of $$$ each year in globes, power to run them, and for the people that run around replacing them (not to mention preventing a few accidents as well).

Steven
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Reply By: maverick - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 18:59

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 18:59
i fitted leds to my trailer 12 months ago and have bounced and jolted them (and the trailer) all over the place. Apart from the cost (they are the combined leds - big ones) they seem pretty good. Best bit is that when it is really dusty those behind can now see when i am on the brakes. rgds
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Reply By: joc45 - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 21:43

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 21:43
The LEDs have a very long lifetime. The actual diode junction is pretty securely encaplulated within the plastic housing, so vibration should not be a problem, but I suspect that the backplane they are mounted on to form the array may not be as reliable.
Gerry
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