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Old 10-03-2019, 01:04 PM   #1
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Replace clearance light

The amber clearance light on the right side near the front of the trailer has stopped lighting. There are two screws holding it on, and what appears to be a really strong sealant all around the base. I cannot see the wiring for it on the inside of the pass through storage. I don't know if this will be an easy or difficult repair/replacement.

If I replace it, I'll put an LED light there.

Has anyone else done this, and what did you find when you removed it?
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Old 10-03-2019, 01:45 PM   #2
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Is yours the oval with chrome frame mounted on the "skirt" below the compartment door?? Our early '16 (really a "late" '15) lights are like that, they are LED and probably attached/sealed with ProFlex (Geocell) which is pretty sticky stuff. On ours the wires are right behind the skirt, and connected to harness which drops through floor edge. Easy to get to!!

If your skirt is the earlier style of build, which attaches above the floor (part way up the compartment door) and the lamp is not near the bottom of skirt, may have to drop skirt down to access wiring?? OR, when light is finally removed, wiring may be very accessible, and have enough to pull out and splice in new one if needed. Heat gun, or hair dryer may provide enough heat to help pry light out without any damage.
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No skirt, it's the Black Rock trim which means "nuttin fancy". It's stuck right on the fiberglass outer wall just ahead of the pass through door. If it was daytime I'd take a picture and post it. Maybe tomorrow.
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Gotcha, ASSumed it was other than Black Rock!!! I still think that when the light is removed you may find enough wire in behind it to do a replacement. Should be crimp connectors in the front panel area.
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Old 10-04-2019, 11:02 AM   #5
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Clearance light

May I suggest that before you get too carried away, first pull the light from it's housing or RV wall, take a voltmeter and see if you have voltage in the wiring at the light. (Of course, remember to attach the tow vehicle to provide power). One step at a time. If you have power to the light but it doesn't work, then the light (or bulb) is fubar. If you don't have power in the wiring, then replacing the light isn't going to do any good and the problem likely resides in the wiring itself. The one question I always ask myself when something doesn't work is "what has changed or been modified lately?" (I just had this yeasterday, with our sunroom leaking) Anything you remember, like catching a wire on something, plugging in to a bad recepticle, overloading the system?


Just random thoughts and hope it may help you deduce the issue.

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Old 10-04-2019, 11:47 AM   #6
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Yup, thanks for the reminder on troubleshooting before replacement. I just gotta get it off first.

It's not even a terrible thing, having that light not working, but every little bit of safety equipment that came on it working makes me feel better.
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I removed one of the rear clearance lights and I would think the side lights are similar. Mine was held on by two screws and once the screws were removed, I carefully cut through the sealant at the top of the light and it lifted away.

The light had a back bedding of rope type caulking (available at Lowe's in the window department) and was caulked at the top with something similar to Dicor Proflex, which is what I used to re-seal. Do not seal the bottom of the fixture so that any entrapped water can drain.

Once removed, check both the socket for voltage and the bulb for continuity with a multi-meter.
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Exactly the kind of experience and description I was hoping to get. Thank you!
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I get so much good info here, feels good to be able to contribute.

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So..........how did the repair go?
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I have put it off until I either get closer to needing to move work locations from Yakima to Longview, or ...

the weather gets a little warmer! My hands get too cold too fast!
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