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I'm replacing a few lights on my trailer right now - found this information in my search for mandatory requirements.  Good information to have a general knowledge of:

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/standards/conspicuity/Trlrpstr.html
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Many thanks, Swede.  Very useful information.


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I'm going to sticky this for a while.  Good info! ;)

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My boat trailer is over 80" wide and i don't have the id (middle tail) lamp. I've seen plenty of folks that didn't have them and never heard of anyone getting pulled over or ticketed in Georgia or Florida for this.

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Please realize different states have other requirement laws than federal your specific state may not require Ident. lights on 80" wide trailers
check with the NATM National Association of Trailer Manufactures. They have a state buy state lists of requirements.

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Swede, that link you posted I believe are manufacturers requirements, so if you have a trailer that does not have this equipment, as long as the requirements were met at the date of manufacture, usually anything additional added since is not required to be added.   ~shade
Last Edit: March 22, 2011, 09:19:17 PM by bigjim5589
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Swede, that link you posted is for Canada's requirements.   ~shade

It's for both

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Yeah, I just realized that!  ::)
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Please realize different states have other requirement laws than federal your specific state may not require Ident. lights on 80" wide trailers
check with the NATM National Association of Trailer Manufactures. They have a state buy state lists of requirements.
Federal trumps state, state can add but may not delete without a special waiver.
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Great info thaniks ;D Very few people know about legal Nav Lights, ALL NAV LIGHTS MUST BE COAST GUARD APPROVED.  Point of information, most the the LED ligth guys are adding the rub rail ARE NOT LEGAL in most states the regs state must me seen have a 112.5 degree on horizon  view and 22.5 degree abaft of beam and be certified.  Far as I know NC does not enforce the law.  Just a Head Up  Info is contained in Rule 21 Lights and Shapes US Dept of Homeland Security US Coast Guard Manual.  Just a heads up all approved USCG lights meet this standard. Add on LEDs look nice but in most cases NOT LEGAL
Last Edit: June 24, 2021, 09:34:53 AM by Rangerman