Light it Up!

We knew fairly early on that the back lights were going to be a problem. The ‘bumper’ that held the lights was all messed up, cracked and pieces were missing. I had no hope of finding another one. In addition, holes in the outside wall were cut out for the lights even though the lights sat in the bumper. We are unsure if this was original or if at some point, someone was trying to get to the lights from the inside – which would be hard with the shower insert. Both the outside and inside wall was cut on the curb side of the trailer. Weird.

Me and Blanche - Rest Stop on the Natchez Trace

See the cracked bumper and reflector hanging on…

You can see the holes in the back.  The lights didn't fit in here so I have no idea why the holes are there...

You can see the holes in the back. The lights didn’t fit in here so I have no idea why the holes are there…

Since the openings for the lights were in the curve and the original lights were rectangle, they would not work. Dad decided to add a piece of aluminum to cover all openings  and add round LED trailer lights. These would be easy to replace since they sit in a large round grommet and can be popped out when needed.

Cutting the opening for the new lights.

Cutting the opening for the new lights.

Pieces of aluminum were cut to cover the openings. Holes for the lights were centered and cut and the pieces were riveted into place. We covered the pieces with Manus Bond where the new pieces would touch the existing outside wall to help hold together. We also sealed the edges from the inside just to be safe.

New piece riveted into place and lights fitted in.

New piece riveted into place and lights fitted in.

Getting wired up.

Getting wired up.

Lights were popped into place. I don’t think they look too bad.

New Lights.

New Lights.

Looks good to me.

Looks good to me.

Some of the front lights were hanging on for dear life when I first pulled her home. Not now. New lights were added up front and I even sanded and spray painted around them to make them look a little better. Gotta love the power of spray paint!

Before picture of front lights.

Before picture of front lights.

New lights.

After picture with new lights.

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