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Trailer Visibility

Updated August 7, 2012

This information sheet is primarily intended for persons associated with or working with the LRTC Emergency Response Team, however the information may be useful to other groups or private individuals who may wish to similarly equip a support unit or who may need to utilize the resources available from LRTC's Emergency Response Team.

Most volunteers respond to help others using their personal tow vehicles and trailers. Some of these activities will naturally take place after dark, in bad weather and in smoke conditions. To protect our personal property from avoidable accidents and to help ensure the success of operations, it is important that trailers are easily recognizable under all conditions and that all lighting and reflective devices are fully functional.

  Lighting and Reflector Requirements

Lighting requirements (by law) for larger trailers include:
  • Tail / stop / turn signal lamps mounted visible to the rear

  • Amber marker lamps on the front sides near the top of the trailer visible to the front and sides.

  • Red marker lamps on the rear sides near the top of the trailer visible to the rear and sides.

  • Longer trailers are required to have amber marker lamps mid point along each side of the trailer.

  • Amber reflectors on the front sides of the trailer.

  • Red reflectors on the rear sides of the trailer.

  • Red reflectors (separate from the tail lamps) on the rear near each side, visible to the rear.

In addition to required lighting and reflectors, team trailers are equipped as follows.

  • Amber marker light on fenders at widest part of trailer visible to the driver. (Useful for determining trailer position when navigating around obstacles in the dark.)

  • Red and white DOT C2 type reflective marking tape outlining the entire profile of the trailer.

  • LED type tail / stop / turn signal lamps. (LEDs are more reliable and more distinctive.)

  • Clear automatic back-up lamp(s.) (The center pin of standard 7-pin trailer plugs is the circuit used to power back-up lamps.)

In addition to interior and loading lights, Trailer 1 also is equipped with side lighting on both sides near the feeding racks. It also has a high capacity marine type battery to power lighting and accessories when not connected to a tow vehicle. The battery is automatically recharged by the tow vehicle or it can be charged from a solar panel.

Rear reflector strip at "eye level."
LED tail / stop / signal lamps.
Backup light on left rear beavertail.
Long reflector strips clearly define the size of the trailer at night.
Automatic back-up lights can double as utility lights.

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