Rear Frame Repair & LED Running Lights

Well, it has been a long time since the last update, but not for lack of progress. I actually misplaced the camera I use for this project and needed it to complete this update!

Here are the long overdue pictures of the finished work of the rear-end separation repairs. It turned out really nice and after many rain storms I can tell you that the rear area is the most water tight area in the trailer currently!

The other project that has been done for some time, but no camera to prove it are the new LED running lights. We replaced all of the tail light covers as many were broken, but currently those are still using the normal bulbs. I purchased the LED lights from and could not be happier with the results.

Here are a few before and after pictures of the front running lights. The old and new wire were soldered together and then heat shrink was applied over the exposed wires. There were times where the wire from the LED was on the opposite side from the original lights, so a little channel was made using a Dremel tool.

And finally here are the play-by-play pictures of the rear running lights.

The new running lights look great during the daytime, but they really stand out at night!

Well, that is it for tonight and I will post more updates on the ’77 and ’67 this weekend. The ’77 now has all new cabinets, axles finally shipped today, and the ’67 made the maiden voyage to her new home until I can finish up the ’77.

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5 Responses to Rear Frame Repair & LED Running Lights

  1. John white says:

    Hello I live in Richmond va and we recently purchased a 1979 trade winds 25′ ours has very similiar rear end issues similar to one of your trailers. Would it be ok if I emailed you some questions to get some pointers. It seems like everyone suggests a full shell removal which we do not have space for and I do not think is appropriate of my situation.


  2. Judy R Cockburn says:

    In replacing a drivers’ side running light I found that the supply wires were inbeded with a dense silicone cement and was unable to pull them through the wall without risking breaking the wires within the wall. There seems to be a black collar/tube ? conduit? through which the wires run.
    Question: can the entire structure be pulled out, along with the wires which should be long enough to cut and repair?

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