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Old 04-08-2014, 11:22 PM   #11
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Usually park in front of Garage door and can see all the lights in the mirrors. They all reflect off the door.
Even your brake lights and rear turn signals - assuming your vehicle is front facing the door?

And let's not forget the license plate light - having that inoperative is a stoppable reason.
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Even your brake lights and rear turn signals - assuming your vehicle is front facing the door?

And let's not forget the license plate light - having that inoperative is a stoppable reason.
Most trailers have the license plate illuminated by one of the taillights.
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Old 04-08-2014, 11:31 PM   #13
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Over the years, I've had various lights burn out and have never gotten a ticket from any police/state patrol. They have pulled me over a couple of times and told me, but never even issued a warning. It's not something you have control over while driving. I do check reflections both front and back while driving though.
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Haven't had a turn signal go fast for years when a bulb is bad, I guess you could put little mirrors on the back of the trailer to reflect forward if you're worried about it. TOWTA's old junker has two fiber optics just above the rear window to show the rear lights are working. Guess you could rig up something like Cadillac did back in 96 on the back of the trailer.

How do pilots know all the lights are working?
Not too worried about it - just a B47 thing. I've seen those fiber optics things before but not recently.

If an airplanes wing tip lights (red on left and green on right) or bottom/top rotating beacon bulbs or any other light he/she isn't required to verify is working is inoperative then he/she isn't responsible for it. Most airlines have a bulb check work card that's issued every so often for the maintenance toads to accomplish.

FYI - most airline pilots don't check lights or any other thing on the exterior of the aircraft - the first officer (co-pilot) does the ground inspection walk around. One of the being the pilot perks.
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Old 04-08-2014, 11:39 PM   #15
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Most trailers have the license plate illuminated by one of the taillights.
Don't know why you're talking just trailers - most modern cars have a separate license plate bulb.
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Not too worried about it - just a B47 thing. I've seen those fiber optics things before but not recently.

If an airplanes wing tip lights (red on left and green on right) or bottom/top rotating beacon bulbs or any other light he/she isn't required to verify is working is inoperative then he/she isn't responsible for it. Most airlines have a bulb check work card that's issued every so often for the maintenance toads to accomplish.

FYI - most airline pilots don't check lights or any other thing on the exterior of the aircraft - the first officer (co-pilot) does the ground inspection walk around. One of the being the pilot perks.
Same thing about airline ground checks, still doesn't mean they will work in the air regardless of who does the checking. You're getting paranoid in your old age B.
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Over the years, I've had various lights burn out and have never gotten a ticket from any police/state patrol. They have pulled me over a couple of times and told me, but never even issued a warning. It's not something you have control over while driving. I do check reflections both front and back while driving though.
My experience also - but I believe it's one of those "probable cause" things they can use if they want.
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Don't know why you're talking just trailers - most modern cars have a separate license plate bulb.
Most tow vehicles license plates are hidden by the trailer. I just don't worry about the small stuff. Leave it up to the state inspections and walk arounds occasionally. BTW, I replaced the trailer taillight assys with leds to minimize the burnout bulb problem.
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Same thing about airline ground checks, still doesn't mean they will work in the air regardless of who does the checking. You're getting paranoid in your old age B.
Isn't that what I said in my #6 post?

How come you always got to argue?
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My experience also - but I believe it's one of those "probable cause" things they can use if they want.
Have several law enforcement friends in Masonic Lodge and they will tell you they can follow any vehicle a couple of miles and pull them over for something or other should they choose to do so. They even say that about their own fellow officers. 99.9999% of them use common sense though.
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