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    Default Rubber arm blinker / marker lights

    Looking for a source for the rubber armed turn signals that are becoming popular on fire apparatus, usually mounted in the lower rear corners of the body. I took a look at some the other Day and canít seem to find a name on them. I thought they were from Britax but in looking at their web site I donít see anything similar to that. I can source them from the apparatus builder but would prefer to find a direct supplier if possible.

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    Ours were noted in both our specs fro m ALF and Toyne as Britax?

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    I know what you are talking about but, I do not know of a supplier.

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    I believe Grote makes a comparable product.
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    This Britax site indicates that Code 3 is their U.S. distributor.

    http://britax-pmg.com/distributor.html

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    Britax is the most common.

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    Got ours direct from kme branch in albany.

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    I know we can get them from the builder we sell for. If you need the specific brand, let me know, and I'll check. I've ordered them for one customer that tore theirs off a truck...
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    It's just something else for you guys to break off. Our 2 newest Crimsons didn't have them on when delivered. After the drivers complained they couldn't tell where the end of the rig was, the Chief had them installed. It took less than a month before someone destroyed one.

    Take it as you will.

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    Left a message with one of Britax's distributers yesterday , we will se what they say if/when they call back . As a FYI we are looking at adding them to some of our wider trailers.

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    I started using the Britax lights two years ago and have been very happy with them. The vehicle operators like them also. The Britax version is more expensive the Grote version but I think it is money well spent having looked at both.

    If you are buying a new vehicle and need specification language contact me and I can send you some.

    As far as them being destroyed I much prefer to have the light be damaged/broken/ripped off rather than the sheet metal damaged. If the light becomes sacrificial and keeps damage to the apparatus from happening or keeps the damage to a minimum then it has done its job.

    HINT: Mount the Britax lights in a down angle, if they are mounted up they become gear hooks, a lesson learned the hard way. Also the light head should be on the same plane (or very close) as the rear step

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    And order spares, because they will get torn off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanIsleEVT
    And order spares, because they will get torn off.
    LOL, read post #10.

    The other rig broke the lens off one side, and the whole thing on the opposite side this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FIREMECH1 View Post
    LOL, read post #10.

    The other rig broke the lens off one side, and the whole thing on the opposite side this weekend.

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    THey're intended and designed to help "identify" the rear of the vehicle....never read anything anywhere about them being "fireman proof"
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoofTopTrucky
    THey're intended and designed to help "identify" the rear of the vehicle....never read anything anywhere about them being "fireman proof"
    I probably should post a pic or two of what I have done to help some of the drivers with the longer than usual tail boards, that asked for help. It's simple, effective, and believe it or not, actually "fireman proof". But it does look a bit somewhat odd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FIREMECH1 View Post
    I probably should post a pic or two of what I have done to help some of the drivers with the longer than usual tail boards, that asked for help. It's simple, effective, and believe it or not, actually "fireman proof". But it does look a bit somewhat odd.

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    Please do, we've gone to the Britax for this reason but we have yet to break one.

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    Sorry RFD, haven't had time to get some pics. Still cleaning up from our blizzard on Monday.

    I installed 2 red LED behive stop/marker lights on the drivers side. One sits on the drivers side at the very rear corner, to where he can see it. The other is next to it, but facing to the very rear, at the most outer corner. I wired the bright "stop" light on both off the marker wiring, it throws a beam of light against an object an easy 3 feet away. The light its self, sticks out about a half inch from the body. The guys are happy with it, that have them.

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    Found the Britax light but the only way to buy them is from an OEM or their dealers Ė about $60.00 each. The Britax distributer says minimum order is 200-300 no single orders. They do however have a aftermarket similar unit for about $25.00 each. So we bought those. IN comparing them they are very close Ė if any different I would say the aftermarket uses a little stiffer rubber.
    Photos attached are the aftermarket unit Ė no names on the unit or the packaging.
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    How about some good old curb feelers.

    Now if someone could design a spring loaded light that would be cool.

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