Reflective Tape For Trailers - The Horse Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 07-02-2020, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 4
• Horses: 0
Question Reflective Tape For Trailers

Hi, I just recently purchased a horse trailer and I noticed it had very little reflective tape on it. It has red and white tape at the bottom but I just don't feel like that's enough. I really want the best quality stuff and preferably reflective that's geared toward or designed for horse trailers. If you know of anywhere that has stuff like this let me know. Thank you!!!

<edit> I have found some stuff like equistrisafe and caution horses but I'm looking for something more heavy-duty and reflective <edit>
NewToThis2020 is offline  
post #2 of 7 Old 07-02-2020, 12:47 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: A good place
Posts: 9,271
• Horses: 0
In my area I can get it from the chain auto parts stores. You can find it online, too, often with reviews.
boots is online now  
post #3 of 7 Old 07-02-2020, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 4
• Horses: 0
I have been looking online but everything seems to be just the same stuff called engineer grade which I read was the minimal reflective stuff only good for a hundred feet or so. And the autoparts store sell the cheap chinese stuff. Its one of those situations where I don't know what I want until I see it haha
NewToThis2020 is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 07-02-2020, 01:19 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: CenTex
Posts: 2,694
• Horses: 1
I just pulled up this link and didn't read it, but it might give you some useful information:

https://autoquarterly.com/best-dot-reflective-tapes/

"Saddle fit -- it's a no brainer!"" - random person
ACinATX is online now  
post #5 of 7 Old 07-02-2020, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 4
• Horses: 0
Interesting read though from my research 3m and Oralite are the really good dot tapes and i had never heard of these brands on that article. I already have the dot tape but am looking for something extra like firetruck reflector stuff
NewToThis2020 is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 07-02-2020, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 4
• Horses: 0
Okay, so I found a place that has what I am looking for. They just happen to be a few pages back on google lol

https://reflectivepro.com/collections/horse-trailers

NewToThis2020 is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 07-02-2020, 05:05 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 12,663
• Horses: 0
The red & white reflective tape is a federal DOT mandate on trailers over a certain weight...think it is 10,000 pounds it becomes mandatory to be on the trailer sides, back as it is reflective.
School buses are also covered in reflective yellow tape down the sides, around emergency escape windows, around the back door and outlining the bus rear section and special stuff on bumpers...not sure we can use what is on school buses as they are under special federal mandates for some things no other vehicle is permitted to have..

All reflective tape can come in rolls, but realize that if you use the long strips and for some reason it lifts or gets pulled loose, you just unmarked a larger area where you are now vulnerable till replaced/fixed.
If you want just the strips of about 12" long and place them along the bottom of the trailer sides and rear go to a truck shop accessory store or truck stop and they have the good stuff.
I would suggest you place it on your rear doors and over the dual axles fender area so you mark the trailer in the dark...it reflects back easily to following drivers.
When you are pulling across a dark road at night, most trailers have only front side markers are reflective often and rear top clearance light, center of the trailer is dark...reflective tape makes you seen and alerts a driver of the dark hulking shape is indeed something to not hit broadside.
The reflective signs that say "HORSES ONBOARD" "CAUTION HORSES" for trailer rear...not a bad idea to make you seen...just make sure they are placed at legal heights as there are laws for such things many not know about...it has to do with federal regulations.
Make sure the size of reflective you pick will fit your trailer application as what works on a commercial tractor-trailer is not going to fit as well on your narrower 2-horse trailer 6' wide that may have rear doors that open, not a 8' wall of solid to affix that to...sizing can make a difference.
...

The worst day is instantly better when shared with my horse.....
horselovinguy is offline  
Reply

Tags
horse trailers , reflective , reflective tape , safety , trailer

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome