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post #1 of 7 Old 07-02-2020, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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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>
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-02-2020, 12:47 PM
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In my area I can get it from the chain auto parts stores. You can find it online, too, often with reviews.
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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
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-02-2020, 01:19 PM
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I just pulled up this link and didn't read it, but it might give you some useful information:

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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
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-02-2020, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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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

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post #7 of 7 Old 07-02-2020, 05:05 PM
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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 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 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.

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