For many years, teardrop marker lights were the clearance/marker light of choice on travel trailers. They began to appear in the early 1950s under the Bargman 48 name and model, and continued on through the 1970s on some trailers. Several brands like KD, Triangle, Pathfinder 662, Reflect-O-Lite and others had their own versions.
Originally, back in the 50s, the lights were of high quality, being made of a chrome plated steel with a quality lens, gaskets to keep them dry, and good internal components. As time went on, the quality dropped.
Up until 2014, an aluminum version was available that used the same general shape and shared the same 3-hole mounting hole locations. It was an acceptable substitute for the earlier version made by Bargman, but there were a few key differences: The aluminum backplate was a slightly different profile and very thin and easily bent. The lead wire did not fish through the backplate in the same location as the old Bargmans. The lens was thinner plastic and it no longer had gaskets so water would get behind the lens. Light output was dim from a small incandescent bulb. Overall, they were acceptable, but not ideal. That's the only version that was available for the last few decades so we sold it. That aluminum base version is now obsolete.
In 2015, we set off to develop a premium reproduction of the original Bargman version. We decided to make it to our high quality standards but in the old style. Here are the features of our reproduction:
We're proud of our reproduction. We hope you like it!
The backing plate is 4-7/8" x 3" edge to edge. The two holes at the wide end are 2-7/16" on center. And it is 4-1/4" on center from the hole at the narrow end to either of the two holes at the wide end.
*These lights are sold individually (not in pairs as seen in the photo of one red and one amber light).
Please select either AMBER or RED when ordering a teardrop marker light.
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