Color Metro Message Signs


Wanco designed the Metro Message Signs for use in metropolitan areas and wherever trailer size is a concern. The Five-Color Metro Message Sign provides information to the public on an LED display that can present text, graphics or a combination of both. The color display uses state-of-the-art technology to achieve excellent visibility with the least power consumption of any available portable color message sign.


  • 5-color full-matrix message display
  • Small footprint fits almost anywhere
  • Portable and deployable by one person
  • Includes software for creating custom messages
  • Touchscreen controller with intuitive interface

Message Design

  • Message Graphics computer software included for creating custom messages
  • Create, import and edit graphics
  • Add and format text
  • Export messages to sign and save files for copying and editing


  • Heavy-duty hand-winch allows one person to easily raise and lower the message board
  • Tower rotates 360 degrees for optimal positioning
  • Lock-pin holds tower in place during operation


  • 5-color, full-matrix display for text and graphics
  • Onboard controller, no laptop required
  • Full-color touchscreen controller with high-resolution display
  • Multi-level password protection restricts access to control software
  • Preprogrammed text messages, symbols and graphics
  • Easily center each line of text
  • Internal clock facilitates built-in schedule programming
  • Multiple alphanumeric fonts
  • Control box can be locked to prevent unauthorized access

Power System

  • Battery powered and solar charging
  • Energy-efficient operation results in long run times
  • Solar panels charge batteries automatically without intervention
  • Charging system shuts down when batteries are fully charged, preventing damage
  • Unique system allows battery charging with solar panels or commercial power
  • Cooling fan protects battery charger from overheating
  • Battery box can be locked to prevent unauthorized access


  • Individual display modules can be replaced easily
  • Standard 15-inch trailer tires
  • Heavy-duty bolt-on steel fenders can be replaced if damaged
  • Durable powder-coat finish resists the elements

Standards Compliance

  • NTCIP compliant


Charging system

  • Additional batteries
  • Maintenance-free batteries
  • Additional solar power
  • High-power charger

Tow hitch

  • Combo-hitch for pintle hook and 2-inch ball hitch
  • Heavy-duty lunette ring

Some options may not be available for aftermarket installation. Please consult factory.


Download Full Specs

Approx. 1620 lbs. (735kg)



MIG-welded, 2 x 3-inch square steel tubing

Sign cabinet

Aluminum sheet


Powder-coated and oven-baked

Axle assembly

2000-lb. capacity tubular axle
5-hole 4.5-inch bolt circle pattern on idler hub
60-inch wheel track
Double eye leaf springs, 1200-lb. capacity per spring





Five triads of color LEDs form each pixel


Amber, Blue, Green, Red, White

Pixel Matrix

50 pixels wide by 24 pixels high 42mm pitch


Designed for 50-degree total viewing

Smallest characters

4 lines of 10 characters, typical

Largest characters

1 line of 4 characters, maximum


Preprogrammed and custom

Control panel


Full color, backlit, 7-inch display
Capacitive touch panel
800 × 480 pixels, W × H


Menu-based, provides access to all sign functions including programming messages

Graphics Software

Message Graphics program

PC-based software provides the tools necessary for creating custom color messages

System requirements

Any computer running Microsoft Windows



Four 6 Vdc deep-cycle Group 24 batteries, wired in parallel and series for a 12-volt system

Battery capacity

430 Ah

Battery charger

15 A

Solar panels

85 W

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Specifications subject to change without notice.