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South Coast Sailboats

Trailer Light Bar


This is one of the best ideas that I have been using for many years. This idea I had picked up from my father (another boater).

Why would anyone in his or her right mind submerge electrical equipment in water, or even worse, salt water? This makes no sense at all. Water and electrical parts simply don't mix. Anyway, unless you enjoy replacing your trailer lights almost ever season, have I got the fix for you?

In my family (of which there are several boaters), everyone has a trailer light bar. What is a trailer light bar you say? Well it is simple enough. This is a homemade light bar that you tie to your trailer (two or three bungee cords are more than sufficient) before transiting your boat to the water. The light bar has a wire harness (25-30 Feet or more) that will run all the way up to the towing vehicle, where it is then plugged in to the trailer harness attached to the bumper of the towing vehicle. When you are ready to immerse your trailer, unplug the trailer harness, and then just remove your light bar and set it aside. I know this sounds like a pain in the ass, but my trailer lights have lasted me for the last six or eight years (season after season) because they don't get dipped when the trailer goes in.

Your basic trailer light bar can be wood or in my case a piece of aluminum uni-strut about six or seven feet long. To the bar, attach a standard pair of trailer fender lights. On mine, I also attached my license plate, a license plate light and a three in one red running light. As a result, from behind, my trailer is very well marked whenever it is in transit, and my trailer lights always work every time I plug them in. No messing around trying to figure out why you have only one brake light, no turn signals, and only one running light.

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