Originally Posted by Polwart
Normally they are wired direct to the vehicle. We do not have any requirement for side markers on normal rib sized BOAT trailers - which may have an impact on you.
For my trailer (which, in truth, isn't all that large) it needs 2 sidelights per side: a marker light, which I guess is supposed to sho that something is there when you're looking from the side, and a clearance light, which marks the outer extent of the trailer when looking from the front.
If you invested the time you spend rebuilding your lights every year you can very quickly create a simple system where the trailerboard is fitted to the trailer but easily removable
Yeah, but the other thing is that I view the wiring as expendable, so all that gets replaced at the same time as the lights.
And I'm hoping (one of these times) to get more than a year out of the set. Two years would be great. My incandescents lasted a year and a half, which is well over a year longer than I thought they would.
Convenience is a factor; right now, it's unlug the lights and dunk the trailer. Unplugging is optional now that I've got LED's on the trailer, as well. The inconvenience is the few hours every year or so that it takes to rewire and swap lights, but that's a pretty small commitment compared to the rest of owning a boat.