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Old 01 November 2012, 06:28   #1
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Light Board Extensions - minimise possible damage?

My trailer extends approx 10" beyond the rear roller to accommodate the light board extension arms.

I am worried that this may cause damage to the tubes when recovering the boat if she is not perfectly square onto the trailer

Can anyone recommend anything to minimise this risk - other than ensuring the boat is square on !
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Old 01 November 2012, 07:16   #2
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I guess you could always bind something round them like carpeting or those expanded foam tubes for protecting piese from frost.

You might even be able to cut them back by a few inches if the extensions will still reach.
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Old 01 November 2012, 07:44   #3
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took mine off, i attach my light board across the A frame
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took mine off, i attach my light board across the A frame
That's illegal I think
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That's illegal I think
'spose you never drive at over 70 too
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took mine off, i attach my light board across the A frame
I would do the same, but I do not have an A Frame!
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They look really wide, both of mine come well within the tubes.

Better on the A frame than close to the road tucked between the tubes where it cant be seen - most RIBs you see on the roads have lights boards that are too short anyway.
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I would do the same, but I do not have an A Frame!
I used to use a board with a bucket on either end, buckets set to the width of the tube end cones, the board sat between the tubes bucket over each end cone.

Then had bungee from the bucket to the handles further up the tubes.

no clue if its legal or not tho
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Is it a roller trailer?

If so are the rear rollers fully back on the chassis? On mine it's set up such that when fully "in" they are pretty much level with the rear roller. If they become a problem on recovery, they will be the least of my worries!

I have experimented with leaving mine further out (I will be fitting LED submersibles soon and so I wanted to see where it would become a problem). I can leave mine about 18" protruding behind the rear rollers and (apologies if you need to read this twice) because the bow slopes up and the boat sits low in the water compared to the rollers, the "toob" bit of the bow curve usually meets the rollers anfd engages long before anything that is deep enough to meet the ligting board brackets gets anywhere near.

Having then hauled the boat on & motored the engine down to it's block, I can now leave them there & still be "strictly legal" on the road WRT light height and protrusions.


I do agree with Maxhar that it is strictly illegal to have lights so high (on the A- frame) and I also partly agree with Thomas in so much as that the view is usually partly blocked by the engine, which practically is not good.

What I am in the middle of doing is taken two LED submerible clusters, sat 18" back form the roller. Number plate is (will be) on a short board that will be sat atop the engine leg and held down by the engine securing strap. At the front, the plug goes to an IP rated breakout box (I never know when it might get swamped & keeps the connections dry) which breaks out to the two L & R clusters, and takes a feed to the 'Plate lamps & a high level brake light via an extension that is fed through the boat like the current board cable is. The number plate lights are fed via a Bulgin Buccaneer (to keep the breakout box watertight).

So, Road lights are at a legal altitude (and no engine in the way to block them), number plate can be seen and I get a bonus of a high level brake light on the trailer ! I'll post a piccy thread once it's finished.




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tail lamps / indicators 350mm<height<1500mm
fog lamps 250mm<height<1000mm
triangle reflector 350mm<height<900mm

Remember - check with current regs before fitting, and remember there are other positional regs on the distance from the edge / cetreline of the trailer and other lamps as well.
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1. docking arms

or

2. chop the extending part off, flush with the back of the trailer, then drill the box section and weld a new nut over the hole for the securing knob/handle, further along the chassis. If you find the original lighting board arms are too short, because of the 12" or so that you've chopped off, then buy some for a larger model trailer (which will be longer). Should cost you about 40ish for a pair.
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