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Old 20 October 2018, 04:34   #11
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That's where I ended up, touch wood, it's worked well if not perfectly for the last 3-4 years. Still have a touch of envy though when I see the lack of hassle with led submersible. It's a pain when it's pouring down putting it on and taking it off.
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That's where I ended up, touch wood, it's worked well if not perfectly for the last 3-4 years. Still have a touch of envy though when I see the lack of hassle with led submersible. It's a pain when it's pouring down putting it on and taking it off.
In the grand scheme It's just another small part of the Boating experience Mate..
Compared with all of the rest of the moving Kit-Clothing-Food-Drink-Fuel cans ect AND Crew!..you have to decant on and off Board ("Flaffing" I think you call it!)..its of little consequence.

For me anyway it's a minor thing and outweighs the trouble expence and hassle of fitting them in the first place..(and repair)when the in-situe stuff goes wrong...as they HAVE for me in the past when I had them fitted them when they first came out...
Plenty of places/service stations ect stock Trailer boards AND spares...if you're a long way from home ..not very many stock the extra long leads and extensions we need on our RIBs..which if you're a long way from home can be a pain.

I do believe the units are a lot better now...( so are the LED lighting boards) but I'd rather put up with the little time it takes ...and know I have the ease of repair/replacement ....and stick the money in the Tank
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im not changing but I wouldnít go back to bayonet light boards the led ones are leagues better
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In the grand scheme It's just another small part of the Boating experience Mate..
Compared with all of the rest of the moving Kit-Clothing-Food-Drink-Fuel cans ect AND Crew!..you have to decant on and off Board ("Flaffing" I think you call it!)..its of little consequence.

For me anyway it's a minor thing and outweighs the trouble expence and hassle of fitting them in the first place..(and repair)when the in-situe stuff goes wrong...as they HAVE for me in the past when I had them fitted them when they first came out...
Plenty of places/service stations ect stock Trailer boards AND spares...if you're a long way from home ..not very many stock the extra long leads and extensions we need on our RIBs..which if you're a long way from home can be a pain.

I do believe the units are a lot better now...( so are the LED lighting boards) but I'd rather put up with the little time it takes ...and know I have the ease of repair/replacement ....and stick the money in the Tank


Iím with you all the way on this subject.
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Iím with you all the way on this subject.


The problem is the new trailer regs. Iím not sure of the details, but over a certain length (which seems to cover most RIB Trailers) they have to have side marker lamps along the length. This complicates things somewhat. Thatís why we are seeing fixed lights rather than trailer boards.
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I have had fixed LED lighting to replace tat trailer boards for nearly 10 years and no real issues.

My new SBS trailer in 2014 came fitted with waterproof led side amber and white front outline markers and surprisingly no issues with regular dunking. I added rear lighting from my old trailer and an extra side marker on the wheel arches ( Nice to be seen crossing busy roads )

LED's are 'LED Autolamps' and I recently replaced the original submersible filament set found ex Oz :-) Solves the Canbus problem with my XC70
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The problem is the new trailer regs. I’m not sure of the details, but over a certain length (which seems to cover most RIB Trailers) they have to have side marker lamps along the length. This complicates things somewhat. That’s why we are seeing fixed lights rather than trailer boards.
Hopefully Poly will be along to enlighten us about the "new Regs"!...and what they mean for us!

The Canbus problem when wiring stuff into the complicated diagnostics and "Brains"on a lot modern cars is also a reason I like to keep it as simple as poss ...
...I tend do to change vehicles a fair bit
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Thereís LEDs & LEDs Billy. My trailer came with them built in. 3 seasons on & still going strong. Theyíve probably done about 15k miles, been submerged at every launch & recovery, & are maintenance free. Conventional trailer boards were a constant battle to the point I considered them as being disposable.
Mine have been fine as well ya gets what ya pay for and I put a 13 pin socket on the trailer so Iíve no cable to mess with
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The problem is the new trailer regs. I’m not sure of the details, but over a certain length (which seems to cover most RIB Trailers) they have to have side marker lamps along the length. This complicates things somewhat. That’s why we are seeing fixed lights rather than trailer boards.


Are these EU regs or UK, or both? The integrated side light on mine have packed up. I don’t really trailer much but I have a bunch of work to do in the off season so I’ll probably have to look at this.

Also: the light board holder on my trailer is extendable so that the board is to the rear of the engine. Is this also a regulation? If so how do you guys with fixed LEDs get around this?
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Afaik itís the EU directive that came out in 2012 or thereabouts.
Re. Fixed LEDs, mine are still on extendable arms but have coiled cables that extend/retract as necessary.
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