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Old 13 February 2006, 14:17   #1
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Trailer lights

We were trailing the boat up from London last night and noticed a few trucks pull in fairly close behiond us, when we got back we realised there weren't any lights except for the light board, anyone know where i can get those yellow trailer lights from that go along the side of the trailer and just plug into the lighting socket?

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Old 13 February 2006, 15:03   #2
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I presume you are looking for something like this:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/PAIR-OF-SIDE-M...QQcmdZViewItem

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http://www.towsure.com/default.asp?t=96

as would be found on a caravan... (you can also get amber lights but I think they are intended for LGV use?)

The problem is these aren't waterproof so will get knackered when you launch and recover. Boat trailers are not required to have side lights (wheras other large trailers are) for this very reason. Keeping salt water out of the lights / cables / connectors etc will be tricky.

I think you either will need to rig up some clever removable ones (sounds like a pain) or settle for not having any like eveyone else. Perhaps some extra reflectors would improve visibility?

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You could always just leave your nav lights switched on
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Old 13 February 2006, 15:08   #4
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Thought about that then thought it might drain the battery pretty quick
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Old 13 February 2006, 15:09   #5
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Old 13 February 2006, 15:18   #6
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I thinkit was just probably good manners on behalf of the truckers. when you are towing you are about a ten metre long vehicle travelling at 50 mph so a trucker sees you as a big long vehicle traveliing 10 mph slower than they are.

so they come up quite close to the end of your trailer and then overtake just as they would any other large vehicle. This means they are blocking off the centre lane for the least period of time. Stick some reflectors on your trailer if it worries you.
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Light sticks attached to the tubes or mudguards works for me.

Cheap, no hassle, no need to start worrying about electrics either!

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