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Old 24 May 2004, 17:18   #1
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Anyone know where I can get hold of a submersible light board for the trailer? Or even if one exists?
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Old 25 May 2004, 04:05   #2
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No Iíve never seen one, having said that it would be useful, I hate taking them of because I am always dropping them or running them over. Des
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Old 25 May 2004, 04:29   #3
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Won't the lighting board get in the way when you launch and recover your boat? Mine certainly would.

Another question, I read in Towsure's catalogue that it is compulsory to show a side marker light (white forward + red rearwards) for trailers over 7 feet 6 inches in length!!!!!!!!!!!! How do you fit these to a RIB?
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There was a dive boat running out of Falmouth last summer who kept his light board fixed across the top of his A-Frame.
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Old 25 May 2004, 08:40   #6
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There was a dive boat running out of Falmouth last summer who kept his light board fixed across the top of his A-Frame.
Did he use his indicators at see?
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Old 25 May 2004, 09:03   #7
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Old 25 May 2004, 09:03   #8
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Did he use his indicators at see?
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OR could you see his indicators at sea? (Sorry - see sign off )

I put the board on the A frame. No adverse comments so far. Mind you I can't see a thing following me, including buses, which is probably also an offence.
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Under C&U regulations there are specific measurements relating to the position of the light clusters in relation to the outside edge of the "vehicle" and height above the ground. I can't remember exact measurements but certainly mounting the board on the A-Frame is illegal. Typically the standard 5ft replacement board is also too short as it places the lights too far inboard of the tubes.

I was out visiting my brother in Sydney last year and found submersible lights which I fitted over here. Piccy below shows them fitted - using two polythene chopping boards as mounts !! ( Strong, waterproof and shatterproof) Theses are fitted to a modified hockey stick which slides in and out of the trailer chassis - so you can pull them out to the beyond the sponsons when on the road, and push in out of the way when launching. The cable runs through the chassis to the winch post at the front of the trl, terminating in a socket. Just then a short plug to plug lead to connect to the car. To keep the brackets as small as possible I fastened the marker triangles to the transom. The only thing missing is a fog light but I have risked this.

The units have been in situ for over the last year and no problems. If anyone is interested I can check what shipping costs would be into UK - the units were about $49 Au a pair from memory - and persuade my brother he is setting a Ribnet trend ?

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This photo might be clearer ? - I ahve changed mounting slightly since this photo where I used UPVc facia board - not strong enough !
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Try here http://www.buytruckstuff.com/s_produ...selcategory=23

Or these available from Truklights
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Old 16 August 2005, 12:13   #14
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Submersible Board

Did anyone erer find a submersible board for sale in the UK anywhere?
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Old 16 August 2005, 12:19   #15
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i could only come up with another american source for the fittings

http://www.championtrailers.com/SUBMERSIBLE_LIGHTS.htm

if they would despatch to the uk it wouldnt be rocket science to make up a submersible trailerboard from these components.
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Surly a regular board sealed up with silicone would do the job?

When I had a sib on a trailer I used to have the board permantly fixed to the trailer and was always submersing it. That was a regular board and worked for a good few months before it broke. Just remember to disconnect it before you get it wet so it won't blow a fuse in the car.
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further investigation turns up these...

http://www.vehicle-wiring-products.co.uk/VWPweb2000/lights-2/lights-2.html

still not a trailer board but a uk supplier at least. (see second product down on page - Waterproof rear combination lamp)
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Lighting requirements:
http://www.ntta.co.uk/law/trailers/lights.htm
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Thanks

Thanks gang.
What a friendly forum.
I am going to import some of those US lamps and make a board.
I have gone through 2 boards already this year.
Its a chore taking it off, and then you lay it down on the cement on the ramp, and then accidentally nudge it with your foot and the lens cracks, then you curse and put it in the car boot and put some other stuff on top and bust it a bit more. Or am I just a hamfisted fool? It seems that if it could be left in situ permanently it would not keep busting. Even if you manage not to bust it then the wiring is always playing up due to being in a wet environment.
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mounting the board on the A-Frame is illegal.
Only if your lighting board is higher than 2.1m. Mine isn't .
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