Boat Trailer Problem

Discussion in 'ARKANSAS RIVERS TALK' started by rookie cat, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. rookie cat

    rookie cat New Member

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    My boat trailer lights went out yesterday morning. The turn signals and break lights work but tail lights wont work when truck lights are on. They have been working fine, wires look ok. Anybody have any suggestions. Thanks, Kyle
     
  2. ccat

    ccat Well-Known Member

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    I don't know how your trailer is wired or set up, but some have seperate bulbs for different applications. Open up the taillight cover and see how many bulbs you have in there.
    It probably is a wire. I don't know which colored wire works for running lights, but it is one of them. You might have an exposed part of that wire that might cause it not to work.
    When I got my new Sea Ark, I wrapped all wires I could see in electrical tape. Some times rocks and debris hit the wiring when we fly down the road that will nick up the wiring.
    keep us posted.
    It could even be in your truck wiring. Try hooking it up to someone else's rig and see if you still have no taillights.
     

  3. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    Check your ground connections. Very unlikely both bulbs would go at once.
     
  4. Big Sam

    Big Sam Well-Known Member

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    I am with J.C. on this one Ground wire issue:tounge_out:
     
  5. Rohaus

    Rohaus Well-Known Member

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    What kind of vehicle are you pulling the boat with. Some trucks have fuses under the hood specifically for trailer lights, 1 fo tail lifhts, 1 fo left brk and 1 for the right brk. I have had one of these to blow on me before.
     
  6. hawkerhino

    hawkerhino New Member

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    all newer trucks with towing packages have seperate fuses for the trailer. so if something happens with the trailer it will not blow the truck lights also. some are under the hood and others are under the driver dash. owners manual should tell you which one it is.
     
  7. coach

    coach New Member

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    can u say " time to get a test light" :roll_eyes:
     
  8. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    Hey guys, sounds like most people are not reading his post...


    "My boat trailer lights went out yesterday morning. The turn signals and break lights work but tail lights wont work when truck lights are on. They have been working fine, wires look ok. Anybody have any suggestions. Thanks, Kyle"

    That within itself eleminates a lot of the answers we have tried to provide him. Sounds at though he was saying they were working then quit. I'll cast my nickel with the ones who has voted for a ground problem.
     
  9. CNTRYBOY

    CNTRYBOY New Member

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    Sounds like a ground problem to me also! Just my Two cents worth!
     
  10. Little Mac

    Little Mac Active Member

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    Mine does that once in a while, clean the contacts on your connector. Check ground.
     
  11. psychomekanik

    psychomekanik New Member

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    If it was a ground, The taillights would'nt work. In a double filiment bulb, one filament is for the taillights and the other is for the brake lights/turnsignals. Get a test light, hook it up to a good ground and turn on your turn signals and check it at the trailer connector. It's not impossible to blow 2 bulbs at once. Especially if you launch your boat without unplugging it. Maybe one was already bad and by the time you noticed it both went out. Extended periods under water with the brakes being held on will blow a bulb..
     
  12. Sound

    Sound New Member

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    Get you a test light and check to see if you have current on your connecter coming from the truck. If you do check your tail light sockets for current. If you have current at your light sockets and the bulbs are good you have a ground problem. Current from the truck but not at the light sockets you have a bad connection at your connector or broken wire. Just start checking the wire and narrow it down to find the problem. I am not familiar with the newer trucks but I would look at what the others say about you having a seperate fuse for trailer lights if there is no current coming from the truck. It is much easier to fix it than to explain to some one else what to do. Good Luck and any questions just pm me.
     
  13. rookie cat

    rookie cat New Member

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    Well you guys have come through again. It was a fuse. My truck has a fuse system for the trailer lights. I replaced the fuse and the tail lights worked but the parking lights did not. I then went to the ground wire and it was loose so I fixed that and all lights work now. This site is great. Thanks, Kyle
     
  14. Rohaus

    Rohaus Well-Known Member

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    Glad we could be of assistance.