Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
radm

Trailer Lights

6 posts in this topic

I know there's been a number of trailer ?'s...but here's mine. Got the boat home last nite & while backing into the garage noticed all the small running lites on the Shorelander trailler were on & working but the main lites (running/brake/& turn signals) weren't. A little spooky knowing these weren't working thru rain/storms from Duluth to the Cities!! I would normally think bulb or wiring but am suspicious since they're both out & the small running lites all work. Any ideas??? Thanks in advance.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Your small running lights(clearance lights?) on the side of the trailer are connected to your parking/tail lights.. this is the brown wire on your harness if my memory serves correctly. If your stop and turn signals are working, check the bulbs.. you should check them anyways, it may save some work. If your bulbs are good and everything is working besides the running lights on the tail lights.. there is likely a break in the wire where it connects to the tail lights, or where the side markers are spliced into the harness. If the tail lights arent working at all and the bulbs are good, use a volt meter to be sure you have power coming through the harness to the tail lamps.. if you do, check the ground contacts at the lights. If these are older lights, inspect the inside of the lights for corrosion on the electrical contact surface.

If your side marker lights are working, then go out once you apply the brakes.. you have a weak ground. The problem will be solved by pulling the ground and cleaning the grounding surface on the trailer, and the fitting on the ground wire... this should be done regularly regardless.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I wasn't too clear in the original discription. I should have said my marker lights on the sides & middle rear of the trailer work fine. The main stop/brake, running & turn lights do not work at all.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had the opposite problem last week where my runners wouldn't light but the rest were fine. In my case it was a fuse in my truck. Thats sure what I'd check first.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a 2000 Shorelander and had to do some work on the wiring this spring. I found out that they run the wires from the front of the trailer all the way to the back and then use connectors at the back to run forward to the marker lights. I would say you have a problem at that connection point in the rear. I was able to snake out the connecters through the hole on the bottom of the trailer at the rear. Once I had them out I found my problem (insulation worn off causing fuses to blow). Hope this helps………..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've burned out both my bulbs a couple times when I've forgotten to uplug my trailer lights while launching the boat. Like Fisher Dave said replace the bulbs first. Also, not having a good ground can cause a lot of head scratching.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • osok
      Just got back into town from a slightly too long "vacation" dealing with relatives. Anywho, how has the fishing been on Superior, are the fish local or have they migrated N.E? 
    • AaronTC05
      I just bought a new Elite 7TI and the sun cover it came with doesn't really snap on very securely.  I'd say it just rests loosely on the outside.  It won't fall off if I flip it upside down, but it feels like it wouldn't stay on going down the highway or withstand any sort of jarring.  It takes hardly any pressure to pull it off.  Is this normal or is it a defect?  I've never owned a graph with a sun cover so I'm not familiar, but I imagined it would be a lot more snug.    
    • leech~~
      We will see if Sailorfly is another ask a silly question one hit wonder? 
    • jiggin9
      I have a Lowrance Elite 7 and was curious what lake chip most of you recommend for Lake of the Woods.  The insight pro chip that came with my unit is very basic for up there and was looking for a more detailed chip.  I'm not sure what brands are compatible with the Lowrance and which ones aren't.        Thanks in advance! 
    • Hines R
      Glad it didn't take a swim. My buddy had one of the cheaper Minnkotas deploy while he was up on plane using the main motor.  Needless to say it was a weak pin in the release system. It was a rental boat so he didn't have to deal with it. Bent the heck out of the stem portion. It was fully modified!   Didnt know now you were still going up to LOTW. Thought you were selling the place. Assuming you don't have the Sportcraft anymore since I don't think you'd put a Minnkota on that. If you still have the Sportcraft I know someone that might be interested in it.    I head up to South end out of Wheelers point tomorrow after work. Up for 2 weeks. Touch base with me if you are coming up or have the Sportcraft still for sale.   Ryan
    • cheapicetrick
      Thanks for the information. I believe yours must be different by the sounds of it. Mine looks like the one below. A bolt actually goes through the pin and bolts onto the actual trolling motor and you have to pull the lever completely out to remove it from the boat.  
    • leech~~
    • phishnerd
      Crawlers work great for a mixed bag of fish.  Fresh cut bait like suckers or shad work great for channel cats.  I've never fished North Lake in Red Wing. Have fun!
    • Chevy Nation
      Have you or anyone tried North Lake in Red Wing by Treasure Island?? Just curious if anything have been biting there?
    • eyeguy 54
      I seen this I seen that.....   I go and correct it once in a while... LOL  somebody has to help you peasants