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g-Dog
07-14-2009, 05:58 PM
I've have my 2002 PS 205V for a couple of years now and I have never disconnected the trailer light harness from the truck while launching or trailering the boat. Is this correct? Last time we were out and friend of my stopped me and said "Hey, don't forget to unplug the harness." Of course I said...don't worry about it...I never do.:rolleyes: Which way is the proper way?

flipper
07-14-2009, 06:05 PM
I never do, some people do. They should be sealed and have no problems

TMCNo1
07-14-2009, 06:43 PM
Never disconnected ours in 20 years.

park190
07-14-2009, 07:01 PM
We never disconnect ours either. If we did the reverse actuator wouldn't function.

Footin
07-14-2009, 07:02 PM
Never done it.......

Chicago190
07-14-2009, 07:28 PM
We never disconnect ours either. If we did the reverse actuator wouldn't function.

Is this really an issue on the ramp? Shouldn't gravity keep the trailer tongue extended? Anyway, I've never disconnected the lights.

rholmes
07-14-2009, 07:58 PM
Most people say to do it because the lights aren't properly sealed and get water in them. Cold water on the hot bulb causes them to blow, or an empty socket gets water and blows the fuse for the lights. I use to on our old boat because it would blow the bulbs. Not ou boat with the trailer it has now.

Ramhouse
07-14-2009, 08:22 PM
I have never in over 35yrs. on any trailer i have owned. Reguardless if it is in fresh or salt water. Besides if i do my brakes won't disengage when i go in reverse.

Muttley
07-15-2009, 10:39 AM
Never thought about it. If the lights went, I'd switch to LEDs where it wouldn't matter anyway.

east tx skier
07-15-2009, 10:42 AM
I've intended to do this multiple times, but have forgotten 100% of the time. I've replaced my share of trailer lights, but figure it's more a factor of age than not unplugging the harness when I launch. I look forward to forgetting to do it next time.

chudson
07-15-2009, 10:48 AM
Always try to just out of habit, but haven't had a problem yet when I forget.

CantRepeat
07-15-2009, 01:03 PM
Never have, but I know in some mags they say to do it.

nascar
07-15-2009, 02:42 PM
Our family has had some type of boat for over 50 years and we have always disconnected the trailer lights and then reconnected before leaving the ramp to go home .

g-Dog
07-15-2009, 03:40 PM
Has anyone ever had any issues with leaving it plugged in...blown bulbs, fuses, etc.? I guess I'm just going to continue to leave mine plugged in until someting happens.:rolleyes:

park190
07-16-2009, 10:44 AM
Is this really an issue on the ramp? Shouldn't gravity keep the trailer tongue extended? Anyway, I've never disconnected the lights.

It's an issue on the ramp we use, as there is a slight uphill incline (in reverse) before you actually get to go down the ramp. Who would have thought:)

coz
07-16-2009, 10:48 AM
If we did the reverse actuator wouldn't function.

X2, then you would have to get out and throw the switch manually if you unplugged.