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View Poll Results: Do you unplug your trailer lights before backing into the water?
Have sealed lights, so I don't unplug 50 53.76%
Have sealed lights, but unplug anyway 18 19.35%
Don't have sealed lights (or don't know), so I always unplug 5 5.38%
Don't have sealed lights (or don't know), but never unplug 20 21.51%
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Old 03-27-2005, 01:20 PM
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Unplug trailer lights?

Noticed that my trailer manual contradicts itself in regards to unplugging the trailer lights. On one page it says the "disc brakes will not release without the special connector wired to your back-up lights on your two vehicle" and on the next page it says "be sure to unplug the lights each time before backing into the water".

Should I unplug my lights before backing into the water?

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Old 03-27-2005, 01:23 PM
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some say yes, some say no
are your lites the sealed type?
I never unplug mine (sealed type) and you are correct, if you unplug them, you cannot back up.
(at least not on level ground or backing uphill at all)

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Noticed that my trailer manual contradicts itself in regards to unplugging the trailer lights. On one page it says the "disc brakes will not release without the special connector wired to your back-up lights on your two vehicle" and on the next page it says "be sure to unplug the lights each time before backing into the water".

Should I unplug my lights before backing into the water?

Thanks,
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Old 03-27-2005, 01:25 PM
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If you have disc brakes and you unplug (without setting the manual override, which can be a PITA), you won't get any further unless the ramp is pretty steep. The lights are sealed so you shouldn't have to worry about getting them wet.
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Old 03-27-2005, 01:26 PM
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I always unplug mine to prevent them from blowing out, or blowing fuses in case some water leaks into the light housing or in the connector where it hangs in the water when launching.

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Old 03-27-2005, 01:30 PM
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Have sealed and never unplug. Depends on what you have for lights.
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Old 03-27-2005, 05:35 PM
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Mine are sealed & I never unplug. But about once a year notice that one of the lights is full of water & has to be replaced.
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Old 03-27-2005, 09:36 PM
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How do you know if they are sealed?
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Old 03-27-2005, 11:40 PM
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Yours are sealed, April. Anything newer than about '93 I think has sealed lights.
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Old 07-11-2005, 09:56 AM
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If you have a new trailer you must leave it plugged in. They have hydraulic brakes in which engage/lock up when you back up if you don't have them plugged in. Wired through the reverse lights, the brakes disengage only via power from the reverse lights.
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Old 07-11-2005, 10:58 AM
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Always leave them plugged in...how else will you find out if you have a short?

Besides leaving them plugged in allows me to launch 15 seconds quicker, meaning more time on the water!
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