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posted 04-05-2006 04:50 PM ET (US)
What is the best way to run wires through boat trailer? I have a tilt-trailer. Does that pose a problem?
I am using a 6-prong plug. Is that a bad? I have a Toyota and the turn signal and brake lamps are separate.
I just have four lamps, two makrets, and two tail lights.
posted 04-05-2006 05:21 PM ET (US)
Does the truck already have a six prong plug? If so, you can
get adapters to flat four prong, which is the standard for
small trailers. I'd strongly recommend wiring the trailer
with a flat four, so if you ever need to have a buddy tow it,
you are good to go.
posted 04-05-2006 06:26 PM ET (US)
My trailer is galvanized. I can't seem to get a good ground. Any tips for that? Again, what is the best wy to route the wires through my trailer? Again, it has a tilt or break away so the wires don't get pulled.
posted 04-05-2006 07:14 PM ET (US)
I don't have the foggiest about the tilt stuff.
I've got a galvanized trailer too, and when the galvanizing
Long-term (like maybe next year), I'm going to completely
posted 04-05-2006 07:28 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the help. Again, it is tough to get a ground. I will just have to keep at it. Again thanks
posted 04-05-2006 10:47 PM ET (US)
On boat trailers the wiring is usually run inside tubing stock or under channel stock. You can buy small spring steel clips which slip over the channel stock and then hold the wire.
posted 04-06-2006 01:11 AM ET (US)
scoob - wiring through the tilt tongue should not cause a big problem - just don't attach the wires to the "hinge sleave" going over the tongue forward of the hinge pin - and provide a little more slack in the wires around the hinge pin.
Regarding your ground - run the ground from the tow vehicle THROUGH the connector - and then on the trailer end, run a short wire from that connector pin to the trailer and connect to the trailer frame as others have mentioned - star washer and stainless screw. ---- Jerry/Idaho
posted 04-06-2006 11:51 PM ET (US)
I've had better luck running ground wires back to the lights they serve, rather than trying to get a good ground to the frame and then from the frame to the light.
Splurge a little on the wire cost up front, it will pay for itself later when the lights still work after a few years.
As for the Toyota separate amber turn signals and brake lights: There are adapters which will mount in the truck for converting these 6 wires to 4. Then you just use a 4 wire plug like every other vehicle on the street. I mounted an adapter in the back of my wife's '98 4Runner to convert the amber turns and brake lights to a 4 wire connector. It's actually a rather easy deal once you get the interior pieces removed enough to route the wires. The adapter is available from any auto parts store for around $15-$20. (there's also one mounted in the back of my Volkswagen for the rare occasion when I use it to tow a trailer).
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