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fman 01-18-2012 9:01 AM

Trailer runway lights
 
Has anyone installed the aftermarket kit from boatmate? Its $135 and comes with an automatic switch that turns on when the trailer enters the water. Or have you installed a system of your own? I am considering doing this for a project, but wanted to get some feedback from people who have completed this. How difficult it is to fish the wires through the trailer rails? Was also told the lights legally are not able to be turned on while towing if they are white, but c an be used if they are red?

Any pics or feedback appreciated. Thanks...

shawndoggy 01-18-2012 9:05 AM

pretty sure they'd have to be amber, not red, if you wanted them to be on all the time.

polarbill 01-18-2012 9:06 AM

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Originally Posted by shawndoggy (Post 1726419)
pretty sure they'd have to be amber, not red, if you wanted them to be on all the time.

If they only turn on in the water I think red would be fine.

grant_west 01-18-2012 9:20 AM

Do a search on w/w for sequencing trailer lights
Here is a video of my lights in action.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cARz...e_gdata_player

wakebrdr94 01-18-2012 9:44 AM

Someone just did this on the bu crew forum

Came out pretty nice. They even discussed the ones where they turn on in the water, but went a different route



http://www.themalibucrew.com/forums/...76#entry505776

wakebrdr94 01-18-2012 9:46 AM

Grant,

Nice job. How bright/effective are they for loading at night?

leaks 01-18-2012 10:49 AM

Travis, I just looked at the Boatmate kit as well. The problem I see is that there are only 6 lights per side provided. It looks like Grant is running 16-18 lights per side. I'm not sure if you can achieve the "Runway " look your searching for with the kit. Check out Grants thread, and price it out sourcing the lights and switch seperatley.

Txjole 01-18-2012 11:08 AM

The float switch is the short fall, they won't last long. Major trailer maker here did away with the option becuse of the switch alone.

baitkiller 01-18-2012 11:19 AM

You sweetwater guys have all the fun. That system wouldn't last a single day at the ramp here. I have to budget time for trailer lights every time I hook the blasted thing up.
Pretty cool stuff though.
Jealous.

fman 01-18-2012 12:22 PM

I just looked at Grants setup, that is very nice. Although I am looking for the lights to be positioned more towards the center of the trailer aligned with the bunks for driving the boat on the trailer. I think 6 on each side would be plenty for my application.

Grant, how bright are those red LEDs under water for loading the boat compared to white lights? If I install white runway lights and dont use an automatic switch, they are either going to have to be on all the time with the trailer lights or install a seperate toggle switch which might be a little bit of a hassle.

silvermustang35 01-18-2012 12:32 PM

Im going on 2+ years with the Axis and factory trailer runway lights without issues or burning out or the float switch having issues? Im not sure what issue you are addressing txjole? Mine was factory so I dont have input or how hard it is to do, but I do know it has had zero issues.

srock 01-18-2012 1:13 PM

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Originally Posted by baitkiller (Post 1726463)
You sweetwater guys have all the fun. That system wouldn't last a single day at the ramp here. I have to budget time for trailer lights every time I hook the blasted thing up.
Pretty cool stuff though.
Jealous.

I hear ya. Keeping my ground in tact is enough work. Maybe nice for night-time fresh water loads but they will not add much flair to my galvanized trailer. Here's my tip, I always have a couple cans of zinc spray paint available to things looking good.

fman 01-18-2012 9:33 PM

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This is the look I am shooting for, I believe this is the 12 light kit from boatmate. It looks like they are running the lights on the outer rail, which would be easier to install than on the inner rails of the bunks.


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