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  1. #1
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    Default Need to disconnect lights when backing trailer into water?

    I have a 2001 Moomba Kamberra with the standard Boatmate trailer. When backing trailer into water should I disconnect the trailer lights? I understand the light fittings are supposed to be watertight. Is this "disconnect" actually necessary or can I just leave the trailer lights connected when backing the trailer into the water?
    RickHouston

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    Default Replying to Topic 'Need to disconnect lights when backing tr

    You SHOULD. I never do. The cold water on/near the hot bulb will burn them out quicker - I replace them. Cheaper than replacing a plug you forgot to reconnect that has been drug 40 miles.

    My $.02, worth what you paid for it.


    SD2
    Naked red and white 2005 Moomba LSV
    Teaching my kids to Ride, Shoot Strait and Tell the Truth

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    Default Replying to Topic 'Need to disconnect lights when backing tr

    I never disconnected on any boat I ever owned. I figured if the bulbs start burning out I may be on to something but they never have. Good case for the Mythbusters.
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    310 HP PCM

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    Default Replying to Topic 'Need to disconnect lights when backing tr

    I read that in the manual, and though I've owned boats for a years and never done it.. I followed the directions and removed the plug... thus removing my ability to backup since I have a very light grade on my ramp, causing the trailer brakes to kick in!




    Never again, and when I have to change bulbs, I'll enjoy the fact I am making the cheapest replacement on the boat possible.

    -Joe

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    Default Replying to Topic 'Need to disconnect lights when backing tr

    I always disconnect the harness and throw the lock-out in the trailer tongue.

    Nothing worse IMO then being an hour from home and having electrical problems.

    My .02, E

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    Default Replying to Topic 'Need to disconnect lights when backing tr

    I tried backing up with the harness unplugged (like the manual says) the first time I put my boat in the water. Trailer brakes kicked on when I backed up and I pretty much had to skid the boat to the ramp before the brakes disengaged. Never again. I'll pay the $2 for a lightbulb.

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