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Should Boat Trailer Lights Short Out When Backed Into Water

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A Tracker boat trailer, all lights seems to work normally until we launch the boat, then we seem to lose just right side brake/signal light. have replaced the bulb a few times, and it seems to work fine until the trailer is submerged, the outer seal on the bulb cover looks good, contacts seem fine.

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Water and electricity don't mix well. The best recommendation I can make for you would be to unplug your trailer wiring before you back your boat trailer down the ramp and then don't plug the lights back in until the trailer has dried out thoroughly.

While the trailer lights themselves can be listed as waterproof or submergible the wiring of the trailer isn't always so that is why unplugging the trailer lights is recommended. If the assemblies were ever replaced water can easily get in to the connection point and short out the assembly.

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