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#12331725 - 07/09/17 11:53 PM trailer lights
Bobby Milam Online   content
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Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 3579
Loc: Arlington
I have a Champion trailer and I keep losing my right rear tail/brake light. I find the bulb broken within a day or so of changing it. Only the right one and the right rear marker bulb is never effected. Does this sound like a ground issue? I'm terrible at trying to track down electrical problems.

#12331741 - 07/10/17 12:57 AM Re: trailer lights [Re: Bobby Milam]
scruboak Offline
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Registered: 03/11/03
Posts: 1292
Loc: Cisco,tx
water getting in and hitting hot bulb or shorting.disconnect trailer lights before launch will probably help.You can put electrical grease on contact part of bulb should anyway, and that will help keep water out of connection.Also replace or seal that light.

Edited by scruboak (07/10/17 01:03 AM)

#12331798 - 07/10/17 06:23 AM Re: trailer lights [Re: Bobby Milam]
cadman Offline

Registered: 06/02/17
Posts: 48
Loc: IL
If they are actual bulbs, then X2 what scuboak said, or you can buy the assembly in a sealed LED version and never look back.
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#12331817 - 07/10/17 06:48 AM Re: trailer lights [Re: Bobby Milam]
Bob Landry Offline
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Is the bulb physically broken or just doesn't work?
If it's a bayonet type bulb the spring in the socket could be corroded and binding. Could be a bad ground. Check where the grounding screw goes onto the trailer for corrosion and clean that up.
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#12331935 - 07/10/17 08:32 AM Re: trailer lights [Re: Bobby Milam]
Fisherdad58 Offline

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I've had that a couple of times on my trailer. Turned out to be the wire splice connectors up inside the trailer channel. After the second time I went through and replaced all of them with some good crimp connectors.
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#12332195 - 07/10/17 10:40 AM Re: trailer lights [Re: Bobby Milam]
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Registered: 07/13/14
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Yes it's physically broken. I'd buy led lights but they wouldn't fit as replacements for my trailer. I had assumed it was the hot bulb theory but it only happens on one side and a friend told me his was caused by a short. I'll start looking for a short and see what I find. Thanks


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