Hi, my name is Josh and I have a problem; I'm addicting to adding "luxury" items and other stuff to my kayak trailer. It's odd, really, considering I keep my kayaks rigged out really basic compared to most yak anglers.
When I first added the stereo and interior lights I kind of half-assed it and it always bugged me having wires running everywhere. So I decided to strip the interior of the kayak and do a complete overhaul of the electronics. While I was going through the effort of gutting the interior I took that opportunity to repaint it. I also figured it was the perfect time to add a few things that I've always wanted. So here's what I did.
In this picture I cleaned up the wiring going into the battery and added a fuse box with integrated bus bars. Each electrical connection has dedicated fuse and lines running to them with no unnecessary slicing. You can also see I added a vent to help circulate air (there are now four total, and something that need to be done a long time ago). All wiring is now run through flex tubing.
Out with the cheap LED car lights and in with waterproof LEDs. I relocated the lights and switches to the under rail of the outside wall. This really cleaned up the interior of the box to the point where it's hard to see any exposed wires, unlike before. You can also see in the top right that I installed gas shocks to assist in opening and holding the doors open. No more me accidentally hitting the wooden dowels that I used to use and having the door hit me in the head.
OK, now some fun stuff. I'm always worried of someone breaking into my kayak while I'm fishing. While I know I can never prevent someone who's determined I can do my best to prevent it. So I added a small car alarm (black boxy thing on the left) wired to magnetic switches on the doors (seen top left). So when it's armed and someone opens the door they'll get an ear-full, and trust me it's loud. I may post a video later. The cool thing is I activate siren the same way you would your own car alarm, with a key-fob. The key-fob let's me activated two separate things so along with being able to turn the siren on and off I also wired my rear floodlight to turn on. It always bothered me to have to get out walk to the back of the trailer, turn on the light, and get back into my truck to back up to the water's edge.
While I rewiring I decided to add a dual USB port to allow me to charge extra camera batteries or whatever. Not sure how often I'll use it, but it was one of those mind as well items since I was going through all this effort. Not pictured is a "gutter" I put under the hinges of both doors made from bicycle tubes split in half. I had a problem of rain water collecting on the doors and when I would go to open them water would just pour into the trailer. We'll see how this works.
Now in the category for why the hell not I added.........curb feelers. Um, no explanation really, just some chrome cat whiskers.
I need to give the outside another coat of paint, but this trailer is ready for a new year of fishing.
Thanks for looking.