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HOTSPOT
03-14-2006, 08:05 PM
Check it out gang. One of the best add-ons I have done to this rig. At 32 feet long behind a 4 door Super Duty, backing the Hot Spot at night is a chore. It is easy now.

These are docking lights purchased from BPS for $25. I took them apart and sealed them up, then mounted them in existing holes in the trailer. My trailer has surge brakes on it, so I simply tapped into the 5th wire which is the reverse disable solenoid wire.

HOTSPOT
03-14-2006, 08:07 PM
Here are the lights:

http://image.basspro.com/images/images2/13500/13596.jpg (http://www.basspro.com/servlet/catalog.TextId?hvarTextId=16143&hvarTarget=search&cmCat=SearchResults)

fish_detective
03-14-2006, 08:20 PM
Hot Spot Great idea, I am going to look into this. It seems the older I get it is harder to back down the ramps at night. Also this would be a great as all of know at night a number of children maybe present in the ramp area along with intoxicated subjects walking around as in seeing them. An outstanding post Thanks again.

ShilohRed
03-15-2006, 06:25 AM
I always use the tail lights to see how to back. and mine is a little shorter then yours. My boat is only 20ft but I do have a crew cab truck.
Pete

Timk
03-15-2006, 07:43 AM
Man what a good idea,I think I will put one on my truck too.Thanks for the pic.

CatFan
03-15-2006, 08:33 AM
Hope you used a relay to power them from another source. The backup light circuit isn't designed for that kind of load, and you will eventually start blowing fuses. The "correct" way to install it is to tap into the 12V at the trailer connector on the tow vehicle and use the solenoid wire to control the relay.

My dad used to have a deep-V aluminum boat that sat way up on the trailer. Could hardly see around it. We mounted similar lights on the trailer and they were a huge help, especially if you missed your turn and had to turn around on a narrow road in the dark. We couldn't use ours for launching because the lenses would get so hot they would crack if the water splashed on them.

HOTSPOT
03-15-2006, 08:59 AM
The reverse circuit on my Super Duty is rated for 30 amps. But, my truck has the towing AND camper package. Those lights only pull 8 amps total, the solenoid pulls 1 amp and the lights on the truck pull 6 amps.

This is not the same on all vehicles though, consult your owners manual.

FisherMike
03-15-2006, 09:21 AM
and mine is a little shorter then yours

No comment.:D

Nice job on the back up lights.

HOTSPOT
03-15-2006, 10:59 AM
That ain't right...LOL

CatFan
03-15-2006, 11:04 AM
The reverse circuit on my Super Duty is rated for 30 amps. But, my truck has the towing AND camper package. Those lights only pull 8 amps total, the solenoid pulls 1 amp and the lights on the truck pull 6 amps.

This is not the same on all vehicles though, consult your owners manual.

Camper package is the big dog. You'll be good. A lot of people add those bright backup light bulbs to their truck, and that's enough to start popping a fuse when they tow a boat. You could warm up the lake water with some big lights on that bad boy.:)

J White
03-15-2006, 01:34 PM
Yep, put a manual overide switch on it too - would probably work
wonders on those tailgaters:eek:

ShilohRed
03-15-2006, 04:23 PM
Think I will start proof reading my post.
Pete

crappie fisher
03-16-2006, 12:34 AM
That is a good idea.I had one light like that mounted just above the winch on my trailer it helps when backing and driving your boat up on the trailer at night.Just another thought for evreyone.

Bugtussle
03-16-2006, 08:39 AM
I did the same thing as you Crappie Fisher. I mounted a single farm tractor light above the winch. I wired it so that I just unplug the trailer lights (which I normally did anyways to lessen the chance of the cold water popping a hot bulb) and plug in the tractor light. Works slick.