Let’s get obvious: Boat trailers spend a lot of time in the water, so lights corrode. Just as obvious: lights and signals need to work, for safety’s sake to avoid accidents. – and for frustration’s sake, to avoid getting ticketed!
Want a little good news? It’s often cheaper and easier to replace the whole corroded light and wiring than it is to fix it.*
Do your boat trailer lights work? Need a service appointment? Contact us.
Tips to Prevent Corrosion and Keep Boat Trailer Lights Working
The easiest way to prevent lights from corroding is to make sure you have submersible lights! Virtually all new lights are; check yours if they are several years old. (Yes, we sell submersible boat trailer lights.)
- Rinse your trailer after loading up – and don’t forget to spray off your lights. Even if you boat in fresh water, some brackishness/pollution is present and will speed corrosion.
- Once they’ve been rinsed off and are dry, spray all connections with dielectric grease to prevent corrosion.
- Check your lights before you drive away!
What’s that? you’re a do-it-yourselfer and want to wire your own lights? Take a tip from the Boat Owners Association of the US; see its helpful info sheet on Trailer Wiring Care. We also recommend reading BOAT-US’s article about trailer tires. Happy reading, happy boating!
Boat Trailer Wheels rust too! Protect yours or get galvanized wheels. We’ve got them too!
*Note: please recycle all you can of the old lights, rather than discarding in the trash. Mother Earth says “thanks.”
Cleveland’s boating season is too short! We highly recommend scheduling pre- and post-season maintenance for your trailer so you can make the most of the summer on the water.