Why does it seem...

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Storm the Patriot, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. Storm the Patriot

    Storm the Patriot LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    Why does it seem that 9 out of 10 landscape trailers have lights that are not working...?...including my trailers...They seem to be so finicky, and after some time or another they dont work. For me it seems to be fuse related, but I do notice that it is not just me, and a lot of trailers being pulled have lights that dont work.
  2. DQL10

    DQL10 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    No clue. Maybe because wires get cut or the light bulbs get rattled around and break. All I know is that my trailer shorted out my turn signals on my truck the other day and have to replace the entire wiring on my trailer and new bulbs in my truck.
  3. Knight511

    Knight511 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 207

    Any search about trailer lights not working good (anywhere on the internet) will turn up people telling you to check the ground. I drilled a new hole for an actual grounding lug, sanded off the paint and attached my ground to the frame of the trailer and ALL of my light problems went away.

    If you have a finicky ground on your trailer, you will have finicky lights.
  4. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Messages: 4,891

    Usually it is a grounding problem.

    Im constantly chasing trailer light problems.

    I see it varies depending on area. Im working in Tennessee right now, and its almost 10 out of 10 trailers would fail a DOT inspection. But enforcement seems non existant.

    In NY, where every local PD has a DOT unit, plus the state police DOT at every corner, you see most trailers and trucks complaint.

    i would be paranoid to leave the shop in NY if I had a marker light out, and leaving without lights working, brakes working, and everything strapped down like it was a nuclear bomb would not be even considered.

    Down here, you see full sized excavators, skid steers, you name it, just sitting on trailers passing you at 75 mph being held on by prayer and luck.

    I dont think ive seen a landscaper with a mower strapped down yet.
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Most trailer wiring doesn't work because the owners haven't taken the time to re-wire them correctly.

    Look at the age of the trailer also. I'm willing to bet that they are at least 5+ years old.
  6. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    Sometimes the sockets in the tail lamps can get flaky too, causing the lights to work intermittently.

    One thing that I did notice though. When I switched to LEDs, they were less affected by other shortcomings. I towed a trailer around for four or five years that had a less than perfect wiring harness and they always worked. When I have trouble with the trailer I have now, LEDs will go on it.
  7. DQL10

    DQL10 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    ^ x2 on the light sockets. Are LED's really that much better? I have to rewire one of my trailers sometime this week to get it to pass inspection and it needs a new light. Debated LED's or just regular halogen bulbs.
  8. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    On my old trailer with halogen lights, the bulbs would rattle around so much that they would break...happened a couple times a season. I currently have LED's and so far so good.

    I do see quite a bit of non-working lights on trailers though. Its not just landscape guys either, its the weekend campers, the guy with boat trailers, the guys with their quads going to the sand dunes, etc. Not enough people check out their trailers regularly, who knows how long some of these people have had non working trailer lights. I make sure to check over my trailer once a week and make sure everything is working.
  9. ffemt1271

    ffemt1271 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,285

    i swapped to leds a few yers ago. they are very good. i swapped my new trailer to leds the day i bought it. zero light problems so far
  10. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    I like them. Tractor Supply has a Blazer brand kit, and that is the same one I had. It's about $40, $30 when it's on sale.

    I had a woman back into my trailer. She knocked the lens off and smashed up a couple of the LEDs. Luckily the emitters are red and it still worked when I quit using the trailer a few years back.

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