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Old 08-22-2016, 07:48 AM   #1
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Trailer wiring for boat trailer behind camper ?

I am planning on trailering my small 16 ft aluminum boat and 9 hp merc behind my camper trailer, and have already welded a robust enough hitch to bumper (and frame of trailer)
But now I need to figure an easy way to plug in to boat trailer so it’s brake and signal lights will work.
I see two ways maybe to do this . 1) Some how splice into the camper trailer lights and then join that all into the four wire plug presently on the boat trailer . Has anyone done this ?
2) Or Buy some cheap portable lights (like they use for emergency tows) and apply to the boat trailer somehow. Anyone think that will work?


I will only be using this rig on smaller secondary highways to get to my various lake fishing and camping spots ( 50 mph highways)
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Old 08-22-2016, 08:11 AM   #2
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First and foremost check state and local laws for tandem trailers!


I'm the first to admit that I've done some risky stuff in the past, but tandem towing on PUBLIC ROADS bends the needle on my 'unacceptable' meter.


Electrically, you'll be putting double the expected load on your tow vehicle's lighting system. And a totally unexpected load on the TT's lighting system.

Much safer choice: Second tow & driver.
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I was going to ask, which side of the bridge you live on?
Don't know the laws in Canada but in Michigan, you can't do that unless you have a fifth wheel trailer. (Michigan Legislature - Section 257.721)
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Live in Canada (Ontario) and see many campers towing additional boat trailers (including those with USA plates) ...........so thanks for the motherly advice , but asking for wiring advice from those that can do it.
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The JAYCO FW's that come with the hitch ( not cargo receiver) have the 4 wire plug spliced right into the rear wiring.
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Wow, ok hoser. Hope you have fun figuring it out yourself then.
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No need for name calling loosenuts..........I am just asking a question , to those that may have a helpful answer, for those of us that take their rigs deep off the beaten path and love fishing.
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I don't know but you might ask some campers in your area. I did see lots of trailers tandeming fishing boats last month between the Soo and Wawa. The OPP did not seem to mind.
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Ok, let's calm down... everyone is entitled to their opinions and thoughts. Your TV may or may not accept the additional lighting load. Check with Jayco to see if the frame on your TT will accept the additional trailer.

I would hate to be on the road and all your lights go out. Carry a bunch of EXTRA fuses with you. I have seen a few setups like this and the driver was inexperienced or the setup had a problem as the boat was swaying back and forth.

They make units that interface between the TV and TT that uses the main 12Volt supply from the TV and through electronics it sends the voltage to the trailer's lights, brakes, turn signals.

Just drive safely.

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No need to be snarky either Jake. I don't give motherly advice. I try and help people not do something irresponsible like break the law. And most responsible people here don't like to advise someone on how to do something dangerous or illegal.
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