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Old 07-08-2019, 11:54 PM   #1
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Default Maxum Trailer identification and replacement tail-lights

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I have a 1998 Maxum 1800SR branded trailer that I have no clue what the model or VIN is as the plate/stick has worn off over the years. It does have one sticker that you can make out "Escort" on it. The boat was manufactured roughly 1998. Measured at 20". Single Axel, LED lights at sides just behind the wheel and three Red LEDs at the very back bar in the middle.

Hard to match from the list here

Would anyone be able to tell what model it is by the picture?
Where would be the best place to purchase LED tail-lights?

My current ones are ingesting water each time I dunk the trailer in the lake. Why the trailer has LED lights all over apart from the two tail-lights at the rear are beyond me?!?!?

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Old 07-09-2019, 12:47 AM   #2
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All trailer lights are pretty much the same. Any trailer dealership can hook you up.

You can even get them at Walmart I think..... Don't over think it.

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The lights are meant to be flooded, don't worry about that. Make sure your electrical connections are water-tight though. Shrink tubing and neoprene paste work well.
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Old 07-09-2019, 11:27 AM   #4
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The lights are meant to be flooded, don't worry about that. Make sure your electrical connections are water-tight though. Shrink tubing and neoprene paste work well.
Thanks jrsick... I thought water is a conductor of electricity.. So it would short when connected??

Every time I bring the boat out I need to let the water out of the enclosure by loosening the philips head screws on either side...
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Salt water will conduct electricity and fresh water is not that good of a conductor. If its a sealed unit as you describe its not meant to get water into it however there are units that are open on the bottom and as there are submerged the air is trapped keeping water away from the bulb. A standard bulb will melt if on and water hits it. LEDs don't care but unless the solder joints are not coated then corrosion will occur.
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Interesting point mmwjr.. They both ingest water and its 3/4 the way up the enclosure from what I can see.. I was considering replacing both enclosures with a sealed LED unit. Maybe I might just retrofit with LED bulbs instead and try seal it up with some silicon?

What do you recon?

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Unplug your light before putting the trailer in the water if you are concerned. I've never had an issue with trailer light from submerging them.
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Unplug your light before putting the trailer in the water if you are concerned. I've never had an issue with trailer light from submerging them.
Agree I always unplug when I prepping to launch the boat
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Trailer model won't matter if replacing just the lights.
All my trailers have been retrofitted to LED sealed units from Amazon or Harbor Freight. Just be sure wiring is sealed properly to maintain the quality of the connection. The connectors I prefer are heat shrink, solder types.
https://www.amazon.com/Wirefy-Solder...language=en_US

Note: Standard practice is to unplug, however I preferred sealed units that I can dunk as the running lights help with loading in the dark.
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The trailer was made by Escort. It is common for the trailer OEM to sell lots with the boat brand labeled on the trailer.

The trailer parts are generic. Any place that sells trailer parts will have the appropriate lights and other parts (wheel bearings, rims, tires, replacement fenders, replacement hitches, etc).
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