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I'm new to trailering, and as you can see from the photo i busted one of my trailer lights. Is this something I can fix myself? If so, what do I do now?

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You could pick up a whole new light at walmart. Here is a tip for a new guy, make sure you always unplug your lights when you put the trailer in the water. Oh yea and stop backing into things ;D

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You can get a submersible light kit at walmart for about 30 bucks.

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Just buy LED's and save yourself a lot of grief and money.

ditto I switched to LED trailer lights from Walmart and never looked back. I also switched to LED side markers. Never have to worry about broken bulbs again. You still have to be careful that you do not back into things.

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I went to the store before I saw the LED posts, but thanks everyone. So I got a new light. I'm guessing I just screw in the new light and fuse the two pairs of green and brown lines together? Here are a few pix:

busted one:

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Yup, Just match the wire colors. You might want to straighten the bracket before you mount the light. Make sure you mount is correctly. the side marker goes to the outside.

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Cool thanks. So I should just cut the wire that's connected to the old light and connect it to the new light. should I use electric tape or butt connectors?

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i would use butt splices. Fill them with dielectric grease first or you can buy them with it already in there. make sure you seal them to keep water out.

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I changed my light bulb and noticed all dielectric grease was packed on my bulb, so I smeared it off and put it on the contacts of the new bulb.  I also noticed where my wires go in there is no seal.  I don't think submersible means water proof or resistant, so I always unplug my trailer before going into the water.  Beside my trucks fuse, the cold water on a hot bulb can't be good.

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