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To add load lights or not on 2010 Trailer? Update, whats your fave trailer accessory?

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  • To add load lights or not on 2010 Trailer? Update, whats your fave trailer accessory?

    Finally got my own trailer ready to be picked up in about 2 weeks. It's my first trailer and I have been waiting 35 years for it .

    Its a 2010 Circle J Bronco Plus 2hrs slant load, matts all round, drop head windows, bus sliding rear windows, vents for each horse and dressing room, swing out saddle rack, blanket bar etc.......

    So it has lights in the trailer, but not spot lights or load lights by the rear doors or by the dressing room..

    My question is will I kick myself in the beehinder if I dont add them before I pick up the trailer? I live is the pacific northwest, and in the winter time its dark at 4:30pm or is it one of those things you thought you'd use but never do? I haul to take lessons and show locally...

    Any help would be greatly appreciated

    Last edited by immigene; Jun. 3, 2010, 09:27 PM. Reason: spelling ;( Update
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  • #2
    I use mine.
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    • #3
      I have 'em and never use them.


      • #4
        IIRC, as I have been pricing new trailers, the load lights are relatively inexpensive (~$200) to add. If they are that inexpensive (in the grand scheme of things), I would probably just go ahead and add them.


        • #5
          I've had them on 2 out of 3 trailers and I think I've used them once or twice. I rarely trailer in the dark, but when I have I haven't thought to use them.


          • #6
            They are really nice if you are ever needing to load or unload away from a building's floodlights after dark. Plus, you can doublecheck the area around rear of the trailer really easy for anything you set down. I don't have them but wish I did.


            • #7
              I would get them. I hate loading and unloading at night with out enough light, I've seen to many accidents that way on the horse and human part of things. If you can get them cheap and remember to use them you could be saving your self some pain latter.


              • #8
                I have 'em and rarely need them even in the dark.

                Here's what I'd do.

                Price them out and see if you can figure out just how good your trailer people are at wiring. Nothing worse than electrical problems in trailers. They are a PITA if you don't work with someone who likes figuring them out.

                I'd also see how much light the inside lights shed on the ramp. Most of the time, it's enough for me.

                But then think about how well your horses load, or how good you are getting all horses good at this.
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                • #9
                  I have them but have never used them. I have a stock combo trailer and the open slats let in plenty of light, even after dark you can see in easily. Plus, it's a big open space to load.
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                  • #10
                    I'd get them some horses can be funny loading in the dark, but to be honest I mostly use mine when cleaning out the trailer. By the time I get home take care of everything else and stop putting off cleaning it out, it is often dark ... even in summer.


                    • #11
                      I've never missed not having them- horses see so well at night, and if I can manage to get the door open, they've always managed to hop right on the trailer. I wear ballcaps with clip on headlamps to clean up the area around the trailer at night as needed- running down my battery running lights ON the trailer, wouldn't occur to me to do.


                      • #12
                        Another thing to consider is the fact that horses eyes adjust to changes in light MUCH slower than ours do. So if you flip on floodlights when it's dark, your horse may be effectively blinded for one or two full minutes. I've never missed not having any and my horse can see what he's doing just fine. If you need to see a little better, just throw a headlamp in the trailer so you don't blind your horse.
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                        • #13
                          I would have trailer wired for a plug, use a magnetic or clip on light fixture for light around the outside of trailer. Those LED lights throw lots of lumins, very visible. Many new styles available for truck drivers, RV folks, that have the lighter type plug ends so you can run them off the truck.

                          All the outside lights for loading on trailers I see, are broken, never work anyway. So that is money wasted.

                          You can get out your portable light WHEN NEEDED, and it will be in working shape, for your purposes.

                          Congrats on the new trailer!! You have waited long enough for it!! My only trailer purchased new, is now 24 yrs old, still works good. We use it the most of all the trailers, because it is smallest and most convenient.


                          • #14
                            I found them invaluable when I had a trailer and was boarding. I didn't need them so much for loading - as people say, the horses can see decently. For me, the use was a separate light for the second tie point, if I had to be wrapping or doing horse care in the dark, but even more importantly, I used it as a light to be able to park the trailer at night. Where I boarded, the trailers had to be parked in a special area that was full of obstacles, and having the light meant I could park it at night without a helper.

                            My current trailer doesn't have one, but here it is not so necessary, because with the horses at home it's no big deal to just leave the truck and trailer sprawled in the middle of the driveway for a day.
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                            • #15
                              With the new LED flashlights, you might consider adding some velcro patches on the trailer with matching patches on the flashlights. You can put some patches low or high depending on the kind of illumination you want (low would give you more illumination and have less impact on your night vision)--and put them where they won't get kicked.

                              Depending on your situation, for a few bucks more, pilot shops have them with red LED's so you get the best illumination with the least impact on night vision.

                              If you don't use them much on the trailer, you've still got a couple of extra flashlights in the truck (which never hurts). Since they run so long on batts, they won't be a problem in getting new batts all the time.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Nipntuck View Post
                                I have 'em and never use them.
                                Same here


                                • #17
                                  I'd add them. Better to have them and not use them often, than not have them and wish that you did.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by kookicat View Post
                                    I'd add them. Better to have them and not use them often, than not have them and wish that you did.

                                    You'll probably find that they come in handy for loading/unloading tack and equipment.

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                                    • #19
                                      I have them and never use them. I tried to use them a couple of times but they just freaked my horse out and she wouldn't load. Turned them off and she hopped right in. I like that I have them just in case I guess. But its not major thing either way.


                                      • #20
                                        You can never have too many lights in my opinion