Trucks & Trailers - Ten year warranty on Trailer Lights

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ultrasonic
03-25-2011, 03:53 AM
If you were to put a value on a set of trailer lights with a ten year warranty; what do you think you would pay for the kit or as an option for a new boat trailer?

Lights and wires are covered against defects or failure, other than physical damage or negligence.


gf
03-25-2011, 05:26 AM
$65 or the same price as you can buy a replacement set of LED trailer lights for today.

From my experience trailer lights either get damaged by impact, which wouldn't be covered by a warranty, or the trailer itself may not last 10 years. Or, in most cases, the original owner sells the boat and trailer before 10 years. No point in paying for 10 year lights on a trailer I will only own for 5 years.

dbkerley
03-25-2011, 05:29 AM
What gf said.


Joe
03-25-2011, 06:29 AM
If you're making regular bell jar lights with stainless guts I'd pay twice what a premium set cost..so probably close to $100. Must have marker lights , too!!

petrel
03-25-2011, 07:51 AM
That would depend on whether the lights or the entire "system" were actually good enough to be warrantied. To me, the cost of the light is not a big deal. It is the hassle of rounding up the tools, making the connections, and installing the light. I don't want the mfgr to stand behind the light. I want the damned thing not to fail!

I saw a set of lights out of New Zealand that were the best concept I've seen so far. Every light on the trailer was independently wired and fully potted in resin. There were no electrical connections at the light or along the trailer. A lead from each light was run to a waterproof junction box at the tongue where everything was brought together and mated to the truck connector. In the unlikely event that one of these heavy duty led lights should fail, you would replace the entire light and lead and make the connections in a place that was completely waterproof, yet never submerged. Making connections out of the water, instead of trying to make waterproof connections, seems like the best idea yet.

Build it in the US to last the life of the leds, warranty it for five years, and those of us who hate throw away imported junk and laying in the driveway cooking heat shrink, will line up for them. Super bright day/night led: Tail lights, center red clearance, 10 amber clearance side markers, and waterproof junction box with bus bar, $200.00. Adding submersible led backup lights as an option would be nice too.

seaeagle2
03-25-2011, 08:27 AM
I'm guessing neglect would include not flushing, so if they corroded and quit working it would be neglect. I with the other guys, not much, it seems usually lifetime warranty means, "we just have to work a little harder to find a way to reject the claim"

Flot
03-25-2011, 10:06 AM
If you were to put a value on a set of trailer lights with a ten year warranty; what do you think you would pay for the kit or as an option for a new boat trailer?

Lights and wires are covered against defects or failure, other than physical damage or negligence.

Not much, only because the hassle of getting them replaced under warranty, the odds of the company being around, the hassle of replacing if they go bad, etc, etc, seem to outweigh the warranty. I'd rather have a better product with a 2-3 year warranty that I trusted.

Learned my lesson with a Char-broil gas grille - had huge stickers all over it touting the very long warranty - which I used, three times in 2 years, before giving up and buying a weber. No idea what the weber warranty is but it doesn't matter because it's a good piece of equipment.



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