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Slip Sliding Away
Slip Sliding Away
Q: What do you think about putting a poly sleeve on a bunk trailer?
The Brake Line Just Came Apart?
Q: I took a look at my actuator and realized the brake line coming out it has completely come off. I’ve cleaned up the brake fluid and am wondering, is this something I should just reconnect or should I find a new metal part (don’t know what it’s called) and reattach it, or should I just buy an entire new brake line with the part I need already on it? The trailer is five years old and goes into saltwater once a week. Thanks for the good answers!
Tease Out Neglected Screws with TLC
Q: I have cool hubs on my trailer. There are set screws that need to be removed to change the oil. I haven’t changed the oil in more than three years. I can’t get the screw to move and I’m worried about stripping the edges. These are Allen screws and I have an Allen wrench that seems to fit but nothing moves. Suggestions?
Only One Side of Trailer Showing Wear
Q: I have a tandem-axle trailer that I back into my garage. It’s a tight fit but I’ve gotten pretty good at maneuvering the truck to do this. When I check my trailer before a trip though, I’m noticing some wear on both tires on the right side. My buddies at the ramp, ones who sell tires, are telling me it’s because of the tight turns I make with the trailer when I back it into the garage. I like these guys but I think I am getting a story from them.
Gasoline Not A Good Cleaning Solvent
Q: I was reading a recent issue of Trailering about how to change bearings. I’m a DIY person, so it was good to see how others do it. You say it’s not a good idea to clean bearings with gasoline. I’ve been doing it for years and have never had any kind of problem. Seems to me if the seal is packed properly, gas isn’t going to get near it.
Balancing The Load On The Rollers
Q: I have bunks on my trailer with rollers that are in the center. When the boat is fully loaded on the trailer, the hull isn’t touching the rollers at all. Should I be concerned about this? I don’t understand what’s going on here?
Replacing The Brakes Brings Questions
Q: I’m going to replace my disc brakes and my neighbor says cadmium rotors are the way to go. I’ve been using zinc-plated and never had a problem. Besides, they cost less. What would you do and why?
This Winch Might Need An Upgrade
Q: I was at the boat ramp yesterday and was having a real bear of a time cranking the boat onto the trailer. A guy came over with a can of WD-40 and offered to spray the winch. I thanked him but said I didn’t think the gears needed it because they’d probably slip. He shook his head and walked away. Who was right? The winch has become tougher to crank and the ramp is the same I’ve always used.
Don’t Let Rust Rest
Q: Hello, I have a tandem axle aluminum trailer that has leaf springs. The springs are rusted to the point that I think they should be replaced. The axles have rust on the bottom side. I don’t want to have to replace them if I don’t have to (because of $$$), but while I’m doing some repair would rather do it all at once. What would be some tell tale sign that I should replace the axles? If I can keep them, how should I remove the rust? Sand blast, wire wheel and drill? And is there any special paint I should use? Thank you for your thoughts.
Overweight Trailer and Underweight Boat?
Q: I have a Wellcraft 20V on a tandem trailer setup that works well, launch and retrieve. However the capacity of the trailer is 12, 000 lbs when the single leaf springs that are on it now. My question is what is the max cap of a trailer before it is over sprung for a boat? The boat tops out at 3000lvs fully loaded. Never see any info for max cap for a trailer. And should I change to torsion suspension when I do?
If you’ve got a question about a boat trailer, this is the place to be. Trailering Guy Ted Sensenbrenner, of the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, has been pulling, fixing, and studting boat trailers for years. Dustin Hoover, of Legendary Trailer Repairs (www.legendarytrailers.com), is a service provider for TRAILER ASSIST in the Anapolis, Maryland area. Between them, they’re familiar with almost everything that can go wrong with a boat trailer and are ready to answer your question. E-mail the Trailer Guys at trailering@BoatUS.com or go to www.myBoatUS.com/askexperts.
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