My trailer gave out! I was having a great day by myself out on the boat. Went to peanut island, took it out into the ocean for a spin. Saw a Dolphine, and about 40 Manatees. So many I had to idle and actually steer around them. Then I go back to the boat ramp. Load the boat on and drive off. About 1-2 miles into my drive home (20-miles) I hear a noise I look in my rear view mirror and see my boat shifting to one side! I pull over and there it is, the trailer gave up it's weak spot. I knew this was a fresh water trailer. I had it for 3-full years in salt. I always washed and waxed it. But I had the boat in my garage for about 3-months just sitting. I saw there was rust popping threw the paint. I rolled it out took a presure washer to it and took of all the loose stuff and what ever salt there was. Then sprayed it with the rubberized undercoating. I hoped this woud hold for one more year. NOPE SALT is a Bitch, It ate right threw it!! I actually drove all the way home with it like this. What usually takes me 20 min. Took 2-hrs. I went 2 mph all the way home. Anyone have a Galvanized trailer for sale? LOL
Ok Blacktooth here are some pic's. It's hard to get the full effect with a pic. But the interior is a nice blue haze (puple haze) LOL. Here's the front bumper. I put on the end caps and a brush guard. I like it better then the tube i had.
Blacktooth- Yeah I sold the tube. The end caps I got from 4wd. Same ones as quadratec. But a bit cheaper, saved on shipping since the store is close by. I'll take a better pic in the daylight. s3nt3nc3d- I picked up the lens from the bay. There smoked. The jeep pulls the boat with no problem. Most of the time I have myself, wife and three kids in the jeep when I pull. She never overheats or anything. I just make sure to leave lots of room in front and break early. But I never had the feeling as if the boat was pushing me with its weight.
o ok. yeah ive seen that brush gaurd.i was lookin for something a little sturdier than the stock one. I still have memories of my brothers being ripped apart during an ill fated tow out of some mud. i was hopin that that brush guard would fit the bumper i've been considering. the one im looking at is really similar to the stock except its an all steel construction with d-rings.
Do you need a new trailer? Is it worth cutting that section out and replacing with new C channel rail? Is the rust throughout the entire trailer? Fixing it may last another season or two....no?
My first thought. But to be honest the trailer is 6 years old. I know it does'nt sound that old. But it is a fresh water trailer.(steel n paint) So 6 years is ok. The good parts are the coupler(swing-away type) tires,axle,fenders, and winch. To be honest I just need a frame. But that's next to nill to come by. So I'll just keep an eye out. By the way does anyone know the pro's/ con's with an aluminum verse galvanized trailer?
My FIL's boat trailer did the same thing and we live no where near the ocean. I think when trailer makers make those trailers they should drill holes in the bottom of the tubing to let water out. We built him a new trailer and you cannot tell that it didnt roll off a factory floor somewhere. On this one it has drain holes on the underside and after welding it up we filled the tubing up with some epoxy paint let it sit a while then emptied it before drilling those holes. Freshwater/Saltwater doesnt mean crap anymore. His boat has never been to another lake.
Yeah two years into it I did drill weep holes. I also made sure the trailer was always tilted in the garage when not used. So it would drain. But I guess the salt did it's job when it was parked in the lot when I used it. I go out for about 6 hours everytime. So the trailer sits in the parking lot baking in the sun with the salt all over it. I hate that the ramp I use has no fresh water spicket to hose the trailers down!!