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Boat trailer replace or repair
December 11, 2017 5:40 pm EST
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Boat trailer replace or repair
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BottomDollar2
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:40 pm    Post subject: Boat trailer replace or repair Reply with quote

Boat trailer has broken cross members. Corroded through under ubolts.
Pricing repair parts for immediately broken components but torsion axles are pretty rusty too.

Always thought boat was pretty heavy for tandem trailer considering tri-axle.

287cc Seafox supposedly 4800lbs dry weight.
I have a lot of stuff in it and haul a load of ice for overnight / long day trips.
So I'm thinking she is typically an 8000# load maybe more.

Had it on a 9500# load rite.

Does anyone know anything about / had any experience with Venture trailers?

Suggestions?
  
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My opinion if you plan to keep the boat.And trailer any distance.Sell that trailer for a hurricane trailer.And buy new. parts cost a lot .
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:15 am    Post subject: Trailer Reply with quote

Just went through same thing this spring on a 18' Caracal. Minimum to repair 10 year old galvanized trailer was $1600. Could get a new 2017 Aluminum with SS hardware, Vortex hubs and upgrade the tires with radials a size larger for $2500 plus tax, tags. If you are going to rebuild I would suggest Outer Banks Boat Harbor, 252-728-6004, in Harkers Island. Alan knows trailers and will have what ever you need on hand.
Keep my old trailer for an emergency spare or to put boat on if I ever needed to work on my new trailer.
Oh forgot to add I pull 215 miles one way from house to ramp. Maybe one day it will be only a mile hic .
  

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been through this for two boats in the last 5 years.

Had a 2008 Venture under a 25 ft Carolina Skiff and had to replace it in 2015...so I guess I got good use out of it. Venture is not top of the line and the hubs rusted out as well as the springs and almost every thing. I opted for a new trailer...EZ Loader.

On my 2002 18.5 foot McKee I have had three trailers under it (last one was 2012) and just last month was able to get new springs and U bolts and several things replaced.

Neither of my boats get pulled very far any more since I live just a mile and a half from the ramp I primarily use.

I do not or very seldom rinse the trailers off with fresh water, but do keep the wheels greased and lights working.

If I had to pull the boat very far often I would get a new trailer. If I was young I would go top of the line.

I have had larger boats and used to pull them 4-6 hours one way and have had several trailer problems over the years so that is different that where I now live with two trailer repair places (marinas) just a mile or so from me). I have even had a boat and trailer picked up and hauled before...at least that was on the way home from a successful catching trip.
  
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys.
I ended up patching up the trailer by bolting plates over the break, plan to have them welded up when I get an opportunity and roll with it.
Plan to get the last few drops of "good" out of it and buy new hopefully in a couple years + if lucky.
Outer banks is where it will come from most likely.
Purchased new u-bolts etc... from them for the patches.
They are right around the corner from the campground too.
Made my own wood bunks removing the load rite style pivoting metal bar / bunk, I cut and laminated and carpeted 2x10's bolting them back on with the original brackets.

after the welding work I hope to have less than $400 in the repair.
Seems fine.
  
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