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Old 06-12-2016   #121
 
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Loading the boat solo

Just a quick follow-up to the loading discussion. I used my attached bow line to form a big loop back to a frame cross bar behind the oar towers, then forward, ending under the boat, a couple of feet short of the starting point at the bow where I tied a knot. I had to stop pulling to move the hook over the roller but no big deal. Had the boat on in minutes. It's a simple, easy solution.

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Just a quick follow-up to the loading discussion. I used my attached bow line to form a big loop back to a frame cross bar behind the oar towers, then forward, ending under the boat, a couple of feet short of the starting point at the bow where I tied a knot. I had to stop pulling to move the hook over the roller but no big deal. Had the boat on in minutes. It's a simple, easy solution.
Glad it worked. Cool technique, no?

Other Sawtooth update...

I had my trailer for 2 years now, but I didn't have a lot of road miles on it. I finally did the hubs - Yeah I know... every 12 months - as they started to look kind of rank and the small grease leaking from them was collecting dirt. One of the hub cap dust covers managed to push out about halfway after a Lake Powell trip...not sure how that happened. Luckily Randy put on EZ Lube hubs and after opening them, I noticed the grease was kind of paltry... maybe the small leaks had it get out. I added in 2 tubes of Napa Marine Grease and cleaned them up. Look as good as new. Hopefully they will hold up.

Anyone else have any issues with the hubs on these or the EZ Lube setup?
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Old 06-12-2016   #123
 
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I actually found a Youtube video of a guy doing almost exactly what I stated... hopefully this helps:

Pretty sure that's DrAndyDVM's video.
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Pretty sure that's DrAndyDVM's video.
Yeah... looks like it is
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Glad it worked. Cool technique, no?
Yes, no doubt, and much easier than the more complicated solutions I was considering. Always keep it simple.

Concerning the bearings, I have had to add some grease but haven't lost any to leaks.
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Does anyone know exactly what this trailer weighs? I think someone said 1200#? I have a friend who may be able to pick it up for me and deliver it to Colorado, but they'd be towing it (empty) with a Subaru Outback (newer one). Is it too heavy for a Subaru to tow?
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The towing capacity should be in the owner's manual. Or you could look it up online. Let us know what you find out!
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Does anyone know exactly what this trailer weighs? I think someone said 1200#? I have a friend who may be able to pick it up for me and deliver it to Colorado, but they'd be towing it (empty) with a Subaru Outback (newer one). Is it too heavy for a Subaru to tow?
That would be fine I had an old outback 2000 model and it was rated for 1500. They won't forget it's back there though.

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Does anyone know exactly what this trailer weighs? I think someone said 1200#? I have a friend who may be able to pick it up for me and deliver it to Colorado, but they'd be towing it (empty) with a Subaru Outback (newer one). Is it too heavy for a Subaru to tow?
I was told when I picked mine up that it weighed about 700lbs, 750lbs with the dirt bike mount. I tow ours with a 2012 Outback (4 banger)... and totally know it's back there but just take it slow and pay attention.
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I think they are over 1000 pounds. The Mirage trailer Is 855 pounds according to the Vin sticker and has a lighter floor.

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