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Old 04-15-2014   #81
 
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Yes, the Trex is kinda heavy, BUT, I never have to deal with it ever again. No maintenance, ever.

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Old 04-15-2014   #82
 
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420,

Good call on replacing the tires. You just see too many people broke down with a busted tire that looks 100 years old, or their axle has rotted/warn through.

Might I suggest looking at replacing the axle (and possibly the springs too) with something a little heavier duty? One because who knows how many miles it's got on it already. And two because that current setup looks VERY light duty.

If you do replace the springs, might I also suggest shifting them back maybe 6-12 inches. Your tongue weight will be a little heavier, but it should cut down on the "waggle" most trailers evenly balanced get when the weight is ever shifted more towards the back. (IE - a heavy cooler chunked in the back b/c your buddies didn't know any better) Which in turn should mean you can travel at a little faster speeds safely, and maybe have your boat sit back a little and not risk rubbing on that free wench.... oops I mean winch.

If you buy new, etrailer.com has lots of the essentials.
Right on the tire thing. Any tire over ten years old can easily separate when they get warm. They may look good withgreat tread, but they are just waiting to fail.
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Old 04-15-2014   #83
 
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Understood. Big pricey project vs the essentials to get me out there!

If you get waggle, re-balance your weight to be more front heavy.
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Old 04-15-2014   #84
 
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I mean sure, we would all love a flat top aluminum trailer.........but for some of us, it's a "rebuild what you can for cheap and get on the water type of situation". Thank you for the input. I have a place close to me called "Vital Parts" here in Denver, and their pricing seems reasonable. If anyone knows, or uses a trailer place they trust here in Denver, please let me know. Thanks!
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Old 04-15-2014   #85
 
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Here is my home made raft trailer. It's 3/4" treated plywood that I primed and urethane coated... It's slippery. We built a metal frame under the plywood but I don't think it's really needed. Run bolts through the top rail of the trailer. I have to use a 16" extender on my hitch to keep the raft from hitting the truck and the raft sits kind of high but it works.
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Old 04-15-2014   #86
 
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I would be hesitant to use trex. It has very little grab to it. So in other words. Your screws will hold it down but once that trailer gets bouncing down the road with out your raft those boards will pop off the screws. Trex has designed a special screw to solve this problem but that is for static decks not decks racing down dirt roads. Just a thought. By the way you boat looks pretty sweet, good work.


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Old 04-15-2014   #87
 
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SemBob,

Thanks for the words. People must think I am idiot or something. I wouldn't use it, if I knew it wouldn't work. No need to screw it down when you can cut it just a tad long, and hammer it down for a really snug fit. They actually make a certain type of screw to go thru metal, into wood (which I know Trex isn't really wood) but it will work out. Plus, the Trex being a little bit heavier will keep the weight low, and dispersed. Besides, it is a "Utility Trailer" and not just a raft specific trailer.
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Wow that was pretty mean spirited. People offer you advice and you say "I'm really smart and you guys are dummies". I take it back, you should keep the old tires on the trailer.
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Wow that was pretty mean spirited. People offer you advice and you say "I'm really smart and you guys are dummies". I take it back, you should keep the old tires on the trailer.

Seriously? People on these forums are funny.
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Old 04-15-2014   #90
 
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Relax people. Some folks (myself included) like to give advice whether you want it or not. Keep in mind you aren't the only one reading. If the knowledge provided for you helps others that weren't aware, then it's not wasted.
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