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Old 03-08-2019   #1
 
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Spring trailer prep

Its that most wonderful time of year. I just pulled my trailer out of the shop with my boat in it.. my question is what all do you do after a stagnant long cold winter...

I just checked my tire pressure and per usual they are a bit low.. reading 35psi and it says run 50psi. It is only 25 degrees out.. So i ran it up to 45 lbs... should i take it all the way to 50 or is that asking for problems..

I did my usual trailer light inspection.

I usually take it for a short drive and then grease the bearings... but its usually not this cold...

What do you do?

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Inspect all of the welds, jack it up and check for bearing play and "smoothness" (not necessary if you re-pack), check the spare, make sure you have all of your tire change necessities, and re-do the ground on the lights.
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I've got a Sawtooth trailer with wood decking. I normally re-seal with Thompson water shield to help protect the wood from the sun and I inspect the trailer light bolts, bulbs etc. Also check the screws on the decking to see if anything has come loose or needs to be replaced.
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Question for you raft trailer owners.

Do you balance your trailer tires?

I had to replace one tire on a river trip last year that was cupped out, tire store said no need to balance trailer tires.
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I just bought a new winch strap for 12 bucks. Now I can worry less about the strap breaking and hitting me in the face when cranking up the boat.
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Question for you raft trailer owners.

Do you balance your trailer tires?

I had to replace one tire on a river trip last year that was cupped out, tire store said no need to balance trailer tires.
I don't, but I don't see how it could hurt if you wanted to. It would be pretty cheap peace of mind.
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Question for you raft trailer owners.

Do you balance your trailer tires?

I had to replace one tire on a river trip last year that was cupped out, tire store said no need to balance trailer tires.
I always balance trailer tires before every long distance trip. Nothing worse than an out of balance tire on the interstate at 80 MPH in the middle of Utah.
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Check spindle nuts at a minimum.
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Inspect all of the welds, jack it up and check for bearing play and "smoothness" (not necessary if you re-pack), check the spare, make sure you have all of your tire change necessities, and re-do the ground on the lights.
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This is what I typically do...but it's time to get a light/wiring replacement, so I'm going sealed LED's and wiring will be a bit more involved. Also replacing the wood deck.





If you have to replace bearings/seals, buy 3 or 4 of each when you do it. It's nice to have a spare on hand in the middle of nowhere.


Did I mention the time I didn't have my bearing part number, and tore out an $11 seal to get the p/n for a $7 bearing?




Anything more than 1/2hr from home and I have my bearing service kit with new seals, grease, and bearings in the tow vehicle with tool kit.
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