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Old 15 August 2013, 14:37   #71
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I presume based on car/truck maintenance/repair experience (for better or worse I do it all myself) but bearings be it in car, truck, or trailer or whatever else should not have any play IMHO. My tires were shot I got new ones Bearing have had play. Didn't get worse. I took a chance at it. Lubed them well. Bearing with play will let water in a hub. Which will more likely kill them even faster. Made it fine home but certainly need to take those apart for inspection ASAP.

No lights. Only need those at night. Wasn't planning on boating at night. You can get battery powered LED lights at WestMarine WEST MARINE Portable LED Navigation Light, Bi-Color, Inflatable Mount at West Marine
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Old 15 August 2013, 16:58   #72
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I think it's best practice to simply replace bearings whenever you get a used trailer. Bearings should be replaced if they are not adequately greased, showing wear marks, or if there is play in the bearings inside the bearing cage.

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I have a few newbie questions in preparing for my trip.

1.how do you know when the trailer needs new bearings? Do the wheels have play?

2. Did you get navigations lights? If so what did you get and where did you install them?
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Old 15 August 2013, 18:59   #73
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None of the clip on battery operated lights are legal in the US (technically) on a craft capable of >7 knots. That said, I doubt you will get pulled over for using them. I had them on my Bombard for years before I sold it.
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Old 15 August 2013, 19:21   #74
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I have new hubs, tires and rims (and soon tires) already. I'm just wondering if I can keep the old hubs on until after my 600 mile road trip. I can put new wheels on but I've never replaced the hubs before and so I don't know how involved it is?

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I think it's best practice to simply replace bearings whenever you get a used trailer. Bearings should be replaced if they are not adequately greased, showing wear marks, or if there is play in the bearings inside the bearing cage.

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Clip on Boat Light Navigation LED Marine Sail Zodiac dingy Sea Kayak Zodiak Jet | eBay
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Old 15 August 2013, 19:56   #75
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If the hubs turn now you shouldn't have to replace them. Typically only the bearings need replacing and assuming you can find/get the correct size its pretty easy. Bearings and races are sold as a set in the auto parts store. Although the races (the bearing surfaces inside the hubs) rarely go bad to the point of needing replacement. The only other things you need are rear seals, new cotter pins, a big wrench, rags and grease.
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Perhaps a trivial question but how do you strap your Zodiacs to the trailer without rubbing and abrasion? Do you use the ropes or carry handles?
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I use ratchet straps

I have dual banks so boat isn't going anywhere sideways naturally. Otherwise it got sufficient friction to stay put. Though I do let straps through D-rings for peace of mind.
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You can get those straps at harbor freight for cheap. They work fine and the fabric will die from other causes long before you notice any substantive abrasion. The biggest issue is changes in tbue pressure affecting how tight they are. For that reason I installed U-bolts in my transom to avoid tying down via the tubes.
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Old 16 August 2013, 22:37   #79
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Thanks guys! The trip is in a week. I will post picures.
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Great photos and great video!

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Thanks. Boat certainly gives another degree of freedom you can't enjoy with other means of transportation.
Here is a vid of us going up Alsea river


We enjoyed finding nice landing spots not easily accessible otherwise. That's somewhere up on a mt lakes.
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