Originally Posted by Stoo
Thanks Simon, and all...
A friend tacked the thing together today and I got the boat off it. He'll repair it as best he can tomorrow and then I can drag it to the big city to see what can be done.
The frame of the trailer looks fine. The friend who welded the axle is a millwright so I trust his opinion. I've sourced a new axle "kit" near my other house, so I should be in good shape.
Now I'm wondering if I can have my cake and eat it too... Can I add two axles and make my own tandem trailer. These guys seem to have all the bits...
Having done it before, it is not too hard as long as you get your balance point right and that really depends on your setup and how much room you have to play with. With your size trailer it should probably work.
If your spring hangers are welded to your frame you will break the galvanising as you cut them off or weld on new ones. This will be a potential rust spot but being fresh water use, if you paint it with Coldgal, it should last.
Just remember that manoeuvring the trailer will be much harder when not attached to a car and that when you do tight manoeuvres such as at the ramp, your tyres are fighting each other and putting a lot of stress on the bearings.
There is a lot to be said for keeping it simple.