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Old 23 October 2012, 16:16   #11
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Had similar @ 3 years ago when I picked a boat up from Liverpool.
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Hit the outskirts of Manchester & noticed a wheel wobble on the trailer to find all four bolts gone

B'strds dont even wait for you to stop before nicking the wheels these days...

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Old 23 October 2012, 18:40   #12
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Jesus, that could have ended so badly! It's an easy mistake to make though isn't it.

Towing our RIB back from Southampton we stopped to get some drinks and noticed the tyres were slightly flat. Whilst putting air in there was a huge bang and the valve popped off. Waited 4 hours for the AA to send a tyre repair bloke and when he arrived he had a fiddle with the wheels and told us that if we had driven any further like that both wheels would have come off the trailer because the bearings were totally shot. If the valve hadn't failed just by chance like that, we would have been screwed. It's scary thinking about how close we came to causing a huge pileup. We didn't make it home until 3am... We kind of took the statement 'the whole lots been serviced' to include the trailer too when we bought the boat a month earlier. Clearly not. :S
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Old 24 October 2012, 04:24   #13
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Blimey, that was a close shave. Not seen too many bearings that you can see daylight through ... must have been a bit squeaky!
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Old 24 October 2012, 06:00   #14
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I've got a boat in for Retube, the wheels on the trailer weren't turning very well, further investigation showed the Hubnut on backwards and tightened to within an inch of its life crushing the bearing race behind it, topped off nicely with no grease at all.
I'm glad I wasn't towing it!
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Old 24 October 2012, 06:40   #15
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Bearings "vapourised" and drum internals open to inspection on this one

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Blimey, that was a close shave. Not seen too many bearings that you can see daylight through ... must have been a bit squeaky!
I've posted these before ( & not much help to those who have to tow unknown quantities.....)

At the time this happened , I was paying a third party to maintain the trailer.
If possible I have found it much better to learn all about your own gear & maintain it ( or at least ,thoroughly inspect ) yourself .
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Old 24 October 2012, 16:24   #16
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The bearings are supposed to be fully waterproof units
That's why I insist on taper rollers and bearing savers now. I sold my last trailer becuase it had Ak-Lo bearings.
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Old 25 October 2012, 15:50   #17
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I picked up a new (to me) trailer and boat last month from a broker/dealer. Drove her home thinking that all didn't sound, feel to smooth.

Dropped the wheel off and looked at the bearings - shot with rollers rolling around in the hub.

Good job it was only 55 miles home......
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It's not only the bearing though, the suspension rubbers on my, then, new RIB trailer disintergrated on the way home and left the tyre welding itself to the mudguard.
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Old 26 October 2012, 02:49   #19
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Wow, just been reading back through this thread....

I vastly unerestimated how frequently this happens, what an eye opener

I suppose i'm lucky that generally, i only tow my own trailers which i have either bought new or built myself.... I will now treat any second trailer i consider buying with a hight degree of suspicion that's for sure.

Thanks all

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