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Old 03 August 2018, 05:31   #1
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launch trailer floating

Hi, just wondering if there is a solution to this problem. When I take my launch trailer out to retrieve my boat I have to battle with it to force it under the boat. The air in the tyres appears to be the reason. I need to tyres to work on rough terrain so fitting solid tyres would be a disadvantage in other ways. I had considered filling the innertubes with water but that sound a little simple and would make them too hard. Perhaps 50/50 water & air so they sink but still benefit from the compressible air. Is there a good solution to this problem??
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Old 03 August 2018, 05:50   #2
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I think you know the choices in front of you... go to solid tyres... add weight to the trailer frame... or part fill the tyres with water.

I'd probably try the water in tyres first. You only need to do enough so it doesn't float... as you say this might be 50/50.

Have you a photo of your trailer wheels? Are they just a plain nylon bearing on a spigot like a transom wheel or something with proper bearings?
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Old 03 August 2018, 06:32   #3
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The wheels are standard large wheelbarrow type with a metal hub & rim containing stainless steel roller bearings. They are retained on the axle with lynch pin rings
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