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Old 23 April 2004, 07:42   #1
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Hello,
I bought a new galvanised trailer a couple of weeks ago. It has not been dipped in salt water yet, but in preparation for this I have covered exposed threads and nuts with copper grease. In hindsight, I am not so sure this was a good idea. Could it add to corrosion problems?
I would like to hear your opinions on this.
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Old 23 April 2004, 07:47   #2
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I doubt that it's likely to cause any problems, and any grease is likely to be better than no grease. I would recommend just using regular heavy grease normally.

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I agree with JK.

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Just make sure you wash all the saltwater off afterwards - remember volume of water is far better than pressure!

My mate used Acrypol roof sealant on his trailer and landrover and they are still like new 4yrs later - it is about 30 for a big tin and can even be used on a wet roof! Can be had from Selco and similar.

Stuff is a biitch to get off again though - pray you never need to removce the bolts or do any welding.
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Trailer Care

IMHO,

Good fresh water rinse after each use. Pay extra attention to the wheels, Bearings, Tyres ect. Any good waterproof crease libraly applied will help when the time comes for maintenace.

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Thanks for the replies and putting my mind at rest.
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"Water grease"

I don't know if the copper grease can increase any corrosion. I use CRC's "water grease" for the prop shaft and other critical areas. It's very sticky and resists water well.
Normal spray vaseline with lithium used regulary would be good for trailer rollers etc.

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Not sure whether it really is that significnt, but i was always advised against dropping the trailer straight into cold water after a long journey without giving it chance to cool down. The logic seemed to be the bearings suddenly cooled when emmersed and water would be drawn in past any seals.

Is this actially valid, or did he realise how green I was and therefore would listen to anything?
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I was given this exact advice when I bought my first RIB and have heard it countless times since and passed it on to anyone who will listen. The first thing I do when we stop at the slipway is to feel the trailer wheels. If you have been driving through traffic and using the brakes a lot, they can be quite hot. Take your time getting ready and feel the wheels again before launching to check that they have cooled off.
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I just completed my 1st year service on my trailer. It was a bugger, everything was hard to remove, taking days. The cables & brakes where so rusted they needed replacing. I have now decided to give it a service every 2 mths, cleaning, heavy greasing etc. I think my biggest worry is that while towing a problem occurs and as everything is stuck fast its not easily fixable. For example if your brakes or cables lock they could be removed by the side of the road to allow you to get home, providing they come off in the first place. I also use copper grease.
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