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Old 24 December 2008, 06:24   #1
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trailer question

My boat trailer has been sitting unused in the open air since August - (though the electric parts are iin my garage); I plan to tow the boat quite soon & will obviously inflate tyres to the right pressure, but is there anything else I should be doing for safe towing ? (Centre of the wheels wont be going under water). Thanks, Ivan
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Old 24 December 2008, 07:16   #2
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It be worth jacking up and checking for any play in the wheels. Is it braked? It's a must to check them. Basically check all the running gear and wheel nuts.
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Right ! check the wheel bearings for loose and if they're ok just open the caps and add some grease.
I change mine every year just to be sure.
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Jack each wheel off of the ground and give 'em a spin by hand. Any binding or grumbling could spell trouble.
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Right ! check the wheel bearings for loose and if they're ok just open the caps and add some grease.
I change mine every year just to be sure.
This depends on the type of bearing. Alko Hubs have sealed bearings, best thing to do is to jack it up and spin the wheels, if the bearings grumble/rumble/hum/dont sound smooth, they need changing.

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Old 27 December 2008, 14:52   #6
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thanks

Good advice guys - thanks,
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