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Old 01 June 2007, 18:47   #51
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My trailer repair man told me not to bother to keep topping up with grease via the grease nipple. (He might be after more business). He said just change the bearings every six months. I wish I could but I've got brakes so its a no go for me. I'll be getting him to change them every year from now on.
Whilst on the road with the trailer I always check the hubs for heat. If I notice any wheel getting abnormally warm it will be in for a checkout. And because of the mileage I do I have joined the breakdown company that was flagged on this forum and will recover your trailer.

Note to self. Must learn how to change bearings inside brake drums.
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Old 01 June 2007, 18:51   #52
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Note to self. Must learn how to change bearings inside brake drums.
I have strip the brakes and fit a fresh water flushing system to the rear plate, will also make myself familiar with the mechanisms in there for future referance.
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I've recently been through an expensive and step learning curve following a wheel bearing failure on the M3, coupled later with a seized drawbar. Total costs for parts and recovery was around £800, plus many hours of blood, sweat, swearing and lost boating hours!

Basically, one wheel bearing failed on the M3 last year. My RAC membership included recovery of the trailer. However, this only covered the trailer if the fault was with the tow vehicle, not the trailer! This taught me to read the small print in more detail.

The rollers in the tapered bearing were ground to dust, the wheel rim too hot to touch and smoking. Total cost for this experience was approximately £300 for recovery and parts (bearing, hub and brakes).

My next experience was when I noticed that the brakes on my tow vehicle juddered slightly. The front discs and pads needed to be replaced at a low mileage due to excessive wear caused by the fact that the brakes on my trailer were not working because the drawbar had seized. I replaced the drawbar, two damping couplers, brakes (again) and brake cables at a cost of £300. The tow vehicle repairs cost £200.

Total cost for all repairs to a new trailer over 18 months is £800!!!!!

The trailer manufacturer was not sympathetic at all! His comment was "what do you expect when you launch the boat in water". The RIB manufacturer helped me obtain parts but refused to contribute to my costs.

My learnings:
  • I replace my wheel bearings annually
  • I check my wheel bearing mid-season - How to check wheel bearing
  • I use waterproof grease (the green Lucas stuff)
  • I've fitted bearing savers (these had to be turned down to fit my hubs)
  • I check the temperature of my hubs when arriving at the slipway (if they feel hot, then this is a very strong indication of a problem) and before launch (to ensure they have cooled too avoid drawing air into the hub)
  • Check and grease my drawbar regularly
  • I use a slipway that avoids submerging the drawbar, even if this means paying to use a slipway!
  • Change to a breakdown recovery service that covers trailer faults, not just "recovery of trailer" as they mean two different things. Check the small print in detail, but don't just skim it or rely on what the telephone sales person tells you.
  • I always used to rinse the trailer with fresh water on my return home. In addition, I know flush the brakes and drawbar. If possible, I'll do this after launch and after recovery before returning home.


My advice - Simple, learn from my costly experiences!


Finally, this year I'm trying out dry boat storage at Southampton Dry Stack. Initial impressions are very positive. This avoids the need to get the trailer wet at all, is very convenient, but you pay for convenience! I'll let you know how it works out.
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Old 02 June 2007, 05:47   #54
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If you're dunking it in salt water don't expect it to last-it's NOT GOING TO! It's the way it works. If you get salt on it it'll rust,score/break up and collapse.316 or A4 stainless isn't any good for bearings so unfortunately Fit for purpose=bollocks in this case.
Yeah , if you regard Salt water as A corrosive Acid then you can get a better grasp on how regularly you need to check your bearings.

There is a heating /expansion cooling/contraction cycle that affects the bearings. I.e Bearings get warm on the tow and the get plunge into much colde warmer. This also has the extra benefit of flushing out some of your warm grease.

I think you'll find the traser warranty covers the trailer for carrying a boat not for being an amphibious device.

The only good things about sealed bearings ar they are a lot easier to change on the roadside if they fail. Froviding you have an 2kg clubber, a jack some 3/4 sockets a spare bearing and load of othe stuff that might come in handy! Ohyeah and some disposable gloves

I too am a big fan of Bearing Buddies and taper bearings but mostly I like trailers that don't need to go in the water!

BTW Machine Mart sell a real cool tool ( I like real cool tools ) that is a slidehammer/Hub Puller for about 40 kwi. It makes getting the hubs off a doddle.
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BTW Machine Mart sell a real cool tool ( I like real cool tools ) that is a slidehammer/Hub Puller for about 40 kwi. It makes getting the hubs off a doddle.
As one of the forums leading gadget inspectors I expect your already on the wy too buy one. Next time you are down with your boat drop in and I'll show you how tyooservice your Bearings.
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As one of the forums leading gadget inspectors I expect your already on the way to buy one. Next time you are down with your boat drop in and I'll show you how t oservice your bearings.
http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/pr...mer-puller-set
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If I knew what to do with it then I would buy one. Unfortunately that looks like something that might sit around on my garage shelving making my garage look like yours. Meow !!!!!
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Unfortunately that looks like something that might sit around on my garage shelving making my garage look like yours. Meow !!!!!
Do you mean Busy
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