So - whipped the other side off just now and put the new ones on . LIberally covered in grease.
Both sides were very pitted & the outer bearings very worn - to the point where I could get the bearing cages over the top of the rollers. I'd give it a few miles at speed before they all fell apart ( just enough to get to dual carriage way ! )
You can see in the pics the worn/ marked inner shells & play in the outers !
Oh and I managed it 'all' without taking the boat off the trailer - WOW I must be good !
oh and the last pic is just for those gents that put up with my rant ! I'm off to have beer or two in town now .
Yep .. excellent job ........ on pic 4 Pics 1,2 & 3 were just for show... innit ? in fact I think the bearing police will be giving you a phone about fingering those bearings with a rubber glove in such a suggestive manner .. god I hate this country .. people get asbos for selling goldfish grrrrrrr .. sorry I digress .. always more satisfying when you've deprived some lazy arse*oles of some income and get the job done yourself .. then youve got more beer tokens left in your pocket
Yep I guess you could say they were shot.
I bet it was very difficult to do whilst still loaded with the boat...would have been easier if the trailer was empty
Good job well done, off to the Thomas Tripp know is it
I see you've been busy. When we had a Bayliner, I did a bearing job with the boat still on the trailer. As a first time of doing, it was a bit scary, as like you it's been many years since doing similar on old Austin's and Ford's. Great satisfaction though, knowing you have done the job properly! I presume when the `Idols' are on your sat in the bow with a tinny! Are you going to Ribex?
always better to know you can do it y'self-in case there comes the day when you have to replace them at the roadside. It amazing what you can achieve when you have to, and there aint any chance of taking the boat off at the side of a dual carriageway. Been there done that
Bought a 5m RIB on Rollercoaster trailer a couple of years ago. Trailer hubs, brakes, cables and bearings were all shot and needed replacing. Managed to remove and replace the complete axle assembly (God knows how much it weighs!) single-handed. And did the job on a concrete driveway - which also has a fairly pronounced slope. Interesting process! And with the RIB still in place!
I had to raise the rear end of the trailer and gradually block either side up to over two feet above the ground. The trailer towing head was fixed to the car towball to provide fore/aft stability. And then I unbolted/cut off the old, rusty U-bolts, lowered the old axle with a trolley jack, and installed the new one with the help of the trolley jack. Adjusted the brakes and cables and lowered all to the ground.
Phew!! I had half-expected it all to crash to the deck at some stage but it didn't - to my great relief.
I'm Ben, my company's called Compass Trailers and we specialise in mobile trailer servicing to the marine industry - particularly with boats left on!!
In fact, I'd say 99% of the boat trailers I service have the boats on. Why would we expect the customer to go to the embuggerance of taking a days' leave, launching the boat, finding a temporary mooring, getting the trailer serviced and then have to do all the above in reverse to get it back home?!
Next time Google 'mobile trailer servicing' - hopefully we'll be somewhere near the top!
Why would it make any difference at all whether the boat is on the trailer or not? I have done mine on the old boat trailer with the boat on, can't say it made any difference, just a bit more weight to jack up but if you have a normal ~2 ton trolley jack you'd have to have a bloody big boat that it wouldn't lift it. If anything it may be better - if it is raining, you have a boat to shelter under
A Boat is a hole in the water, surrounded by fibreglass, into which you throw money...