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kamml posted 05-25-2002 08:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for kamml   Send Email to kamml  
Well I was a happy camper, err boater, when I finally received my float on bunk style trailer to replace my 27 yr old roller trailer EZ Loader. I ordered it from a local builder "Starline" out of Augusta. Boy was I surprised what I found on doing my first preventative maintainance prior to taking it to the coast. I ordered it with the lube style axle, it had the hub covers for those axles, but the stub axles were plain, with no grease packed in either. I wondered why the hubs were so hot after bringing it home. I ordered it with naval brass or mag bronze disc brakes. I got the right discs but from there on out it was all wrong. I received a surge actuator for drum brakes, so I modified for disc brakes, no problem...Except you need the backing solenoid to back the trailer, I use a handy tool for the time being to act a a pin preventing the surge cylinder from operating in reverse. The solenoid is on order with the supplier. The brake calipers were mounted to the rear of the hub so off they came to the upright position. Then it dawned on me that they were using solid brake lines to the hubs. Tracing the system back I found the requisite flex brake lines serving duty in the system but not in a flex capacity. So I preceded to disassemble all the lines and reroute them correctly using the flex from the frame to the calipers. Then remounting the calipers, bleeding the system, packing the bearings and adding the bearing buddies. Avoid Starline at least for disc brake systems. The welds look good as well as the galvanizing but the the brakes, what a mess. Happy Holiday, Ken
JBCornwell posted 05-25-2002 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Hi, Ken.

What did you charge Starline for doing what you had already paid them to do?

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

triblet posted 05-26-2002 09:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
There's frequently some amount of solid
line at the hub as the flex has to arrive
elsewhere.

But how much 'shine had those good ole boys
drunk the day they built your trailer?

The manufacturer and dealer should be putting
all this right.

Chuck

russellbailey posted 05-26-2002 11:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for russellbailey  Send Email to russellbailey     
Sorry to hear of your bad experience with Starline. I have a 1996 one under our 15' Striper and have been nothing but pleased with it, particularly the thru-hub lube setup. Mine does not have brakes.

Glad you were able to correct the issues.

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