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sitotis posted 11-19-2007 06:08 AM ET (US)   Profile for sitotis   Send Email to sitotis  
I keep my Dauntless 20 inside our garage over the winter.

With our previous boat, a Dauntless 17, I used to jack the trailer up an put it on jack stands for the winter. I would do this expecting it would prevent flat spots on the tires and reduce the likelihood of tread seperation. This previous trailer was a single axle and was fairly easy to jack up.

Now with the new boat, it is a dual axle, against a wall on one side, and only has about 1/2" clearance with the garage door, so it will be more difficult to jack up and I will risk the possibility of interfering with the garage door after I have jacked it up.

So my question is whether I am doing this unnecessarily? Do other people jack up their trailers for the winter to save the tires? Is there anything else I can do, like having the trailer tires sit on top of plywood instead of concrete that might help? Or, am I just worrying about something I should not be bothering with?

JayR posted 11-19-2007 07:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for JayR  Send Email to JayR     
Flat spots are a temporary condition. A few miles down the road and they are warmed and round again. Taking the weight off will do nothing for preventing separation. Maintianing proper inflation pressure is the key to longer tire life.

Jefecinco posted 11-19-2007 08:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
Agree with Jay. No benefit to taking the weight off the tires.

Butch

boatdryver posted 11-19-2007 10:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
I agree with JayR about the importance of maintaining proper trailer tire inflation to prolong tire life and would offer one of my own mistakes as an example. This pertains more to tandem trailers.

I have a 22 ft welded aluminum inboard jet boat for shallow river fishing which sits on a large galvanized tandem trailer, the whole package weighing about 5,000 lbs.

When the thing was new, I would carefully VISUALLY check the tires each time I towed, sometimes up to 400 miles each way. Toward the end of the first season I noticed that one of the tires was badly worn. I checked the pressure and it was 22 psi instead of the required 50 psi. Even so, you could not tell any difference in the appearance of the tire compare to to the other three tires which were at 50 psi.

Now I check the pressures frequently.

JimL

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