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SuburbanBoy posted 07-28-2001 12:11 AM ET (US)   Profile for SuburbanBoy   Send Email to SuburbanBoy  
Why do most boat supply shops carry trailer tires pre-mounted on rims? Is it because in a saltwater environment, the wheels rust out? I am ready to order some tires (I'll just order standard tires, as was suggested in a much earlier post) and I noticed this curiosity. What type of jack do most of you use? The eccentric, drive-on type seems very affordable and compact. Thanks.


sorcerer posted 07-28-2001 06:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for sorcerer    
You have either 4 or 5 lugs, galvanized, painted white, chrome plated, or plain steel rims available, could be one reason. Plus a large selection of tires available. Marine stores are not "tire" dealers and don't pretend to be, some mail order places do pretend to be!

You want pre-mounted go to K-mart, Wal-Mart,West,Boat US!

Purchase your trailer tires locally from a tire dealer not a "boat supply house" (usually from a marine supply your going to get "trailer tires" not auto highway tires), they will balance them and you have a much better way to handle any warranty issues if they do fail.

Get a small hydraulic bottle jack which will lift the trailer high enough for a tire change plus a jack stand just in case you do blow the bearings, it comes in handy when you re-pack or replace the bearings, don't trust bearing buddy type things. Want to know that the bearings are sound and well greased, to easy to forget that chore when you just squirt grease into those things! Get you hands dirty and you'll be safer than most!

triblet posted 07-28-2001 01:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Check the jack that came with your tow
vehicle. The (different) jacks that came
with the two Pathfinders I've had since I
got the boat have both been suitable for
jacking the trailer. One needed a small
U-shaped bracked fabricated, but that's a
lot smaller than another jack.


SuburbanBoy posted 07-29-2001 11:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for SuburbanBoy  Send Email to SuburbanBoy     
Well I took you advise and shopped where (shudder) Martha Stewart shops, Kmart. Picked up two 185-80-13 tires (Goodyears "as-low-as") mounting and balancing etc for under $90. The new tires are just standard car radials, with a higher load capactity than the originals. Kept the best for the spare (it had actually never been used in 22 years!).

My trailer came with one bearing buddy and and nothing on the other side. I will purchase one additional BB and use my Mobil One grease on each side. Bearing clearance seems correct on both sides, and they don't seem lumpy when rotated. Of course they may react differently under load, but short of a complete dismantle, this is as good as it gets for me for the present time. I am not in a hurry for the next few days, I will travel to the local smaller lakes and practice loading, unloading, and will break-in the motor. I will recheck the bearings before my families "Big" trip. Can't wait! Again, thanks for all the help.


triblet posted 07-30-2001 12:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Drive the trailer a mile at significant
speed (>45 MPH). Stop, touch the hubs. They
should be, at most, just warm. Go five
mile, check again, they should be warm, but
no problem to leave your hand on it. Go
twenty miles, repeat. Done.

Check them every time you get to the lake,
and every time you get home.


gunnelgrabber posted 07-30-2001 09:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
suburbanboy: reference to the jack. faced with that problem, i browsed through my misc. old vw bug junkpile and found the jack that's used with those cars.very simple,lightweight and easy to use for this purpose and if you lose it?go to the pile and get another one....lm

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