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new axle set up on trailer
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posted 05-28-2003 12:37 PM ET (US)
I launch from primative ramps and rock/sand beaches on the Columbia River frequently. The tires I have on my trailer are small and narrow and sink into rock and sand easily making it difficult to pull the trailer and boat out in some situations. I have a 98 f-150 4x4 with aggressive tires for this reason. I see alot of snowmobile trailers in my area with high floatation tires. They are wide and fat. Is it possible and or recommended to use these on a boat trailer application? I see them used on four place snowmobile trailers so I would assume the weight should be comparable to my 13'. Has anyone done this or considered doing a similar modification or have snowmobile trailer experience? I have not looked into simply checking on a matching bolt pattern but, have considered that method too. Paul
posted 05-30-2003 01:06 AM ET (US)
Try contacting the Massachusetts Beach Buggy Association at http://www.mbba.net/ . These guys are the experts at beach launching and trailering Whalers.
posted 06-03-2003 06:26 PM ET (US)
I went to the site but, I didn't see a forum or any directions for asking Q&A. I have never seen it done but, I am going to check with a local trailer dealer about it. My main concern is that the trailer bearings may not support the added tire width and weight. I have run oversized tires on a few of the trucks I have had in the past and know that they do take an added toll on the bearings.
posted 06-03-2003 07:10 PM ET (US)
The MBBA used to have a great photo section on their website, including many of 17 Whalers launched into the surf at Race Point and other locations. I think you are on the right track with the high flotation tires. For soft sand, air them down for even better performance. The 13 is pretty light, and I once retreived mine off the beach by just airing down the skinny little 8 or 10 inch tires that were stock on the trailer. It rolled fine, and I just tilted the trailer and winched the boat on. Tow vehicle was a rusty but reliable '73 CJ-5.
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