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oahuwhaler posted 12-24-2004 12:21 AM ET (US)   Profile for oahuwhaler   Send Email to oahuwhaler  
I have a 04 170 Montauk that came with a Kavavan Trailer.
I just wanted to let other Kavavan owners that, if they use their trailer in salt water the cross members have a 1" hole on the bottom and that when you launch and retrieve your boat salt water enters the inside of the cross members. So what I do is stick a hose and flush fresh water or "Salt-Away" in the cross member.

Another thing a lot of boaters do here in Hawaii is to put grease all over the Leaf Springs, Axle and Hubs. Keeps the rust off.

Jkcam posted 12-26-2004 05:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jkcam  Send Email to Jkcam     
Good suggestions. I am not very impressed with the Karavan trailer. Considering the great boat, in my case 150 Sport, I kind of wish the trailer was of the same level. I will do both of your suggestions and do believe that it will at least slow down the inevitable.

Fish On!

bigjohn1 posted 12-26-2004 07:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
Oahu, although I have an EZ Loader with my '05 170, I'm going to shimmy under there and see if it has a similar hole drilled in the cross member. I had not even thought of checking that and just like in Hawaii, we definitely have our rust issues out here in Guam. I know the grease trick works well and have used that and even lithium spray on trailers to slow the rust. This time, I used the Mercury
brand thick spray lube (can't recall the name), it is the same stuff you spray your engine block with. It seems to be working equally as well as grease and an added benifit is the fact that it dries to a fairly hard finish. I intend to re-apply it to hubs, springs, and all bolts and nuts about every six months.
Big John

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