Trucks & Trailers - How many years have you gotten out of a trailer?
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03-18-2011, 03:30 PM
Just curious how many years some of you have gotten out of your trailers before having to buy a new one. I know the life of a trailer is greatly dependant on how well it is cared for.
My 08 Venture aluminum, tandem axle, is 3 yrs old now, and still looks great. No signs of rusting on anything except the tie-down brakes, which i'll be replacing with Kodiaks here shortly. Also just ordered aluminum wheels to replace the galvanized wheels on the trailer.I normally try to rinse my entire trailer and brakes down with salt-away as soon as possible after dunking it in salt water. Hoping to get quite a few more years out of her.
03-18-2011, 05:46 PM
My boat / motor / and trailer are all 1997 models. I put new springs on it occasionally and new hubs when a wheel falls off (happens more often than I care to admit). Replaced one axle and lord knows how many lights...but the rest is still servicable :)
03-18-2011, 06:23 PM
My "87" trailer towed my old 18 Outrage from Ma to Fl loaded with crap my wife sent down and is still going today.
03-18-2011, 06:33 PM
Hello, One of my boats was bought new in 1983 and is still on the same trailer which is a Cox easy loader but 99 percent fresh water use and always garaged. Boat is a Manatee with 140 Evinrude with thousands of hours use and still looks like new. Jim
Joe Mc 44
03-18-2011, 06:49 PM
With proper maintenance you can easily get ten years :thumbsup:
03-18-2011, 08:50 PM
1998 Venture single axle 3800lb trailer has seen three boats and over 10K to 12K miles roughly. Just converted to bunks. Still solid and torque flex axle is still good. Always used in salt water.
03-18-2011, 10:25 PM
My grandparents' 1990 model galvanized Sportsman is still in use today. The frame is still solid, and both axles and all four springs were replaced five years ago after a mishap involving a low tide. All use was salt water except a few trips to Lake Texoma.
03-18-2011, 11:26 PM
I've never replaced a trailer. My 1997 has been dunked in saltwater about 500 times and hauled about 10000 miles. Replaced springs twice, hubs, lights, bolts, bunk boards, etc. My old boat that I sold had a 1970 galvanized trailer and is still in use. It has been through about a dozen sets of leaf springs.
03-19-2011, 02:37 AM
The galvanized portion of the 1981 trailer under my 28 looks the same as the 1994 that's under my 23. I did replace the spring "equalizers???" and some hardware on the 1981 after I got it last year. I think what I replaced looked worse than it actually was. Severe rust and broke 2 bolts getting them off. There was plenty of good metal under the rust. "Probably" would have lasted 30 more years.;?
My old 94 Load Rite is still going strong, new axle, brakes, springs done twice, longer tongue, longer rear roller arms, added rollers...like my Grandfather's Axe, LOL
I have a 95 EzLoader with Torsion axles. I've replaced the brakes, brake coupler, roller arms and rollers, It probably has 25,000 miles on it, but it's still going strong.
03-21-2011, 09:27 AM
1976 EZ-Loader... I don't know how much use it saw before I bought it last summer. Brakes are gone, lights are toast, it's too small for the boat, etc. But other than some surface rust, the frame and axles are in great shape. I pulled the fenders off last fall and didn't break a single bolt. It even has what I think are the original tires...
It's almost a shame I'll need to replace it.
03-21-2011, 07:10 PM
My current boat trailer is 11 years old. It is a load rite. I have a new trailer ordered. So 11 years for me. I ususally tow 50 miles to fish every weekend. I also run up to Weldon and fish the striper run each year. That's about a 300 mile trip. It's a little rusty. lol
03-21-2011, 07:22 PM
Just sold my 2000 Tow Master. It was used weekly. Barely any rust, didnt need a thing except new lug nuts!
03-21-2011, 09:53 PM
13 years on my dual torsion axle King Trailer. Mostly saltwater use and over 30,000 miles. Wore out 2 full sets of tires, 4 sets of brakes, just replaced all lights and rewired 2 yrs ago. Lots of life yet.
03-23-2011, 07:54 AM
My boat, motor and trailer are all 2002. This past week, I had my bolts/hardware all replaced, and new carpeting on the bunks ($650 after 9 years, not bad). Have replaced all trailer wiring and lights a couple years back. Tandem axle aluminum trailer. Have gone thru a couple sets of hubs, otherwise, all is good to go. I pull 200 miles or so one way when I fish.
03-26-2011, 08:42 PM
Sold my '78 E-Z Loader 25T5300 last year...Regularly trailed a 20 and a 24 Grady to Florida and back to NJ. The frame was built like a tank and heavily Galvanized. 64 rollers. Of course, through the years various components of the under carriage were all replaced at one time or another.
03-27-2011, 05:23 PM
I had a galvanized 1976 Dilly (yeah, I know, ya never heard of them) trailer which was a local brand, that I ran until app. '02. Changed bunks and padding, springs, tires, wiring and lights. All else stood the test of time and miles. One hundred percent saltwater and about 105 miles round trip on the wheels and sometimes in the fall it would see 2 trips a week. It mostly depends on maintenance. You can't just run them and expect any kind of longevity from them. Rinse the salt off, use bearing protection, keep your rollers or supports lubed or siliconed to reduce launching/loading stresses, etc.