I need to do a couple of thinks to my trailer. First, I need to move the boatforward 9" to get the rear rollers back to the transom. Second, I need to spread the rollers out to get the outside-most set of rollers on the outside of the strakes. The rollers roll across the lifting strakes right now, which causes the boat to tend to load crooked and it also crushed a strake. Anyway, this might involve moving the cross-members up too since spreading the rollers will lower the hull on the trailer. Lastly, I need to move the axles up to lighten the load on the tongue. Right now, with about 40 gallons of fuel (it holds 65), I have 535# on the hitch... obviously moving the boat up 9" is going to make that heavier, and another 25 gallons of fuel will make it heavier too.
I'm assuming that I'll need to move the axles forward about 18" (that's where I'm going to start anyway). The boat is movingforward 9", so moving the axles 9" will make up for that, then I'm assuming moving them forward another 9" will lighten the load on the tongue. My total boat & trailer weight is about 5,000#. I'm looking to get the tongue weight down to between 300 and 350#.
So, moving the boatforward is no problem... and spreading the rollers out is no big deal either. There is a bracket that holds the cross-member to the trailer frame, &it hangs down below the frame a little. By moving the rollers out, the boat is goint to drop almost 2", which will put it about 2" above the fenders (assuming fenders stay in the current position). So, I may have to move the x-member up.
Now, here's where my real problem is... when i go to move the axles forward, I am limited as to where to put them because the x-member bracket gets in the way. I can only move the axles up 13" before it hits the bracket, then the next spot I could put the axle makes it 26" ahead of where the axles are right now. It looks like I can flip the bracket over (bolt it to the frame upside-down),which should allow me toput the axle pretty much anywhere under the x-member bracket. Flipping the bracket over, and using the lowest set of holes (which are the highest set of holes now,will put my x-member about 3" higher than it is right now.
So, I guess my main questions are, can I flip that x-member bracket over? Structurally, is that a problem? If the holes dont work out for setting the boat at the right height, I could always have a set of brackets costom made. Anyone see a problem with moving the rollers out so the rollers are outside the strake? Anyone have any other recommendations, or see any other problems I might run into? I'm pulling the boat off the trailer to do all this, but the actual process of taking it off, and putting it back on the trailer is a royal pain in the a$$... so I'm hoping ot minimize that process.
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As usual, any and all advice is appreciated.