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Old 06-03-2019, 12:20 PM
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I was driving up the bayou yesterday and saw a guy had his truck and trailer backed into the water and it looked to be his backyard. There was no dock or bulkhead so this is why he did it this way I guess. That's got to be bad for the bearings to do that though. Opinions? Leaving your trailer submerged in saltwater for 4hrs.
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Old 06-03-2019, 12:39 PM
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WOW! Deep thinkin there. Maybe it’s his buddy’s rig
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Old 06-03-2019, 12:40 PM
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Poor wheel bearings.
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Old 06-03-2019, 01:05 PM
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Mechanic picked my dock neighbors boat up a week ago and left his lift submerged. The guy is a douche bag so I figured leave it down it’s gotta be good for the pulleys right ?
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Old 06-03-2019, 02:07 PM
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Many folks do this all the time if they have a private ramp (common here). Not great, but truthfully most of those boats may go 20-30 miles a year total on the road, just to the closest gas station and back. No telling how many folks keep their trailer that they do this will hooked to a beater truck. Cheaper than a boat lift, and hardly any less convenient if you have a ramp.
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Why would anyone think this is a good idea ?
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Originally Posted by gioquin View Post
Why would anyone think this is a good idea ?
people who live in a high traffic area but don’t have a lift. Not good for bearings, but not catastrophic either. No more than most that do this get used on the road it’s no big deal at all.
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Old 06-03-2019, 03:24 PM
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Are there no tides where this is at? I see the convenience if going solo and no dock, but I would be afraid to launch at low tide and come back amd truck is half underwater
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Originally Posted by Smoke n Mirrors View Post
Are there no tides where this is at? I see the convenience if going solo and no dock, but I would be afraid to launch at low tide and come back amd truck is half underwater
mainly fresh water.

Some folks even have railroad iron going into the water and use a trailer with no tires on the wheels to go in and out of a boat shed on land.
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Old 06-03-2019, 07:36 PM
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Well,.... I’ll say that if you have “Bearing Buddy” type products this won’t hurt the bearings at all. Bearing Buddies keep the grease under pressure,... no water can get in.
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Old 06-03-2019, 07:56 PM
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Ever seen floating trailers? Drive the whole rig off the beach then anchor the floating trailer. Go fishing for the day and then reload the boat to the trailer before driving the whole thing back to the beach.
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Old 06-03-2019, 08:48 PM
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Why would anyone think this is a good idea ?
I might subscribe to a theory that if rust is the issue there may be less damage under water for 4 hours than pulling out and exposed to air for 4 hours. Retrieve and rinse immediately may actually be less harmful.

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Old 06-04-2019, 02:22 AM
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^^^^ its not the salt but the air on the salt that's makes it rust.
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not rinsing off salt water after launching and fishing for 12 hours takes years off the life of a galvanised trailer
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Old 06-04-2019, 04:33 AM
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the question is can water some how get into places sitting submerged versus just a quick dunk to launch/retrieve?

is it better to launch, pull trailer out, let it sit covered in salt (if no water source to wash down), then dunk, retrieve boat, go home and rinse, or launch, leave trailer in, retrieve boat, go home and rinse?

some people may not be worried about a couple grand trailer and prefer convenience over longevity
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not really too bad if you wash it off when done. in for one minutes or 4 hours same water gets in all the places.

plus wheel parts are fairly inexpensive to replace which you have to do anyway at some time. with many trailers a whole hub assembly can be had for 50 bucks or so.
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For that day he only dunked the trailer one time. Vice two times if he pulled it out.
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I carry a spray pack with a 'saltaway' mix and even when there is no tap around - wash the trailer following launching - takes about a litre to get around those parts that had been water immersed particularly brakes
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Old 06-04-2019, 09:12 PM
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post


mainly fresh water.

Some folks even have railroad iron going into the water and use a trailer with no tires on the wheels to go in and out of a boat shed on land.

I guess all bayous are mainly fresh water. Or atleast. that one is.
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Old 06-05-2019, 03:28 AM
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Originally Posted by glacierbaze View Post
I might subscribe to a theory that if rust is the issue there may be less damage under water for 4 hours than pulling out and exposed to air for 4 hours. Retrieve and rinse immediately may actually be less harmful.
That is also my theory. It's not dumb at all for someone to keep their trailer submerged ( or lift ) for 4 to 8 hours. Corrosion begins once it was lifted out of the water. I would just make sure all maintenance is kept up and plenty of good grease is present in pulleys/ bearings.
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