Trailer problem!

Old 05-11-2020, 07:36 AM
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Lightbulb Trailer problem!

OK I have some questions and I appreciate the help as I am new to this forum. I have this 26 ft Pontoon boat and the trailer has been deteriorating slowly.

I have not used it in 6 months but going back to where I store it to get it ready, I noticed the trailer was in worse shape then it was before.

The foot before the triplex or where the 3 beams come together on the trailer is where it’s deteriorating as the bottom of the been that goes to the hitch is rusting out.

I didn’t want to even attempt to take it to the place I launch it out at, so I just canceled the trip. Too dangerous to attempt it.

My question is can this be repaired? I was thinking maybe I could have it cut off at the triplex or where the 3 beams come together and then get a little smaller beam to stick inside the remaining beam and have it welded and bracketed.

The rest of the trailer looks good it’s just within a 2 foot section it’s rusting out. Sorry I cannot post pics as I do not have enough posts to do so.

Thanks in advance for any advice!
Old 05-11-2020, 07:57 AM
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Even in fresh water there should not be steel trailers, I know I bought a used boat with one, not galvanized, that the previous owner said the BPS salesman told him would never rust, special coating he said. Pretty much BS. Even if you weld a gusset to cover the damage, assuming there is enough steel left, it's just going to continue to deteriorate there and somewhere else you can't see. Buy a new one. Not steel. Good luck.
Old 05-11-2020, 08:53 AM
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It's steel, it can be repaired. Cut out the bad, weld in the new, absolutely no reason to buy a new trailer.
Old 05-11-2020, 09:26 AM
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I had it happen to me too, on an aluminum trailer.

The box tongue can be replaced. E-trailer, sturdy built, etc.... all sell it. Measure how long you need it and then order it. Not a huge deal to replace it. Biggest issue will be disconnecting the brake line (if applicable) to run it through the new tongue. If you disconnect it, you will have to bleed the brakes to get the air out.
Old 05-11-2020, 10:20 AM
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Thank you for the advice good to know!

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