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PT 1999 ProStar
05-10-2011, 09:23 AM
Hey Fellas,

I am in search of a new/used trailer for my 1999 190 ProStar! I bought the boat in 2000 with 25hrs on it. The boat is beautiful and runs great however I always questioned the trailer! I only pull the boat twice a year - to and from the lake. Boat sits on a boat lift all summer. Anyways last weekend my buddy and I took apart the trailer and brakes or should I say lack there of!! NO brake lines, everything (that is there) is frozen!! With parts so far we're looking over $700 plus the trailer needs sandblasting and paint! And no I'm not that handy that I can do it all.... My thought is that the guy who owned the boat before me ordered a new 2000 205 and kept the '99 trailer and the dealer put a trailer together for me!! I should have know better however it was my first boat purchase and in fact my wife and I bought a boat before our house!! LOL!! So do you guys have any thoughts or suggestions moving forward? There is significant rust coming through the paint and the dealer even painted over the S/N sticker on the side so I don't even know the year of the trailer. According to my registration it says 1999..........:confused:
Thanks,

PT

CantRepeat
05-10-2011, 09:49 AM
You can try Rambo Marine.

http://www.rambomarine.com/HUNTSVILLE/Pre-owned-Trailers/flypage_images.tpl.html

ctjahn
05-10-2011, 09:52 AM
I am at a similar crossroads... (78 S&S).

Looking at the frame that supports the bunks it is pretty rusty. I have already invested time and money in a new winch/bow support and a prop protector....And I have spent time fixing the fender; and put new lights in and fixed grounds so they work.... (wiring next year maybe). Trailer brakes prob dont work, but I dont need them. I bought POR15 to apply after I wirebrush the entire thing; then coat with POR15; finish with a top coat but...I cant help but wonder if I am beating a dead horse....

Incidentally: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2003-mastercraft-x30-boat-trailer-no-reserve-car-hauler-/290562272047?pt=Motors_Trailers&hash=item43a6dc6b2f

OODLE allows you to have an ongoing search for something you want. I used it to find my boat... (or others) that surf the net and alert you of new ads when they pop up. (Some use GOOGLE Alerts)

It would be nice to know what trailers fit each boat with little modification....

Cj

Matt L.
05-10-2011, 09:53 AM
http://www.championtrailers.com/

I was in a similar situation with my trailer some years back. The above site has good prices and technical support. Mine is in great mechanical condition, but still needs to be completely refurbished cosmetically.

Sounds like you got a saltwater trailer for it to be that ate up.

Good luck!

Matt

FrankSchwab
05-10-2011, 02:04 PM
I'm redoing the brakes on my single-axle 1998 trailer as we speak. $700 seems a bit high...

I went through Pacific Trailer, and got:
1. New Backing Plates (http://www.pacifictrailers.com/boat-trailer-hydraulic-surge-brake-assemblies-backing-plates/), including shoes, slave cylinders, etc $50 / side.
2. New bearings and seals (http://www.pacifictrailers.com/trailer-bearing-replacement-and-trailer-wheel-bearings/), $20 / side
3. Sounds like your master cylinder/actuator (http://www.pacifictrailers.com/UFP-A-60-Brake-Actuator-Replacement-Parts-for-Disc-Drum-brakes/) is probably in need of replacement also. That's about $160 for the whole inner member, or $40 for just the master cylinder.
4. Replacement brake lines aren't a big deal, maybe another $30.

I didn't need the actuator, hubs, or brake lines, but added some new Bearing Buddies, so my cost was less than $200.

It's not rocket science to put this together - remove the front bearing, remove the wheel/hub, unbolt the brake line from the slave cylinder, unbolt 5 bolts, remove the old backing plate, put the new backing plate in place, tighten 5 bolts and attach the slave cylinder. You'll want to repack the bearings - remove the inner seal, pull the bearings, repack yourself or have someone who knows what they're doing do it, clean up the grease inside the hub, put the bearing back in and tap in a new inner seal, put the wheel back on, insert the outer bearing, tighten the nut apprpriately (this requires some experience). Do the other side, bleed the brakes, and call it done.

/frank

thatsmrmastercraft
05-10-2011, 03:33 PM
I'm redoing the brakes on my single-axle 1998 trailer as we speak. $700 seems a bit high...

I went through Pacific Trailer, and got:
1. New Backing Plates (http://www.pacifictrailers.com/boat-trailer-hydraulic-surge-brake-assemblies-backing-plates/), including shoes, slave cylinders, etc $50 / side.
2. New bearings and seals (http://www.pacifictrailers.com/trailer-bearing-replacement-and-trailer-wheel-bearings/), $20 / side
3. Sounds like your master cylinder/actuator (http://www.pacifictrailers.com/UFP-A-60-Brake-Actuator-Replacement-Parts-for-Disc-Drum-brakes/) is probably in need of replacement also. That's about $160 for the whole inner member, or $40 for just the master cylinder.
4. Replacement brake lines aren't a big deal, maybe another $30.

I didn't need the actuator, hubs, or brake lines, but added some new Bearing Buddies, so my cost was less than $200.

It's not rocket science to put this together - remove the front bearing, remove the wheel/hub, unbolt the brake line from the slave cylinder, unbolt 5 bolts, remove the old backing plate, put the new backing plate in place, tighten 5 bolts and attach the slave cylinder. You'll want to repack the bearings - remove the inner seal, pull the bearings, repack yourself or have someone who knows what they're doing do it, clean up the grease inside the hub, put the bearing back in and tap in a new inner seal, put the wheel back on, insert the outer bearing, tighten the nut apprpriately (this requires some experience). Do the other side, bleed the brakes, and call it done.

/frank

Now that is a great reply.:toast:

PT 1999 ProStar
05-10-2011, 06:35 PM
Now that is a great reply.:toast:

Can't agree more with you Mr MasterCraft! Frank thanks SO MUCH for the great detailed info!! Guys like you make this site amazing!! I will connect with my buddy this weekend and discuss it with him. I will also get on the horn with Pacific Trailer and see what I can do! Thanks again!

Cantrepeat- I did try Rambo. Great place and I get most of my boat parts from them. However they only had new 197 trailers and he said it will be too long and wide and I would have to modify it a bunch to make it work...

CT and Matt L thanks for your feed back. I will keep you guys posted!
PT

FrankSchwab
05-10-2011, 06:56 PM
Glad you liked it.

eTrailer (http://www.etrailer.com/faq-wheelbearingpack.aspx) has an excellent writeup on replacing bearings, which details about 90% of the steps you need for replacing the brake backing plate.

This biggest issue you're going to have is after inspecting the bearing/races - if you have to replace them, you'll probably want to have someone else remove/replace the races. It's an ugly job without the right tools; an auto machine shop can probably do it in about 2 minutes.

Another alternative is a disc brake conversion (http://www.pacifictrailers.com/complete-trailer-disc-brake-conversion-kit-by-UFP-DB-35-actuator/). A few more dollars, but if you have to change out the actuator anyway then it's not a whole lot more.

/frank

BriEOD
05-10-2011, 10:29 PM
Check eBay, ski-it-again, etc., as trailers frequently show up on those sites at good prices.

PT 1999 ProStar
06-15-2011, 09:04 AM
Hey guys,

Quick update! Frank thanks so much! We finished the new brakes, actuator, lines and bearings all for $325.00!! Much less than original $700!!! They work great! It's nice to have brakes on the trailer!! My buddy was a HUGE help and knew exactly what to do to complete the job. It wasn't too difficult either! All that is left to do is sand blast and paint. I may do that next summer....we'll see.
Thanks for everyones input and a special thanks to Frank who recommended Pacific Trailers website....definitely saved me some $$.

PT