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Old 05-04-2012, 05:08 PM
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MC S&S Trailer Question

Hey everybody! Have a quick question about my trailer. I keep my boat in Austin (I live in Houston) where my brother lives. I let him use my boat whenever he wants as he had a '77 S&S (mine's a '79) and has been much more of a boater than I, so I don't worry about it.

Well, I recently noticed that my trailer looked funny and, upon closer inspection, realized that it was pretty f'd-up. I have no idea what happened (but it didn't happen under my watch), but the darn thing is literally bent!! One of the two main rails is bowed, so the front end of the trailer is just slightly twisted, but it's not immediately noticeable. It still pulls fine and is not a lost cause, but it just bugs the heck out of me that it's messed up like that. Can anyone tell me if there's a way to straighten it, or will it require heating, etc? Any advice on the matter would be greatly appreciated.

I suppose while I'm at it, I should also ask if anyone knows where I can get the correct fenders for it. It's the original trailer for the 1979 S&S.

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Old 05-04-2012, 05:09 PM
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:02 PM
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I don't have any at the moment. Let's see if I can describe it...

The tongue of the trailer is basically two steel, rectangular beams that split and angle out as they go to the rear of the trailer. These are the beams that provide the actual frame of the trailer. One of those beams - starboard side - bows downward just slightly along it's length. There is a squared u-shaped bracket with a carpet covered board where the bow of the boat rests when it's on the trailer. That entire bracket is tilted to the left (if you are looking at it from the rear of the truck). So it looks like the trailer tongue got pulled up and to the starboard side while the rest of the trailer remained stationary. I think that makes sense.

Like I said earlier, it's not bad enough to effect the integrity of the trailer, but it's a bummer because it's an original S&S trailer.
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:17 PM
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A shop that does truck alignment and frame repair would be the place to go. I used to work for such an establishment and they did trailer frame straightening from time to time.

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