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Old 05-02-2006, 06:25 PM
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Single to tandem axle conversion vs. a new trailer?

After having a bearing fail and destroying a hub, spindle and brake I wish I had a tandem axle trailer. Anyone ever converted a trailer or would I be better off buying a new trailer. #19MC 1998. Whats a new one cost?
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Old 05-02-2006, 06:59 PM
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I do not think a single could easily be converted to a tandum and a new one would probably be around 4 g's.

It would be much cheeper to have someone repack you bearings every year.

I understand you wants of a double axle as I have blown bearing before.
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Old 05-02-2006, 07:01 PM
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I know it's come up at least once before. For some reason, I seem to remember the consensus being that it would be expensive, but not impossible.
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Old 05-02-2006, 07:09 PM
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Would be better to get the tandem axle trailer instead of trying to convert.
My boat came with a single axle trailer. It has the oil bath bearing assembly. I hope they are better than the grease bearings.
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Old 05-02-2006, 08:49 PM
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I have replaced the bearings and seals every other year since I got the boat. Even went to the extreme to order the Koyo USA bearings that came with the trailer. Sometimes bearings just go bad like every thing else. Oil bath hubs sound like a good idea but it would be just my luck for the oil to come out. I think I may look into a galvanized tandem trailer.
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Old 05-02-2006, 10:14 PM
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From my local dealer, I've been made to understand that due to rising steel costs, trailer prices are sky-high. I could be off here, but I think they told me that a tandem from Dorsey with brakes was going to run in excess of $5K. $3.5K for a single.
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Old 05-02-2006, 10:25 PM
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Convert a single to a tandam? You must have access to one heck of a welding shop. I could come over and convert my super-cab Ford into a super-crew. We would spend about the same amount of money, it would look about the same, and we would both be pissed we did it.
Buy a tandam, or fix the hub.
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Old 05-02-2006, 10:40 PM
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I think 86 Craft has the right options. But if you do do it, please take lots of pictures. I'll be the first guy who cut out the closed bow of his ski boat to make it an open bow had people tell him not to do it. But I've seen pictures of a conversion and they look amazing.

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Old 05-02-2006, 10:40 PM
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That seems to be a lot of replacement? Do you have bearing buddies?



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I have replaced the bearings and seals every other year since I got the boat. Even went to the extreme to order the Koyo USA bearings that came with the trailer. Sometimes bearings just go bad like every thing else. Oil bath hubs sound like a good idea but it would be just my luck for the oil to come out. I think I may look into a galvanized tandem trailer.
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Old 05-02-2006, 10:41 PM
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How many miles per year do you tow? The occassional shot of grease is all mine have ever required.
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