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SamT
04-02-2017, 07:05 PM
I have a trailer that's terminal. It was a nice trailer (blue water trailer). It has brand new tires even. When I bought it the PO told me it had been patched a few times and was on its last leg. It's got a few patches and when I bought it I thought looks good to me. But the cancer has spread and you can stick your finger through it in several places. Our place at the lake is less than 10 miles away, but I'm starting to worry anyway.

Few questions:
1 what makes a trailer rust out like that? Like rusted through everywhere. It's a 96 model boat. I've never seen a trailer so jacked up.

2 I have a custom built inboard ski boat trailer that my old boat was on.(bunks are adjustable) How perfect does the fit have to be on the hull? Like does close count or does it need to be well supported? I could easily cut away the rear to fit for direct drive

mikeg205
04-02-2017, 07:20 PM
got some pics? most of the time the cancer is caused by dunking the trailer in brackish or salt water.

kwoody51
04-02-2017, 07:21 PM
Salt water does this... rust the trailer from the inside out since the salt water gets onto/ in the unprotected areas of the trailer.

As for your other trailer the fit is all about ensuring that the load of the boat is spread evenly across the bunks, don't want excessive pressure. Also want to make sure the boat is centered properly over the axles so you don't have excessive weight in the rear or on the nose causing trailing issues.

In other words, it can work but it might be some work to make it just right.

SamT
04-02-2017, 08:03 PM
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http://i593.photobucket.com/albums/tt20/sabraturner/31D8DEC4-F702-4A47-84A4-41EFB58C8AB7_zpsyqffmzqz.jpg (http://s593.photobucket.com/user/sabraturner/media/31D8DEC4-F702-4A47-84A4-41EFB58C8AB7_zpsyqffmzqz.jpg.html)

Here's some pics. And one of the 4 patched spots from the past. It's never been in salt water and I believe it. The boat is too short sided for waves!

bturner2
04-02-2017, 09:37 PM
Ah yeah , that's real bad. Stop using it before you get yourself or worse yet someone else hurt......

snork
04-02-2017, 10:06 PM
where about Texas?
You'd be surprised the amount of salt in some of the inland lakes

atihanyi
04-02-2017, 10:11 PM
looks like that was in salt water a lot

thatsmrmastercraft
04-02-2017, 10:26 PM
Yikes! That trailer is done.

The key to making your custom trailer work is to line the bunks up with the stringers. Should be able to make it work with a minimum of effort.

gwozhog
04-02-2017, 10:26 PM
where about Texas?
You'd be surprised the amount of salt in some of the inland lakes

Which inland lakes are you talking about that have salt in them in Texas?

SamT
04-02-2017, 11:16 PM
I'm not sure what lake the PO used it in, but it came from the DFW area.

I've not seen anything around here even in a junk yard with this kind of rust.

snork
04-03-2017, 08:40 AM
Bet he had it on the lakes that the Brazos river fed
PK, Granbury, Whitney and continuing south towards the gulf

ChandlerR
04-03-2017, 09:14 AM
Bet he had it on the lakes that the Brazos river fed
PK, Granbury, Whitney and continuing south towards the gulf

Agree. PK gets a lot of its water from the salt fork of the Brazos river

moosehead
04-03-2017, 10:16 AM
Ah yeah , that's real bad. Stop using it before you get yourself or worse yet someone else hurt......

Yikes! That trailer is done.

The key to making your custom trailer work is to line the bunks up with the stringers. Should be able to make it work with a minimum of effort.

+2, that trailer needs to go to the graveyard, pronto. Make that other trailer work for you.

Coffeyman76
04-03-2017, 03:22 PM
+2, that trailer needs to go to the graveyard, pronto. Make that other trailer work for you.

Yeah man you will destroy your boat and possibly even hurt someone. That needs to be retired.

Sorry to see that but at least you recognized the problem before it was too late.

CantRepeat
04-03-2017, 03:34 PM
Looks like it will buff out.

Was it dipped in the salty blue at any time in it's life? Live near the coast?

SamT
04-04-2017, 10:30 PM
Bet he had it on the lakes that the Brazos river fed
PK, Granbury, Whitney and continuing south towards the gulf

Just an hour and some change from PK. My old boat trailer has been dipped in PK since 81 several times a year. I've never seen a trailer go to crap like this one.
Last summer it was like, man that trailer is starting to rust out. This spring I pulled it out of the barn and it's like 50 mph to the house. 🙏🙏. I'm in a remote area so worst I could hurt is a cow, but still don't want to jack up my boat.

bturner2
04-05-2017, 07:24 AM
Tube type trailers seem to be the worst for saltwater rusting but I've seen a ton of pictures like yours over the years of mild steel trailers that were used in saltwater. Part of the reason us northern boaters steer away from anything that has been dipped in an ocean.

prostardad
04-05-2017, 03:22 PM
I agree with kwoody51 and thatsmrmastercraft about spreading the weight properly and ensuring the bunks fit right. When I bought my 1992 Prostar 205, it had a 1999 Prestige trailer under it. It had two bunks running along the perimeter of the running surface. I had trouble each time loading the boat onto the trailer because it never fit on the bunks well. The windshield wouldnít close unless you forced it. The ski locker was extremely hard to open. Since there wasnít any support under the engine/stringers, it kind of squeezed everything. I bought an MC trailer that fit the hull properly so now I donít have this problem anymore. I just hope there isnít any long term damage to my stringers.

Good luck with your trailer mods.