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Trailer Woes
« on: April 15, 2021, 04:09:36 PM »
Well, it looks like my trailer has reached the end of the road  :crying:

I spent the money to put new hubs on both axels a few weeks ago, figuring that would keep me going until I replaced the trailer in a couple years.
Nope. Didn't work out that way!  :nope:

While I was in the garage a couple days ago, I happened to stick my head under the trailer to check something, and while I was under there, I spotted some rust that looked pretty scary.

I grabbed my flashlight and checked it out more thoroughly. Here's what I saw.




















So, I did some scrambling, researched some replacement aftermarket trailers and made tons of phone calls.

No matter who I called, there were no trailers in stock anywhere for my boat. I managed to find one galvanized trailer that was available in Worcester, MA. But it was bigger than what I needed, so I passed on it.

Every dealer I spoke with said it would take up to 15 weeks (or more) to get a trailer in once it was ordered  :o

Ultimately, I finally found a trailer dealer in East Haven, CT who sells Venture trailers. It was the brand I wanted. Sadly, he only had trailers in stock that were either too big or too small for my boat.

But, on the positive side, he just happens to be the biggest Venture dealer in the USA, so he gets trailers in regularly. He said that if I was to order the model I wanted, he could have it in within 6 week... maybe less.

So, I placed an order and put a deposit down on a Venture VAB-2625 aluminum trailer.




It's not made specifically for my boat, like the current trailer was. But it will last me for whatever time I own the boat, since it won't rust. That's all I am concerned with at this point.

To top it off, it comes equipped with some nice wheels and the aluminum frame looks much better than galvanized steel does.

Now I just need it to arrive on time (or earlier) so I can put it under my boat.

In the meantime, I will nurse mine for as long as I can. And I have a friend who can loan me a trailer if I need to while I wait  :nod: :)
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Re: Trailer Woes
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2021, 09:16:48 AM »
That's pretty scary looking :o  Good thing you caught that!

You'll be cringing everytime you hit a pothole now..

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Re: Trailer Woes
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2021, 09:18:39 AM »
I will be trying NOT to hit any potholes for the next few weeks!  (giggle) :o
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Re: Trailer Woes
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2021, 06:57:18 PM »
Why so corroded did you put it in saltwater or is it just old?
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Re: Trailer Woes
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2021, 05:42:47 PM »
Ah trailers. Something so necessary, yet so looked over. Glad you caught that!! The trailer is one of the least cool parts of having a boat. Yet there is no point of owning a boat if you don't have a trailer, unless you live on a body of water and dont want to travel! Glad you where able to find an aluminum. Those things are super nice. Hopefully you get it soon!
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Re: Trailer Woes
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2021, 06:13:32 PM »
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Those things are super nice. Hopefully you get it soon!

Thanks! I was told 6 weeks, possibly less. I hope it's less, but I know that things are tough to get right now.

Either way, I should be all set, since mine might actually hold up until then. If not, I can borrow one from my friend, Steve.  :yes:
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Re: Trailer Woes
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2021, 04:11:10 PM »
There you go! Hopefully you get it before we head into CT and have to drive on 95 with it!  :o :o :o

I am looking forward to towing the boat with my new to me truck instead of my jeep on the highway. Not a fan of towing a trailer, especially my boat on 95. Hopefully the truck helps.
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Re: Trailer Woes
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2021, 09:53:24 AM »
Thanks, @metz12  :)

I don't worry about it so much on the highway. It's the bumpy rods that concern me! We still have 3 weeks before the CT tourney, so maybe it'll come in by then. If not, I will try to nurse it a little longer  :yes:
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Re: Trailer Woes
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2021, 06:40:30 PM »
trailers are a tough thing to deal with. I just got my new tandem axle trailer for my stratos. I ordered it march 1st and was told six weeks but it turned out to be 9 weeks. it's being set up for my boat now and i am picking her up tomorrow. they are hard to find and not cheap!! i found mine at marine masters trailers in tennessee. I ordered it through thayers marine. it should ride good now i hope. it costs a bundle!!

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Re: Trailer Woes
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2021, 06:44:46 PM »
I found out a few days ago that mine has been built at the factory and should arrive at the dealer on May 11th!

Mine is a single axle aftermarket trailer. But it's aluminum I beam, so it will never rust.

And, no, they're not cheap, even for aftermarket stuff  :nope:
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Re: Trailer Woes
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2021, 06:52:20 PM »
aluminum is the best! that trailer will last forever. I know i cant wait to pull mine.

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Re: Trailer Woes
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2021, 09:43:22 AM »
Might not be cheap but it's worth every penny!  Also for peace of mind 8)

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Re: Trailer Woes
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2021, 11:17:42 AM »
Might not be cheap but it's worth every penny!  Also for peace of mind 8)

Agree 100%! 🎯

Once I get that new trailer under my boat, I won't have to worry about rust, cracks in the frame, etc.

And it will have new hubs, bearings, tires, LED lights, etc.

No worries about anything!
« Last Edit: May 06, 2021, 11:19:27 AM by Curt - RI »
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Re: Trailer Woes
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2021, 12:52:45 PM »
Curt,

Now you only have the dreaded trip to the Registry. Lol.
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Re: Trailer Woes
« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2021, 01:41:38 PM »
Curt,

Now you only have the dreaded trip to the Registry. Lol.

LOL, @Pat_RI I've thought about that too  (giggle)

Thankfully we have an office here in Westerly that's open one day per week. So at least I won't have to drive far to go there and spend hours waiting in line.   :nope:
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