Re: [omc-boats] trailer

From: Andy Perakes <aperakes@...>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2005 19:41:21 -0400

I don't know the specifics on your trailer, but I have a TeeNee. Where I launch I have no choice but to submerge the hubs. I got pretty sick of replacing wheel bearings every year, plus I could no longer get wheels or tires, I had no spare, and my surge brakes didn't work. Now this was about 8-10 years back, but the nice folks at EZ Loader Boat Trailers Custom Trailer Facility in Tullahoma, TN custom made me a nice new axle and shipped it to me. I don't remember the exact price, but I can assure you it was far less than $500 ($220 sticks in my mind, but can't confirm). You'll need lots of measurements, etc., but in the end all I had to change was 4 u-bolts and some brake fittings and I was done...permanently. I don't know if they're still there (931-455-6940 was the ph. #; got unidentified voice mail trying it just now) or if they'll still do what they did for me, but I imagine someone out there can provide you with a new axle for far less than $500. Beware if they don't provide the U-bolts you need to use the proper grade (I'd say grade 8 or higher) fasteners -- don't use the cheap stuff or you might be scrapping more than your trailer off the highway.

Btw, another tip: I got a new Ford Freestar to replace my Windstar and was blown away when my local trailer shop wanted over $200 for a hitch (I paid ~$120 for the Windstar hitch 2-3 years ago). First they blamed it on a "steel price surcharge," then they blamed it on the Freestar design, claiming it was more expensive. I wasn't going to pay darn near double the price so I went online to see what the specs were and what I could find. Well, I found a place called and I learned they'd ship it to me for less than $120. I also learned all the mounting holes are pre-existing in the Freestar so it's simply a matter of bolting it on which they claim takes an amateur about 30 minutes. Y'all might just want to think about this the next time you're in the market for a new hitch!!
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Glenn Halweg
  To: omc-boats@...
  Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 3:11 PM
  Subject: [omc-boats] trailer

  Hello Group,

  Quick recap 1966 Rogue, original trailer. Thought bearing on trailer was burned out turned out hub was shot. Boats still 140 miles away.

  According to the garage, hubs I got from Tom won't work. They want to rebuild the axle $500.00 + I would be happy to get the boat home. Any ideas?


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