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Old 10-04-2007, 06:35 PM   #1
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I'll be trailering my boat to Corpus Christi in abouta month, and will be doing some more long distance moves in the near future.

It's a 1998 19' Trophy that I am guessing weighs in the 2000# range. It sits on a 1998 single axle with a good frame but the springs, wheels,(disconnected) brakeslook like this:



So I need to replace leaf springs, bearings, possibly wheels&tires...at least. I am wondering should I even bother with this one, and since I am trailering such long distances would I be better off getting a dual axle?
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Old 10-04-2007, 06:46 PM   #2
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well the brakes look like hell, the springs are prob. fine. i would be more concerned about brgs. and wheel studs and nuts. before a long trip you should repack your brgs anyway. especially if you haven't in the past year already.
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Old 10-04-2007, 08:59 PM   #3
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If you are going to be doing a lot of highway towing, I would difinitely consider a tandem and without a doubt brakes. With the tandem you wont hardly know the boat/trailer are back there and if you get in a situation at 70 mph that you need stop quick, the brakes will be helping not pushing. I don't know about other states, but Florida now requires brakes on all axles on anything over 3000 pounds.
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Old 10-04-2007, 09:06 PM   #4
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but Florida now requires brakes on all axles on anything over 3000 pounds.

does this mean that I have to put brakes on my socond axle. I have them on the front ones but not the rear. or is this for new trailers and we dont have to modify our existing ones...
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It only applies to new trailers manufactured after a certain date. I am not sure, but I think it is Jan 2007 that it went into effect. I got a letter from Magic Tilt two years ago as a heads up.
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I towed a boat from Milton to Key West just make sure you have a spare and new bearings before you head out. 880 miles one way. I'm glad I did had a blast with my boat in the keys have fun.
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Old 10-04-2007, 09:35 PM   #7
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In addition to having new bearings, spare tire, and a spare hub, it may be a good idea to have a grease gun and add grease if needed. Maybe check this everytime that you stop to fill the tank.
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Old 10-04-2007, 10:10 PM   #8
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AFAIK, the brakes on all axles law is not new and there is no grandfathering. Try towing to Key West without trailer brakes on all axles...you may find yourself stopped, ticketed and turned around.

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Hey , im pulling my 22ft pathfinder down to Sarasota next week, the trailer has no brakes ...shud i expext problems with leo's?
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Old 10-05-2007, 12:10 PM   #10
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Thanks for the tips, I'll go ahead and replace the bearings and wheel hardware and get plenty of spares and see how it goes. Will probably be looking for these at the flea market this weekend.



Anybody have sea-tow trailer care? how is it?



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