Have a 2008 Venture aluminum trailer that needs the front crossmember replaced. Crossmember is bolted to the inside of the I beams.
Eyeballing it, am I correct that the only way to remove/replace is that the I beam frame on one side has to be unbolted and moved out to clear the part?
I did mine when you remove the old one the trailer will close a little ,i used a porta power to spread it open,do the rear one first .of course you will have to get boat off of trailer when you do this
One of the PITA factors in doing this is having the boat off the trailer. Not happy with leaving it tied off at the launch and I'm not in the area.
Already have the replacement piece.
Going to pre soak the nuts on the trailer w Kroil in a bit.
Crossmember replacement epilogue: Jason and I got together yesterday.
Dumped the boat in the water and looked at the trailer at his place.
He thought I was crazy with the plans to unbolt stuff and slide the crossmember back thru the frame.
I thought he was crazy for thinking the thing would pivot out by just unbolting it.
What have I got to lose, go for it. As soon as one side was loosened, the frame spread open like a clam shell. Mind you, the axle and rear crossmember were still "securely" bolted.
Crossmember pivoted out and replacement went in the same way.
Needless to say all fasteners got snugged down, guess a 11 year old trailer needed it. Yes all moved 1/2 to 1 full turn.
Done, thanks Jason. :thumbup:
Damn that's a sexy joker in the pic!!! Glad we got it done it alot easier fashion then you thought. When the ole lady asked about it, I told her it went great since it was your trailer. Ifin it was mine, we'd still be out there!!!! Or I would have cut it up into scrap and had to buy a new one!!!!
Went to finish the charge on the batteries yesterday and about a hour later I thought there was something cooking onboard.
Was the cosmoline smell from the anti-corrosion spray I put on gassing off in the "heat" of the afternoon.