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    Rebuild trailer or get a new one?

    I have a 2003 1952 Bayliner with the appropriate trailer, which is in need of a rebuild. I mean everything from except the wheels, tires and the jack. Its a bunk trailer. What do you guys think is the best thing to do?
    2003 Bayliner 1952 cuddy

    #2
    You are going through what my brother in law just did. Save thee wheels, tires and jack and do what he did. Buy a new one. That’s the end of the story, but along the way there was a lot of drama. He returned from a better than usual season of gill netting salmon in Alaska and spend a week getting their camper and boat ready for a vacation that included some crabbing. He took the boat trailer to a shop for some repairs and was told the trailer was done. My sister in law has always been tight with a dollar, as the saying goes “squeezes a nickel so tight the Indian is riding the buffalo”. After a week of shopping, her auditing the shopping, him explaining why that trailer from Harbor Freight won’t work, complaints about the boat not being ready, you can guess the whole scene, they ordered a new trailer.
    Good luck.
    P/C Pete
    Edmonds Yacht Club (Commodore 1993)
    1988 3818 "GLAUBEN”
    Hino EH700 175 Onan MDKD Genset
    1980 Encounter Sunbridge "Misty Blue" (Sold)
    MMSI 367770440
    1972 Chevrolet Nova Frame off Resto-mod in the garage
    Boating on the Salish Sea since 1948

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      #3
      Does it have brakes? How are they actuated?

      Painted or galvanized?

      Salt water use or fresh?

      Is there a place where you can drop the boat in the water and work on the trailer for 1-3 hours? (for one or two installments depending on condition of the hardware)

      Post a picture and your specific concerns.
      Present Boat- 2018 VR5 4.5/200hp Mercruiser
      Last Boat- 1998 Capri 1950CL 3.0 Mercruiser

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        #4
        Get a new one. After 17 years of mostly salt water use, my galvanized Escort trailer was so rusted that the junk yard accepted it but wouldn't pay anything.
        A new one was less than $3000. The place I bought it measured the original before I scrapped it for the placement of the bunks.
        1998 Capri 1950CL
        3 Liter MerCruiser
        Furuno 1622 Radar, Garmin echoMAP44dv, Garmin 300 AIS receiver, Uniden Cl 2 VHF with Hailer,
        2 batteries with Combiner, Joystick Wakeboard Tower

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          #5
          It is used to tow about 8 miles to a saltwater ramp in Plymouth Ma. Its galvanized and the brakes where cannibalized by the previous owner so there are NO brakes on it now. Springs are shot, all hangers for the fenders are literally hanging, bunks need full replacement, meaning hardware is trash. Have looked up almost all parts to rebuild, minus the brakes and I am at $1,253.00. So it look like a new trailer is going to be the most economical route. Wgander, what trailer did you get? And you Pcpete?
          2003 Bayliner 1952 cuddy

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            #6
            I’ll ask the brother in law what he got.
            P/C Pete
            Edmonds Yacht Club (Commodore 1993)
            1988 3818 "GLAUBEN”
            Hino EH700 175 Onan MDKD Genset
            1980 Encounter Sunbridge "Misty Blue" (Sold)
            MMSI 367770440
            1972 Chevrolet Nova Frame off Resto-mod in the garage
            Boating on the Salish Sea since 1948

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              #7
              I had mine built locally (Lakeside, near San Diego) by FE trailers. I got LED lights, no brakes, torsion suspension instead of springs and the Vault system for wheel bearings (fully enclosed, no servicing.
              1998 Capri 1950CL
              3 Liter MerCruiser
              Furuno 1622 Radar, Garmin echoMAP44dv, Garmin 300 AIS receiver, Uniden Cl 2 VHF with Hailer,
              2 batteries with Combiner, Joystick Wakeboard Tower

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                #8
                If you want to work, rebuild the one you have. If you don't want to work buy a new one. Simple as that.

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                  #9
                  A friendly FYI..... it would appear that the Vault system is very similar to that of a Bearing Buddy.
                  A Bearing Buddy's function is often misunderstood. They apply pressure to the hub, but do not add any grease to the wheel bearings.
                  Point being.... do not think that by pumping grease into these, that you are actually adding or exchanging grease within the wheel bearings!




                  In order to actually exchange-old-for-new grease within wheel bearings (without disassembly), we need one of the EZ-Lube, Sure-Lube or Super-Lube style spindles/hubs.

                  Here are the differences between the two:


                  Click image for larger version  Name:	bearing buddy vs EZ Lube style.jpg Views:	0 Size:	321.4 KB ID:	534582


                  Here is another example:

                  Be sure to spin the wheel as the new grease is being pumped in. Dynamic -vs- Static!!!!!



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                  Rick E. Gresham, Oregon
                  2850 Bounty Sedan Flybridge model
                  Twin 280 HP 5.7's w/ Closed Cooling
                  Volvo Penta DuoProp Drives
                  Kohler 4 CZ Gen Set

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                    #10
                    Get an aluminum one!

                    https://southcoast.craigslist.org/bo...967297818.html

                    Esteban
                    Panama City, Panama
                    Former Bayliners 3218, 2859, 2252, 1952
                    Currently looking for 32xx in South Florida

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                      #11
                      Think I'll give them a call, thanks Guru!
                      2003 Bayliner 1952 cuddy

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                        #12
                        They have Loadrite galvanized bunks for $2,300, minus whatever I get in a trade. Think I got a new trailer coming.
                        2003 Bayliner 1952 cuddy

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by paperhanger View Post
                          They have Loadrite galvanized bunks for $2,300, minus whatever I get in a trade. Think I got a new trailer coming.
                          2016 Bayliner 215 Deck Boat
                          Mercruiser 4.3 220 HP Alpha 1 Gen II

                          2003 SeaRay 176 SRX Bowrider
                          Mercruiser 3.0 135 HP Alpha 1 Gen II

                          1988 Sunbird 170 Bowrider
                          Evinrude 88 Special

                          1970 Salem Skiff 13.5 foot
                          1992 Johnson 40HP.

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                            #14
                            Got two different quotes both came out to the same numbers, $2,300, with no brakes. $2,900 with brakes. Do I need brakes for a 2,200 lb boat?
                            2003 Bayliner 1952 cuddy

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by paperhanger View Post
                              Got two different quotes both came out to the same numbers, $2,300, with no brakes. $2,900 with brakes. Do I need brakes for a 2,200 lb boat?
                              No one has ever complained about having trailer brakes..... but they may complain about NOT having them if the tow vehicle is on the lite duty side!

                              I would also make sure that this trailer is equipped with EZ Lube, Sure Lube or Super-Lube style hubs/spindles...... NO Bearing Buddies!

                              Good luck!


                              Rick E. Gresham, Oregon
                              2850 Bounty Sedan Flybridge model
                              Twin 280 HP 5.7's w/ Closed Cooling
                              Volvo Penta DuoProp Drives
                              Kohler 4 CZ Gen Set

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