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Old 03-13-2018, 09:53 AM   #1
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So, last year I got a new to me bay boat. My third trip to the bay I had a bearing smoke up on me. I replaced both sides and bought a spare set to keep with me.

Well over the weekend I had the same side that smoked up on me, do it again!! Really put a hurt on my weekend fishing because once I put the spare on with no seals I didn't want to put it back in the water because I still needed to get 75 miles back home.

Anyhow, when I bought the trailer the guy that had some work done to it said McClain Trailers advised if the trailer were to be replaced, it needs to be a tandem axle. I agree!!

That boat is too big to be sitting on a single axle.

So do I:

Take current trailer to shop and have them put two new axles on it.
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Buy completely new trailer and be done with it.

Thoughts? Who has replaced a trailer on a boat? Good manufacturers?

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Old 03-13-2018, 09:56 AM   #2
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Just have McClain build you a new one. Boat will have to go to then toward the end of the process. You want led and all stainless fastener upgrade. Was $3500-4 several years ago when I did it


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Criagslist for new trailer that is right size. BOat trailers are fairly easy to find.
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Get recommendation from McClain. They put an extra axle on my trailer a few years ago. It would cost less than a new trailer.
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:06 AM   #5
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So McClain is pretty respected place I take it?
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Take it to ty at texall trailers in Conroe and ask him. Closer, easier and better than McClain and I own a mcclain

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Call Marty at Coastline trailers in Seadrift. Builds trailers for most all bay boats these days, stands behind his work, and great trailer.
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:22 AM   #8
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Criagslist for new trailer that is right size. BOat trailers are fairly easy to find.
I would go this route but would need to be very new. I don't want to trade a problem for another problem.
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Take it to ty at texall trailers in Conroe and ask him. Closer, easier and better than McClain and I own a mcclain

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Call Marty at Coastline trailers in Seadrift. Builds trailers for most all bay boats these days, stands behind his work, and great trailer.
Thanks for the options!
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:26 AM   #10
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Adding an axle and new fenders would be most cost effective option. In fact 2 new torsion axles with oil bath hubs would be cheaper than new I bet

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Old 03-13-2018, 10:36 AM   #11
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Adding an axle and new fenders would be most cost effective option. In fact 2 new torsion axles with oil bath hubs would be cheaper than new I bet

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Yeah, I guess I just need to get it into a shop and hear them out and get it quoted both ways!
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:46 AM   #12
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Tandem would be nice and pull easier but I don’t think weight is your issue. Tons of 20’ boats come standard on single axle trailers and never have issues. Not sure if you have a bent spindle or what but you for sure have something other than a weight issue.
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:47 AM   #13
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If it were me, I would just swap the 3500lb axle for a 5600lb axle. Just a matter of undoing bolts.....
Another option is having two torsion axles welded straight to the frame. Will be fast than re-doing all the perch hangers/etc.
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:56 AM   #14
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Call Coastline Trailers in Seadrift. They should have the specs for your boat and would build the trailer from those spec's.

I've owned Sportsman, McClain, and many other manufacturers trailers and Coastline is the best that I know of with McClain a close second.

I hate working on trailers so I never replaced an axle, I just replaced the trailers
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:48 AM   #15
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One other thing you need to do IF you keep that trailer... Put a longer tongue in it... too much hangin' off the back of that trailer frame. By the time you set that trailer up right, you'll spend probably as much as a good used one would cost... You might also check with local boat dealers for used trailers too. If you get a tandem axle or not, put oil bath bearings or Bearing Buddies on all spindles... I've never had but one oil bath trailer and was skeptical about it to start, but had it since 07 and haven't touched the hubs, plus you can simply glance down at the hub and see if it has oil and if the oil has water in it... I've grown to like 'em, I think...
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Take it to ty at texall trailers in Conroe and ask him. Closer, easier and better than McClain and I own a mcclain

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Old 03-13-2018, 12:00 PM   #17
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I replaced the spring axles on my 22' trailer with 2 new torsion axles with Vault hubs ( 5 year warranty) from Mclains a few months ago... www.mcclaintrailers.com/parts/axle.htm hardest part was measuring to get the front axle straight... I'm OCD... lol I think I was out the door for right around $500. Easy enough if you have a flat area to work and 4 jack stands, they bolt on easy...
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If it were me, I would just swap the 3500lb axle for a 5600lb axle. Just a matter of undoing bolts.....
Another option is having two torsion axles welded straight to the frame. Will be fast than re-doing all the perch hangers/etc.


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Old 03-13-2018, 12:34 PM   #19
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Tandem would be nice and pull easier but I don’t think weight is your issue. Tons of 20’ boats come standard on single axle trailers and never have issues. Not sure if you have a bent spindle or what but you for sure have something other than a weight issue.
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That size boat can go either way. No question a tandem axle would pull better, but weight is not causing the bearing problem.

If you plan on pulling the boat 100 plus miles per trip, I definitely would think about either getting a 2nd axle installed or buying a new tandem axle all together.

If you end up staying with single axle, you could move the bow stop forward a couple inches to add tongue weight. That will make it tow better.
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Yall never disappoint! Thanks!
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:27 PM   #21
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Does it already have a 5200lb axle? I see the spare is six lug but can’t see the axle in the picture.
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Is this the original trailer to that boat?

I donít think weight is the issues.


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Old 03-15-2018, 12:53 PM   #23
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Is this the original trailer to that boat?

I donít think weight is the issues.


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Yes it is the original.

Yeah after some research I don't think weight is the issue either

Anyhow, I have decided to go with a new trailer. I am going with McClain Trailers for the new one, it will be a tandem axle.

Thanks for all the input. Now the 6 week wait to get it built
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Old 03-15-2018, 12:58 PM   #24
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I stuck mine on a Coastline.
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There is a dual axle trailer from a Champion for sale on TFF classifieds, $1k, looks like it had a 20footer on it.
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there is a dual axle trailer from a champion for sale on tff classifieds, $1k, looks like it had a 20footer on it.


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When you go to get it, take some tools to McClain. Half my bolts where about 1/4 turn over hand tight the day I brought mine home.

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Will do, thanks for the info.

Just paid my 30% to start the build. Let the clock begin
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Yes it is the original.



Yeah after some research I don't think weight is the issue either



Anyhow, I have decided to go with a new trailer. I am going with McClain Trailers for the new one, it will be a tandem axle.



Thanks for all the input. Now the 6 week wait to get it built


My dad just got a new trailer for his and went back and forth between coastline and McClain and needed up going with coastline.

It was a couple hundred more, but apples for apples was a little better trailer.


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I've been looking hard for the past 2 months and still haven't found a decent used tandem axle aluminum trailer! I keep going back and forth with spending the $4,000 on a new one and mine is a 21' kenner similar to yours. I am going to have to end up biting the bullet and spending the $$$.
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I've been looking hard for the past 2 months and still haven't found a decent used tandem axle aluminum trailer! I keep going back and forth with spending the $4,000 on a new one and mine is a 21' kenner similar to yours. I am going to have to end up biting the bullet and spending the $$$.
I just don't want to be so stressed pulling it anymore with whatever is causing my bearing issues. The $$$ sucks but thank God we just got our bonuses so before I blew it, I decided to just do it and be done with it.
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Anybody build good trailers near dfw? Im im a similar position with a smaller boat
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Anybody build good trailers near dfw? Im im a similar position with a smaller boat
Look up Diamond City Trailers in Arkansas. I haven't bought one in years but at the time an all welded aluminum trailer with LED lights wasn't much more than a McClain. McClain's small boat trailers suck. I had one for 2 years and replaced dang near everything but the toung jack and coupler!
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Yeah BUT, it has to have a clear Title or your screwed getting license tags for it. DO NOT BUY ONE WITHOUT A TITLE.

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My dad's did that on a regular bases.....start checking thing....boat and trailer weighed more than the axe was rated for. New correct axe and never had another issue
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McClain just called on lunch, ready to pick it up! Will be bringing the truck to work on Friday and will pick it up.

Time to get back on the water, been too long!!!!
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Here she is!

Just have to get a 6" drop hitch because my 4" is too high. Really like it. Seems well built and way more stout than my other trailer.
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Nice trailer!!!! You will be happy with that purchase for a long time.
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