Boat prep and refitting 2020

Discussion in 'Boating and Boat Rigging' started by kroppe, Feb 23, 2020.

  1. kroppe

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    Got back from a trip to Frankfort, blew a trailer tire and bent a wheel on the way up on US-131. That old familiar distant rumbling sound started, and I took my foot off the gas and got ready for the inevitable. Then bang she went and the hazards went on. 15 minutes later I was back on the road with the spare changed and a shredded tire and bent wheel in reserve.

    Got a replacement tire and steel wheel, a Carlisle bias ply unfortunately. That was the only thing I could get in the time frame I needed it for the trip home. The guys at Tire Wholesalers Plus in Fremont are good. I have bought tires from them in the past and am satisfied with their service.

    I pushed my luck with the tires, as they were 6 years old with thousands of miles on them. I knew I was living on borrowed time. The piper demanded, and received, payment. 4 years is my general guideline for trailer tires, regardless of mileage. Trailer tires are susceptible to aging in my experience and are generally far lower quality than car/truck tires.

    I will probably get two more Goodyear Marathon radials, these are my favorite trailer tires over the years. I will keep the two remaining original 23 year old steel wheels and use the white replacement wheel with Carlisle bias ply as the spare.
     
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    Kroppe,

    My internet research led me to Goodyear, and their new "Endurance" model of tire. Was released to market Jan 30th 2017, and speed rated for 87Mph & USA made.

    I had them on my old boat trailer and they were awesome.

    I’ll get a new set when my current tires that came with the trailer wear out.

    OE
     
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    Thanks OE, I will check out the Endurance model and compare it to the Marathon, if they still offer the Marathon.
     
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    The Endurance has gotten rave reviews from the guys I know who have them. The OEM Marathons on my Ranger are due for replacement. Not too worn, too old (Like 12 yrs old :O). I will probably go with Marathons again though, these have well over 50K miles on them. Besides I never go that fast towing this rig. 75 tops.

    My little Lund on the other hand..... I think I am going to put P tires on it. Trailer tires ride too hard for that light little boat. I hate seeing it bounce up and down the road. I think the SSV wet and loaded is still under 1,200#, including the trailer.
     
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    When I got my little Lund, the trailer tongue was way too long. A 14' boat on a trailer that could have easily held an 18' Jon. Absolutely killed any towing efficiency because the full frontal area of the boat was like a separate vehicle. The chains were held on with one of the hitch head bolts. (That is an absolute NO-NO). I cut the tongue back 38" and installed the chains on a bolt behind the hitch head. They were then a touch too short. So I put a couple anchor shackles I had laying around into the chain holes on my frame hitch. That was a few years back. Still haven't gotten around to lengthening the chains......
    This thread keep reminding me of what a procrastinator I am.
     
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    Thanks Paul. The P tire idea has me thinking. I am a believer that trailer tires are far lower quality than car/truck tires, as evidenced by trailer tires failures that visually look fine, with nearly new tread depth remaining. Add to that, I have never experienced a non-debris-related blowout in a car or truck after driving a million miles (literally) in my lifetime.

    I have experienced 6 non-debris-related blowouts on trailer tires over the years, in far fewer than 1 million miles.
     
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