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#196049 - 06/01/04 05:18 PM Lost bearing then wheel...  
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Front right bearing went and the wheel just flew off the traler! The drum brake disintegrated and part of it wedged into the rear tire and blew that. I'm one the side of a small road on a hill five kids and a dog in the truck! No signal on the cell phone. The drivers side rear has a large "bubble" in it, looks like its ready to go! I had just greased the bearings and checked inflation, this was only a 20 mile drive to the lake. Had a crummy holiday weekend...


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#196050 - 06/01/04 05:22 PM Re: Lost bearing then wheel...  
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Anyway, I find the wheel and I dont have the right lug wrench to take it off. I hike up the road and get a small signal on the cell, call my father at the lake and he comes and gets the kids and brings me a wrench. I remove the wheel from the hub and put it on the rear axle, luckily I hobbled all the rest of the way to the lake and launch the boat... at which time the tire with the bubble goes... All carlisle tires


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#196051 - 06/01/04 05:24 PM Re: Lost bearing then wheel...  
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But the boat is in the water and on its lift! So all is good! I have all summer to fix the trailer. I just ordered four new Goodyear marathon tires from tirerack and am going to replace the drums with power disk brakes.


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#196052 - 06/01/04 05:31 PM Re: Lost bearing then wheel...  
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Sorry to hear about your trouble. If you trailer long enough you'll have some war stories. My drum brakes can be finicky but I've got them adjusted right and they work well. Look at the bright side - boat is ok! That's what's really important.


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#196053 - 06/01/04 05:34 PM Re: Lost bearing then wheel...  
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That's a real bummer...glad you were able to keep control of it and not do more damage.


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#196054 - 06/01/04 09:17 PM Re: Lost bearing then wheel...  
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Not a good day. \:\(

How did you grease the bearings - did you take them apart or do you have Bearing Buddies or similar?


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Geez, glad everything ended up OK.

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Wow, that trailer is only a few years old. Ouch!


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#196057 - 06/01/04 11:23 PM Re: Lost bearing then wheel...  
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What do you mean by "power disc brakes"? I was under the impression that disc brakes were only available as hydraulically actuated. Or, is that what you meant? I only ask because I was told recently that electric disc brakes are not technically possible, or, at least not feasible. Sorry to hear about the trailer trouble. I blew three tires over the course of last summer. Replaced them all with Goodyear (Load Range C) tires. So far, so good. My experiences were an inconvenience, yours sounded more like a catastrophe. Glad to hear you were able to get the boat in the water and have some fun.


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#196058 - 06/02/04 11:20 AM Re: Lost bearing then wheel...  
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They would be electric OVER hydraulic. I nother words there would be an elctric controller that actuates the hydraulic system instead of a surge system. The trailer is actually a 1994 load rite trailer I bought it used from George last year when I decided I would like to trailer it.


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When I greased them I just put the grease gun over the fittings and injected. I only trailered it from storage to the lake, about 35 miles totally.


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Can I move up from 205/14 to 215/14 with no problem?


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#196061 - 06/02/04 12:10 PM Re: Lost bearing then wheel...  
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Bummer dude... sorry to hear about the trouble, but I can top it with a quick story.

Years back I'd just bought my Sea Ray 268 and trailered it back to work for some storage and pre-season prep. Then I convince my boss and some buddies to take the day off with me to tow it down to the bay and put it in the slip.

We get about 4 miles from work when I lost an AXLE on the dual axle trailer. Shreded the tire before I could get it pulled over, but I wasn't going ANYWHERE without a new axle

The big RV and boat shop up the road (about a mile) wouldn't come help unless I bought a new trailer from them ($5k)!

We sat there for HOURS while we made calls and tried different things. In the end, a biker buddy of mine was on his way home from work (he's a driver for Duie Pyle trucking), took one look at it, said, I'll be right back.

He called up a buddy with a towing company to bring someone else's trailer down, then went back to work and got their crane truck (used to right overturned tractor trailers). They used the crane to pick up the Sea Ray, slide out the broken trailer and slide in the borrowed trailer.

I didn't get in the slip that day, but a couple of days later they towed it down to the bay for me!

Gotta love bikers!


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#196062 - 06/02/04 12:11 PM Re: Lost bearing then wheel...  
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Yes - it reduces the clearance approx 1/2" if both tires have the same tread depth.

I recently did the same thing.


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#196063 - 06/02/04 12:13 PM Re: Lost bearing then wheel...  
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BTW, hindsight being 20/20, looks like you should have disassembled and inspected the bearings...


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#196064 - 06/02/04 12:15 PM Re: Lost bearing then wheel...  
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One more thing on the tires, make sure the replacement ones (Marathons, correct ;\) ) are rated for the correct load that you need.


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#196065 - 06/02/04 02:25 PM Re: Lost bearing then wheel...  
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CNY Hindsight always works great dont it! ;\) Also thats why I want to move up to the larger tires so they will handle a larger load. I think I'm at the limit with the 205's.

WOW Kev how lucky can you get! I have always found bikers to be great people! I was worried that I was going to lose the boat because i was on a hill with a turn and no shoulder!! If I was going faster or lost control of the trailer I would of tipped over in a ditch!!


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#196066 - 06/02/04 02:39 PM Re: Lost bearing then wheel...  
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I'm afraid I'm usually in a karma point deficit... lol.

But alls well the ends well...

Looks like your situation could have been much worse too.

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thats why I want to move up to the larger tires so they will handle a larger load. I think I'm at the limit with the 205's.

Careful here! Just because you are changing sizes doesn't mean you are changing load capacities appreciably.

Check the load rating (letter C or D for example) which will dictate a specific maximum load in pounds that a load tire can handle.


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#196068 - 06/02/04 09:33 PM Re: Lost bearing then wheel...  
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Wow Dranon ... please remind me not to have you launch my ride!!!

Just kiddin ...

You done good ... Kind of strange that all would go at the same time. Keep up the good work


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