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#573983 - 07/14/20 07:34 AM Refurbishing trailer  
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Coming back to life. My trailer has been sitting for many years. I have to take the boat out for repairs to my ladder noted in a separate post. I was expecting the worst but the trailer is actually in amazing shape when I got all the grime off. The bunks were in perfect condition( except carpet) but the hardware was not. I’m not sure why stainless hardware wasn’t used originally. I need to do some minor rust repair on the uprights and then recarpet the bunks. The only wood rot I found was in the plywood used on the inside of the wheel wells. I am replacing with marine grade 3/4” plywood and recarpeting. Should be good as new. I guess this is an endorsement for the trailer manufacturer. I’m not sure they are still in business but it is a Vanguard Trailmaster.

If I can remember how to post pics will update this.


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#573984 - 07/14/20 07:42 AM Re: Refurbishing trailer [Re: Senoj]  
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https://photos.app.goo.gl/TAL7cntm4ZpPscVn9

At least you can see the link...I think. Before and during project.

Last edited by Senoj; 07/14/20 07:58 AM.

'04 Cobalt 220 350Mag/MPI
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2018 Ford Raptor
2018 Harley Street Glide Special
2017 Shelby GT350 - sold
1996 Ford F-250 XLT 4x4 7.3 diesel - sold
'11 Ford F-250 6.7 Crewcab -Sold
#573985 - 07/14/20 08:03 AM Re: Refurbishing trailer [Re: Senoj]  
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Cleaning up nicely


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#573987 - 07/14/20 10:55 AM Re: Refurbishing trailer [Re: Senoj]  
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Nice looking trailer. I really like the wheels. They're stylin' and look good on the red trailer.


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#573989 - 07/14/20 02:33 PM Re: Refurbishing trailer [Re: Senoj]  
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I find it amazing that some manufacturers use high quality coatings that last and last, with just a little muscle action to bring them back to almost new--wipe on, wipe off.

Regarding the fasteners not being stainless, if rust is nowhere to be seen, the the bolts, nuts, and washers were either coated or plated with something, maybe zinc--or unpolished stainless. If so, switching to shiny stainless would be for appearance only.

May I suggest you double-nut each fastener or use self-locking nuts.


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#573990 - 07/14/20 02:49 PM Re: Refurbishing trailer [Re: Senoj]  
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Funny...it must be a boater thing...I love the comment from GFC...” Nice looking trailer. I really like the wheels.” I do too...they sort of have that white leisure suit John travolta look..


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2018 Ford Raptor
2018 Harley Street Glide Special
2017 Shelby GT350 - sold
1996 Ford F-250 XLT 4x4 7.3 diesel - sold
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#573991 - 07/14/20 04:44 PM Re: Refurbishing trailer [Re: Senoj]  
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It's pretty similar to ours, but in better shape. I really would like to get it blasted and repainted. Just don't seem to have anywhere to keep the boat while that is happening.

I did the bunks 10 years ago or so. Maybe longer. Replaced with regular wood and bunk carpet. Used all SS fasteners and double nutted. Not a single problem since then with the work I did. Of course I have now jinxed myself.

The original had lag screws up from the bottom. I put in carriage bolts and sunk the heads. Back then we used to slip the boat for a week for a camping trip and I used some of that time to do trailer work.


James
2002 Cobalt 226 VP 8.1GIDP
2007 Chevy 2500HD Crew Cab Duramax
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