Just picked up my new boat. My question is how do you take care of your aluminum trailer from looking ugly after some time, and also them tie down buckles in the rear...my last boat I went through about 6 over the 5 years I had the boat, and them suckers are not cheap. open to any recommendations you guys might have.
2020 sportsman 282te
Some ramps have a hose hook up, you can take a hose and rinse after launching. You’ll still be rebuilding every several years.
I used to use a spray bottle and spray the wheels and brakes with WD 40 before I dunked in the salt but that became messy
I thought about wd40 on tie downs and also the brakes....so you say it get messy?
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As mentioned spraying down trailer immediately after launch extends your trailer brakes/looks.
I'm looking at Sharkhide as my aluminum has some spotting that I want to eliminate.
Regarding lack of tie downs - enforcement is 9/10's of the law.
"Florida law requires boat trailers to have proper lighting including turn signals, tail lights, and brake lights. Trailers must be equipped with safety chains and tie-down straps. Trailers weighing more than 3,000 lbs. must be equipped with brakes that act on all wheels. Trailers weighing less than 2,000 lbs. must be registered with the county tax collector. Trailers weighing 2,000 lbs. or more must be registered and titled."
yes it was the ratchet tie downs...but come to think of it...I never oiled them down...and them stupid things are $$$$. I bet sharkhide is big money!!!
1) I've only had trouble with tie downs when boat was stored outside and I left them on. When you lay the boat up (park it), take them off and of course take them off prior to launching. The tie downs should never touch water (save for a bit of spray I suppose). Not sure what's going on with your situation
2) Do as these guys have suggested and dunk your trailer in freshwater lake if that is an option
3) You can wirewheel off some of the surface crust if it is just superficial
4) I bought a used aluminum trailer and had to refurbish. In my limited experience the frame might be aluminum but pretty much all other hardware is steel (galvanized). This hardware will go AND it reacts poorly with aluminum. The guys at American (pinellas park) suggested putting tarpaper between steel hardware and the aluminum frame. I would say that it worked but it is impossible to know the extent of pitting or digging until you remove the steel hardware (I found that out the hard way). I also sold the boat / trailer so am not sure how it's held up.
5) I would think you could use some type of corrosion spray on the whole thing once a quarter or something. Again in my experience it's the springs, spindle/axles and bunk hardware that go
it is the type of tie downs in the back that spring reloads....so they are not that easy to take off and on the trailer, I am going to do the oil part on them heavily like someone else has mentioned.
Had a bug sprayer filled with WD 40 and before dunking a tripp ax trailer in salt I would spray the wheels and brakes..Would do the same loading up..but after about 3 times...Messy..not safe..didn't really help much..environmental thoughts..costly.. For some reason the brakes just didn't perform well...go figure..lol... Pex pipe and a pump is the way to go..
Straps I used on my Bay Boat were Stainless Over-Center buckles with clips.. They last a long time
on my old aluminum trailer I replaced galvanized parts with SS when I could and I would also use a piece of plastic or vinyl between the two, tar paper does not sound like a good idea, it will soak up salt water.
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The tie downs will basically keep the boat on the trailer if you blow a tire at highway speeds. I'm not sure about what happens with quick stops and swerving, but do know that when a boat trailer tire blows, the force of the drop will throw a boat and the straps keep it from happening.
For the record, it was a friend who lost his boat - it flew into the median of a highway without any damage and some guys stopped and 4 of them were able to put it back on the trailer - I learned from that and have had 2 blow-outs over the years...the strap kept the boat in place - could see how it happened too, the boat was "pushed" over on the side with the blowout.
My dad likes to coat the leaf springs with STP. Mix it with some gas, brush on, let gas evaporate, repeat. Seems to help.
I put a little soap in my sprayer and it seems to help with the salt. Spray the necessaries down every time I launch and have had no problems in the last 8 years. I also brush my leaf springs with STP oil treatment about once every 5 years.