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    Default Boat trailer rebuild

    I just got my hands on a used 24' galvanized roller boat trailer... Seems that all 64 rollers are siezed and rusted out.

    So I am in the middle of using my sawzall and hammer to break loose all the wheels. Each wheel has 2 washers that are rusted out and just crumble when hit by a hammer.

    I have to buy plastic wheel inserts, galvanized 5/8 bolts, washers, and nuts... only there are not any 5/8" galvanized lock nuts in town so I have to use loctite or a loc washer. The alternative is a $3.95 stainless lock nut.


    But to put things into perspective, a new boat trailer is $7-9 grand!


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    why not just use a punch and smack a thread, locks in place, they don't offen get taken off anyway

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    Here is a wheel before (has no plastic insert and metal washers on either side with a 5/8" hole). After a hammer and screwdriver us used to demo and remove the rusty washer a new nylon wheel insert is put in the wheel.

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    I suggest you lube the sleeve/bolts with a good silicon grease, Dow Corning 111 for example. Highly water resistant and good to -40F up to 600F.

    Distorting a few threads would work as suggested. also did you check AIH, Home Depot, Lowes, Fire and Fasteners for the hardware ?

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    What about just removing the roller assemblies and converting it to a bunk system?
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    You could double nut them too if you have enough bolt - but bunging a thread after you put them on - work good for long time...... and is pretty cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKmud View Post
    What about just removing the roller assemblies and converting it to a bunk system?
    X2 ....Make it into a bunk trailer.

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