Trailer Axle Question

Robert Murray

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I have a small boat trailer and I want to replace the axle and hubs. The bearings seized up on the current axle and can't get the hubs off since it is a rusty mess so I just want to get rid of everything and start with a new axle. It seems to be an odd size - 50" to the hubs and 55" overall length. 40.75" to the center of the springs. I can't find an exact replacement on line and I don't want to spend the $400-$700 I was quoted by local trailer parts shops to make a new one. I found a 59" axle that has adjustable plates to match up with the spring centers, but it would obviously be 2" longer on each side of the trailer. The manufacturer said it would not work but I don't see why not. Does anyone with a lot more experience than I have with trailers have any advice on this? Would it matter if the wheels were 2" farther out from the trailer than before? The current axle is a 1.5" square tube axle and sits on top of the leaf springs if that makes an difference. I am using the trailer for a 16' aluminum Valco and 10 hp motor, so no major weight is going on this trailer. Any advice is greatly appreciated!
 
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Hismosa

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    Maybe this could work? Had similar issue 2 years back or so on my hooping boat and this was the axle that worked for me.
     
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    Robert Murray
    Thanks Hismosa. I saw that axle but it is an inch shorter than mine so I thought going longer would be better than shorter. If there is a reason a longer axle will not work, I will try this one.
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    Reel 007

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    Try Redneck Trailer Supplies, they are in Mira Loma CA.
    Good Luck.
     
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    Robert Murray
    Thanks. I just called them and they don't have anything in stock that is even close to what I need and it would have to be special ordered. They referred me to a guy that makes custom axles and he quoted $365 for the axle and hubs.
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    reelbadlarry

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    you are probably better off fixing the one you have... post pictures...
     
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    Thanks, I will take some pics and put them up here. The trailer is stored a little ways away from my home.
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    gecsr1

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    what is so rusted you can't get the hubs off ?? Just soak them for a few days with:

    WD-40 Specialist Rust Release Penetrant Spray​

     
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    dwaynesda

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    Every axle can be saved. The problem generally is that the part of the spindle that the rotating seal rides on get rusty, wears out the seal and allows water to get in and destroy the bearing. This can be solved with a Spindo Seal kit. It is a stainless steel cup that installs over the rusty portion of the axle. It is pretty slick setup. It gives the seal a brand new surface to ride on. Try to get the hubs off, buy new hubs and start all over again with the seal kit.

    To answer your original question, it depends on the weight of the boat and trailer rig and the capacity of the axle on how far out you can extend. If it is a lightweight rig, 2 inches will not make a difference. What you are worried about is the leverage that is created by extending it too far outside the trailer frame.
     
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    Sounds like a speedy sleeve.
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    Robert Murray
    I talked to an axle manufacturer and he said an axle 2" longer on each side should not be a problem. I am hauling a 16' aluminum boat that probably weighs less than 500 lbs with the motor. The new axle is rated at 2000 lbs so I can't imagine there will be any problems. Thanks for your reply!
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