Boat Trailer Maintenance

If you’re a boat owner, you probably take good care of it.  However, you may not give your trailer as much thought.  Here are some tips for keeping your trailer as well as your boat in tip-top shape.

One essential element of trailer maintenance is to occasionally inspect the grease fittings on the hubs.  Hubs and lights are submerged in water twice each time you go boating, after all.  To check the grease fittings, remove the rubber cap if there is one, and try to rock the fitting back and forth.  If it moves, you probably need more grease, which can be quickly and inexpensively added at any garage.  It’s also smart, when hauling your boat, to stop periodically and give the wheel hubs a quick pat—but be careful, they may be hot.  If they’re too hot to touch, you definitely need grease, and possibly a replacement.

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Ten Tips for Clean and Green Boating

Protecting the environment while enjoying time on the water is a responsibility all boaters share. Follow these tips and suggestions to help keep the rivers, streams, lakes and oceans clean.
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Importance of Boat Rollers.

One of the most commonly overlooked, but probably most important, pieces of boating equipment is the boat trailer. Without the trailer, the boat would not make it to the water. Trailers consist of a frame, axles, bearings, hubs, tires, runners, rollers, winch, and lights. Some boat trailers are equipped with trailer brakes. Each piece of the trailer is important and demands periodic inspections.
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Tips for Trailering

This time of year many boating enthusiasts are putting aside winter blues to spend more time on the water. But in order to get the most out of your boating experience, you need to make sure that your trailer is ready to carry your boat safely and efficiently. Here are a few things to remember before every trailer trip.
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Trailer Wheel Installation Tips

Trailer wheels require special attention, as they carry diverse and heavy loads with intermittent periods of use and idleness. When the time comes to completely replace your trailer's wheels, the installation process is relatively easy and little different from changing a regular vehicle's wheels. However, a few simple tips make the selection and installation of new trailer wheels an easier process.
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The Importance of Regular Maintenance for Your Trailer Tires

Your trailer's ability to perform its function relies entirely on the health of its tires. Poor tire condition impedes your trailer's ability to haul things, and it also creates a dangerous situation. To prevent dangerous situations and improve the performance of your trailer, it is critical that you perform regular tire maintenance.
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What You Need to Know about Maintaining Your Boat Trailer’s Tires

If you have a boat and a trailer to take it out to the lake on a warm summer’s day, you’re probably more excited about using the boat than the trailer when you’re making your plans. However, if something goes wrong with your trailer and, specifically, its tires, you will suddenly be more concerned about your trailer than your boat. Here are a few ways to keep your boat trailer’s tires in prime condition so you can stay focused on your boat.
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The Different Types of Trailer Hitches

When shopping for a trailer hitch, there are several things to consider before making your purchase. The first, and most important, things to consider are the total towing capacity of your vehicle and the total weight of the trailer you intend to haul. When looking at different hitches, it is a good idea to choose one that can accommodate more than your current tow load. This allows some room for growth in case you decide to upgrade your boat or purchase another motorcycle. There a few main hitch styles to choose from depending on your needs. The following are just a few of the most popular, all of which are carried by Shadow Trailers at
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Trailer Cargo Capacities and Load Distributions

Trailers have a calculated optimum weight capacity, which is usually indicated on the trailer, as well as its manuals as GVWR, which is an acronym for

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Shadow Trailers; over 20 years providing customers with the top quality trailer parts at highly competitive prices.

Shadow Trailers has over twenty years of experience in providing customers with the top quality trailer parts at highly competitive prices. Following are some tips that can make your trailer part shopping easier, faster and better.

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Trailer Rim Torque Procedure DIY with Images

Trailer Wheel Torque Procedure

1. After mounting a trailer wheel over the studs, thread and snug the lug nuts on the studs by hand. This will reduce the possibility of cross threading.

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Installing A Trailer Hitch

Installing a trailer hitch after you finally decide on one can be a difficult and confusing process if you don't understand what you're doing. The truth of the matter is that many people can install the hitch on their own without having to hire a professional, but it takes a little bit of know-how.
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How to Choose the Right Gooseneck Trailer Parts

As you know, owning a gooseneck trailer is a little more complicated than simply using the ball and hitch method. However, depending on what you haul on a regular basis, the gooseneck method may be a better choice for your needs. It provides more durability, stronger hauling, and a tighter control of your load.
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Cool Looking Accessories for Every Truck

Dealers design their trucks to have powerful performance under the hood, and great body design that is appealing to truck owners. What they don't offer are all the cool accessories available to make it look as powerful as it performs. Trucks are no longer meant for strictly utilitarian purposes. Why not roll in style? Trailer and Truck Parts has parts and accessories to create an upgraded look on any truck.
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Selecting a Adjustable Ball-Mount Hitch

The adjustable Ball mount hitch is the perfect solution for many towing purposes. We all have different vehicles such as a truck or passenger vehicle as it is just the same with the trailer you tow behind you. Travel trailers, Boat trailers, Utility trailers, Toy haulers, all vary in height. Some of us own multiple trailers, so picking the right adjustable hitch is key to your safe towing experience.
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How to Maintain Your Boat Trailer

Maintaining your boat trailer is essential for maximizing it's life to the fullest extent possible. There are several steps you can take to maintain it properly. There are also a couple of products which may help you clean it, and fix it, in order to keep it from rusting, or leaving nasty marks on the sides of your boat.
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How to remove a bearing protector

The bearing protector is held in the hub by an interference fit. To remove one, lay a block of wood against the side of it and strike the wood with a hammer....

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What are ST Trailer Tires ?

Trailer tires should be replaced as soon as they begin to show wear and tear or about every four years, whichever comes first. If the tires on your boat trailer have a series of small cracks around the circumference of the tires, it may be due to dry rot, which can cause the tire to blow unexpectedly, resulting in being stuck on the side of the road as well as expensive repairs and towing fees.
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Curt Mfg Towing Products Now in Stock

We are now offering a new product line at Curt Mfg Towing Products. We are offering the full line of Trailer Hitch Ball Mounts, Receiver Hitches, Hitch Covers, Weight Distributing Hitches and much more now in stock!

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Trailer Rim and Tire Compatibility Guide

Use our Trailer Rim and Tire Compatibility Guide, to find the correct tire to fit your trailer rim. Each trailer rim is listed, followed by the coordinating trailer tire.

Our Trailer Wheels and Trailer Tires have been rigorously tested, to ensure that they exceed Department of Transportation standards. Should you require further assistance, please contact our tech help department toll free at (800) 281-0769 International Callers please dial +001 (714) 995-4353.

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Definitions & Terms of LT Truck and Passenger Tires

Light Truck and Truck/Bus Tires
— Selection of size and load range on each axle shall be based upon the highest individual wheel load.
Maximum load per tire shall not be greater than the applicable load specified herein for the proper load range and usage.

Passenger Tires
— Regulatory requirement when replacing a vehicle’s OE LT tires with passenger car tires: The load on each replacement passenger car
tire must not exceed the maximum load stamped on the tire sidewall divided by 1.10.
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The following map depicts the FedEx Ground service area that is currently available, and the approximate delivery times from our warehouse in Cypress, California U.S.A.   

Ground service to residential addresses (Home Delivery) in some major metropolitan areas is available Monday through Saturday. 

Ground service to business addresses is available Monday through Friday.

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Gobble up the savings! Save 5% off your order this week only!

Gobble up the savings! Save 5% off your trailer parts order this week only!
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15x7 Ranger Road Armor Trailer Wheel SALE

The Holiday Season is approaching us yet once again. Our Ranger Boats owners will be drooling over this killer deal! 15 x 7 Ranger Boats Road Armor aluminum trailer wheels on sale for an extremely low...
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How to Measure a Trailer Axle

The first thing one needs to know when choosing a trailer axle is the axle capacity required for your particular trailer. The capacity is basically determined by the smallest capacity of the components that make up the trailer, in other words, the weakest link in the chain. This particular chain includes the frame, axle, hubs, spindles, bearings, tires, wheels, springs and all hardware (among other things). Here are the instructions for measuring some of the various components:
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Trailer Tire Technical Information - Bias Ply, Radial, Load Range and more

Proper wheel selection is a very important component of your trailer gear system. When replacing your trailer tires/rims it is critical that the proper size and load range be selected in order to match the load requirements of the trailer. The following characteristics are extremely important and should be thoroughly checked when replacing trailer tires.

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How Old is my ST Trailer Tire?

Age affects safety and reliability of all tires. ST trailer tires can be particularly badly affected. Slow turnover of inventory often leaves these tires on the shelf for far longer than is normally considered desirable. This means that just looking at the tread and wear on the tire might not help you determine how old it actually is.
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Trailer Disc Brakes Vs Trailer Drum Brakes - Which Is Right For My Application?

Smaller trailers don’t have separate brakes, but the medium and heavy-duty trailers have either trailer disc brakes or trailer drum brakes. In most applications, the trailer brakes work via a hydraulic surge brake actuator. When you step on the brakes, the forward movement of the trailer pushes the telescopic actuator in, which activates the master cylinder and the brakes on the trailer
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New PHAT STAR Trailer Wheel PHAT is where it's AT!

Whether you are hitting the river or cruising in the ocean, you will arrive there in style with this sleek trailer wheel mounted on your trailer.

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How to measure your Trailer Wheel Bolt Pattern

We get this question daily, and the answer is pretty simple.  We'll briefly explain it below along with a downloadable template to help.

Match your trailer wheel to the hub by number of bolts and bolt circle.

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ST Tires...What are they, and are they right for me?

ST or (special trailer) tires are specialty tires that are designed especially for trailers. They are constructed to provide safer driving experiences at high speeds. Like any other vehicle that travels at high speeds trailers tires are subject to blow outs and low inflation.
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Incandescent vs. LED Trailer Lights

LED lighting is now becoming the standard lighting used for trailers. There are a number of things that set LED lights apart from their incandescent counterparts. LED lights, unlike incandescent ones, do not have an interior filament. This means that they will last longer than incandescent lights. LED lights also have a greater ability to withstand shocks and bumps than incandescent bulbs.
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