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Old    Alex Murry (tripleup)      Join Date: Apr 2004       06-01-2008, 5:35 PM Reply   
On my way back from a weekend trip i had three blow outs! Used my spare my friends spare then had to go to Walmart. my trailer is an 05 Boatmate and they the original tires and figure the tires were dry rotted. Bearings did not get hot but I have never really done much maintenence. What maintenance do I need to do and how often? What kind of tires should I get and can I put 15 in wheels on trailer (have a set i took off a jeep that are black)
Old    Diggs (pdxWAKE) (tyler97217)      Join Date: Aug 2004       06-01-2008, 6:05 PM Reply   
when you store your boat for long periods of time you are supposed to move the trailer around every once in a while or put the trailer on blocks to ease the pressure on a single spot on the tires and the axles..... is that possibly part of the problem? As for your second question an 05 Boatmate should have oil bath hubs that are maintence free, but not possitive and I would still keep an eye on them
Old    lakeski (lakeski)      Join Date: Dec 2006       06-01-2008, 6:49 PM Reply   
Also, check your tire stems for dry rot. The tires may be fine, but a rotted tire stem will cause a blow out, as well. This happened on my trailer.
Old    Art (rallyart)      Join Date: Nov 2006       06-01-2008, 6:59 PM Reply   
Tires are affected by heat, UV light, and age. The heat and the UV light age them faster.
The rubber loses it's volitiles. Those are the petroleum products that can evaporate over time. You can recondition that but those compounds are expensive to add so it's better to protect them.
Cover or shade the tires so they don't get direct sunlight. Use 303 or some other protectant on the rubber to help them handle the light. Just make sure it gives UV protection.
Tow the trailer around instead of letting it just sit there. The tire will last longer if it is used than if it is stationary for long periods.

Check your trailer brakes and look at the trialer tires for cupping or feathering which might indicate alignment issues on the trailer. And check or replace the valve stems as lakeski suggested.
Old    Joseph Puckett (jpuckett)      Join Date: Apr 2005       06-01-2008, 7:25 PM Reply   
The oil bathed hubs still need servicing. UPF is the company that manufacture the axles and hubs that BoatMate uses. They recommend changing the oil in the bearings every two years or 20,000 miles. Also they recommend using Royal Purple synthetic oil in 50 wt.

As far as changing the wheel and tire size is up to you. My BoatMate trailer has 205/75/R14 from the factory. You can now get custom wheels and low profile tires up to 18in. I've heard some people putting 20in wheels on their trailers. I personally like the looks of the low profile tires and wheels.

(Message edited by jpuckett on June 01, 2008)
Old    Nu Bu (05mobiuslsv)      Join Date: Apr 2006       06-01-2008, 7:45 PM Reply   
That's interesting Hangar Pilot they just sent me some new seals and lube and it wasn't Royal Purple.
Old    Joseph Puckett (jpuckett)      Join Date: Apr 2005       06-01-2008, 8:40 PM Reply   
Nu Bu

When I called them about servicing the hubs on my trailer that is what they recommeded to use. What did they send you?
Old    Nu Bu (05mobiuslsv)      Join Date: Apr 2006       06-01-2008, 8:44 PM Reply   
They sent me some kind of hybrid lube. It was a mix between 50W and something else I can't remember, but it was a kind of greenish blue color. It was their house brand that said UFP on it.

(Message edited by 05mobiuslsv on June 01, 2008)
Old    Owen Shelton (oshelton)      Join Date: Oct 2001       06-02-2008, 6:46 PM Reply   
UFP sent you a new lubricant they had specifically formulated. It becomes more fluid at hub operating temperature and less fluid when cooled which cuts down on annoying trickles of oil from the back seal.

The tires blowing could be due to a number of issues, many which were listed above. However, the number one culprit is low tire pressure. Keep the tires at the max cold inflation shown on the sidewall.
Old    Alex Murry (tripleup)      Join Date: Apr 2004       06-02-2008, 8:28 PM Reply   
Thanks for the advice.

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