I trailer about 100 miles round trip about 4x's a month between Jun and Aug. In the off season, it's about once a month. So, yeah I trailer quite a bit. My trailer sits outside year round. I had read about the trailer manufacturer repairing these trailers on this site and them even denying there was an issue with their trailers to begin with and to be honest, I just didn't want to go through the hassle. For now, I'm just going to keep a close eye on it and if it lasts another 7 years, I'll be happy. I'm just glad all four uprights didn't fail at once while trailering. Now that would have sucked!.. Glad I was able to help out Mark. Let me know how you end up repairing it or if you end up going through the manufacturer.