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Trailer crossmember help

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  • Trailer crossmember help

    I have an older shoreline trailer for a 19'boat
    The 2 crossmembers that the leafsprings and axel attach to are very rotted
    Im going to replace them
    They are both 8' long
    I can buy 3"x3" steel but should i get 1/8" steel or 1/4" thick?
    Last edited by Dennischaves; September 26th, 2017, 09:10 PM.

  • #2
    What condition is the rest of the trailer? Often when parts start rusting like that, the rest isn't far behind. Tubes rot from within.

    If you are going to replace the x-members, go with what's there now.
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    • #3
      The rest if the tailer is pretty good
      The crossmemers arent the original ones looks like someone put them on from another trailer
      Im just worried about the crossmembers collapsing from being too thin
      The boat fully loaded is under 2000 lbs

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      • #4
        get a new trailer. the rest of it will soon fail too.
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        • #5
          If a new(er) trailer just isn't in the cards-
          I like C channel, so I don't have to worry about what is going on where I can't see. I'd likely go 1/8".
          Old axles scare me too - because you can't see what's going on inside them either....

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          • #6
            Ok thanks guys i didnt think 1/8" would handel the load
            Also my rollers have about 1/2" wobble in each direction
            Is that about right?

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by Dennischaves View Post
              Also my rollers have about 1/2" wobble in each direction
              Is that about right?

              Depends on the roller

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