Ok so I bought the boat/trailer at the end of the season last year. I launched the boat once at a somewhat local ramp about 30 min away. I also have to bring the boat to the central DMV twice which was about 45 min drive each way. The trailer seems to be fine with the exception of some finicky lights. I'm just going to replace all of those.
Im a little late in working on the boat/trailer but either way I wanted to get a few things done before I take it back out of the garage. I have no idea what shape the bearings etc were in so i pulled one side. The outer bearing looks ok but either way I was just going to replace it. The spindle however on the bottom side looks pretty marred up. ive never had a trailer before so I dont know how much is too much. From all of my vehicle that Ive done wheel bearings on I dont usually see this. Maybe a scored race from a crapped bearing but id replace the race along with the bearing so no big deal.
Ive attached a few pics of the trailer and the spindle. I didn't get a chance to pull the other side yet but my guess is its the same. Could be worse i guess. Ill look at that one tonight. I think the outter bearing was a L44649 but I have to recheck. My guess is its a 3500# axle. I really hope it is since i have a 21' boat on it. So the trailer is fully loaded. I cant imagine that its a 2000# axle as im sure its been with the boat for at least the last 15 or 20 years and is still rolling.
So i looked at KMT Service Parts see that I can get a replacement 3500# axle with hubs and bearings for $111? $100 for shipping which sounds right i guess. And for another $100 I can get electric breaks with it? In CT technically anything over 3000lbs GVW is supposed to have breaks on it. It would be nice to have and it would then be "legal" but I tow it with an older chevy 1 ton with the dual wheel drums in the back with a single wheel setup. And I replaced all breaking components and it has no issue taking the extra load. Should I just get the new axle? is the old one still ok? Give me some feedback here.
Here is the spinlde on one side. See the scoring?
And here is the full trailer loaded.