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Advice: Pay attention to bearing noise...

Discussion in 'Day Sailers' started by mark2, Aug 8, 2017. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. mark2


    Joined Dec 10, 2012
    37 posts, 2 likes
    Hunter 170
    US Raleigh
    Been hearing some noise from our H170 trailer wheels for a while, never worried too much. Until this past weekend. Towed the boat on the highway for a few miles, pulled into a state park, launched the boat and parked the trailer. That is when the wheel literally fell off the trailer, right there in the parking space. If that had happened just a bit sooner it could have been a disaster, I hate to think what would have happened on the highway...

    Check your trailer wheels today! IMG_1859-1.jpg

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  2. Crazy Dave Condon

    Crazy Dave Condon

    Joined Jun 8, 2004
    6,489 posts, 524 likes
    -na -NA
    US Anywhere USA
    First do you have bearing buddies and if not, install them. Then grease them accordingly. When you travel, stop and feel the hub and if too hot, you got a problem. Now you know and partner you were lucky. Replace the bearings and also the racers.

  3. Benny17441


    Joined May 24, 2004
    5,451 posts, 325 likes
    CC 30
    US South Florida
    When on the road always carry a spare bearing set; you may quickly choose only to replace the broken part with a temporary repair to get you back on the road.

  4. Rick Webb

    Rick Webb

    Joined Jun 2, 2004
    2,678 posts, 104 likes
    Hunter 23.5
    US Fort Walton Yacht Club, Florida
    Replace both hubs ( I suppose you already have). Buy a third and a cotter pin as a spare. Replacing the hub is much simpler on the side of the road than a bearing.

  5. Captn Scotty

    Captn Scotty

    Joined Mar 15, 2013
    197 posts, 35 likes
    Islander 32 mkll
    Ca Comox Hrb.
    Always carry a grease gun on longer hauls, and like Dave said check the hubs for heat every hour or so!