Advice: Pay attention to bearing noise...


Dec 10, 2012
Hunter 18 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!
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Jun 8, 2004
-na -NA 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.
May 24, 2004
CC 30 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.
Jun 2, 2004
Hunter 23.5 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.
Mar 15, 2013
Islander 32 mkll Comox Hrb.
Always carry a grease gun on longer hauls, and like Dave said check the hubs for heat every hour or so!