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Live_To_Fish
Posted: Oct 17, 2018 - 08:02 am


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Hey guys, was just wondering as I have read a lot of different things. If I'm storing my boat in the garage for the winter, are axle stands necessary? It's only a 17 foot aluminum with a 75hp on a single axle trailer, so I can't imagine it's heavy by any means. I've just read a ton of different opinions on multiple sites, so just wanted to hear everyone's opinion on here.

Also, if the majority opinion is axle stands, should I raise one side at a time, or is it ok to jack the whole thing at once from the center

Thanks in advance.

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Posted: Oct 17, 2018 - 08:18 am


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no need for axle stands. trailer was made to support the boat. just watch that the tires don't lose air over the course of the winter.

if you do decide to support the trailer with jack stands, that would be the opportunity to check your bearings.

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Posted: Oct 17, 2018 - 08:38 am


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Thanks Lima, I kind of had a feeling it was ok on the trailer, since like you said, the trailer was meant to support the weight, just wanted a few extra opinions to be sure.

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Posted: Oct 17, 2018 - 01:22 pm


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I used to jack them up, but got hurt one year and couldn't do it. The next spring didn't notice any difference so never jacked them up again. That been 15years now. But as stated if a tire goes flat you would want to get it fixed or that would wreck the tire I'm sure.

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Posted: Oct 17, 2018 - 02:10 pm


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Thanks guys, much appreciated. So just one last thing, if I decide to leave the trailer off jacks, keep the tires fully inflated and give it a rock back and forth every now and then to keep things moving, I'm assuming everything will be all Good?

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Posted: Oct 17, 2018 - 04:22 pm


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No need to rock back in forth...

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Posted: Oct 17, 2018 - 04:31 pm


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Alright, I just wasn't sure about flat spots possibly developing over time. Thanks.

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Posted: Oct 18, 2018 - 03:47 pm


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If you are that worried about flat spots park it on some styrofoam.

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Posted: Nov 06, 2018 - 07:24 pm


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Don't jack up the middle of the axle. They can bend or cave in ,I've seen them come into my shop like that lots of times. I wouldn't bother with the stands either.

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Posted: Nov 10, 2018 - 12:51 pm


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Thanks for the advice guys, really appreciate it, think I'm gonna just leave it as is. I'll just make sure the tires have an adequate amount of air throughout the winter and it'll be fine.

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Posted: Nov 10, 2018 - 03:08 pm


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The worst enemy of trailer tires is being parked on soil. Mine spends it's life in my yard other than splash and haul out days. The rest of the year, it's parked on 2x8 planks.

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Posted: Nov 12, 2018 - 07:36 pm


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QUOTE (Bayliner @ Nov 10, 2018 - 04:08 pm)
The worst enemy of trailer tires is being parked on soil. Mine spends it's life in my yard other than splash and haul out days. The rest of the year, it's parked on 2x8 planks.

If that's the case, mine should be ok. Except for driving back and forth to the water, it stays parked on gravel or asphalt.

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