TRAILER AXLE CAMBER ~ WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT

Trailer Axle Camber

Trailer Axle Camber

There are several different parameters that are very important to finding a new axle for a trailer. The most obvious is the Gross Axle Weight Rating that defines the load properties of the axle (and trailer). Typical values of GAWR are 2200 lb, 3500 lb 5200 lb etc.

Other values that are important in defining a trailer axle are Track Length (center of tire to center of tire), Overall Length and Spring Center (center of spring to center of spring).

Camber is another property that is defined by the trailer axle. Actually, camber is the effect of the tire alignment on the pavement as illustrated above.

Most trailer axles are designed with a “bend” in the tube that will deflect when the load (weight of the trailer) is applied. This will theoretically bring the trailer wheel camber toward a 0 value that is the best setting for most trailer applications. This will allow the tires to wear evenly and allow the longest tread life. Camber can be affected by damage to the axle. For example, if the axle spindle is bent, this will usually cause a negative camber on that side which will cause excess tread wear on the inside of that tire.

Both Sprung axles and Torsion axles typically are built with a slight positive camber but custom axles can be specified with or without camber. A trailer that runs long distances without a load may be better without axle camber. An example of this might be a long distance boat transport trailer.

Axles and related products can be seen online at:
TRAILER PARTS SUPERSTORE ~ AXLES

DRESS UP YOU SEMI-TRAILER FOR WINTER

Tractor Trailer Parts

Tractor Trailer Parts

After a few years on the road and enduring all kinds of weather, even a brand new commercial trailer can look much older than it should. Trailer Parts Superstore offers dozens of replacement items and upgrade accessories that can improve the appearance and functionality of your Semi Tractor Trailer.

 

First, changing the Coiled Air hose assemblies over to Phillips POLAR AIR brand allows this product to stay flexible to –85 degrees and will give a new look to the area behind the cab.

Two other accessory items that would also improve the appearance of this area are the 40 in Chrome Pogo Stick and the Stainless Steel Tracker Bar kit.

Our 100 mil polished diamond tread aluminum underbody toolboxes from Buyers Products will look great and we have several sizes to fit in just about any space.

New LED taillights and marker lights are the best way to add some flash to your semi-trailer. They are also brighter than the old incandescent bulbs and will an added safety feature. Trailer Parts Superstore has a large selection of standard and LED lights.

Lastly, new mud flaps always make your rig look new.

You can see these products and many others at:
Trailer Parts Superstore

REPLACEMENT PRODUCTS FOR OLDER BOAT TRAILERS

Boat Trailer Parts

Boat Trailers are different from other types of trailers and RVs because they get immersed in water (often salt water) and that accelerates corrosion or rust. A definition of corrosion is “development of metal oxides on the surface of a metal part”. With steel as the metal, iron oxides are the compounds that form rust (Fe2O3/FeOOH). Rust starts on the surface but if not corrected, will corrode the part until it fails. If this happens, the part will need to be replaced. Finding parts for specific brands of boat trailer is not easy because many manufacturers have closed their operations years ago.

The traditional method to help retard corrosion in boat trailer components is to galvanize using hot dip zinc. Zinc electro-plating will help but due to the plating porosity, corrosion will gradually erode the part. Aluminum is also frequently used as a material.

Eastern Marine specializes in replacement parts for boat trailers. Just about any part you need is available including axles, leaf springs, brakes, winch post parts, etc. If you have a Load Rite trailer; then select LOADRITE Factory Trailer Parts. If you have an EZ Loader trailer, select EZ-LOADER Factory Trailer Parts .

It a few weeks we will be offering a new product line that will be of interest to owners of older boat trailers… the galvanized square tube universal axle. These 2” x 2” axles will be supplied by Tie Down Engineering and be available in 2000 lb rating (up to 96 inch overall length) with a 1-1/16” straight spindle. The 3500 lb axles will also be available up to 96” overall length with a standard 1-3/8” x 1-1/16” spindle with brake flange. What makes them universal is that the customer will have to drill holes in the tube for the spring seat position exactly as it is on the axle being replaced. This position varies for each trailer manufacturer. We would recommend treating the drilled area with a corrosion preventive product.

This new product will be just the ticket for owners of discontinued trailer brands like Calkins, Cox, Shoreline, Holsclaw, Escort, Long, Dilly, Performance etc. and can be seen at TRAILER PARTS SUPERSTORE

TRAILER SECURITY POSSIBILITIES

Fulton Trailer Lock

Unfortunately, we have many customers relate stories of their trailer being stolen. Often, the trailer is loaded with valuable tools or favorite toys like boats or snowmobiles etc. One particularly disturbing incident involved a trailer owned by a Boy Scout troop where they lost all their equipment. There are many options available to trailer owners to reduce their risk of theft. I want to review some of these in this article.

There are several strategies available to trailer owners to reduce their risk of theft, some as simple as a lock. All have some merit. The first position on the trailer that can be locked out is the coupler on the a-frame or trailer tongue. There are several versions of this type of lock available, but Fulton’s Universal Fit Coupler lock is very functional and cost-effective. Simply put, it is a heavy cast metal base with a ball to fill the coupler with a stainless bar over the lever lock to prevent access.
FULTON Universal Fit Trailer Coupler Lock #ULT1000600

If you want to reduce your risk when the trailer is coupled to the tow vehicle, try this:
DEADBOLT Class-3 & 4 Receiver Hitch Lock #RH3

If interested in keeping your wheels from turning to prevent theft, this would be helpful!
Lock’em Magnum Wheel Lock #RA25

And for a complete trailer security system, this is available with many accessories.
TRAILER DOG™ Security Alarm Systems

As you can see, there are several different strategies that can reduce your risk of having a valuable trailer stolen from your property and all can be viewed online at:
TRAILER PARTS SUPERSTORE

DESIGN YOUR TRAILER DECK GLIDE / TRACK SYSTEM

CALIBER Snowmobile Trailer Accessories

Caliber Trailer Products makes molded components that help protect the decks of Snowmobile and ATV trailers and are designed specifically to aide in loading, unloading and securing these vehicles on their trailers. The company has developed an easy-to-use online program so that customers can design the track – glide systems on their Snowmobile or ATV trailer decks. This program is called the “Trailer Configurator” and allows customers to select the appropriate Caliber products in the correct amounts without any professional help. This tool is available online at the following link:  CALIBER PRODUCTS

Trailer Configuration:
1. Select your Snowmobile/ATV trailer type (Open Trailer, Open V Front or Enclosed)
2. Enter trailer length
3. Select the GLIDES function
4. Select TRACTION function
5. Select ADDITIONAL OPTIONS function

This is the most efficient way to rig your trailer for the coming season. Check it out!

CALIBER Snowmobile Trailer Parts Offering Expanded

CALIBER Snowmobile Trailer Accessories

Trailer Parts Superstore has recently added to our offering of CALIBER™ brand Snow Mobile/ATV Trailer Accessories. These items are designed specifically to aide in loading, unloading and securing snowmobiles and ATV’s. Many of these specialty components are designed for specific trailer types including: straight front open trailers, V-front open trailers, V-Door enclosed trailers and all types of trailer ramp gates.

Check out our complete offering here:
CALIBER PRODUCTS

Trailer Parts Superstore ~ Snow Plow Parts & Accessories

Snow Plow Parts & Accessories

Snow Plow Parts & Accessories

Trailer Parts Superstore has expanded our product offering to include dozens of popular Snow Plow Parts & Accessories to fit many major brands including: MEYER, WESTERN, FISHER & DIAMOND

Check out our complete equipment selection online at:
SNOW PLOW PARTS

Trailer Parts Superstore ~ New Online Shopping System

Boat, Utility, RV & Commercial Trailer Parts

Boat, Utility, RV & Commercial Trailer Parts

Trailer Parts Superstore has recently upgraded our online product listing and cart system to provide our customers with an even better shopping experience. Customers may now easily create a user account with their own password. User accounts will allow you to view prior purchases as well as pre-populate the billing and shipping address fields.

An updated ‘navigation trail’ has also been added to our website product pages near the top main navigation buttons. This feature allows our visitors to rapidly return to related product group and department pages.

We hope you’ll enjoy our new shopping system and please bookmark our new shopping index page:
TRAILER PARTS SUPERSTORE

Kodiak Vented Disc Brakes for Trailers

Kodiak Trailer Disc brakes

Kodiak Trailer Disc brakes

The Trailer Disc Brake assemblies from KODIAK TRAILER COMPONENTS offer the following advanced features:
Corrosion Resistance is important on all types of trailers and of major consideration in salt water or other corrosive environments.
Kodiak pioneered the use of brass fittings, stainless steel guide bolts and sleeves, and stainless steel pistons as standard items in trailer disc brake calipers.
Kodiak rotors are offered with an E-coated finish, Silver Cadmium Plated, and Stainless Steel (not available in integral hub/rotors)
At a minimum, all Kodiak caliper castings and caliper mounting brackets are e-coated with options for silver cadmium plating or an all stainless steel product.
Note: On a stainless steel caliper, all parts are stainless steel except for the fittings, which are brass, and the backing plate on the friction pads, which are zinc plated carbon steel.

Check out out complete offering of Kodiak Trailer Disc Brakes online here: KODIAK BRAKES

MultiSport 12’ Boat/PWC ‘Trailer in a Box’

12' Boat / PWC Trailer

12' Boat / PWC Trailer

Many of our customers enjoy the water in several ways. Not only do they own a small boat, but also may own kayaks and PWC’s. Now there is a small trailer available that can be adjusted to handle any of these three options.

This product is called the MultiSport 12’ Boat/PWC ‘Trailer in a Box’ and is manufactured by CE Smith, a leader in boat trailer products. The product comes disassembled (needs to be assembled) and will handle small boats up to 12 feet in length. This item can be shipped by UPS anywhere in the United States.

Components included are as follows:
1) Galvanized steel frame including fenders, tongue and cross members and axle
2) Tail light kit
3) 5 ft carpeted bunk boards
4) winch stand
5) winch with strap
6) 4.8-8 tires and rims
7) coupler with safety chains

This bolt-together trailer is fully adjustable to either handle a boat (up to 12 ft.), Jet-Ski and even a pair of kayaks. This can be done by adjusting the position of the vertical bunk brackets. The manufacturer has provided a video that demonstrates the flexibility of this product.
Click Here for Demo Video

This is a neat little product with multi-use capability that could be of great use to those who like to play on the water in a variety of ways. CLICK HERE to check out the ‘Trailer in a Box’ online at Trailer Parts Superstore.