Boat, Utility, RV & Commercial Trailer Parts
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TRAILER PARTS SUPERSTORE
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
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.
Powerwinch Electric Trailer Winch
For over 50 years, Powerwinch, now part of Carefree of Colorado, has provided boaters with a product that greatly facilitates launching and retrieving their vessels. Their Powerwinch model 712 is great for use on trailers for boats up to about 20 ft; the model 912 works well on boats up to about 25 ft, especially if the double line pulley system (included) is used. These winches are designed for “freewheel out and power in”.
The Powerwinch has a universal base plate that easily mates to trailer winch mount brackets. It comes with a 40 foot long galvanized cable with snap hook. Also included with the kit is a 12volt electrical harness with circuit breaker that will connect to the tow vehicle battery and end in a proprietary plug that connects directly to the winch.
Personally, I used a Model 912 for my 23 Ft boat that lasted for 18 yrs until it finally failed and I then replaced it with another 912.
In preparation for this article, I spoke with a contact at the company who explained to me that they recently installed a statistics based Quality Control Program which has improved product quality by 99%. They take samples from each manufacturing lot and perform a variety of tests (including pull strength test) which will assure a quality product to our customers.
The Powerwinch Model 712 and 912 are available online at www.easternmarine.com
Remote Control Bow Latch
Those of us who own trailer boats have experienced the satisfaction of quickly launching and retrieving our boats with an experienced crew who know exactly what they are doing. For example, one crewmember backs the trailer in, another holds the dock lines and the third takes care of the trailer winch. Snap your fingers and you are on your way to your boating or fishing destination. However, if you try this with an inexperienced crew or by yourself, things often do not go as smoothly. Now, there is new technology called the SNAPPER that helps make launching or retrieving your boat much easier.
This device is marketed by Epco Products and is designed specifically to simplify the boat launching / retrieval process making your time at the ramp shorter and safer.
The Snapper is mounted on the winch mount bracket of the trailer in position to attach to the bow eye of the boat. It comes with two different extended bow eyes for the boat so that the connection is made problem-free. Using the remote control, the operator can activate the Snapper to either release or engage whether in the truck, or driving the boat onto the trailer. This can all be done without getting in the water or walking out on the trailer frame, which improves the safety of launching and loading.
The Snapper is made from durable polyurethane so that will last for many years. It will be of great advantage to those boaters who use their boats engine to power on to the trailer.
Check out a Demo Video and find more information about the Snapper at the following link: SNAPPER BOAT LATCH SYSTEM
Most trailers owned by residential (non-business) owners are used for general utility or recreational use. Most of them, such as boat or snowmobile trailers, are used seasonally and then endure long periods in storage. Here are a few tips to keep your trailer in good shape for years and prevent costly replacement and repairs.
It is well known that most trailer tires need to be replaced not because of tread wear, but due to sidewall dry rot (also called stress-cracking). This condition is due to the combination of ground moisture being absorbed into the rubber and daily sunlight causing the moisture to be forced out of the rubber.
- remove your trailer tires and store in a dark, dry place
- or safely jack up your trailer so that your tires are off the ground
- or use inexpensive tire covers
These measures will certainly extend the usable length of your trailer tires.
For general protection against the elements, invest in a good tarp or cover for your trailer. If using a tarp, remember that it must be supported from the inside to prevent tearing and to allow rain or snow to runoff and not puddle. Tying the tarp down using all grommets will protect the tarp from wind damage.
There are specialized trailer covers available for many of the specific-use trailers such as RVs, Travel Trailers and Toy Haulers. This is a small expense to protect your investment.
Take the time to inspect and do some basic maintenance before putting your trailer to bed. Tires, brakes, lights, reflectors etc. should be inspected now so that the trailer will be ready for its next use. More importantly, it is a good time to repack or change bearings on the hubs / drums. Check out this link for more specific information on Trailer Wheel Hubs
While inspecting your hubs, it is a good time to inspect your electric or hydraulic brakes for wear and adjustment
Inspect your coupler (where the trailer hitches to the ball) for proper function and wear. Repair or replace if necessary. Also, make sure to tighten all bolted on accessories such as spare tire carriers, tag and light brackets etc
The Trailer Parts Superstore sells the replacement parts you’ll need to keep your trailer running safely for years. It is also a great source for trailer maintenance information.
CALIBER ATV & Snowmobile Trailer Accessories
Trailer Parts Superstore offers a wide selection of accessories designed specifically for Snowmobile and ATV trailer applications manufactured by CALIBER® Products Inc. The main purpose of these specialty products is to make trailer loading and unloading of powersport machines easier and safer. CALIBER is dedicated to producing the highest quality products, which are all backed with a limited LIFETIME warranted against defects in materials and workmanship, plus normal use breakage.
Select from Track Grips™, Grip Glides™, TraxMat™, Multi Glides™, LowPro Glides™, Flex Glides™, Grip Glide™ Ramp Kits, Poly Shield III™ and other related accessories to enhance your Snowmobile or ATV trailering experience.
Check out our complete offering online at: Trailer Parts Superstore
Boat Trailer Wobble Roller
In the past, boat trailer manufacturers designed trailers for large boats strictly with wobble rollers and they used the bunk style trailers for smaller boats. This has now changed and bunk trailers with 30 foot plus boats can now be often seen traveling on the roads. There are several points to consider when deciding which design will be best for your application.
ROLLER TRAILER POINTS
Trailer more expensive to purchase and maintain
Boat weight distributed over many different points
Needs winch to retrieve the boat at the ramp
No need to submerge the axle
No friction points to deal with
Can launch or retrieve at any tide stage
Usually no “drive-on”
BUNK TRAILER POINTS
Trailer less expensive to purchase
Fewer parts to maintain
Use Keel rollers to center the boat and to support a small part of the boat weight
Trailer must be in relatively deep water to launch/retrieve
Running gear, brakes, hubs, springs etc will be submerged
Boat only supported at contact point with the bunk and keel rollers
Lighter weight winch can be used with “drive on”
Bunks can scrape paint due to friction
Some boat manufactures require the use of a bunk trailer
One of the main advantages of the roller trailer is that the running gear, which includes springs, axles, hubs, brakes etc does not have to be submerged. This is a great benefit, especially in salt water, which causes corrosion problems. In many ways, the decision between the two styles comes down to whether you want to drive the boat on the trailer. If yes, then the bunk trailer will be the best bet. If no, go with the roller trailer. Driving on works best if, during retrieval, a member of your crew is available to get the tow vehicle/trailer and back it down the ramp. If you are boating alone or with young kids, it can be a chore to tie the boat up, go get the tow vehicle/trailer and back it down the ramp. Then you have to leave the tow vehicle, get back on the boat and drive it on the trailer etc. You can see that it could also be dangerous leaving the tow vehicle unattended while retrieving the boat.
Trailer Parts Superstore carries a device that could make this operation a little more secure. This device is called the Snapper and is a remote controlled latching mechanism (securely latches boat bow eye to the trailer bow stop) using a handheld remote control.
Trailer Parts Superstore also carries many replacement parts for both styles of trailers including replacement rollers and bunks, winches, bow stops and more.
Disc Brake for RV & Utility Trailers
The traditional braking system for Utility and RV trailers has been the standard electric drum brake. This design has been in use for decades without much change. While electric drum brake systems still perform well in most trailering applications, a more versatile braking option has recently emerged. Hydraulic Disc Brakes coupled with an Electric-over-Hydraulic Actuator can now be used for better trailer brake control with less routine maintenance. With this new technology, owners of RV’s and other electric brake trailers can take advantage of the superior breaking performance of hydraulic disc brakes.
Here are some compromises associated with electric trailer brakes
1) Drum brakes need to be adjusted periodically to compensate for shoe lining wear – this adjustment is done mostly by “feel” and it is unlikely that the average person can get all four wheels calibrated properly
2) Drum Brake magnets tend to gradually lose their magnetic strength, causing more calibration problems and loss of braking power
3) Drum brakes are relatively complicated with many moving parts that can cause a failure and need some experience to rebuild the brake assembly
4) Drum brakes tend to accumulate corrosion faster than discs, especially in marine and snowmobile applications
Disc brakes do not have these issues to deal with and are relatively simple with fewer moving parts. Unfortunately, they are not available in an electrically actuated system like the aforementioned electric brakes. They are only available hydraulically actuated. In order to take advantage of disc technology, a new device has been developed to allow for electrically actuated disc brakes. It is called the Electric over Hydraulic Actuator. This device is nothing more than an electrically driven hydraulic pump and relief valve that is controlled by the standard cab mounted Electric Brake Controller, typically used for standard electric drum brakes.
The E/H actuator will be added to the trailer and connected electrically to the brake controller through the 7- blade RV socket on the tow vehicle bumper. Also connected in line will be a Breakaway kit with a 9 amp-hour battery that provides enough power to actuate the pump should the trailer accidentally separate from the tow vehicle while on the road. The output will be connected to the trailer hydraulic system through a standard trailer hydraulic brake line. The E/H system can handle trailers with up to 4 axles by providing 1600 psi maximum. The E/H actuator device does add some expense to the installation.
Of course, the electric brake assemblies and drums on the trailer will have to be replaced with hydraulic disc brake assemblies and brake lines.
The Electric/Hydraulic actuation system also has advantages over trailers that already have hydraulic disc brakes with a Surge Actuator.
1) The E/H actuator keeps the trailer brakes active while in reverse – with the surge actuation, the brake lines must be locked out so that the trailer can be backed up. There is no need for a brake line lock out device.
2) In hilly or mountainous areas, the surge system can incidentally engage the brakes while going down a grade; this will not happen with the E/H system
3) The tongue mounted Surge brake actuator can still be used as the trailer’s ball coupler with a small modification
The Electric/Hydraulic actuation system blends the advantages of disc brakes with the benefits of the cab mounted brake control for the safest experience in trailer towing.
The Trailer Parts Superstore carries a complete lineup of TITAN Brake-Rite E/H actuators as well as the DEXTER 1000-1600. We also carry a complete assortment of KODIAK Disc Brake assemblies for to fit most any trailer application. You can check out our complete trailer brake selection online at: http://www.easternmarine.com/em_store/trailerbrakes/
Buy Heavy-Duty 'LT' Trailer Tires from Trailer Parts Superstore
signifies the tire is a “Light Truck/Trailer” series that can be used on trailers that are capable of carrying heavy cargo such as equipment trailers. ‘LT’
tires are commonly found on medium to heavy-duty utility trailers, race car trailers, cargo trailers, dump trailers and livestock trailers. The higher capacity requirements of these vehicles require using a heavier weight range tire then is usually available with the ‘ST’ series of trailer tires.
If a tire size begins with ‘LT’ it signifies the tire is a “Light Truck-metric” size that was designed to be used on trailers that are capable of carrying heavy cargo or tow vehicles. Tires branded with the “LT” designation are designed to provide substantial reserve capacity to accept the additional stresses of carrying heavy cargo.
If a tire ends with ‘LT’ it signifies the tire is an earlier “Numeric” Light Truck/Trailer size designed to be used on trailers that are capable of carrying heavy cargo or tow vehicles. Tires branded with the “LT” at the end of their size designation are also designed to provide substantial reserve capacity to accept the additional stresses of carrying heavy cargo.
Trailer Parts Superstore now offers a wide selection of ‘LT’ Trailer Tires only plus Tire/Rim Assemblies online at: TrailerPartsSuperstore / Trailer Tires