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Old 02-22-2005, 10:30 AM
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Ice pick the tires
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Old 02-22-2005, 11:15 AM
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Don't sink the trailer so far. Slowly back it under the boat as your winching it up.
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fill the tires with water instead of air.
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Old 02-22-2005, 12:54 PM
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I bought 4-50 pound dumbells, and added them via U-bolts to the inside of the Aluminum I-Beams. Make sure to use a piece of rubber between the aluminum and the iron dumbells to prevent dissimilar metal corrosion. Mine worked great. I coated them with about 5 coats of black Rustoleum spray paint before I mounted them. Don't mess with PVC pipes. They are a pain in the ass to mount. I filled 4 of them with concrete, and that did not work. Go straight for the weights. If you wanted, you could use large threaded rod, and use barbell/free weights, with large nuts, but I think that would be more gawky looking.

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I have attached a pic of where I located mine INSIDE the I-beams, under the boat. You can see how poorly the trailer is made, and why it floated.
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Old 02-22-2005, 12:56 PM
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Don't sink the trailer so far. Slowly back it under the boat as your winching it up.

I also agree with this. You may be going in too far. Just need to go in enough to get all the bunks wet. My Rocket was a pain, as it would float before that happened.
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I also agree with this. You may be going in too far. Just need to go in enough to get all the bunks wet. My Rocket was a pain, as it would float before that happened.
But if you are by yourself, this can be VERY difficult. Go to any scrap metal place... they would love to sell you what you need to make your trailer stay under your boat. I like the idea of the bumper made of big diameter pipe.... could make it look good and be functional in two ways... sinking and stopping that idiot behind you.
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I know those aluminum wheels on those aluminum trailers sure are pretty but you pay a price. If you're not backed in too far it will only swing so much. I only have problems on rough lakes that have algae build up on the ramp but otherwise I'm able to maneuver the boat around and trailer it at an angle. it is a cool way to show off your skills.

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How about 4 or 6 inch P.V.C pipe run th lenth of the trailer.Cap both ends,fill w\ water- then drain when u dont need the weight???
Hey!..... that's nice wishful thinking.... except the water in the PVC pipe isn't going to weigh any more than the water that surrounds the pipe.... so.... all you have added is the weight of the pvc pipe.... except when the trailer is out of the water and you don't need it. ... The only way that water in a pvc pipe would cause a trailer to sink is if the pipe was OUT of the water while the trailer was submerged.

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Old 02-22-2005, 03:09 PM
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When I redid the trailer I went from multiple leaf springs to the single piece spring, and the new tires run a little higher air pressure. Never had the problem before but now it would float to England.
At the risk of opposing MCollinsTN, try reducing the PSI in the tires to what you had in the prior tires. That's assuming you never overheated the old tires, and they are the same size as your current tires.
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