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Old 05-17-2022, 05:18 AM
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I have just purchased a Chris Craft 245 Limited on a tandem trailer and in order to take it in and out of the garage I have to turn it around two ninety degree opposing bends in a very tight space. It was a big pain to see the tyre flexing so much when going in.

Now the time has come to take it out for summer and someone told me to take off the wheels off the front axle in order to make these turns then fit the wheels back on as soon as I clear them. The tyres are rated to 550kg each, so I am kind of hesitant to leave such a boat (around 2,500kg) on just two tyres albeit for a very slow and short distance (25m) manoeuvre.

Any suggestions on this please? Thanks!
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Old 05-17-2022, 06:10 AM
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So, this is just once a year to remove from storage, then once a year to return it to storage? Or is this an every trip kind of thing?

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No, this is just once a year to put it in, once a year to take it out.
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So, this is just once a year to remove from storage, then once a year to return it to storage? Or is this an every trip kind of thing?
No, this is just once a year to put it in, once a year to take it out.
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As long as the tires are aired up to their correct pressure, I think I'd leave them on and just accept that there's going to be some flexing of the sidewalls. Trailer tires are supposed to be able to flex like that without failing, especially as infrequently as they are going to need to do so. My opinion.
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As long as the tires are aired up to their correct pressure, I think I'd leave them on and just accept that there's going to be some flexing of the sidewalls. Trailer tires are supposed to be able to flex like that without failing, especially as infrequently as they are going to need to do so. My opinion.
I was thinking to wet the tyres with some water and soap in order to maybe help them slip a little when moving sideways.
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You can spread some sand on the pavement to help the tires slide.
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Old 05-17-2022, 08:09 AM
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I have the same issue with my triple axle, what works well is to wet down the pavement and tires with plenty of soap. I usually hose the area then mix up a couple of 5 gallon buckets with dish soap, lots of suds, then dump it on the pavement, the tires slide much easier.
I actually tore the spring perches from the frame on the rear axle before doing this.



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Old 05-17-2022, 08:19 AM
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Iím on dirt roads, so no experience with opís issues. Just have thoughts. Would these fit without hitting the other wheels ? Your surface flat enough ?

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My boat storage situation is similar. If my trailer gets in too much of a bind, I use a floor jack to slightly lift each tire to get it out of the bind.
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