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About 13 years ago with the help of some friends (since I don't have any welding gear) "I" build a trailer. It's been stored out side and has some rust on it, the post from 8086Bruce got me thinking about my trailer. It's living inside now, so I might want to clean it up if I could figure out what's needed to sand and paint it...

How long can the tires on the trailer go? Should they be changed out after a decade or so, especially if the trailer was outside all that time?

In a similar vein, I'm guessing I need to re-pack the bearings after all this time?

I just can't see letting it go to waste, and now that it can be stored inside it's worth the effort to give it another decade or two of life.

No pictures on purpose, just think "ugly yellow rusted trailer" and you'll be fine :laugh:. (sorry Randy)

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This is so hard without pictures:empathy3:

:unknown:So, I have to guess that you have not greased the bearings in the last 10 years? Does it have the greasable axles that push grease through the bearings?

To be safe, I would check the bearings and see if they are good or need replaceing. At a minimum, repack them.

Does it have electric brakes? If so, they will need to be gone through and the magnets replaced if you have not used it.

I would also check for wear around the spring perches and pending they type of spring, I would look for wear or a broken spring while its apart.

electrical.... Well.. you have that covered I am sure:lol:

Tires... If its your around town trailer, I would check them for weather checking and see if they hold air. Pending the quality of tire and how much sun it has seen, it could be ok for around town. If this goes on long trips loaded, replace them.

POR15 would be great for this, but it would need to be painted over as it is not UV resistant.:thumbup1gif:
 

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If sandlasting is not a consideration I would use a good face mask and cupped wire brush on a mini-grinder to remove the rust from the frame. My own preference for protecting metal that is hard to get at is Rust Bullet. I would check into using a UV protected bed liner to paint over the Rust Bucketed frame and fenders which always seem to get scratched.

I would replace the tires and only repack the bearings if they weren't ruined due to moisture and was was staying local with the trailer, breaking down miles from home especially at 5 PM on a Saturday or Sunday would be very inconvenient and cost more than replacing both the bearings and tires. :hi:
 

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Pete:

Last year I replaced the 10-year old tires on my F-250 out of concern for dry rot, even though the truck is garaged. This was done on the advice of a couple of car guys I respect. This year I replaced the tires on my new to me via inheritance 2001 Honda Accord for the same reason, even though the tires only had 7,800 miles on them.

Since I like to drive 80 MPH on the freeways where possible; new tires are cheaper than a hospital stay caused by a blowout.
 

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Ok, I'm going to replace the tires since the price of failure is greater than the cost of tires. This is an "around town" trailer, no big road trips. New tires and stored indoors I should be good for another 12 years or so. I'll repack the bearings. The axle with the electric break has grease fittings, the other doesn't, I'll repack both so they are known good. I've not repacked since it was built and greased the zirks back in 2005. Since the trailer has seen a little use every year, the breaks work OK. That said, the last 3 years it's been idle and of course I'll re-check them.

The rust is sporadic surface rust. While I've got the air compressor to do a sandblast, I'll probably stick with the wire brush approach.

I have a low millage high year car and I replaced the tires on it due to age. Hurts, but hurts less than a blow out.

Ok, here's a picture of the trailer "in harmony with nature" (aka with dead ragweed stems growing around it) :laugh: I guess I can't exactly complain about "lack of picture" whining from everyone here....:flag_of_truce:

Tnx for the feedback!

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That is a nice trailer Pete, it doesn't look bad from here. You might check to see if the new DOT law concerning dull axle trailers of a certain weight having brakes on both axles apply to older trailers as well. She's gonna look brand new with a new coat of paint and wood preservative on the deck. :drinks:
 

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AAhhh, but it needs some green paint on it. :mocking:
 
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On my single axle the bearings made till this year(17years) and one side needed it bad and the other side still looked good but I did them both. The tires on mine are still the org. and look great. But has been inside for about 90% of it's life.

RandyM, that green paint is a good idea. In a couple years when mine needs paint again I think green with yellow wheels is in order!
 

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If sandlasting is not a consideration I would use a good face mask and cupped wire brush on a mini-grinder to remove the rust from the frame. My own preference for protecting metal that is hard to get at is Rust Bullet. I would check into using a UV protected bed liner to paint over the Rust Bucketed frame and fenders which always seem to get scratched.

I would replace the tires and only repack the bearings if they weren't ruined due to moisture and was was staying local with the trailer, breaking down miles from home especially at 5 PM on a Saturday or Sunday would be very inconvenient and cost more than replacing both the bearings and tires. :hi:
Several years ago I stripped the paint off my trailer with a 5" Makita grinder and wire cup brush.If you've ever used a 5" Makita then you know they have a lot of torque and rpm. Well... I hit the angle iron wrong and it kicked back. I immediately let off the trigger,but not before the wire brush had grabbed my t-shirt and sucked it up into a tight ...tight..tight ball. So here I was ...couldnt breathe,couldnt get untangled ,bleeding like crazy,and looking around to see who all had seen the idiot with the grinder. I had to cut the t-shirt off with my knife. And ..it got a lot of skin.
 

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Thanks for the safety tip, rgd. Sounds like if I'm using the wire brush I should have my leather vest on.

Tackit, I'll check on the law. The axles are 3,000 # each (if I remember right). The trailer with the B21 on it weights about 4,950. About 3,800 for the B21 and 1,150 for the trailer. It was all designed so my little Ford Ranger, with it's 5,000 # pull limit, could tote the B21 around locally. The F-150 is much happier pulling things around than the Ranger was. The inside dimension on the bed is 5' 4" so it fits nicely behind the F-150. I think I had about $1200 in the whole thing.

yeah, the trailer looks OK from a distance but it needs some help and that's clear up close.

As for the color, I painted it to the same paint code as our fire trucks, since as we all know yellow is the one true color for fire trucks. The red ones are there because someone forgot to paint them after they primed them.

Well, the task is clear, I just need time. I'm on a new software project, so all my fall projects are put off. Isn't that the way it goes? Hot summer weather, nothing. Weather gets nice, work pops up. :unknown:

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Pete, that trailer is junk. It is an accident looking for a place to happen. I would highly recommend you haul it to my place rather than embarrassing yourself hauling it to the scraper. I will handle it from there. :laugh::laugh:

Should you decide not to park it in my scrap yard, you can coat the deck with burnt motor oil. I have used every preservative known to man and the used oil is the best and is cheap.
 

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That's a nice looking trailer you built.

I've got a set of tires on my trailer that are 9 years old now and are cracking in the tread area. One of them is showing a bulge.

I need to replace them but gosh it'll cost me $400.00 to replace them. I only drive a block or so with the trailer to pick up some scrap metal from a dumpster in town or if someone gives me scrap metal. So I'll just let them go until it blows as the most speed I go with it around town is maybe 5 mph.

I just don't have the money at the moment or I'd replace them. Definitely wouldn't take it out of this town with my tires like they are.

Wheel bearings I repack around 1,000 miles. Might be excessive. But I'd rather repack them then break down on the road.

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Thread hijack...of which I never do.:laugh:

When an old thread pops up to the top, it's kind of sad to see the old hands that used to post on here...and they havent been back in years.I wish we could get in touch with them sometimes. I actually pm'ed RandyM awhile back...hoping it would go to his email notifications and get him back here.
 
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