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  1. p1mlb01

    Norris Lake, TN Trip

    That's what I call a vacation, like you, I just assume be at the lake as anywhere. We are heading to Gaston next week for some fun. Hopefully in the next few years I can figure a way to get out to some of the lakes in Kentucky / Tennessee. I picked up a new Denali HD diesel so no worries crossing the mountains now, no more excuses not to tow long distance.
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    Dealership Closed

    Sorry to hear that, my ol' girl came from Huggins. I still use my transom tie down straps that are embroidered with Huggins Outboard. I still love my 1930, and after seeing the cost of new, I would think twice or three times before getting a new one. I just bought a new Duramax Denali, and like other have said, everything is stupid money these days.
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    Trailer bearing failure - FIRE -what a day

    Do you have a picture of the damaged spindle? Since a replacement axle will take some time to acquire, like TNBrett mentioned, I would look to 'hand machine' the spindle. If the bearing surfaces are not totally destroyed and only have some gouging you can TIG / MIG weld up the gouges and shape it with a flap wheel on a small grinder and finish it with a fine emery by hand using a 'shoe shine' motion with the emery until you have a smooth surface for the bearing. Minor gouging on the space between the front and rear bearing surfaces will not have to be repaired. You will want to make any needed repairs to the grease seal area and get the tolerances as close as possible using same process. Then you can source a replacement axle as time permits. Another option to get back on the water is to dry stack it at the marina this summer while you source the axle.
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    Trailer bearing failure - FIRE -what a day

    If they are drop center axles, they are custom. In my case, EZ loader designed the trailer with axle specs and had Reliable build them X number for their trailer builds. The trailer manufacture or supplier do not stock them, they build to order. I think you are going to have to take over the procurement of the axle yourself, it will take some patience and persistence on your part, but it is doable. Before you call, measure your saddle width and torsion arm angle so they can price the axle for you. http://www.reliablepmw.com/body.cfm?lvl1=contac&lvl2=freque Q: CAN I BUY REPLACEMENT PARTS DIRECT FROM RELIABLE?A: Reliable sells its products through Distributors. In many cases a consumer may buy replacement parts from the Original Manufacturer of the product such as the trailer or implement manufacturer. A list of Reliable Distributors can be viewed on our CONTACT page. If after you've contacted your product manufacturer or spoken to our distributors and still have not found the part(s) you need, please use our CONTACT page to inquire with a Reliable Customer Service Representative.
  5. p1mlb01

    Trailer bearing failure - FIRE -what a day

    Check my boat trailer rebuild thread pics, if you have drop center axles, like on my EZ loader, they are probably made by Reliable or UFP. Check your axle for an identification tag that would have the build info numbers etc. If you have them they will help the vendor with build spec info. My tags were long gone, I had to get my saddle width measurements and torsion arm angle and have a trailer shop order them custom built from Reliable. I recall they were about 750 deer ea.
  6. p1mlb01

    1998 200LE

    I replaced my carpet a couple years ago... Badger - Yours looks very nice! Here is the thread
  7. p1mlb01

    Chapparel 1930ss ski locker

    Maybe try compressed air, you could slide a piece of vacuum line over the end of the air nozel to extend to the blockage and possibly blow through.
  8. p1mlb01

    Starter issue

    Since battery is confirmed good, My first thought was corrosion on the power terminal at the starter, it doesn't take much, and since you stated the problem has worsened, corrosion seems to make sense to me. You might try pulling the terminal cables off the starter and hitting them with some emery and cleaning the terminal studs. I had a similar issue with my pickup, the starter is right at the wheel well and accumulated some oxidation over time and caused slow start issues. None since cleaning terminals. It's free and easy to do, worth a shot in my book. I coat mine with T9 now to keep corrosion at bay.
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    Sea Dek

    Contact SeaDek and request a 'dry fit' for the 05 230. They will print it on Mylar and ship it to you at about a cost of 25deer or so. You can then tape it down to your boat, make any corrections to the template, send it back to be manufactured with your changes, or request another dry fit be sent with your changes to verify before they manufacture the pads.
  10. p1mlb01

    Trailer brakes

    A visual to soldier's explanation
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    1997 180LE gas lift cylinders for engine hatch

    This thread may help
  12. p1mlb01

    Corroded Lug Nuts

    Once you get the old ones off, take a wire wheel on a drill motor and clean the lug studs good. Get a tube of anti-seize and apply some to each stud before installing the new lug nuts. If the studs are in really bad shape, consider replacing those as well. If you just purchased the 'used' trailer, I would do a full PM front to back and get the trailer road worthy and reliable.
  13. p1mlb01

    Starting the 2017 season with a bang

    Wow, I have never seen that happen. Best of luck getting everything cleaned up. I leave mine (same brand) in the boat all winter connected with the on board charger and bilge heater on without issue, so far...
  14. p1mlb01

    Chapparral 1930ss speedometer

    I would guess the clip has broken and will need to be replaced. Welcome to the Chap Forum, post some pictures of your 1930. It is a bit of a PIA to post pics on this forum, best to use photo bucket or the like. http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-OEM-MerCruiser-Alpha-I-one-gen-2-II-Speedometer-Speedo-Connector-22-860382-/400181628091
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    Samson Edge tower- pics.

    The custom aspect and willingness to build exactly what you want is what sold me on Samson Sports. They had never put a razor on a 1930 so Scott took the time to find someone local that had one, who let him and his guys take measurements and fit a test bend for the lower mount. He shipped that test bend to me to fit on my boat to make sure I was happy. He also sent me a selection of mounting feet with different radiuses machined so I could get the perfect fit depending on my exact mounting point. I had plenty of room for backing plates so I asked them to make extra large plates to spread the load. All these things really make for a great end result, you will love that tower!