Hub And Axle Problems With Trailers

Hi, my name is Rory from Bold Trailers – the trailer repair specialists. I will take you quickly through a job which has come into our workshop. This trailer here right next to me on the hoist has come in on the back of a tow truck. Similar to one of our other jobs in the past, the wheel has come off on the other side of the trailer, basically because the bearings have collapsed. In order to complete the job I have to take this side off as well.

The customer says his trailer was last serviced just before he bought it and he purchased it 6 months ago. In order to take this off, I have taken the bearing cap off and gone to take the axle nut off. Now generally you will have a split pin through the holes in the nut and through the hole in the middle of the axle. This was missing. This is possibly one of the reasons why the nut came loose on the other side. Furthermore behind this nut, there is normally a washer. That washer will hold the front forward bearing in place. Again this was also missing. So whoever last did the service, we have to assume left this out. This causes big issues.

That has allowed both the front bearing and the whole hub to move. Through the breakdown of the grease, as you can see which is black, you can tell from my hands, the wheel has not been able to rotate freely and is actually quite stiff. In the process, over the course of time, this has now heated up and has welded itself in place. Generally during a service, once I have all of these components removed, I am able to pull this hub off by hand.

As you can hear in the background there, this one is not budging and the whole hoist is moving. I am left now with no option other than to take the whole axle out and replace the whole axle. This is resulting in a very costly repair for this customer and simple maintenance could have prevented this. So, if I can help you in any way with your trailer, remember Rory from Bold Trailers – trailer repair specialists, and I would be more than happy to help you. Rory, Bold Trailers

Fulton Jockey Wheel Video

Hi everyone, Christian from Bold Trailers. We have come out to the beautiful Bellevue Hill today to fit a Fulton Jockey Wheel to a boat trailer.

The reason we’ve fitted a Fulton Jockey Wheel to this boat trailer, if you have a look at the length of the trailer.  It is quite long and it fits a very heavy boat so it needs a heavy duty jockey wheel to suit the trailer.

The reason we recommend the Fulton Jockey Wheel is because it is aluminium based, all the gears are sealed inside.  It is a dual wheel operation.  All you do is wind it down, it takes the weight of the boat trailer beautifully.  Same with winding up, just with ease. Straight back up and easy to store when you are towing the vehicle, just lock the handle in so it does not move.  Pull the pin out and it folds up.

Beautiful, easy to use and it is going to last a long time.

So if you do need a Fulton Jockey Wheel, come and see us at Bold Trailers.  We would be more than happy to help you out.

Caravan Repairs At Bold Trailers

Did you know that Bold Trailers is experienced in Caravan Repairs? We are Sydney’s best kept secret in this field (and we would like to change that). While many caravan and camper trailer owners wait 3-4 months to get their caravans serviced or repaired at 2 of the large repair centers in Greater Sydney (One in the Camden area and the other on the far Northern End of Sydney), Those cleaver caravan owners in the know pop in to Bold Trailers which is conveniently located at Caringbah, 30 minutes from the CBD in the beautiful Sutherland Shire and get their Caravan repaired of serviced within a matter of days or a few short weeks (in peak periods). Whether you need undercarriage servicing, hubs and bearings replaced, new axles, body repairs, plumbing, wiring, lights, fibre glass repairs, upholstery repairs…… we have a team that can look after all of this for you. 

Christian Bold is a licensed Automotive Mechanic, a licensed Auto Electrician and a licensed Automotive Body Builder. He is also an RMS examiner for e-safety checks (pink slips) and an AUVIS examiner (blue slips).

Bold Trailers has a weighbridge on site to assist with weighbridge tickets and tow ball load. We are also a stockist and authorised fitter for Hayman Reese towbars and towing accessories, Pro Series towing accessories and Fulton jockey wheels. We can fit a new towbar to your car and also supply  towing equipment including weight distribution systems, tow balls and covers, couplings (hitches), safety chains, D shackles, electronic brake control units, wiring, trailer locks, cargo barriers, trailer ball mounts…. the list is long.

What are you waiting for? Give Bold trailers a call now on 02 8544-8114 and let us take the hassle out of your caravan repairs. 

What To Look For When Buying A New Boat Trailer

So you’ve made the decision to buy a new boat trailer, so which one should you buy?

Do you go for a cheap imported trailer that may only last two years before major repairs are needed?

Do you buy an Australian Made trailer, one that will last for the remaining life of your boat?

Do you buy a trailer with rollers or Skids?

There are endless questions you could ask yourself before buying a trailer but do you have the right answers?

For the majority of boat owners there are either fibre glass or aluminium boats. A fibre glass boat will usually be bedded on a trailer with rollers; an aluminium boat is usually bedded on a trailer with skids. So what’s the difference?

A roller allows a boat to roll both off and on a trailer with ease meaning the trailer doesn’t need to sit as far in the water. The more rollers you have on a trailer, the better the weight is distributed and the easier the launch and retrieval is.

The reason most aluminium boat owners don’t use a roller trailer is due to the fact that over time the rollers can start to dent the aluminium hull, so the next best option is a skid trailer with Teflon strips for smooth launch and retrieve. Although the Teflon strip requires more effort than a roller system, most aluminium boats are a lot lighter than fibre glass boats.

Skids also come carpeted and these are often used for fibre glass boats, the problem with carpeted skids is that more effort is needed to remove the boat from the trailer. Once you have chosen the right type of launch and retrieval system for your trailer you then need to decide on the type of braking system you want. The different types include:

– Mechanical

– Hydraulic

– Electrical

– Dual Brakes

– Single Brakes

Depending on what the weight of your boat is determines what type of braking system you require.

There are a lot of accessories you can get with your new trailer, upgraded jockey wheel, bearing buddies, L.E.D. submersible lights, guide poles and spare wheel. Remember these are extras and may cost more to have installed on your trailer.

If all this seems too much to handle, why not call in and see the friendly staff at BOLD Trailers, they can help you out with all your new trailer needs. They offer a huge range of trailer makes and models for all budgets, from Jet Ski trailers to dual axle trailers suited for boats over 4 tonne.

How To Get Your Imported Trailer Registered In NSW

1. Pick up your boat and trailer from the Docks – This will need to be done with a tow truck as it is illegal to tow an unregistered vehicle.

2. Deliver you boat and trailer to your chosen storage facility. We can recommend some storage solutions if you need them.

3. Remove boat from trailer and moor or dry store your boat (this will be done for you if you are using a commercial storage facility).

4. Deliver your trailer to Bold Trailers (again – a tow truck needs to be used as it is illegal to tow and unregistered vehicle)

5. Bold Trailers will assess the trailer and note the modifications required for your trailer to comply with Australian Standards. (This will not be done at the time of dropping off the trailer)

6. Bold Trailers will provide a written quote for the trailer modifications.

7. Bold Trailers will phone you to discuss your trailer. If possible we would prefer you to drop into the workshop and discuss your trailer in person.

8. You will need to advise Bold Trailers what work you would like us to carry out and provide approval for this work by signing a job card.

9. Bold Trailers will proceed with the modifications approved by you.

10. Bold Trailers will test your trailer.

11. Bold Trailers will organise your weigh bridge ticket.

12. Bold Trailers will organise your Blue or Brown Slip.

13. Bold Trailers will phone you when your trailer is completed.

14. Attend the Bold Trailers workshop for final inspection of the trailer repairs, pay invoice and collect registration paperwork.

15. Take paperwork to RTA (There is one locally) and register trailer.

16. If Bold Trailers has organised your boat to be stored at their recommended storage facility they can return your trailer there for you. If not, collect trailer form Bold Trailers workshop.

17. Enjoy your new trailer.

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