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Hoopskier
09-08-2012, 06:23 PM
For me the its that end of season time of year, unless there is some freak warm day, but days are getting shorter, and the kids are back in school. I decided to get some long pending trailer fixes done. Some basic stuff; new winch, new jack. Then some in depth repairs. For some background first..

Back when I bought the boat, there were significant cracks around the guide pole, where it passes through the step and on the side of the frame rail. This caused the poles to vibrate badly on the highway and the steps to be loosen. Cheers to Boatmate. I contacted them about the issue. They offered to repair the trailer, but I would have to bring it to them, but this was not an option for me. They offered to send me the parts for me to repair, which I took them up on. This included the new updated design with the removable poles

I finally got started on the guide pole project. Although some welds were cracked..Some parts were loose..It was a pain to actually get them off. Thats all the further I have gotten so far. Thought I would post some pic up for fun.

Before pics
http://i612.photobucket.com/albums/tt201/hoopskier/002-6.jpg
http://i612.photobucket.com/albums/tt201/hoopskier/006.jpg

Parts removed
http://i612.photobucket.com/albums/tt201/hoopskier/DSC06328.jpg
http://i612.photobucket.com/albums/tt201/hoopskier/DSC06329.jpg

Hoopskier
09-08-2012, 06:25 PM
The scars;
http://i612.photobucket.com/albums/tt201/hoopskier/DSC06330.jpg
http://i612.photobucket.com/albums/tt201/hoopskier/DSC06332.jpg

The rust outline shows how the welds had broken from the vibrations

kaneboats
09-10-2012, 02:08 PM
Well, I have to say. That really looks like fun.

New Guy
09-10-2012, 02:56 PM
Hoop who did you talk to at Boatmate? I am having the same problems on my 02 trailer.

KCMobius
09-10-2012, 04:25 PM
This looks like the same problem I am having with my 04 also. Keep me up on your progress, I will be going down the same road soon.

Thanks, John

Hoopskier
09-11-2012, 10:51 PM
I talked with Owen Shelton at Boatmate via email. However I dont have his email address anymore. My conversation took place back in 2009, so several years ago.

mmandley
09-12-2012, 10:01 AM
I hope Boat mate takes care of you guys.

Unfortunatly my dealing with Boatmate not even 1 summer after we bought the boat was less then satisfactory.

I have paint cracks, and bubbles over the weld marks where it will eventualy chip and peel off. Boatmate basically said ohh well, not my problem because you bought the boat. They wouldnt even send my touch up paint, and this was when the trailer was less then 6 months old.

rsinger
09-12-2012, 10:12 AM
I hope Boat mate takes care of you guys.

Unfortunatly my dealing with Boatmate not even 1 summer after we bought the boat was less then satisfactory.

I have paint cracks, and bubbles over the weld marks where it will eventualy chip and peel off. Boatmate basically said ohh well, not my problem because you bought the boat. They wouldnt even send my touch up paint, and this was when the trailer was less then 6 months old.

I'm thinking that this may have been a design flaw issue that is safety related. Probably cheaper for them to fix it or supply the parts than go through a potential expensive law suit.

I've got the same cracks by the guide pole, but my step is still solid. Looks like I'm going to crawl under the trailer and do a closer inspection of the welds. I would hate to see the step fall off on the highway and possibly hurt someone driving behind me.

I looked at a couple of new moombas earlier this summer and noticed the guide pole/step design on the new trailers is different. If memory serves the guide pole portion is NOT welded to anything. It fits in a sleeve on the step and is fastened by a removable pin in the sleeve.

Hoopskier
09-12-2012, 09:19 PM
Some progress. I've hit the point in the project where I wish it was just done. Although it almost looks like I know what I'm doing.
Some fresh paint on the poles and fenders;
http://i612.photobucket.com/albums/tt201/hoopskier/007-1.jpg
http://i612.photobucket.com/albums/tt201/hoopskier/024.jpg

New hardware on the trailer;
http://i612.photobucket.com/albums/tt201/hoopskier/022.jpg
http://i612.photobucket.com/albums/tt201/hoopskier/023.jpg

I coated my welds on the bracket with epoxy just because I am kinda paranoid. The bracket I also partially coated with truck bed lining prior to welding on.

Hoopskier
09-24-2012, 04:25 AM
All done. I found that Rustoleum makes a shade of red that was almost an exact match, so I used that. The underside was done with spray can truck bed liner. Lights were upgraded to LED. I would expect better results if I had paid a body shop or similar facility to do the repair, but I am happy with the results. It is a 10 yr old trailer.

http://i612.photobucket.com/albums/tt201/hoopskier/027_zpscd6e86e1.jpg
http://i612.photobucket.com/albums/tt201/hoopskier/028_zps49cede21.jpg
http://i612.photobucket.com/albums/tt201/hoopskier/029_zps3da95936.jpg

wolfeman131
09-24-2012, 09:17 AM
Looks pretty dang good to me!

kaneboats
09-24-2012, 10:25 AM
Yup, nice work. That red is just about dead on too. Looks great.

jmvotto
09-24-2012, 12:45 PM
top notch work right there... nice job.

motosno963
09-24-2012, 06:29 PM
woow good job..if you dont look really hard you will see that it looks the same color..who made the step box?

bludogone
09-24-2012, 08:06 PM
That looks good!

deerfield
09-25-2012, 12:56 AM
Well done!

Hoopskier
09-25-2012, 03:44 AM
Thanks guys. If anyone is curious, Rustoleum sunrise red was the color I used. I think the color match would be closer if sunfade wasnt a factor on the orginal paint.

Moto-I got all the steel parts from Boatmate.