Skip to main content

Walleye Boat Rebuild Part 12: Trailer Rehab

Overlooking trailer maintenance can be a big mistake.

Walleye Boat Rebuild Part 12: Trailer Rehab

Problems with the trailer can cause big headaches, so it’s important to make sure things are in tip-top shape before heading out. (Ross Robertson photo)

When you purchase a used boat you never truly know what was done to it, if anything, or the quality of that work, and the trailer is easily the Rodney Dangerfield of the package. We often don’t think about the trailer until we have a problem which can be a big mistake. Problems with the trailer can cause big headaches, so it’s important to make sure things are in tip-top shape before heading out.

After a roughly 800-mile road trip home from buying our boat, it became clear very quickly that the hubs would need to be serviced, as oil was visibly leaking out. They featured an oil bath system that Ranger quit using years ago and parts weren’t readily available.

A rusted wheel/brake assembly.
Tommy at Vic’s thought it was a good idea to replace the entire hub assembly. (Ross Robertson photo)

I’ve said it many times before–the key to these rehab projects is to know when to do it yourself and when to call in the professionals. A trip to Vic’s Sports Center in Akron, Ohio was in order for this one. After assessing the trailer, Tommy at Vic’s thought it was a good idea to replace the entire hub assembly to the same system that my other boat has. This would make parts more readily available with much less maintenance.

A shiny new wheel hub assembly.
Installing a new hub assembly made parts more readily available with much less maintenance. (Ross Robertson photo)

Here is where the decision to bring it to a pro really helped out. The old hub assembly just did not want to come off and they had to do things that I would have not been comfortable doing. But an even bigger issue is that they found that one of the brake lines had snapped and found a tear in another location, causing all of the fluid to leak out. This catch, and the fact that they had the parts and equipment on hand to properly bleed the brakes, was reassuring.

Now that the trailer is safely working, I’m going to use it for a while, then decide whether to do other projects that are more cosmetic than functional. And I’ll take that time to learn if it has any other major issues.

While brakes and hubs are out of most people’s comfort zones, there are many things on a trailer that can be checked and handled by almost anyone. Anything that has a bolt on it should be checked, if not just replaced, depending on the age of the trailer. Items such as bunk support brackets, winches, jack stands, tie-down buckles, rollers, safety chains, and fenders all need to be looked at.

Some wrenches, a power drill, and a hitch wheel on a concrete floor.
Always check the safety chains. (Ross Robertson photo)

A simple but big step is simply to get a new spare tire. In so many cases, the spare has rotted from being in the sun for years, and once needed it blows out immediately–I have had several friends that have had this happen to them. Investing in a spare tire cover can help slow this process.

We all want the latest in electronics, trolling motors, and other fancy gadgets, but we need to make sure to leave some budget and time to repair the equipment that carries it all.

See the entire process here:




GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Recent Videos

Smallmouth legend and Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jay Pzrekurat talks about his two favorite smallmouth rigs from baits ...
Learn

3 SIMPLE and EASY Catfish Rigging Tips with Captain Ross Robertson

Smallmouth legend and Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jay Pzrekurat talks about his two favorite smallmouth rigs from baits ...
Destinations

CATFISH FEVER!

Smallmouth legend and Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jay Pzrekurat talks about his two favorite smallmouth rigs from baits ...
Learn

How To: Rigging for fall catfish

Smallmouth legend and Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jay Pzrekurat talks about his two favorite smallmouth rigs from baits ...
Gear

The PERFECT Rod to Carolina Rig With G. Loomis GLX Bass Rods

Smallmouth legend and Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jay Pzrekurat talks about his two favorite smallmouth rigs from baits ...
Destinations

In-Fisherman Classics: Stalking Giant Flatheads AFTER DARK

Smallmouth legend and Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jay Pzrekurat talks about his two favorite smallmouth rigs from baits ...
Destinations

In-Fisherman Classics: Big Cat Safari - Finding Spring Channel Catfish

Smallmouth legend and Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jay Pzrekurat talks about his two favorite smallmouth rigs from baits ...
Fishing

New Podcast! Life on the Lower Niagara River with Capt. Frank Campbell

Smallmouth legend and Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jay Pzrekurat talks about his two favorite smallmouth rigs from baits ...
Learn

In-Fisherman Classics: Where to Find Post-spawn Walleyes

Smallmouth legend and Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jay Pzrekurat talks about his two favorite smallmouth rigs from baits ...
Learn

In-Fisherman Classics: What Are the Top Walleye Baits Of ALL TIME?

Smallmouth legend and Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jay Pzrekurat talks about his two favorite smallmouth rigs from baits ...
Destinations

In-Fisherman Classics: Big Mississippi Flatheads with Chris Winchester

Smallmouth legend and Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jay Pzrekurat talks about his two favorite smallmouth rigs from baits ...
Learn

In-Fisherman Classics: Walleye Location Secrets

Smallmouth legend and Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jay Pzrekurat talks about his two favorite smallmouth rigs from baits ...
Learn

TOP 2 Smallie Rigs with Jay Pzrekurat

In-Fisherman Magazine Covers Print and Tablet Versions

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

Buy Digital Single Issues

Magazine App Logo

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the In-Fisherman App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top In-Fisherman stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All In-Fisherman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Enjoying What You're Reading?

Get a Full Year
of Guns & Ammo
& Digital Access.

Offer only for new subscribers.

Subscribe Now