The time has come to do some work on my trailer, before it suffers the same fate as Chris’, and I’m forced to purchase a new one.
I brought my Stratos 201 into the country a little over 2 years ago, though it certainly doesn’t seem that long! At the time, I looked into my options for preparing the mild steel trailer for our adverse saltwater conditions. I kind of figured that I had an 18-24 month window to sort it out before I reached the point of no return.
Those of you who know us, also know that we are pretty pedantic about our things. The boat and trailer get washed down after every use, and I’ve been pretty cautious about making sure the trailer gets the attention it requires.
Even still, I’ve suffered the same fate as most. Seized callipers, lighting issues and now, the tell tale signs of a mild steel trailer being used in the salt – rust. Fortunately these days, getting parts for a US trailer is pretty simple. Josh Batterson from bassboatshop.com.au holds most if not all of the UFP trailer parts required for my trailer. In the last couple of months, I’ve replaced callipers, bearings and seals, and now hold a full set as spares.
But what about the rust? The trailer is still salvageable. Tomorrow, it gets stripped down ahead of minor repairs before it’s sent off to be sand blasted, acid and gal dipped, repainted and reassembled, good as new! Check back in a couple of weeks for a full update. The plan is that there’s a few more years in her yet, before I need to look at a shiny new set of wheels like Chris’.