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Boat Trailer End-of-Season Maintenance

In Cleveland, September is still boating season! But, we all know the end is near. While you may want to take your boat out another time or two, you need to consider what the season has done to your boat trailer – and especially, its bearings. Take care of the bearings before you put your boat away for the season, and you can look forward to taking it out again on the first nice weekend next spring.

Before You Store Your Boat Trailer

When boating season ends, it’s time to clean and repack the bearings with fresh grease and replace the seals on your trailer!

Not excited about that? We understand – it’s not a glamorous job, but it’s important to clean and repack the bearings before you put the boat away for the winter. There is a good chance that moisture has entered your hubs, regardless the type of bearing protectors used. Doing it now is the best way to avoid additional cost in the future. (And let’s face it – that first warm weekend in the spring, you want your trailer ready to roll – right?!)

Moisture: How Bearings Go Bad in the Winter

If you fail to clean and repack the bearings before storing your boat for the winter in a climate like ours here on the North Coast, any remaining moisture in the bearings will freeze and thaw, causing corrosion and pitting in the bearings. Bearings in this condition will heat up with use, cause the grease to breakdown and result in bearing failure.

A catastrophic bearing failure can result in a damaged hub.

Or worse, a ruined axle.

Or much worse – a blown tire resulting in property loss or even the loss of life.

Cleaning and repacking the bearings on your boat trailer is no fun, but it’s gotta get done. Do it now or make an appointment to have it done by the professional staff at JTI Inc. It’s not a glamorous job, but one we’re happy to do. Stop in with your trailer today!


JTI, Cleveland trailer expertsKeep your boat trailer in good shape so you can enjoy more time on the water – this season and next. See JTI for the parts you need, or bring your boat trailer in so we handle bearing clean and repack and other maintenance for you.  JTIinc.com   440.232.4311


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Bad Bushings Can Cost You a Bundle!

trailer equalizer

Trailer bushings are not immediately impressive. The plain-looking nylon cylinders are small. Cheap, even. But you ignore them at your own peril.

Those inexpensive little plastic pieces – they cost less than $1 each – sit inside shackles and spring brackets, protecting your trailer’s suspension.

Bad bushings can throw off your alignment, lead to uneven and premature tire wear, and compromise the strength of your suspension.

It’s the old ounce-of-prevention story. Don’t let your trailer buckle under pressure for want of a new piece of nylon! Inspect the bushings in shackles and springs a couple of times each year, or more often if you use your trailer frequently or haul heavy loads.

This image of an equalizer on a tandem axle looks good – but what you can’t see is the condition of the bushings. It’s quite worth your time to take the shackles and springs apart to check the condition of your bushings and replace them if any part of the cylinder is worn. Your suspension thanks you!

Bushing in Shackle

Service vs. Maintenance


What’s the difference between service and maintenance? When we’re talking trailers, the difference is money – and it can be hundreds or thousands of dollars of difference. We stock bushings for most springs as well as shackles and shackle hardware. If you don’t have the time (or desire) to do your own routine maintenance, call us. We’ll catch a bad bushing before it costs you an arm and a leg – or a suspension and new set of tires!

 


 

JTI, Cleveland trailer expertsPeople who depend on their trailers depend on JTI. Since 1935, we’ve been keeping Cleveland’s trailers on the road, working safely as long as possible. We don’t just sell trailers, we help owners maximize their equipment investment. Need trailer repair, service work, parts, or something else? Call or stop by to see why our customers have stuck with us for 80 years. www.JTIinc.com  440.232.4311


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Boat Trailer Lights: Common Sense Tips

Let’s get obvious: Boat trailers spend a lot of time in the water, so lights corrode. Just as obvious: lights and signals need to work, for safety’s sake to avoid accidents.cut screw boat light –  and for frustration’s sake, to avoid getting ticketed!

Want a little good news? It’s often cheaper and easier to replace the whole corroded light and wiring than it is to fix it.*

Do your boat trailer lights work? Need a service appointment? Contact us

Tips to Prevent Corrosion and Keep Boat Trailer Lights Working

The easiest way to prevent lights from corroding is to make sure you have submersible lights! Virtually all new lights are; check yours if they are several years old. (Yes, we sell submersible boat trailer lights.)

  • Rinse your trailer after loading up – and don’t forget to spray off your lights. Even if you boat in fresh water, some brackishness/pollution is present and will speed corrosion.
  • Once they’ve been rinsed off and are dry, spray all connections with dielectric grease to prevent corrosion.
  • Check your lights before you drive away!

What’s that? you’re a do-it-yourselfer and want to wire your own lights? Take a tip from the Boat Owners Association of the US; see its helpful info sheet on Trailer Wiring Care. We also recommend reading BOAT-US’s article about trailer tires. Happy reading, happy boating!

Boat Trailer Wheels rust too! Protect yours or get galvanized wheels. We’ve got them too 

*Note: please recycle all you can of the old lights, rather than discarding in the trash. Mother Earth says “thanks.”

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JTI, Cleveland trailer experts

440.232.4311

Cleveland’s boating season is too short! We highly recommend scheduling pre- and post-season maintenance for your trailer so you can make the most of the summer on the water.

www.JTIinc.com