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Why is my left tire on my boat trailer coming off the ground?

Jim,

I don't know if you can help, but I am going to ask anyway. I have a 2000 17 ft dual console sea-pro with a Johnson 70 on a magic trail trailer when I pulling it over one of Louisiana's finest roads the left tire comes 6 to 8 inches off the ground. Any clue what causes this to happen? The dealer where I bought it doesn't.

Angela Malina


Angela:

Well, first off, I thought a Sea Pro was a salt-water boat with a center console only (??). And, unless you have a tandem trailer (unlikely with a 17 ft boat), the only way for a single left tire to come off the ground is that you hit one of LA's finest pets - old Wally gator. Or, you are on one heck of a sloping road surface!!

Seriously, though, I don't understand for sure what is happening here. Give me a bit more explanation of the problem. It sounds interesting.

Jim Porter


Jim:

Up until 2000 Sea Pro made a dual console. Please let me know what else you need to know. It doesn't matter what I pull it with. I've changed the tires and rims and that didn't work. The dealer moved the boat back about 3 inches on the trailer. That helped a little bit, but not much. I've tried loading everything on the left side---anchors, ice chest, and anything else for weight, but they didn't help either.

Angela


Angela

Is your trailer a tandem trailer?

Jim


Dear Jim:

No it is a single axle

Angela


Angela:

The only possible solution is that the trailer is bent or was manufactured out of line. The vertical center of balance is obviously off. I would force the dealer and manufacturer to replace it. If they give you static about it, go immediately to the State Consumer Protection activity (or whatever name your State agency is listed under.

I also suggest to you that the trailer is dangerous and should not be on a public road. That can put you in a very bad liability position.

The is an outside chance that, if your trailer uses torsion axles instead of springs and shocks, you may have a bad torsion arm. I don't know how it can be bad and not fall off, but something is obviously making one side of your trailer have major vertical movement.

When you find the cause, I sure would like to know what it was!

Jim P.




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