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Boat trailer for my 185 Bayliner - very rough on boat whepassing over road bumps 10 Apr 2017 03:30 #1

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Hi, I have a 2005 18.5 foot Bayliner that came with a single axis trailer and carpeted boards. So here is my problem.
My trailer is very rough on my boat when I cross over road bumps.

When I go over speed bumps or any bump for that matter with the boat on the trailer it makes a terrible noise like the boat is going to come off the trailer. I double check that the boat straps are properly snugged to the trailer but it still sounds like the boat is taking quite a shock when driving the trailer over bumps. The supporting boards also look good and the boat is fully rested on the boards.
I wondered if others had similar experiences with their single axis trailers. It just seems like the trailer springs are so stiff that all the energy is transferred to the boat. Almost like not having springs. Does anyone have any recommendations. I am getting ready for a long trip and want to resolve this problem.

Thanks ahead of time.
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Boat trailer for my 185 Bayliner - very rough on boat whepassing over road bumps 10 Apr 2017 03:44 #2

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Could be the slop in the ball mount to receiver your hearing. My 1800 sat on a single axle as well, it too was noisy over speed bumps etc, never hurt the boat any ;)
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Boat trailer for my 185 Bayliner - very rough on boat whepassing over road bumps 10 Apr 2017 11:24 #3

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Sky, if this trailer has a single torsion axle, that may explain the rough ride.

Torsion axles suspensions do not offer the smooth action as found in leaf spring suspensions.


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Boat trailer for my 185 Bayliner - very rough on boat whepassing over road bumps 10 Apr 2017 11:38 #4

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I love my 185, don't get me wrong or take this the wrong way.....entry level boat, entry level trailer....
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With the trailer off the truck, put the receiver in and shake it. If your hitch has a lot of play from being old and used that might be it. Then put the ball under the hitch and latch it not hooked to the truck. See if there is play in the coupler. If there is there is a nut on the bottom of the coupler that can be tightened.
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Boat trailer for my 185 Bayliner - very rough on boat whepassing over road bumps 10 Apr 2017 12:31 #6

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2850Bounty wrote: Sky, if this trailer has a single torsion axle, that may explain the rough ride.

Torsion axles suspensions do not offer the smooth action as found in leaf spring suspensions.


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I have a torsion axle trailer for my 13' Boston Whaler. It bounces quite a bit over bumps. There's not much that can be done about it.
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At one time my boat seemed to bounce more than usual. It turns out that the bow was not resting on the trailer's bow roller property. What was happening was that the boat would bounce up and back down on the bunks every time the trailer hit a rough part of the road. It probably only lifted about an inch or two. But that was enough to hear and feel the banging. Having towed the boat previously, I knew right away that there was something not right.
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Boat trailer for my 185 Bayliner - very rough on boat whepassing over road bumps 10 Apr 2017 16:10 #8

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Check your tongue weight. If there is not enough it will try to lift the hitch off the ball.

Also make sure the front of the boat is snugged into the bowreat as suggested. I like to add a ratchet strap in support of the winch dog to extend its life and have a backup besides the last resort chain

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Boat trailer for my 185 Bayliner - very rough on boat whepassing over road bumps 11 Apr 2017 02:36 #9

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oakplank wrote: At one time my boat seemed to bounce more than usual. It turns out that the bow was not resting on the trailer's bow roller property.
What was happening was that the boat would bounce up and back down on the bunks every time the trailer hit a rough part of the road. .......


Good point.
The boat's hull should become part of the triangulation; I.E., the portion where the bunks support the hull, an imaginary angled line from the stern up to the bow eye and winch tower's attachment point, and then back down to the main frame.

When this is tight, you should be able to invision triangulation.
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Boat trailer for my 185 Bayliner - very rough on boat whepassing over road bumps 11 Apr 2017 11:49 #10

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Also check your trailer. My friend has double rollers like this one. She knows everything, and had the cable line go over the top of the top roller. Her boat was on the trailer but back to far. After I found the problem she had no problems towing. The cable should go in the middle of the rollers if you have one like this.

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Boat trailer for my 185 Bayliner - very rough on boat whepassing over road bumps 21 Apr 2017 00:58 #11

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Good point about the ball mount. I will check it.

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Boat trailer for my 185 Bayliner - very rough on boat whepassing over road bumps 21 Apr 2017 01:00 #12

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I have leaf springs. I ended up writing the trailer manufacture today for some ideas and suggestions also.
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Boat trailer for my 185 Bayliner - very rough on boat whepassing over road bumps 21 Apr 2017 01:02 #13

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Funny, we have had many boats but the wife wanted to downsize. I still expect certain standards however. I like the boat and it has performed well over the years except for some gage problems and a slave solenoid I had to replace.
Cheers and thanks

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Boat trailer for my 185 Bayliner - very rough on boat whepassing over road bumps 21 Apr 2017 01:03 #14

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All good ideas, I will check. I have checked all the rest except for the mount so I will do that soon.
Thanks

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Boat trailer for my 185 Bayliner - very rough on boat whepassing over road bumps 21 Apr 2017 01:04 #15

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I will make sure the supports and the bow is resting on the roller. Thanks for the ideas.

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Boat trailer for my 185 Bayliner - very rough on boat whepassing over road bumps 21 Apr 2017 01:05 #16

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Clay, thanks for those suggestions. I will make a check of those items. Appreciate it.

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Boat trailer for my 185 Bayliner - very rough on boat whepassing over road bumps 21 Apr 2017 01:09 #17

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I wanted to thank everyone for the replies. I will follow up on them as they were helpful.
I have also email the trailer manufacture. It will be interesting to learn what they have to say. I also am getting ready for a long trip so I want to get new tires, bearings and other maintenance items taken care of.
Again thanks to everyone. If I learn anything different from the manufacture I will let you know.
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Boat trailer for my 185 Bayliner - very rough on boat whepassing over road bumps 21 Apr 2017 02:00 #18

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When I had a long haul to do with my boat trailer I would hammer in the wood wedges you use for hanging a door to remove all the wiggle room between the receiver and the hitch. They do not last forever but long enough... You can get them at any home improvement lumber yard.
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The single axel Karavan trailer that came with my 2010 175 was always squeaky and kinda bouncy. It never seemed to hurt the boat, always secure on the bunks with back straps taught and up at the roller. Please let us know if you find a solution!

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Boat trailer for my 185 Bayliner - very rough on boat whepassing over road bumps 27 May 2017 04:02 #20

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I will and thanks

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Boat trailer for my 185 Bayliner - very rough on boat whepassing over road bumps 27 May 2017 14:10 #21

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I got 2005 175 with a bouncy trailer as well. But, I found a solution and threw some Fulton Transom Tie Down With Retractable Ratchet on the bottom of the trailer to hold the boat.

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Boat trailer for my 185 Bayliner - very rough on boat whepassing over road bumps 27 May 2017 15:28 #22

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Mine is bouncy as well. It squeaks but it has always done it, and I had the free check by Les Schwab.

I like the idea of the strap holding the front like that.

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Your boat should not move while on the trailer. When properly secured, it should become one with the trailer. Make sure the bow is firmly resting on the bow roller and that the winch strap is tight. Also be sure that your two stern tiedowns are secure and tight. Check that your tires are in good condition and properly inflated. Your coupler probably takes a 2" ball so make sure that the ball and the coupler are matched, which if it weren't, you would know that by now. There will be some fore/aft slop in the coupler for the operation of the surge brakes. This is also normal and makes a little bit of a clunk when it actuates. Also, for grins, take a level to a horizontal member of the trailer and make sure the ball centers. If not, you need to adjust your hitch drop so you are fore/aft level. The trailer and boat will make some noise going down the highway, especially if you hit bumps. The leaf springs will squeak. You can grease them, spray them, or whatever, but they will squeak again shortly after dunking the trailer. A good bang from time to time is not unusual if you hit a bump in the road. What you are hearing is *probably* normal, but check the above things just to make sure everything is configured properly.

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