Anybody else have a floating trailer

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Anybody else have a floating trailer

Post by RussMT » Wed May 25, 2016 10:48 pm

I did add a bit of air to all the tires. The second axle and wheels must add more buoyancy. I don't remember it floating this high last time.

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Re: Anybody else have a floating trailer

Post by Hamin' X » Wed May 25, 2016 11:24 pm

The more air that you add, the heavier the trailer gets. :o 8)

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Re: Anybody else have a floating trailer

Post by Retcoastie » Thu May 26, 2016 8:18 pm

Looks like you need..........WATER BALLAST.......!!!!

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Re: Anybody else have a floating trailer

Post by 1st Sail » Thu May 26, 2016 8:39 pm

so definitely do not try to recover in a cross current. I have been thinking trying to find a used Mac aluminum trailer and add a second axle. Now I may have to rethink the project as the ramps I used have cross currents. I guess you need to cleat off the trailer to a dock with the boat. Good part is the guide-ons should work very well!

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Re: Anybody else have a floating trailer

Post by mrron_tx » Thu May 26, 2016 10:54 pm

Yep !!!! The first time it happened I freaked out , I was alone ( naturally ) and the marina was bare butt empty of likely helpers !! timing as the key to a reload success.... but still was not fun :x Anyone have any idea how much counter weight it would take to stop the floating ??????? Ron :macm: Dauntless.

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Re: Anybody else have a floating trailer

Post by Sea Wind » Fri May 27, 2016 11:07 am

wow! What is the tire pressure? and do you know the weight of the trailer?

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Re: Anybody else have a floating trailer

Post by BOAT » Fri May 27, 2016 11:11 am

Aluminum is the greatest stuff in the world! My favorite metal.

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Re: Anybody else have a floating trailer

Post by Tomfoolery » Fri May 27, 2016 11:23 am

Hamin' X wrote:The more air that you add, the heavier the trailer gets. :o 8)
That's true, but if the tire increases volume such that the extra water it displaces weighs more than the extra air put into it, the tire will be even more buoyant. :| :D

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Re: Anybody else have a floating trailer

Post by BOAT » Fri May 27, 2016 12:24 pm

Tomfoolery wrote:
Hamin' X wrote:The more air that you add, the heavier the trailer gets. :o 8)
That's true, but if the tire increases volume such that the extra water it displaces weighs more than the extra air put into it, the tire will be even more buoyant. :| :D
Gee Tom, then all he needs to do to get his trailer to sink into the water is to let the air out of the tires? :|

That should do it, right? :?

(I guess he could add more air later if he wants to?)

I Dunno - :( if it's a floating trailer does he need to register is as a boat? :? This is a hard one.

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Re: Anybody else have a floating trailer

Post by dxg4848 » Fri May 27, 2016 1:46 pm

I am in process of adding second axle. Not looking forward to this phenomenon. But seriously, did anyone find solution?

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Re: Anybody else have a floating trailer

Post by BOAT » Fri May 27, 2016 2:05 pm

Well, submarines use compressed air - how do they work? Compressed air does not float any better than regular air if it's contained in the same size and shape because it's all about displacement, right? That's why the skin divers can go into the water with compressed air and they weight the same under water when their tanks are full ans they do when their tanks are empty, right?

Isn't there any navy submarine guys out there that can figure this out?? !! :x :x this makes my head hurt!

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Re: Anybody else have a floating trailer

Post by Ponaldpe » Fri May 27, 2016 4:48 pm

The trailer needs more weight, a flats boat fisherman has a aluminum trailer he put some weights in the frame. His ramp is in the river with a current the trailer was going down river and in no way the boat was getting on the trailer till the weights were added.

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Re: Anybody else have a floating trailer

Post by RussMT » Fri May 27, 2016 4:57 pm

I don't remember it floating that high last time. I recall it was just off the bottom.
This time I did add air to all tires. About 45lbs each. I wonder if that expanded the tires. Also, I came from the road to launch which may have warmed them a bit. Last time the boat sat at the marina for a week waiting to launch.

When I retrieved the boat last fall, it sank pretty low and bubbled for a long time. This gave me the feeling the tires were leaking. They weren't and some air must have been trapped someplace, who knows where.

I did notice that one side floated higher than the other.
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Re: Anybody else have a floating trailer

Post by BOAT » Fri May 27, 2016 5:24 pm

Wow! Who needs a boat! That's great! An amphibious trailer! So, what's next? Time for a rudder? Or an auto pilot for the trailer?

It would bee cool if you could unhook it from the car and paddle around on it. I assume the spare tire on the front will keep the "bow" of your "floating trailer boat" from hitting the bottom?

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