I’ve been working on the EZ Loader trailer that carries my Stratos 274 around. The trailer was pretty damned ugly when we got the boat and a couple thousand miles on the road hasn’t helped 🙁
The poor thing had one fender that was mostly missing, someone had literally chiseled about 3/4 of it out. One spring was lighter duty than the other, so it listed to the starboard side. The paint was pretty well chipped all to hell. What used to be chrome wheels were mostly rust as well. On the plus side it’s mechanically sound. I’m pretty sure the trailer had been wrecked at some point of it’s young 20 year life.
The refurb job has been in progress for a while seeing as I don’t take full days to work on it. Right now it’s upside down on saw horses getting prepped for paint. The right rear fender step looks like it had been reworked or replaced before and never painted underneath, so the rust was pretty bad.
Not rusty enough to replace the steel but needed a good phosphoric treatment. That same fender step had also been smashed up a bit. This pic is after it’s already had the majority of the bend pushed out with a jack and most the rust removed.
It’s amazing what you find on a trailer (or any vehicle) once you get it upside down! Fortunately flipping a bass boat trailer isn’t as hard as flipping a bass boat.
If you’ve got a cherry picker, it’s as easy as chaining the frame up in the center rear and hoisting it up in the air high enough to be able to rotate it on the tongue. Just make sure you get it high because you’ll bang up the fenders if you don’t. I pulled the wheels & bunks off to get rid of the unnecessary weight. I was up to throwing my back out over this, heh.
Once you have it in the air nice & high you can get a saw horse under it on one side and lower it onto the next horse so you are working on it like so