I trailered Shackleton over to Port Townsend and back last week. We had an excellent time, but I learned a few things while trailering Shackleton this far over the road.
First Issue: The front bumper pads rubbed against the pram bow.
So, I went to the wood pile and pulled out a scrap piece of UHMW. I routed the edges and used a counter sink bit to set the 1 1/4″ SS screws. I’m hoping the carpet, will allow some give in the UHMW as the bow makes contact with it.
Second Issue: The trailer seemed to squeak while trailering. I thought I would try to lube the leaf springs to prevent the squeaking. Here is what I noticed:
This side, however, has the leaf spring running below the lower bolt. This didn’t look right so I called Carnai Trailers to inquire. Yes, they agreed it was wrong…but also stated it was impossible. Their manufacturing processes are so good that this simply could not be. Well, that’s why I sent these pictures to them before I placed my call…so they could see that it was wrong. My request to Carnai was for them to pay to have a tire shop simply jack up the trailer, remove the bolt and lower the frame. They said they would not pay to have the spring relocated. Remember, it was impossible. Finally, they would gladly look at the trailer if I just pulled it to Spokane. This was not only impractical but flat out ridiculous. After hitting them over the head with the simple logic of how ridiculous this was, they finally agreed to pay for the fix. Truth is, I’m going to fix it myself, but it didn’t leave a very good taste in my mouth regarding Carnai Trailers.
You have to get acquainted with your gear. Look closely at it…if it doesn’t make sense, something is probably wrong. It will continue to take some time to work through all the little details that I want to get right.