Please check your Trailer bearing on new imported trailers

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STRAY DOG
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Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:37 pm

Had to make up a replacement axle and hub set for a trailer that didn't quite make its first 12month warrant today this was a brand new trailer less than 12 months old from a well known China imported brand from a import store. Barn,
Checked other side and this bearing was very lose and rough too, just think new trailers now get a 3 year warrant of fitness
The repair now cost this onwer more than if he bought a NZ new built quality after paying for a recovery tow truck custom built axle including hubs and two new wheels as one was destroyed and are odd sizing
So people who own imported units please check your bearings as this has not been the first case !
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Sat Aug 30, 2014 2:57 am

Some more reading on imported Chinese trailers (not necessarily the same brand as Stray Dogs one)

http://tvnz.co.nz/fair-go/trailer-trash-3087159
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STRAY DOG
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Sat Aug 30, 2014 5:01 am

Hairy Little Dwarf wrote:Some more reading on imported Chinese trailers (not necessarily the same brand as Stray Dogs one)

http://tvnz.co.nz/fair-go/trailer-trash-3087159
Not good at all I didn't won't to remark on rest of the trailer as it had not yet failed but was made from very thin materials and was a lot of flexing so would not be a long term investment at all :@

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Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:31 am

I good reminder thanks for sharing. Whilst doing a bearing change also confirm the stubs have a machined radius.
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Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:48 am

The "cheaper" imports can be quite attractive as I found out when I recently replaced my house hold trailer. After heaps of looking and research I paid considerably more but ended up with a local brand that definitely has the quality.
Another thing to consider is that a fully welded trailer will be more robust and have a lot less "flex" than a bolted together kitset. Through my son Ive heard stories of bolted together trailers just falling apart and the so called "kitsets" literally being a container load of panels and components and the guys who are assembling (and selling) have to sort through a pile of components in order to get bits to fit together !
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Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:56 pm

That aint good at all :n:

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Sat Aug 30, 2014 5:34 pm

Buga, yeah I have had exactly the same issue have fully replaced axle now running ford hubs and also had to replace lights as rusted out. Also you can not source replacement tyres so when it blew had to replace both.
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Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:37 am

So Im guessing the China Cheapy trailers get a thumbs down then from the feed back in here ?
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Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:57 am

MadMike wrote:So Im guessing the China Cheapy trailers get a thumbs down then from the feed back in here ?
You're a very perceptive man Mr MM , ;)
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Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:53 pm

You get what you pay for in trailers. Chinese steel ...
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Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:36 am

Thanks SD very timely as I'm thinking of going down the trailer path at the moment :y:
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Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:58 pm

Trailer is the way to go. Beats lifting onto a roof rack and a salty vehicle. :y:
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R.S.J
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Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:02 pm

wont go near them imports cheap and nasty used to build trailers with my uncle down south years ago and the stuff i see now is shite . my homebuilt trailer has done me well for 10years now its been through rivers towing the dirt bikes to events and carting heavy firewood loads you name it and its still going strong . I use commercial tyres on mine . few touch ups with the welder to repair tail gate I ripped off by accident and a lick of paint once a year few bulbs over the years, I considered led but it can stay as it is. I inspect and repack or replace the bearings if needed myself couple weeks before every wof so 6months its easy as 123 . Because I dont have the space to build my own anymore I will be getting a briford from chch next with some added extras and they have a nice selection in the front yard to drool over

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Sat Feb 06, 2016 5:53 pm

Can confirm... I used to test for VTNZ and we regularly had brand new cheap Chinese trailers in that failed the first warrant on shot bearings-and they had moved 5 k tops.
Avoid.

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