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Old 03-23-2015, 12:29 PM
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Red face Rattles, Chatters and a Noisy Trailer

Anyone else have a noisy trailer?

It's hard to describe the noise, so I am going to video it prior to looking for the cause. Almost a metallic rattle. Like washers rattling on loose bolts and nuts. I've already done the disc brake quiet per P-Hat's direction and it helped, but the noise is still there. Anyone else? For 8 years, I have taken it at face value and accepted it, but this Spring, I have dedicated myself to finding the cause... and hopefully a solution.

I am going to use this thread as an ongoing thread to document my findings.

To start, I am pulling my boat off the trailer this weekend. I am anticipating using an engine hoist in lieu of the bottle jack method.



Once this is complete, I am going to have my brother tow me around the neighborhood on the trailer to try to find the source of the noise.

More to come...
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Old 03-23-2015, 12:31 PM
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Anyone else have a noisy trailer?

It's hard to describe the noise, so I am going to video it prior to looking for the cause. Almost a metallic rattle. Like washers rattling on loose bolts and nuts. I've already done the disc brake quiet per P-Hat's direction and it helped, but the noise is still there. Anyone else? For 8 years, I have taken it at face value and accepted it, but this Spring, I have dedicated myself to finding the cause... and hopefully a solution.

I am going to use this thread as an ongoing thread to document my findings.

To start, I am pulling my boat off the trailer this weekend. I am anticipating using an engine hoist in lieu of the bottle jack method.



Once this is complete, I am going to have my brother tow me around the neighborhood on the trailer to try to find the source of the noise.

More to come...
Make sure he straps you down securely Cam!
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Old 03-23-2015, 12:36 PM
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Make sure he straps you down securely Cam!
Let's not make this ANOTHER tie-down thread!
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Old 03-23-2015, 12:48 PM
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Let's not make this ANOTHER tie-down thread!
Maybe you need some oil to stop the rattles.
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Old 03-23-2015, 01:34 PM
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I have a noisy trailer but as far as I can tell its my metal fenders rubbing against the metal side steps where there is interior rust and their not quite connected.
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I have a noisy trailer but as far as I can tell its my metal fenders rubbing against the metal side steps where there is interior rust and their not quite connected.
^This. I think mine also makes noises with the upright guide poles move back and forth (don't have them tightened down snug). Definitely concerns me as well but I go less than a mile round trip and don't get over 20mph so it doesn't bother me much.
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Brake lines can rattle around inside your frame as well.
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I feel you pain on this subject Cam. I am changing springs and all the hardware on my tandem this year. I have so many spring noises I don't know if there are any rattles.
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I feel you pain on this subject Cam. I am changing springs and all the hardware on my tandem this year. I have so many spring noises I don't know if there are any rattles.
The thing should be silent with torsion axles and disc brakes. I can only think of 3 possible causes.

-Brakes
-Brake lines
-Torsion Axles (Don't think so, but who knows)
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The thing should be silent with torsion axles and disc brakes. I can only think of 3 possible causes.

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-Brake lines
-Torsion Axles (Don't think so, but who knows)
Center caps can make some noise if not tight to the wheel. Old trick is a wrap of electric tape at the base of the cap where it meets the wheel. Someone else mentioned guide posts not being tight as a source. Also the loos tubes over the posts can make some noise. How your draw bar fits into your receiver can be a source for some noise as well as the receiver pin'lock you have. Does your boat sit securely against your v-block?
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