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Get the right trailer hub for your trailer

What trailer hub do I need to purchase?

This is a question that comes up quite often in Champion’s business.  Some people may trouble in determining what trailer hub to purchase.  Just follow the easy steps below and you will get the hub you need for your trailer.

The first thing in moving forward with purchasing a trailer hub is to determine which hub you need to order for your trailer. Getting the correct hub for your trailer is easier than you think. The easiest way to make sure you are getting the correct hub it to remove it from the trailer. Next you will remove the front and rear bearings and seal (without damage). Once you remove the bearings you will be able to read a number off the back of the bearing or measure the inside dimension of the bearing.  Call Champion with this information and we can get the right hub for your application.

Step 1. The numbers on the back of a trailer bearing correspond to a certain spindle size, and this is the easiest way to determine the correct hub. If a number is not legible on the bearing then you will need a micrometer to measure the inside dimension of the bearing.

Step 2.   Determine the correct seal. This is an important part as well since the seal is what helps to keep the grease inside of the trailer hub. Some seals have numbers stamped for easy cross reference, and others require taking measurement. If you have to measure the seal then you will measure the inside and the outside diameter. There can be between one to three seals that work for certain bearing combinations which is why only using the inside or the outside dimension is not recommended. Most trailers will use a standard double lip seal if they are using a grease application, and those using oil will need a triple lip seal or even a unitized oil seal.

Step 3. Check to see how many studs are on your hub. Trailer hubs come with 4, 5, 6, and 8 studs depending upon the capacity of the trailer axle. If you have a hub that has 5 studs then there is a little more work to, so move to Step 4. If you have 4, 6, or 8 studs your work is done and you should be able to purchase the correct hub!

Step 4. Check your bolt pattern.



Quality Utility Trailer Kits: Important Factors in Building a Trailer

For some people, particularly boat owners who make it a habit to visit the sea every weekends, one of their biggest concerns is how to haul heavy objects from one place to another without having to replace their family car for a larger yet costlier utility vehicle. Fortunately, there are quality utility trailer kits available in the market which makes the transportation of heavy objects such as boats easier.

Boat on a trailer  on the  sea and  sky  background

Since there are a lot of trailer kits around, you might want to immediately buy one. However, there are several factors you must consider before choosing among the available kits to make it a worthwhile investment.

What are your needs?

Your trailer must be able to meet your needs, hence the first thing you must ask yourself is how you plan on using it. Do you need a trailer to haul your boat, or other items such as building materials or furniture? This phase might take time, particularly since you’ll need to factor in everyone’s needs and all the possible circumstances wherein a utility trailer might come in handy, but this can greatly help as a first step in making a decision when it comes to choosing the perfect one for you.

Moreover, also consider the weight of the things you plan on carrying through your trailer, since it can affect your choice of materials and suspension system. More particularly, if you plan on having a single axle, the suitable axle kit and suspension will rely on the weight you want to carry.

What do you want?

There are a lot of trailer types to choose from, but what would your ideal trailer look like? You might want a flat bed trailer, an enclosed utility trailer, or simply a small utility trailer, and it all depends on your personal preferences. However, your chosen load bed size must be compatible to the wheel spread and towing tongue dimensions.

What materials do you need?

Once you’ve been able to answer the first two questions, you can then proceed with the actual planning and construction of your utility trailer. Always opt for the best materials when building your own trailer to ensure its strength and rigidity without being too heavy.

Some materials, however, are custom-made, such as axle kits, lighting, wheels and tires, and towing hitches and latches. Fortunately, quality utility trailer parts like these can be bought from stores like Champion Trailers, and you simply need to choose one that best suits your design. Once you’ve been able to gather all these materials, building your own utility trailer will be a breeze.

(Source: How To Build A Utility Trailer, Do It Yourself)

Replacing Trailer Wheel Hubs without Seeking the Help of a Mechanic

Trailers might not have a set of engines on them, given that they’re simply being pulled by a vehicle, but that doesn’t mean that you can dismiss taking care of its own set of wheels, particularly if you plan on bringing along heavy things such as a boat. When taking care of your trailer’s tires, it’s important to be mindful of its hubs, which connect the wheels to the trailer’s axle and facilitate its spinning action. Continue reading

Well-Maintained Electric Trailer Brakes Protect You from Accidents

Whether it’s a trailer to haul your boat or some cargo, one of the most important trailer parts you have to pay special attention to are the brakes. Being able to properly stop your trailer is integral to your safety. When you’re towing a trailer, you’re usually pulling on thousands of pounds; you wouldn’t want all that weight to keep on moving forward when you step on your brakes. Depending on your towing vehicle’s brakes alone will not be enough to stop your trailer; having functional brakes on your trailer will greatly help in slowing down your vehicle. Continue reading

Ensure Your Boating Trips Are Trouble-Free with Trailer Maintenance

If you have regular boating trips in your schedule, your boat trailer is probably doing a lot of heavy lifting. Even reliable boat trailer parts from shops like Champion Trailers are subject to wear-and-tear and you’ll need to do regular maintenance to ensure that they’re working in top form. Here are some of the parts of your boat trailer that need special attention. Continue reading

Picking the Right Utility Trailer Parts for Your Vehicle’s Upkeep

While essentially unpowered, a utility trailer can serve you well in many occasions. Whether you’re camping out of town or moving to a new city, your utility trailer can save you the need for professional towers. It is therefore crucial to keep your trailer in good shape, and whenever you will need towing, have it checked for faulty parts at least a couple of weeks in advance to avoid possible accidents or interruptions down the road.
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Basic Boating Terms: Differentiate a Boat Trailer Winch from a Buoy

Before becoming a full-fledged boatman, one needs to be equipped not only with the right vehicle or tools, but also with the basic knowledge of nautical terms. Boating jargon might be a bit confusing for a newbie because the amount of technical terms and boat parts you need to familiarize yourself with is almost as vast as the ocean.
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Trust Quality: Upgrade Your Trailer with Durable Utility Trailer Parts

Now that you’re a proud owner of a utility trailer, whether from buying a pre-made one or constructing one with one of the many complete utility trailer kits available on the market, you should consider improving it eventually. This is because many of these DIY trailers were designed to meet only the minimum requirements that people require of them, both in safety and in functionality. If you want to get the most out of your trailer, you’ll need to put in some work to make sure it’s up to your standards or more. Continue reading