Here are answers to some of the most common questions people ask us. If you have questions that aren’t answered below, give us a call at 1-800-LOADRTE and we’ll be happy to help.
BUYING A TRAILER
Load Rite and 5 STARR trailers are distributed and delivered exclusively through our dealer network. Visit the Find a Dealer page or Contact Us with the City and Zip for a Dealer Referral and accurate pricing.
ROLLER OR BUNK?
Both systems offer excellent support for most any boat hull. Some boat manufacturers advise for or against the use of one or the other, so check with your boat manufacturer to be sure. Roller trailers excel in conditions such as a shallow ramp, in areas of great tidal variance, and varying conditions such as wind and current. Boaters who launch and load frequently appreciate the ease and convenience a Load Rite or 5 STARR roller model offers. Bunk trailers are preferred by boaters who launch and load less often, or who frequent well-built ramps with little tidal influence. Bunk trailers are also preferred by boaters who utilize their trailer as long-term storage.
Begin with the exact running length of your boat. This should be the bow-eye to transom measurement. Do not include the length of the bow pulpit and/or motor transom. Determine the beam of your boat. These dimensions will determine the length and width capacity of your trailer. Next you will need the dry hull weight*, weight of any outboard motor(s), fuel capacity, and water capacity. Multiply fuel by 7 pounds per gallon and water by 8 pounds per gallon. Add all of these items together and multiply the total by 1.1 for a 10% gear (batteries, electronics, coolers, tackle, etc.) allowance. This number will determine the weight capacity of the trailer you need. Always go to the next heavier available model.
LOAD RITE vs. 5 STARR
Are Load Rite and 5 STARR Trailers made in the same plant with many of the same parts? If So, What are the Differences in the Two?
Load Rite and 5 STARR Trailers are made in the same plant, often side by side on the assembly line. There are several major differences that set them apart. Load Rite has a greater selection of models and types. Load Rite and 5 STARR roller models differ in roller color and articulation on some models. Load Rite models utilize a yellow TPR roller while 5 STARR models have a gray TPR roller. Load Rite roller assemblies are made of aluminum and offer more articulation on most models than do the steel bars on 5 STARR models. Many Load Rite models are standard with low-profile LED taillights. 5 STARR trailers have different taillights and graphics packages than do Load Rite models. Other detail items may vary by model type.
Hot dipped galvanized parts are received at Load Rite as raw steel. The steel is then bent, drilled, cut, or otherwise machined as needed. It is then sent to a galvanizing facility and totally immersed in a molten zinc solution. This coats the part completely, inside and out. Hot dipping imparts a thick, durable coating that is self-healing and far superior to painted surfaces.
Both finishes offer superior corrosion protection in both salt and fresh water. Aluminum trailers offer a lighter trailer weight for a given load capacity and are thought to have a more custom appearance by some owners.
A fresh water rinse can prolong trailer life, but DO NOT PUT YOUR TRAILER AWAY WET. Always air dry your trailer by towing behind your tow vehicle for a few miles, even if it is wet from a fresh water rinse. This will minimize the amount of time water stands on vulnerable components like hardware and brakes.
Load Rite and 5 STARR use a NLGI #2 EP lithium complex based high temperature wheel bearing grease as factory-fill on all wheel bearings.
Load Rite and 5 STARR recommend brakes on all axles where available. However, laws vary by state. Consult with your local DMV if you are unsure of the requirements of the state where your trailer will be registered.
Ideally the tow ball on your vehicle should be 18” to 21” off of the ground to the center line of the tow ball.
All Load Rite and 5 STARR models are equipped with tires designed for trailer service. They are identified by the letters ST on the sidewall.
Wheel lug nuts should be checked before EACH trailer use! Using a torque wrench, make sure lugs are tightened to 85 – 95 pound feet of torque. On longer trips, check at each fuel stop.
Load Rite recommends regular maintenance during the boating season as follows: Lights, wiring, coupler action, safety cables, winch cable, and lug nut torque should be checked before each use. Recommended lubricant, NLGI #2 EP lithium complex based high temperature wheel bearing grease, should be applied via the grease fitting on the hub bearing cover after each submersion in water of a warm hub, or monthly, whichever comes first. The rapid cooling effect of the water could promote water permeation past the wheel seals. Application of grease at this point is intended to displace any water drawn in upon cooling. All fasteners should be checked for proper tension. All roller assemblies and winches should be checked for free movement and lubricated as necessary. Drum brakes should be adjusted. With the wheel rotating in the forward direction of trailer travel, tighten the adjuster until the wheel stops and can’t be rotated by hand. Then release the adjuster tension until friction shoe contact with the brake drum is barely audible. Repeat the procedure for each wheel on the trailer equipped with drum brakes. It is very important to adjust drum brakes “regularly”. Given varying amounts and types of use it is almost impossible to define “regularly” by a mileage or elapsed time designation. Common sense and precaution are good rules of thumb in this instance. Disc brakes require no adjustment. Recommended annual maintenance is to include all of the above in addition to the following: Annual maintenance should involve the disassembly, cleaning, inspection, and repacking of all wheel bearings with the recommended lubricant, NLGI #2 EP lithium complex based high temperature wheel bearing grease. It is recommended the inner seal and retaining hardware be replaced any time the hub assembly is removed from the trailer. All moving parts within the brake drum and sliding points on the brake caliper should be inspected for wear and free movement, and lubricated as needed. Brake shoes or pads should be inspected to assure they are clean, dry, free of any contaminants, and not worn below their serviceable limit. Serviceable limit is commonly considered 3/32” from top of rivet to pad surface. Brake fluid should be thoroughly bled annually and replaced with fresh DOT 3 from a previously unopened container. All fasteners should be checked for proper tension. All roller assemblies and winches should be checked for free movement and lubricated as necessary. Bunk boards should be checked for internal integrity. Frames and axles should be visually inspected for rust, damage, and fractures. Load Rite recommends replacement of any structural member having been stressed beyond its range of intended service.
Parts are available on our parts website. To assure order accuracy, please have your Model and VIN number available for your trailer. Visit the Find A Dealer page or Contact Us with the City and Zip for a Dealer Referral and accurate pricing.
While model numbers may be identical, individual trailer components may vary by model year. Tracing the VIN will yield an exact date the trailer was built. With this knowledge it is more likely to accurately supply replacement parts.
VIN AND CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN INFORMATION
The VIN is located on a foil sticker on the left frame of the trailer just behind the tongue to frame junction.