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#12376965 - 08/07/17 10:52 PM 2014 Nitro Trailer broke in half
Texascajun69 Offline
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Registered: 04/06/09
Posts: 578
Loc: Hemphill,Texas, USA
Just a heads up to all of Nitro owners my 2014 Nitro Z9 trailer broke in half just behind the swivel coupler. It hit the concrete at 55 miles an hour. Luckily I was in Lufkin on Hwy 59 bypass and was able to get to the shoulder quickly. The front storage box was empty and the driver rod box only had life jackets and a net in it.

The Tracker Dealer in Lufkin was a tremendous help in helping me get back on the road the next day. Gave me the name of a man who could weld it. I have attached a couple of pictures. I had the welder who repaired it beef it up. I am having the weld cleaned up and repainted at a shop in Burleson

I would highly recommend everyone who owns a Z8, Z9, Z19, Z20 or Z21 look under the trailer tube to see if there is any stress cracking. We spend a lot of time checking out our boat but I think most of us don't spend time looking at our trailers.






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#12376984 - 08/07/17 11:01 PM Re: 2014 Nitro Trailer broke in half [Re: Texascajun69]
Kicker16 Online   content
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Registered: 06/02/15
Posts: 3687
Loc: Lake Conroe/Willis
Dang!

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#12377009 - 08/08/17 12:06 AM Re: 2014 Nitro Trailer broke in half [Re: Texascajun69]
Bass Junkie Offline
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Registered: 07/29/09
Posts: 1241
Loc: Houston
Thanks for the heads up. The cross members of my Nitro trailer dry rotted. I replaced with an oversized aluminum trailer so hopefully will avoid that situation again.

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#12377119 - 08/08/17 07:40 AM Re: 2014 Nitro Trailer broke in half [Re: Texascajun69]
David Welcher Offline
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Registered: 06/02/10
Posts: 1756
Loc: Weatherford
My dad's 1997 Nitro trailer completely rotted out about 10 years ago and he had to replace it. Oh and it never touched salt water.


Edited by David Welcher (08/08/17 07:41 AM)

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#12377134 - 08/08/17 07:54 AM Re: 2014 Nitro Trailer broke in half [Re: Texascajun69]
lipjerk Offline
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Registered: 03/04/09
Posts: 2271
Loc: Lantana,Tx
I just did the same thing, the arm that the crank is on just broke, welded it up better than before. My trailer was built in 2013 by Roadrunner.

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#12377222 - 08/08/17 09:07 AM Re: 2014 Nitro Trailer broke in half [Re: Texascajun69]
nitroslim Offline
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Registered: 06/30/07
Posts: 1702
Loc: Ft. worth
also check your axles. I had to replace my axle, ( redneck trailer supply ) 2005 model. Did it about four years ago, so in 2013.

The weld where the spindle is welded into the Axle came apart. I noticed the wheel cambered out ( or toe, I don't remember the terms) and thought I had burned up a bearing. Crawled underneath and you could see the crack at the weld and the separation. Luckily no tragic issue. I have since heard of this happening a few times. It is possible we curbed it, etc, but it sure was rusted at the weld, so not sure if it was trailer failure, or just normal wear and tear.

Redneck trailer supply had an aftermarket torsional axle, with pre lubed spindles and hubs, all new SS hardware for around 350.00 has the vortex hubs, seem to be easier to grease.

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#12377302 - 08/08/17 10:10 AM Re: 2014 Nitro Trailer broke in half [Re: David Welcher]
coachallentca Offline
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Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 3967
Loc: crowley
Originally Posted By: David Welcher
My dad's 1997 Nitro trailer completely rotted out about 10 years ago and he had to replace it. Oh and it never touched salt water.


Mine did also. Had to get a new one. Mine was a 1995 trailer.That was 5 years ago. I bought a new trailer and 6 months later a car decided to take my boat and trailer out on 1187 going to Benbrook.


Edited by coachallentca (08/08/17 10:11 AM)
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#12377313 - 08/08/17 10:15 AM Re: 2014 Nitro Trailer broke in half [Re: Texascajun69]
elkhunter7x6 Offline
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Registered: 01/20/07
Posts: 979
Loc: panola county
What's a new trailer cost?

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#12377487 - 08/08/17 12:22 PM Re: 2014 Nitro Trailer broke in half [Re: Texascajun69]
James Biggs Online   content
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Registered: 07/11/06
Posts: 2772
Loc: DFW area
My buddy's Skeeter trailer just did the same thing. It's crazy that we spend that much on a boat & this happens.
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#12377517 - 08/08/17 12:41 PM Re: 2014 Nitro Trailer broke in half [Re: elkhunter7x6]
coachallentca Offline
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Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 3967
Loc: crowley
Originally Posted By: elkhunter7x6
What's a new trailer cost?


Depends. I have seen some cost $3000..
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#12377602 - 08/08/17 02:08 PM Re: 2014 Nitro Trailer broke in half [Re: Texascajun69]
Texascajun69 Offline
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Registered: 04/06/09
Posts: 578
Loc: Hemphill,Texas, USA
Here is what it looked like on the side of the road
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#12377900 - 08/08/17 05:02 PM Re: 2014 Nitro Trailer broke in half [Re: Texascajun69]
pchapin Offline
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Registered: 03/29/17
Posts: 21
Loc: Houston
Never buy a tube frame trailer. They come with rust inside from the factory.

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#12378106 - 08/08/17 06:58 PM Re: 2014 Nitro Trailer broke in half [Re: Texascajun69]
Texascajun69 Offline
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Registered: 04/06/09
Posts: 578
Loc: Hemphill,Texas, USA
O rust was found anywhere in the area of the break. The welder who repaired it had to cut off the tongue completely to realign it. I looked at both sides of the break. Clean metal both sides
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#12378127 - 08/08/17 07:06 PM Re: 2014 Nitro Trailer broke in half [Re: Texascajun69]
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Registered: 04/30/17
Posts: 324
Loc: San Angelo
For the life of me I think bass boats still come with cheap steel trailers for one reason only, to have a paint job matching the boat.

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#12378134 - 08/08/17 07:09 PM Re: 2014 Nitro Trailer broke in half [Re: Texascajun69]
Texascajun69 Offline
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Registered: 04/06/09
Posts: 578
Loc: Hemphill,Texas, USA
I agree. Tongue weight on this trailer has always been really high (two people can not lift it) and there is no room to move winch tower back. Very poor design
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