The Rebirth Of A Trailer

Story And Photos By Cliff Steele
Published: Fall 2013

He bought his current trailer 33 years ago, but never gave its appearance much thought ... until now.

Photo of the trailer in its original condition Photo of the author with his restored trailer

A trip to your local launch ramp will show you many trailers have peeling paint, dangling electrical wiring, and missing or inoperative safety lighting. I once was one of those guilty trailer boaters who kept our 24-foot pocket cruiser in Bristol condition, but did little more than simple maintenance (tires, brakes, bearings, and an occasional taillight bulb) on our 10,000-pound-capacity trailer. But recently I undertook an ambitious project to restore our older boat trailer to better-than-new appearance and increased its utility at the same time. A word of warning, this project is for the very capable and skilled DIYer.

Photo of the boat or the original trailer

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