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Old July 15th, 2013, 12:32 PM
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Trailer rebuild recommendations

Not exactly Defender related but hoping for some suggestions either way. I scored a bargain on a 22' boat trailer for my Zodiac. It's in good shape but has a little bit of cosmetic surface rust. I plan to rebuild the axle/hubs and install new tires amongst other things. I'd also like to remove the rust and repaint it. What's the best way to go about this? Sand it down and brush paint with marine paint? Spray can? Take it somewhere? Ideally the paint would hold up to submerging it into salt water. Thoughts appreciated.
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Old July 15th, 2013, 01:25 PM
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Strip it down and have it galvanized
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Old July 15th, 2013, 01:56 PM
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^ What Dan said.
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Third what Dan said. The hot dip galvanizing process simplifies the refinishing process greatly, is cheaper than other refinishing techniques in the long run, and the result will last...well...a very long time.
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Old July 15th, 2013, 02:12 PM
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Ok. I'm going to do some research on galvanizers in my area. What's a reasonable cost for galvanizing a trailer? I want the trailer to be black so quickly it all gets more complicated and expensive if I am to paint it after galvanizing it.
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Old July 15th, 2013, 02:22 PM
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I also need to get a trailer wiring kit and install it in the Defender. No brakes, just lights. Any suggestions for what the best option and how to go about it?
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Old July 15th, 2013, 02:24 PM
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Galvy wins. Unless you don't plan to keep it more than a few years.
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A friend of mine runs a land rover / range rover specialty repair shop. Based on his experience, they are capable of stopping anywhere, anytime, at any cost.

I don't know about the brakes, only their unreliability.
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I also need to get a trailer wiring kit and install it in the Defender. No breaks, just lights. Any suggestions for what the best option and how to go about it?
The factory land rover trailer wiring kit is the best as it is plug and play, but be aware the new ones come with shorter pigtails on the euro 7 to 4 flat connector so you need to consider the length of the one on the boat to be sure it will work or order the longer adaptor.

Any walmart converter style kit would work too, but I hate scotch locks.
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Old July 15th, 2013, 02:59 PM
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Thanks.

Is that kit specific to the Defender? There seems to be quite a few our there. Does anyone have a part number? I'm replacing the wiring in the trailer with new LED lights and harness. What kind of plug do I need on the trailer side?

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The factory land rover trailer wiring kit is the best as it is plug and play, but be aware the new ones come with shorter pigtails on the euro 7 to 4 flat connector so you need to consider the length of the one on the boat to be sure it will work or order the longer adaptor.

Any walmart converter style kit would work too, but I hate scotch locks.
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It is specific to NAS defenders. They used to have a different one, but now they sell the one for the disco I as defender. For just lights you need four flat plug (which is what the kit has). If you search you can see my saga with it.
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Old July 15th, 2013, 03:09 PM
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I paid $250 for the trailer so I'm a bit on the fence about dumping another grand or two into it. Normally I always go the "do it once - last forever" route but I'm a bit tempted to just brush it with marine paint at this point.

I'm also breaking my own "function trumps aesthetics" rule here but my Military Zodiac is all matte black (even D-rings) so I'd really like the trailer to match it, complete with black steel wheels. Silly, I know.

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Since its a boat trailer, id leave it galvanized.
It can be powder coated afterwards, but the added expense is purely cosmetic, and IMO not worth it.

Lights: get a cannon plug from a RRC and make your own pigtail with a generic converter box.

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Will do. Thanks!

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It is specific to NAS defenders. They used to have a different one, but now they sell the one for the disco I as defender. For just lights you need four flat plug (which is what the kit has). If you search you can see my saga with it.
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If you are dipping the trailer in fresh water you can get away with painting it. If you are going into anything brackish or salty then you must galvanize, no question. Generally the prices are $250 for the first 500 lbs and 250 for each 500 over that. Doubt that you have more than 500 lbs of steel in a 22 foot trailer. Only trick is transporting a dismantled trailer to the galvy place.
I can find about a gazillion 22 foot trailers around here for cheap, so for me it wouldn't be worth the hassle. I would probably just slop on a bunch of rustoleum and go with it. When the trailer rusts i'd touch it up with more paint, or find another trailer.
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As a point of reference I paid a $1/lb for stripping and galvy, but like Bill says there are usually minimums. Well worth it for your application.
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Is it to much trouble to ask for a picture of the boat if you have one? I'm intrigued.
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Old July 15th, 2013, 05:05 PM
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There's a photo here when I first got it. I will post more once I finish restoration.

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Is it to much trouble to ask for a picture of the boat if you have one? I'm intrigued.
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There's a photo here when I first got it. I will post more once I finish restoration.
That is so freaking cool. I'm a mil gear whore and love stuff like that. My wife is the only reason I don't own something like that and a bobbed duce and a half to haul it in.
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Old July 15th, 2013, 05:27 PM
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Thanks!

In all honesty I am a bit of a closeted mil-gear whore myself. I have already picked up a load tamer net for it


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That is so freaking cool. I'm a mil gear whore and love stuff like that. My wife is the only reason I don't own something like that and a bobbed duce and a half to haul it in.
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Will this the STC8874 towing electrics kit fit my application? It's an S-type kit whatever that means.
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