Venture 4600 trailer woes
Not unusual but I have brakes locking up over the winter on my 1996 Venture VRT 4600 trailer. They will free up eventually but what a nuisance.
The trailer sat, out of water for the first ten years of its life. The boat was pulled with a travel lift and placed on the trailer.
I bought the trailer, it had never seen water, seven years ago and since then it has seen the water twice a year.
Doing a search showed me that, even with flushings, trailer brakes are only good for about three years. I didn't know that!
Also doing a search showed me that replacement Kodiak stainless steel disc brakes are a good way out; but costly.
I am looking for any updates on perhaps better and less costly repairs.
Have there been any trailer brake advancements? Thanx for your help!
I wish I could say there was, but as far as I know, the Kodiac disc brake systems gives about the best alternative there is.
I replaced the brakes on my old Venture 4700 with Kodiak cadmium discs and got 3+ trouble free seasons out of them before I replaced the whole trailer with a Loadmaster aluminum bunk trailer. It came with Kodiaks, LED lights and I opted for all SS fasteners so I think I'm good for a while. The dealer took my Venture on trade which saved me a few hundred bucks and kept me from the hassle of getting rid of it.
208 Grady White
a trailer is like a boat or a woman. the best day is the day you get it and the day you get rid of it and give it to someone else.
least costly - disable completely. if you can get it inspected.
next costly, rebuild drums
most expensive, new discs.
Disc brakes are the only to go. Way less problems. Drum brakes will be a problem from day one. Changed mine over when drums trashed.
Not sure if you have drum or disc brakes. When you park your trailer for the winter or any length of time, after backing the trailer up, you need to pull it forward to disengage the actuator. If this isn't done the caliper pistons get stuck in the out position, and they get stuck to the disc brakes. Hopes this helps. Load Rite is offering an new stainless steel disc brake called G5 made by TieDown Engineering. They are less expensive than the Kodiak Brand are now being offered as an upgrade option on their new trailers. They are also available for replacements. They just came out January 2011. If you get a chance call Kirk and he can explain the difference in the Kodiak and the G5. You can reach him at 857-8687
Last edited by boat trailer; 03-03-2011 at 04:05 PM.
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