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Shoreland'r Serious Safety Issue - Check your fenders!

Discussion in 'Yamaha AR240, SX240, 242 Limited / S / X/ E-Series' started by MrMoose, Aug 17, 2016.

  1. MrMoose

    MrMoose Jetboaters Captain

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    Regarding recent model year Shoreland'r trailers. This has been mentioned in other posts, but since it is a serious safety issue, I thought that it should be posted in a separate thread.
    Some newer model Shoreland'r trailers have a vibration problem that can loosen the fender nuts, crack the fender diamond plate, and crack the mounting bracket. My personal experience is with a 2015 tandem trailer. There are three spots where the fenders are attached. Two of them can be seen at the leading and trailing edge of the diamond plate, BUT there are also nuts and bolts on the middle section (bottom side) of the fender that can loosen.
    Nuts, bolts, and brackets falling off your trailer at highway speeds can obviously cause a serious accident. @Majorsmackdown recently had a blow-out (2016 tandem trailer) while towing back from the Bimini trip. A very likely cause is that the nuts and bolts from his center fender bracket vibrated off and the bracket swung into his tire causing his blow-out.
    When I received my boat in May of 2015, the 200 mile tow to deliver it had loosened the center bracket nuts on my driver's side fender, and one of the bolts had already fallen out. I replaced them with nylon-sleeved locking nuts, BUT I should take another look at the passenger side and replace them too.
    Check your nuts! Sorry, I couldn't resist.
    My driver's side fender diamond plate and center bracket have developed cracks at the 5000 mile mark. Other forum members have experienced cracks on both fenders. Shoreland'r is stepping up and replacing the cracked fenders and brackets, BUT the problem is destined to reoccur if the root cause is not addressed.
    My guess is that the vibration is coming from the wheels. In other posts, some members have changed their tires from bias ply to radials in order to correct the problem.
    I can't feel any vibration from my trailer, but I can see the fenders vibrating in my side mirrors. My driver's side fender vibrates much more than my passenger side, and it's the driver's side that has cracked, so I'm certain that vibration is the root cause.
    I think that it is very important that anybody with a newer Shoreland'r trailer check their fenders. Loose nuts, missing bolts, cracked diamond plate, cracked brackets, are all signs of an underlying problem that should be addressed.
    I think that the vibrations are coming from the wheels. The wheels that come with the trailer are not balanced. Some members say that balancing them won't fix the problem, and they decided to switch from bias ply tires to radials. I just received 5 new radials from Carlisle. They came mounted on galvanized rims, just like the stock rims that my trailer came with. I just looked at them and ALL 5 WHEELS ARE BALANCED. The weights range from 1 oz, up to 4 oz.
    Shoreland'r seems to be doing a good job repairing the broken parts, but I haven't seen any evidence that they understand the severity of the situation, and that the underlying root cause is with wheel vibration. Maybe they aim to design/build their trailers to endure the vibration from bias ply tires? Based on one post, I get the sense that Shoreland'r has redesigned the fender bracket. Carlisle has demonstrated good will, and may be willing to replace/upgrade the vibration-prone bias ply tires to balanced radials.
    If you have a recent model Shoreland'r trailer, the first thing that you need to do is to look for the symptoms: cracked diamond plate, cracked brackets, loose nuts, missing nuts/bolts.

    Be safe.
     
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  2. subysti

    subysti Jetboaters Lieutenant

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    I had this same problem but seemed to fix it when I replaced the diamond plate. It seems the diamond plate comes as a straight flat piece and is just bolted on to the plastic fender without pre-bending it. I noticed when I took off one cracked diamond plate that it sprung up once the bolt was removed. When I replaced the new one I bent it to the shape of the plastic before bolting it down. The vibration seemed to go away on that side. I think the diamond plate is acting as a giant spring causing the plastic fender to bounce around and the plate to crack. this is a pic I posted with the old plate on top and the new one I pre-bent below it. This is just what I found, your results may vary.......... 20160515_141231.jpg
     
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  3. AR240

    AR240 Active Member

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    Mr. Moose,

    Thank you for your forum post back in 2016. At that time I did not notice any issue with my fenders. However, while I was reading through various posts a couple of months ago, I came across your post again and decided to check my fenders again as I am getting ready for a long trip with our boat. Sure enough the diamond plate was cracked at the rear bolts on the drivers side and a couple of small cracks in the diamond plate on the passenger side. I contacted Shorelandr and they requested a couple of photos. After reviewing the photos Shorelandr acknowledged the issue and told me they had redesigned the brackets and they shipped me a new set. The center bracket was the biggest upgrade as they are now using a 1/4 inch aluminum bracket. When I removed the old fenders that's when I discovered there was a crack in the center bracket and it would not have been long before it completely broke through and I would have experienced a serious failure. I really appreciate your post, as I would not have checked the fenders if I had not read your post.
     
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  4. Brian_NY

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    I have a new 2017 Shorelandr for a 24 footer dual axle. On Monday I replaced 5 (five) missing bolts and nuts on the left side of the trailer. I have cracks on both sides of the diamond plates at the bolt locations. Should I contact Shorelandr. The trailer is 11 months old and less than a 1000 miles on it.

    Update!!!!!!!!!!!!! Contacted shorelandr and explained in an email the problem that I was having. This is their response...…………………...

    "We're sorry that you are experiencing this, Brian; we did partner with Yamaha to send out a bulletin to all dealers to have a stronger fender brace and fenders - with improved fasteners - applied to trailers in the field.

    Contact your dealer to schedule a service appointment to have both fenders replaced (see the attached). Have your Yamaha dealer contact Michelle in our warranty department directly at mschmidt@midwestindustries.com to get these parts coming to them."

    ShoreLand'r
     

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  5. AR240

    AR240 Active Member

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  6. Brian_NY

    Brian_NY Member

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    I sent the email from shorelander to my dealer and he is processing the warranty replacement for me with Michelle. I am so happy that I found that thread because I was really pissed off seeing the cracks in the diamond plate and losing 5 bolts and nuts on a new trailer.
     
  7. sofakingbig

    sofakingbig Jet Boat Addict

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    Just noticed this issue the other day. Looks like a trip to the dealer at the end of the season!!
     
  8. AJack

    AJack Member

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    @Brian_NY Did you get it replaced? Do she state the years the bulletin applies to? Is there a visual cue to know if current trailers need to be addressed?
     
  9. Brian_NY

    Brian_NY Member

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    I did get my new fenders warrantied. Shorlandr will want picture showing cracks around the bolt hed on the top of the diamond plate as proof. Very easy process and they were more than helpful.
     
  10. RCarlisle

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    I have this exact same issue. Adding it to the warranty claims I have already. Thank you for the post! I thought this was somehow my fault.
     
  11. LukePrinsloo

    LukePrinsloo Well-Known Member

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    my fender has a crack in it and one of my tires is a new goodyear from what I bet is a blowout the prior owner had.
    Guess I need to call shorelander.
     

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