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    Drain Holes

    I have a 2007 Cherokee Mfg aluminum trailer. For some reason there are air/drain holes on the top of the bows, but not bottom, causing water to pool inside.

    Would there be any reason not to drill small holes on the bottom of the bows or other bars at low points to aid draining water?

    Thank you!


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    I am not sure about your trailer but some use them to run trailer wiring through the frame. I am not sure if this is the case or not for yours. If it is a big problem I would seal the holes with some silicon and smooth it over the hole so it is flush and let it cure. Should keep water from entering then.

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    A friend of mine filled/plugged all his drain holes once (homemade boat trailer). It was no prob. until he realized the trailer floated when the boat came off. It became an issue when trying to reload the boat. The current would swing the trailer sideways as it floated.

    As long as your trailer doesn't float it should be ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 83Gator View Post
    until he realized the trailer floated when the boat came off.

    That is a good point, I completely forgot about these trailers floating. I have seen this happen before.

    Do you have any holes at the rear on the bottom for it to drain? Maybe this is why those holes are there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texan78 View Post
    That is a good point, I completely forgot about these trailers floating. I have seen this happen before.

    Do you have any holes at the rear on the bottom for it to drain? Maybe this is why those holes are there?
    Yes: I'm guessing those holes are for 2 purposes: Fills the trailer w/water to keep it from floating and to drain when it exits the water.

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    Well he stated the holes are on the top at the front of the trailer. So their would be no way for the water to drain unless their were holes on the bottom somewhere, preferably the back.

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    Well, I think I answered my question! I drilled two small holes in each of the "bows" which are the lowest part on the trailer. Needless to say, for about 3-4 minutes water came streaming out. Which tells me it has been sitting in there all along. Most likely this was a design flaw, but if you have a trailer with no drain holes, might be worth checking out.

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