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    Need new boat trailer-gctid354880

    So my 20 year old (used) steel trailer needs to be replaced. It has passed it's useful life, being used in salt water most of the time and even with coated drum brakes, they need work every year, it is time to send it off to the great recycle pile.

    Does anybody have a good place to purchase one on the west coast? Any good used one's out there? Anyone looking to sell one here?

    I have looked on line in Florida (trailer capitol of the world) and there are some great buys, but shipping is about 3K alone!

    I am looking at Pacific trailers (ca), West coast trailers (ca), and Kokopelli in AZ. Anything in Washington or Oregon?

    I am after a 8k to 10k pound duel axle aluminum for a 1979 2750, with all the goodies - ss disc brakes, torsion axles, guides, and oil lube.

    Any feedback or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    #2
    There is one in WASHINGTON - I got a quote from them last year, but can't for the life of me remember the name. A Google search will find it.

    You might have trouble finding a 10k chassis with dual axels tho'. You will probably have to go to a triple.

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      #3
      King makes some nice big salt water trailers. They are located in Marysville WA.

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        #4
        Jeff, check with Trailer Joes in West Sacramento. They have the ability to fabricate on and their pricing is VERY reasonable.

        I also came across this trailer recently when I was in the market for one. The Victoria hull will fit on it...but it would be good to get the bunks raised a bit. It is in good condition and a steal at $2500 (?), which is the last price I saw it listed for. Here is the text from the ad:

        10,000 lb BOAT TRAILER

        Date: 2012-01-21, 10:27AM

        2 AX 6 LUG,,,,NEW BRAKES ON BOTH AXELS,,,,WILL CARRY 24 TO28 FOOT BOAT,,,,,,I O OR SHAFT DRIVE,,,,,,,,,,GALVINIZED FRAM,,,2---0--9--------------------9--1---0------6----6----2----0----

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          #5
          I have two 7,000 lb. axles on my 5th wheel hitch boat trailer, so getting two 5k axles should be easy. I almost went with King, they make a good trailer. there's another company in Salt Lake, can't recall the name, it'll come to me. A friend had a trailer made for his Carver 30, very nice. I HIGHLY recommend electric over hydraulic disc brakes on both axles. If I recall, about $600 extra, well worth it. I would NOT get torsion axles, something about weight and balance, someone will chime in on that...
          Jeff & Tara
          (And Ginger too)
          Lake Havasu City, AZ

          2000 Bayliner 3388
          "GetAway"
          Cummins 4bta 250s

          In memory of Shadow, the best boat dog ever. Rest in peace, girl. July 2, 2010

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            #6
            Jeff, I'm not a big fan of torsion axles due to reduced load sharing between axles on multi-axle trailers.

            If that's not an issue with you, then go for it.

            Galvanized might be important for you.

            Here in the northwest, King, EZ Loader and ShoreLander offer good galvanized steel trailers in either bunk or rollers (not sure if King does rollers).

            Go larger than planned, would be my advice.

            Definitely purchase one with EZLube or ShureLube or SuperLube spindles/hubs.

            When you raise the wheel/tire off of the ground and spin it while greasing, you'll actually get an exchange of grease within the roller cage.

            Bearing Buddies do not do this.


            Rick E. Gresham, Oregon
            2850 Bounty Sedan Flybridge model
            Twin 280 HP 5.7's w/ Closed Cooling
            Volvo Penta DuoProp Drives
            Kohler 4 CZ Gen Set

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              #7
              Check out www.tufftrailer.com, made inn Washington and very well priced. Excellent, made in the USA quality as well.

              You really should buy a NEW trailer if possible. Buying and refurbishing a used one can get you to the price of a new one in any case, and lots of work!

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                #8
                Thanks everyone for the input. 7 boat bucks seems a lot for a trailer, but the admirable said to get a new one (I don't think she is feeling well)

                What is electric over hydraulic on the brakes? I know this has been brought up here before, but I am not sure exactly what it is - I suspect it is an electric actuator on the hitch and hydraulic on the wheels??

                Sounds like no torsion axles also. I would have thought it was better than leaf springs that rust.

                I see some trailers have plated springs (galvy type of coating?) and those trailers are a little less expensive.

                Pacific Trailers (the big player here) can get me a galvanized 12,000 lb 2 axle torsion with cadmium rotors and alum / ss calipers, etc for $6826 plus tax (ouch) delivered to Newark (east bay).

                And West Coast Trailers can do an aluminum 10k lb coated leaf, 2 axle, brakes on one axle only, cadmium / alum / ss brakes for $5800 delivered to Stockton.

                I guess I will keep looking this week and try to pull the trigger next week.

                Big Thanks to everyone for chiming in - great info so far!!

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                  #9
                  Jeff H wrote:
                  What is electric over hydraulic on the brakes? I know this has been brought up here before, but I am not sure exactly what it is - I suspect it is an electric actuator on the hitch and hydraulic on the wheels??
                  On the electrical over hydraulic unit, when you push on the brake pedal the brake controller in your tow vehicle sends a signal to the electrically actuated master cylinder on the trailer which forces the hydraulic fluid to the individual brake cylinders. Much more precise and works in conjunction on how much pressure is applied to your vehicle brakes.

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                    #10
                    2859er wrote:
                    On the electrical over hydraulic unit, when you push on the brake pedal the brake controller in your tow vehicle sends a signal to the electrically actuated master cylinder on the trailer which forces the hydraulic fluid to the individual brake cylinders. Much more precise and works in conjunction on how much pressure is applied to your vehicle brakes.
                    There you go. Also with EOH, as electric/hydraulic are becoming known, you have no backing up issues as with surge brakes. And surge can be a problem on long downhills, where you have to accelerate to unset the brakes. And here's the SLC trailer builder I mentioned. They do make a very nice trailer and reasonable. You could also check Trail-rite in Santa Ana, CA, they've been around for years. My pontoon boat (7000 lbs. incl. trailer) sits on a Competitve trailer, out of Bellflower CA, also very good.

                    http://www.metalcrafttrailers.com/ http://www.socalsail.com/bg/co/compe...-trailers-inc/
                    Jeff & Tara
                    (And Ginger too)
                    Lake Havasu City, AZ

                    2000 Bayliner 3388
                    "GetAway"
                    Cummins 4bta 250s

                    In memory of Shadow, the best boat dog ever. Rest in peace, girl. July 2, 2010

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                      #11
                      You could always try to repair the trailer you have if it fits your boat well. I thought mine was a gonner, but I was able to make it better than new for much less money than a new trailer.

                      http://www.baylinerownersclub.org/fo...-Trailer-Rehab

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                        #12
                        I bought one from WestCoastTrailer Jan 2011...its an aluminum tandem axle with torsion axles, Silver Cad Plated Rotors and Calipers on both axles...NO more changing leaf springs...NO more rust...have only had it for a year, but so far so good...it looks great too..

                        I only got 14 years out of my cheap 1997 galvanized escort trailer...after switching out the drum brakes to disc and changing the leaf springs once
                        1997 Bayliner Trophy 2352
                        5.7 Mercruiser/Alpha I Gen II /Full Closed Cooling
                        San Diego, CA

                        HookEmDanO out ......

                        the more people I meet the more I love my dogs !

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                          #13
                          http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/bod/2861241357.html

                          This one has 3 axles, more tires and bearings to service, but safer if you have one blowout .

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                            #14
                            Jeff, that 2012 Venture Triple Axle Aluminum would be sweet. Looks like six lug, says Super-Lube spindles, and from what I can see looks like leaf spring suspension.

                            Being a triple does have it's benefits.

                            .
                            Rick E. Gresham, Oregon
                            2850 Bounty Sedan Flybridge model
                            Twin 280 HP 5.7's w/ Closed Cooling
                            Volvo Penta DuoProp Drives
                            Kohler 4 CZ Gen Set

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                              #15
                              2850Bounty wrote:
                              Jeff, that 2012 Venture Triple Axle Aluminum would be sweet. Looks like six lug, says Super-Lube spindles, and from what I can see looks like leaf spring suspension.

                              Being a triple does have it's benefits.

                              .
                              Yes on the 6 lug, yes on leaf and yes on the sure-lube and Disc brakes are standard as well. I have a Venture (2010) and it has served us well. I would say we have put about 1,200 miles on it so far.
                              Phil, Vicky, Ashleigh & Sydney
                              1998 3055 Ciera
                              (yes, a 1998)
                              Previous boat: 1993 3055
                              Dream boat: 70' Azimut or Astondoa 72
                              Sea Doo XP
                              Sea Doo GTI SE
                              Life is short. Boats are cool.
                              The family that plays together stays together.
                              Vice Commodore: Bellevue Yacht Club

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