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Chap posted 08-17-2001 09:40 AM ET (US)   Profile for Chap   Send Email to Chap  
Is anybody familiar with Holsclaw Trailers. I'm told they are not made currently but how about quality? Parts available? could probably retrofit. Specifically, one I saw sitting under a 1989 22 Outrage. It is a keel roller with rows of small soft wheels instead of bunks. It appears in fine shape and sturdy.
Any info, opinions, value estimate would be helpful and greatly appreciated.
Arch Autenreith posted 08-17-2001 10:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
I happen to have a Holsclaw motorcycle trailer. Very nice. Parts easily available as most things are interchangeable. Can't comment on their boat trailer specifically, though. Hope this helps.
Peter posted 08-17-2001 11:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
My recollection was that Holsclaws were a top brand and at least in my area many were seen supporting Whalers.
KCarlsen posted 08-17-2001 08:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for KCarlsen  Send Email to KCarlsen     
I just restored one for my 1969 classic and it is an excellent trailer. It has four coil springs and two shocks so the boat travels down the road sitting on a pillow. I replaced the side rollers with carpeted bunks and have all the weight sitting on the center keel rollers. The hardest part to find was the shocks. I ended up using Monroe shocks that had the same extention and shaft length. The trailer is well built and has many, many adjustments to fit all style boats. They don't make them like this anymore. Just my 2 cents. Kurt
Chesapeake posted 08-19-2001 11:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Replaced a rusted out Holsclaw last year with an EZ loader. Had a really difficult time finding parts. As I recall, the line was purchased by another company out in Iowa, I think. They offered parts, but I think you will really have to dig to find them.

I really didn't like my particular trailer as the width between the axles was fairly short. As such, the trailer got blown around pretty good on the highway in windy weather.

sorcerer posted 08-19-2001 11:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for sorcerer    
Holschaw and Cox were top line trailers.

A trailer is a trailer you need parts go to a trailer supply operation (springs, axles, hubs,brakes,bearings,all can be interchanged with OEM).

You need the frame fixed go to a welder.

Unless the frame is trashed you'll have a hard time finding a "new" one any where close to the solid construction of these!

You need to modify it to carry a Boston Whaler because they forgot to build the hull solid enough (god forbid might have added 15-20lbs to the hull weight)! Then read all the old post on how to set it up, as outlined by the "experts" on the forum and site.

Chris posted 08-24-2001 02:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chris  Send Email to Chris     
Holsclaw was top shelf.. If they still made them I would own one now. Also I agree with the previous post trailer parts are nothing more than welds, nuts and bolts, so parts are not a problem.
Chap posted 08-24-2001 02:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chap  Send Email to Chap     
Thanks to all for the info.
I agree that trailers in general are erector sets, but I desired some insight into the company and structure of the trailer itself.
It seemed beefy at first blush but some vindication always helps.
Thanks again.
andygere posted 08-24-2001 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Here's a great source for trailer parts:

Thanks go to LHG for sharing this great resource with the forum.


bigz posted 08-25-2001 07:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz

LHG? sorry Andy ---

dodgebo posted 08-27-2008 04:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for dodgebo  Send Email to dodgebo     
Hey Chesapeake, do you know the name and/or phone # of the outfit that you think bought Holsclaw out? I'm looking for a couple of their hubcaps to fit a 12" wheel. OR, anyone out there with good, straight hubcaps to sell? Respond to this forum or call 360-679-6608. Thanks!
corvette posted 10-28-2008 12:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for corvette  Send Email to corvette     
I just read a few blogs on the Holsclaw Motorcycle trailers, i just purchased onde a couple of weeks ago and want to restore it! it was made in 1981 and is in great shape!, im looking for the baby moon hub cap that is missing, anybody have any ideas, i really like the way this trailer pulls and the way it is built with the springs!, i saw one ad on ebay that someone was selling a brosure on Harley Davison motorcycle and you had a choice of a free Holsclaw trailer or a radio! man was it good back then or what ?, anyway i want to restore the trailer to original so if anyonehas any info please let me know? Thanks Jack
13sport posted 10-28-2008 01:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for 13sport    
this info may help someone

PeteB88 posted 10-28-2008 02:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
I think Holsclaw trailers are awesome, had one for years under my vintage Grumman Combo II built in the 60s: combination row/ power and sailboat just under 14ft long w/ centerboard and 18 ft mast. I used the Holsclaw for my 11.5 for a couple years and it was great. The funky springs and mini-shock absorbers on each wheel made for an exceptionally smooth, cushy ride. Never any harsh bouncing and stuff in the boat was never scrambled all over the place after road time. I wish I could find one for the 13.

corvette posted 10-28-2008 06:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for corvette  Send Email to corvette     
Hey 13sport
Thank You for the info! if you know anyone that might have any conections to Holsclaw let me know?

Thanks Again
MikeA57 posted 12-24-2008 11:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for MikeA57  Send Email to MikeA57     
Holsclaw went out of business around 1984 or '85 from what I've been able to find out. I don't know of anyone that has an inventory of parts for them. They are fantastic trailers though and I took mine apart several years ago to refurbish but other things kept me from finishing it. Today though I'm taking my 1956 model to a local powder coater and I'm really excited about it.I hope to have it and the boat back together by February or March so I can use the boat this spring for some fishing.
Tohsgib posted 12-24-2008 11:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
I have a cox under my 13' which is a 1982 and I JUST replaced the original springs and axle couple weeks ago. I think they are nolonger or at least not making boat trailers anymore. Trailer is still in great shape and you can actually stand on the 27 year old fenders.
Ernest posted 01-20-2009 10:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ernest  Send Email to Ernest     
Arch, just come across an old holsclaws bike trailer.I was very interested in it's construction as I fabricate steel as a hobby.I never saw or heard of a holsclaws trailer. I am trying to covert it to a 5x8 hauling trailer.I need the spring support mounts on the bottom of the springs that hold the springs to the axal--rusted away.Also need shocks, can I use a longer shock? Anybody, please advise. Ernest
Ernest posted 01-20-2009 10:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ernest  Send Email to Ernest     
Kurt, I read your posting and TKS. I need to get shocks for my trailer. What number monroe shock did you use to replace your originals.And my spring holding plate has rusted. Without fabricating new,do you know whowould have them? This is the small plate that holds the spring on to the axle.Ernest.
TransAm posted 01-20-2009 11:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for TransAm    
Ahh, this thread is like, 7 1/2 years old.
Tohsgib posted 01-20-2009 03:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
That's the whole point of the forum archives T/A.
TransAm posted 01-20-2009 04:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for TransAm    
A 7 year old thread is certainly worth reviewing. Responding to a 7 1/2 year old post...well, perhaps Arch and Kurt are lurking and will chime in after being dormant for so many years and be able to help out.
Tohsgib posted 01-20-2009 11:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
You replied didn'nt ya!

Ya never know what will happen with a 7 year old thread. some get some decent info.

Chap posted 01-21-2009 09:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chap  Send Email to Chap     
The trailer and boat are still kickin'.
Hey Big, did you catch that they relit Old Barney.
Tohsgib posted 01-22-2009 11:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
kinger posted 07-02-2009 08:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for kinger  Send Email to kinger     
I have a 1986 Holesclaw trailer and canot find the VIN number.
Does anyone know where it is hidden?
NHHobie posted 07-03-2009 12:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for NHHobie  Send Email to NHHobie     

There should be an info plate on the winch stand. Can't miss it.


PeteB88 posted 07-03-2009 10:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
If you haven't found a maker's plate it is probably not there. My Holesclaw had a plate but all you could make out was Holesclaw. I wish I still had it for my 11.5, Don't trip on it. IF you're trying to register it contact your Secretary of State office or equivalent - they will make you a registration. You will probably have to get it weighed - at least that's the deal in Michigan. Oregon does (or did) not require trailers to be licensed.

jcdjr1948 posted 07-07-2009 08:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for jcdjr1948  Send Email to jcdjr1948     
I also have a holsclaw trailer, 1100lb gvw, don't have the model no. with me but I think it is a c-590. I also need new shocks for this trailer, the ones on it have rusted and broken apart. Any info on which Monroe shock absorber will fit?
NHHobie posted 07-08-2009 12:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for NHHobie  Send Email to NHHobie     
I think that you may actually have model C-950. My owners manual rates that as having a 1100 lb capacity.

Anyway here is the shock info you need. These shocks are also for the D-1250, D-1275 & D-1475 models.

NAPA/Monroe p/n 555002 Its listed as an RV shock.

p/n 650-1100 Bolt kit.

You'll need 2 of each of the above. :-)

Hope this helps.


jcdjr1948 posted 07-08-2009 04:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for jcdjr1948  Send Email to jcdjr1948     

Thanks for the info. This will help a lot!

rescuediver posted 09-07-2009 02:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for rescuediver  Send Email to rescuediver     
Some trailer tires and rims can be found at, of all places Walmart. $30. for tires alone and $60. for rim & tire ready to go. Didn't belief it until I saw it
alanPul posted 09-08-2010 04:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for alanPul  Send Email to alanPul     
Just purchased a holsclaw trailer the VIN is on a tag on the
tongue, but is either worn off as is mine or faded due to weather and age. Thru your BMV they will advise you as to receiving a new VIN, what steps to take. I have had to do it a couple of times for title and plating purposes. Once you get a new VIN # and with letter and number stamps I clean an area down to the bare metal and stamp the new NUMBER after which I repaint the area. I usually place the number on the tongue on top as it is visible and easier to do. It will not fade or get scraped off. More permanent, most trailer manufacturers affix the vins in this manner.
Most trailer parts are fairly universal as such pretty easy to replace. Bearings, seals and such can be gotten from any good supplier, just need the numbers otherwise take the old part and they will measure and match up for you. I do that on a regular basis. My trailer will be sandblasted and powder coated as it is in good shape just a little rusty.
dabco37 posted 09-22-2010 07:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for dabco37  Send Email to dabco37     
we are looking for an axle for a holsclaw model #1475 which is square with hubs on either end that contain races and bearings. any one have any idea where we can locate one, any web site that would have specs or replacement parts, any info on anything on a holsclaw trailer?

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