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tabasco posted 01-23-2002 02:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for tabasco   Send Email to tabasco  
Going to buy a new trailer for a 17-Montauk. Talked to a few Florida dealers, and since I am going to use it in salt water, they say I should go with Aluminum. What has been your personal experience ? Which is better? Is it worth the $300 difference. They suggested Majic Tilt trailers. Anyone had one? Love to get your input. Thanks ( Also checked Continental trailers in Florida but they won't ship to NYC)
JFM posted 01-23-2002 03:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
The aluminum trailer should be more than $300. The problem with aluminun is that in order to match the strength of steel it needs to be heavier gauge metal. The nicest trailer I ever saw was under a bass boat, it was total tube stainless. It was much nicer than the boat. Regards, Jay
Bigshot posted 01-23-2002 04:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I only run Alum. bunk trailers, half the weight of Galv. There is a guy in Ft Myers (941 area code) called Tropic trailers. He ships to NJ and probably NY. I love the one on my 17-Montauk. I have the 17-19' 3500 lb. cap. with the torsion bar suspension, SS bolt kit, and guide-on's. I think it is about $1300 and well worth it.
GAwhale posted 01-23-2002 05:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
Magic Tilt trailers are built in Florida. I think it is Clearwater, Florida. Perhaps that is why the dealers are suggesting Magic Tilt.

My 2001 Montauk came with an aluminum I-beam Magic Tilt. It's okay. I really don't like the way the bunks extend approx 3 feet past the end of the trailer.

There are some other good threads about the best trailer for a Montauk.

tabasco posted 01-23-2002 05:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
I am leaning toward getting an aluminum trailer however don't know who makes the best one. Glad to hear any first hand experiences. Good point about the Magic tilt. Don't like the three foot bunk extension, either
GAwhale posted 01-23-2002 06:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
tabasco - Here is some additional info:
http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/001622.html
InHerNet posted 01-23-2002 06:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for InHerNet  Send Email to InHerNet     
I am very happy with my QuickLoad aluminum trailer. I am impressed with the quality workmanship and design. Here is the phone number on the trailer: 727-527-5078. I purchased the trailer when I bought the boat. The salesman recommended the trailer manufacture to me.
David Ratusnik posted 01-23-2002 06:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Tab-- I've owned aluminum as well as galvanized. Not all aluminum trailers are created equal, same with galvanized. Some big and beefy, some not so. Consider how many times per year you will use the trailer once you narrow it down to aluminum vs. galvanized. If you run all over NY I'd go with beef. If you launch into salt water, hose down at the end of the day plus shoot a bit of grease into the bearings. Frankly, I like my medium duty bunk aluminum better than the galvanized. It has pitted just a little in 2 yrs. but loading/unloading the 22-OR is a piece of cake. I only use it 6-8 times per year. David
lhg posted 01-23-2002 07:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
One first has to decide what style of trailer is wanted - keel roller, v-bunk (4 bunks) or heavy timber 2 bunk. If you want the latter, an aluminum trailer will be what you want. Otherwise, you will have to get a galvanzed steel channel frame trailer, such as Magic Tilt.

Aluminum trailers can be factory modified, on special order with more cross members, for keel roller applications, but the problem with these is the actual trailer frame for a given size boat, is too short. The length is accomplished by extending the timber bunks 3' off the back. I think this is a terrible detail for supporting the transom and engine load. So if a keel roller/V-bunk aluminum trailer is desired, one has to get the next larger size so the rear crossmember will fall under the transom.

Clark Roberts posted 01-24-2002 06:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Just a comment here about trailer suspensions: In my opinion torsion bar is better than leaf springs as trailer bed can be lower (hense easier loading/launching), there is less to corrode and no shackle rattle etc... I have a 21' 6000# capacity alum. I-beam float-on type from First Coast Trailers out of St. Augustine, Fla (Chuck Dykes 904-460-1177) and like Bigshot I went for the torsion bar suspension and stainless steel kit. The trailer has guide post, surge disc brakes on front axle, spare tire and two speed winch. But of all the nice features, I like the torsion bar suspension best! That's my story and I'm sticking to it! Happy Whalin', Clark.. Spruce Creek Navy
yankee posted 01-24-2002 08:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for yankee  Send Email to yankee     
The problem with trailers is always the springs. Leaf springs are good for one season. I use to buy them buy the case. Torsion bars are better (BY FAR) but when you change them it is a job. I now have a Rolls trailer built in Lakeland FL. It is so far above the rest you will not believe it. All AL & Stainless with a suspension design that is garanteed for life. You will want to take a look at them. Hyperlink
Bigshot posted 01-24-2002 09:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
That is where I got mine from. I am gonna remove my "big timber" and install 4x4's to lower center of gravity. The tall timber I am gonna use on my boat ramp to hold the Whaler.
where2 posted 01-30-2002 05:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Quite content with the galvanized Magic Tilt under my 15' Sport. The whole rig is '85 vintage, launched and used exclusively in FLORIDA (I live on Salt Water). Trick is, I NEVER dunk the trailer. It has rollers, I use the winch. If I was going to DUNK the trailer, I'd get a Load Master with the SS option and no brakes (unless NY mandates them). Every brand I've seen mentioned, is a "nice" trailer. Beyond that, I guess it's upto finding a NY dealer to take your $$$ and deliver your trailer. Unless you're driving to Florida this winter. :)
tabasco posted 02-06-2002 09:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Well thanks everyone for your help, but the place where I bought the 2001 leftover Montauk gave me a great deal I couldn't refuse on a new Shoreland'r galvanized trailer. I will report back as to my liking or not.
jimh posted 02-07-2002 12:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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