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mag posted 07-20-2015 07:36 PM ET (US)   Profile for mag   Send Email to mag  
I plan to replace the trailer used to tow my 1978 20' Boston Whaler Outrage.

I have two quotes. Both quotes are for a galvanized, tandem axle trailer with disk brakes, 4-bunks, a bow roller, and 14-inch wheels.

1) $4,140 -- Trailrite
2) $5,620 -- Pacific Trailers

I am located in Southern California. Do these prices seem reasonable? My current trailer would need a lot of rusted parts replaced ... but I am willing to do that if it makes more sense. Thanks, -Mike

frontier posted 07-21-2015 12:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for frontier  Send Email to frontier     
Go new - rebuilding trailers is rarely worth it. Sell your old one - a decent (even not so good) used trailer sells quickly.
How about a single axle trailer? Those boats are lightweight.
The 1978 Outrage came in 19' (1500#) or 21' (1600#) versions.
Not much more weight than a new 170 Montauk (1450#).
Unless you have a sternrive version (2600#).
I would sure get a quote from an EZ Loader trailer dealer - very high quality, lightweight and good pricing.
padrefigure posted 07-21-2015 09:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for padrefigure  Send Email to padrefigure     
I would also look at an aluminum trailer if you launch in saltwater. The trailer thing is mostly a local business, so I do not know who you would use in SoCal, but in South Texas, you could buy an aluminum trailer for what you have been quoted for galvanized.
contender posted 07-21-2015 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
I agree go with an alum float on type, and I would wait for a boat show or something (sale) to get a deal(If you can wait)
andygere posted 07-21-2015 06:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
When shopping for a trailer for my Outrage 22 a few years ago, I came in contact with West Coast Trailers, who promptly provided me with a quote on an aluminum float-on trailer. Wayne Redmond, the owner was terrific to deal with, and he personally delivered the trailer to me in Santa Cruz and helped make the final fit adjustments for my boat. He's also a Whaler enthusiast, and was very knowledgeable about setting the trailer up correctly for my boat. The trailer and components are excellent quality, it weighs about 800 pounds less than the galvanized EZ loader it replaced and it tows like a dream. Pricing was much lower than Pacific, with better components.

My advice is to replace and sell your old trailer as-is. If you account for your labor in repairing the old one, you will be money ahead buying new very quickly.

andygere posted 07-21-2015 06:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Full story and some pictures here:

mag posted 07-21-2015 07:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for mag  Send Email to mag     
Thanks all for the great advice ... I plan to get a quote from West Coast Trailers ... and will feed back what I learn. -Mike

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