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Jimm posted 06-17-2003 08:37 PM ET (US)   Profile for Jimm  
My Montauk 170 came with an EZ Loader galvanized trailer. I am trying to gain a little space by "shortening" the trailer so it fits in my garage. I phoned EZ Loader this afternoon and a man by the name of John in customer service was most helpful. The trailer tongue that came with the original trailer is 54" without the trailer coupler. The coupler adds 8" which makes the total length 62".

John advised that a swing tongue would be 67" and would open at the 42" mark. The part that swings would be 25" plus 8" for the coupler. The savings in my case would be the difference between the original 62" and the new stationary part of the swing which is 42" for a savings of 20". The trailer jack would have to be moved back. The job appears rather simple. You would have to remove the original tongue, lighting wires and brake hose if applicable; install the new tongue and hook up the wires and brake hose. Retail cost of the new swing away tongue from EZL is $180 plus shipping.

Dick posted 06-18-2003 12:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Installation of a new tongue is not a difficult job. It can be done with the boat on the trailer but is easier with it off.
I wasn't aware that the 170 came on a trailer with brakes, if so you will have to bleed the system after the installation.


4Runner posted 06-18-2003 01:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for 4Runner  Send Email to 4Runner     

I too have a 170 MT with the EZ loader and needed to shorten the package over all length so it would fit in my 20' garage.

I wanted to reduce the OAL as much as possible so I could have access to my storage behind the boat and have the bow right up to the garage door. To acheive this I bolted the 25" section to the trailer and attached the coupler on the 42" section. The predrilled holes from the factory are identical on both ends. The only drawback is the bowstop and winch must be bolted to the 42" section and will swing away so I have to use a couple of wooden blocks under the keel to stabilize the boat and take some of the weight especially when I'm working on it. The tongue jack is bolted to the 25" section and is used to set and remove the blocks under the keel.

I also spliced in a water resistant plug/socket into the wiring harness at the hinge point so the tongue can be completely removed if need be. I added a grounding strap between the two hinged sections to ensure a good electrical ground.


Jimm posted 06-18-2003 10:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jimm    
Dick, the brakes were optional

Glenn, interesting!! Is the swing tongue pin capable of exerting enough pressure to hold the boat against the stop while towing? I did check with EZ-L but the winch stand head on the trailer is the smallest they use so space counldn't be saved there either.

4Runner posted 06-18-2003 01:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for 4Runner  Send Email to 4Runner     

The hinge fabrication is very good. The hinge bolt and the pin (by the way, it comes with a lock) on the other side is 9/16" dia. The bowstop and winch is very sturdy when in the tow position.

I believe there is a picture of the swing tongue on the EZ-L website.


Duckin Whalers posted 06-20-2003 10:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Duckin Whalers  Send Email to Duckin Whalers     
This string is worth reading if you are considering a swing away. I contributed to this with an accident I saw involving a EZ Loader swing away. The Fisher boats are light weight rivetted aluminum. I personally wouldn't get one after seeing this accident.
Dick posted 06-20-2003 11:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Over the years I have sold several brands of trailers with swing toungues, mostly E-Z Loader
I have never seen an accident with one that was not operator caused.

I have never seen a swing tongue that was not well designed but the design is no better than the way the operator maintains it.


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