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What 'sbest trailer for 17' 3"Outrage?
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posted 06-05-2001 07:43 PM ET (US)
Can you help me with a trailer selection, please? A swing tongue or removeable tongue
might be required to fit in garage. I believethe boat is 1050lbs+240fuel +280engine+130stuff= 1700lbs. Thank you.
posted 06-05-2001 07:56 PM ET (US)
You're lucky, you're in Florida. Take a look at the Continental brand, either the straight frame galvanized tilt or v frame galvanized tilt (preferred), in either 2000 (13" tires) or 2800 (14" tires) lb capacity. I doubt if one of these will cost you more than $1000. These are keel roller trailers, and you can put 2 rollers on each cross frame member if you like. I have a Continental under my 25 Outrage and it is super. Highly recommended.
You can get them in overall trailer width of 78", 94" or 100". Overall trailer length is about 20'3". Since the transom keel will sit on the stern roller, you will have to add about 2' for engine. You can also cut the tongue to shorten trailer if you need, or get the hinged swing back design fabricated for you. With a keel roller trailer, you don't need to have a long tongue length.
posted 06-05-2001 09:12 PM ET (US)
Larry, $1000 is a very good price for a trailer that large and being a keel roller galvinized! They want $1600 for a Load-Rite trailer of the same design here in PA. for my Currituck! What`s up with that? Regards-Jack Graner.
posted 06-05-2001 09:28 PM ET (US)
Florida is boating in overdrive. Year round. All the builders, suppliers, makers, dealers, are down there. The boating industry is like the auto industry in Detroit, the steel industry in Pittsburgh, the computer industry in California. You get the best deals down there. The problem is that it's 1,500 miles away from us!
posted 06-06-2001 11:44 AM ET (US)
Many thanks for the good info. Lew
posted 06-06-2001 06:57 PM ET (US)
Lew, I don't know if they make a model that would be specifically ideal for your Whaler, but a local guy recently started carrying the Rolls brand trailer, and I'm mighty impressed!
These trailers are 99% aluminum or stainless steel. Only the winch and wheels were galvanized on the model I saw and I believe SS winches and aluminum wheels are available as expensive options. There are no springs, just torsion-ride axles.
The best part was that the price he quoted me was only about 15% over what I paid for a galvanized trailer!
I think you owe it to yourself to at least look at one of these before buying anything else, especially if you are going to use it in salt water.
posted 06-06-2001 07:18 PM ET (US)
Jack - I recently priced a brand new Continental galvanized, all welded, mill channel frame keel roller trailer for a 16/17' Whaler - $750. It has 13" wheels and 1700 lb capacity. For 2000 lb capacity, it would be about $100 more.
posted 06-06-2001 08:15 PM ET (US)
Thats a great price Larry, where did you get that price from? I have seen that brand many of times under boats! They are nice! Brand isn`t as important to me as proper set-up and quality! I would rather have a 200lb. capacity trailer and have more than less capacity than I would need! I looked at the Loadrite trailer because it is made in PA. I try to buy as local as possible! Acctually my trailer is in above average condition, not bad for a 73` trailer EAY! The brand is Fulton, they must have made trailers years ago? Mine is painted (Mercury Black!) with bearing buddies and new wheels and tires(bought as a package-$45 a peice for 12in. x 4.80 in.), only because the old tires dri-rotted. Regards-Jack Graner.
posted 06-06-2001 09:42 PM ET (US)
The price was from a Dealer in Delray Beach FL. Continental only has Dealers in FL. They have plants in Miami and Clearwater.
posted 06-06-2001 09:54 PM ET (US)
Being surrounded by salt water like we
are here in Florida I would say aluminum
trailer with stainless hardware would be
the ticket.Go to your local boat ramp and
look at all the trailers.The rolls trailer
do look to be good trailers.
Locally here in St.Pete we have a family
owned trailer builder.www.slideon.com
They build a good salt water trailer.
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