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HardDrive posted 09-02-2001 07:14 PM ET (US)   Profile for HardDrive   Send Email to HardDrive  
Does anyone know of a specific dealer or trailer manufacturer for an aluminum keel-roller type trailer for my 1989 Outrage 22'? I have not yet found one.
Thanks, Michael Larimore
lhg posted 09-05-2001 10:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Since you're in FL, finding a company that makes an aluminum trailer should not be a problem, and they can be done in keel roller configuration. But it will have to be specially ordered, and you will have to work with the manufacturer to get what you want.

First of all, it will have to have 2 or 3 more cross members bolted on. Secondly, you will have to use an aluminum frame 4' longer then the normal length specified, since in float-on configuration, these trailers have long tongues and short carriage area, with the length being accomplished by extending the heavy timber bunks 4' behind the frame. In keel roller configuration, you want the transom to sit directly on the last roller, on the last cross member. You will also have to be sure the wheel carriage can be adjusted for proper balance and tongue load. Finally, the winch stand will probably have to be on an extended galvanized tongue, in front of the joint where the aluminum I-beams join.

As I said, you can do it, but it will have to be custom configured at the factory.

hauptjm posted 09-06-2001 10:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
I would have to imagine the weight differential on an aluminum versus galvanized trailer has to be significant. However, what is the durability of the aluminum trailer? I've only owned galvanized, and have wondered about the lighter trailers now offered. In addition to the durability, how about the ride? Is the weight of the galvanized beneficial in a smoother ride? Curious!
reelescape1 posted 09-07-2001 08:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for reelescape1  Send Email to reelescape1     
I have owned an alum. 2 axle and won't have another. They have a tendency to "float" away at any ramp with a moderate current. The light frame and 4 "balloons" dont help. If the towed weight isn't a problem the galv. trailer is the way to go. I currently have a 90 22' OR on a galv. roller (wrong ) trailer and am looking at either converting it to bunk and keel roller or getting a new trailer. Keep us posted in your search.
ledfoot posted 09-07-2001 09:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for ledfoot  Send Email to ledfoot     
I recently purchased an aluminum bunk-type 2 axle trailer sold under the brand name "American". I have a 1993 21' Walkaround; I have had absolutely no problems with the trailer "floating". It tows perfectly smooth, the boat sits great and is fairly simple to load in fresh water, I just back the trailer in and dunk both wheels. I am by no means an expert on this subject, but I am very happy so far. I can't imagine why you would want to tow more weight than neccesary. Reminds me of the old 1950's Buick advertising tagline "road-hugging weight"
where2 posted 09-11-2001 04:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Try these guys out.
They're in Tampa, they do custom stuff. Their website even lists Stoltz Rollers as an upgrade option. Be sure to go with the Stainless Steel option if you intend to dunk the trailer in anything salty. Also check out their spare tire carrier that gives you a replacement hub so that you have everything you need in the event of an over the road failure.
JBCornwell posted 09-12-2001 01:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Howdy, HardDrive. Try http//

If you can describe it, they can build it.

Good luck.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

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