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dburton posted 05-04-2002 01:29 AM ET (US)   Profile for dburton   Send Email to dburton  
I need a new (different) trailer for my 1986 18-outrage. A new trailer in California is more than $3,000. I cannot either afford it or justify it. Today I found a used galvanized Shoreline. It looks to be about the right size and has 3 keel rollers on the three cross-members and fourth keel roller at the top. It also has one set of bunks under the boat and a set of side bunks used as guides.

If I get the trailer, I will need to double the number of rollers, replace the hubs, axel and springs. The hubs need to be replaced because I want surge brakes so I also need a new brake coupler. I figure I will need about $900 $1,000 worth of parts.

My questions are as follows:

1)Does this sound worthwhile?
2)How can I tell if it is heavy duty enough to be a 3,200 lb GVWR trailer?
3)What dimensions are the most critical to measure?
4)Have any of you undertaken a similar project and have some advice?
5)What other questions should I be asking?


Your advice is appreciated.

Doug

EddieS posted 05-04-2002 02:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for EddieS  Send Email to EddieS     
I think I would keep looking if you need to replace that much on the trailer. There should be a label on the trailer indicating weight of the trailer and the GVWR. You didnt say how much this trailer was going to cost before you start sinking the repair money into it. It sounds like a lot of work to me!

Ed

dburton posted 05-04-2002 09:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for dburton  Send Email to dburton     
The seller is asking $500 and I am sure they would take less. The coupler (like new)from my old tailer could be moved. This would reduce my part cost by $110. The part cost estimate includes $250 in stolz keel rollers and SS pins.

Doug

andygere posted 05-04-2002 04:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Doug,
I have a 1979 Shorline under my Montauk and it has held up well. If you take some measurements, I can compare them to mine to find out if it is the same or a larger model. That may help you determine if it is properly sized for your Outrage. The rollers and bunks are easy to upgrade, and I know you can purchase and axle and spring assembly for around $200. Here's a good source for trailer parts if you haven't checked it already: http://www.championtrailers.com/

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