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ewalsh posted 03-12-2003 07:21 PM ET (US)   Profile for ewalsh   Send Email to ewalsh  

I have to move my new boat from NY to Boston and have the opportunity to buy a new Venture VB-2450 trailer at a very good price. I have owned Venture trailers in the past, and I was satisfied with their construction. I just want to know if this particular trailer is a decent setup for a boat that will be towed 5 miles on back roads to the ramp. Yes, I will be installing keel rollers as I did on my previous Venture.

I am most worried about the overall 86" width and 67" width between the fenders of the trailer compared to the width of the 18 Outrage. I understand that the 86" wide Outrage hull will sit high on top of the trailer's fenders, but I am willing to compromise that for towing a more narrow trailer as my last Venture trailer at 102" (used on a 20' Outrage) was a bit harrowing on back roads.

Here is the web site:

I am lookin at the VB-2450. Specs are:

Model: VB-2450
Tire: St 205/75D 14 LRC
Capacity: 2450lbs
Width: 86"
Boat length: 18'-19'
Frame size: 3 x 3
Between Fender width: 67"

Will this trailer work well on a 18 Outrage?

Many thanks for all tips and advice!

VB-2450 St 205/75D 14 LRC 2450 86" 18'-19' 3 x 3 67" 2" optional 1

lhg posted 03-12-2003 08:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I carry my 18 Outrage on a galvanized channel frame trailer, carrying capacity of 2800lb, same tires, after having an EZLoader built as you describe with 3 x 3 frames, fail on me.

My trailer is 80" width overall, so that is not an issue. The boat will sit over the top of the fenders. It is the 3" x 3" frame members that concerns me, especially the tongue & side members. Whether the frame be of tubular or mill channel sections, the 3" depth (height) dimension is marginal. For tubular trailers, the side frames should be 3 x 4. 3 x 3 cross members are OK.

On my trailer, the tongue is 3 x 4, and main frames are 4" channel sections. The cross members are 3" channel sections. It is one solid trailer, built like a tank.

I prefer channel section frames, first all connections welded, then hot dipped. Tubular trailers that are bolted together will flex, squeak and rust out at these connections, as will the bolts/nuts. Tubular frames can look great on the outside, but rust through from the inside, where you can't see it. That is what happened on my EZ Loader, although it was not galvanized. Never buy a painted trailer, especially if it is tubular, even for freshwater use.

ewalsh posted 03-13-2003 08:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for ewalsh  Send Email to ewalsh     

Many thanks for the trailer tips!

Regards, Ed

wildeone posted 03-14-2003 11:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for wildeone  Send Email to wildeone     
I carry my 18 Outrage on Calkins 2800#, I think the 2450# will not be heavy enough with fuel and gear. Just had the axle, hubs and spring done this past summer with 3500#.

ewalsh, is the 15 still for sale?

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