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mjcrawford posted 04-09-2003 11:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for mjcrawford   Send Email to mjcrawford  
Anyone know where I can find a double axel trailer for my 1967 Eastport? I know I don't need a double, but I want the piece of mind when I travel 1,000 miles across country that my rig won't flip when I blow a tire. This 67 Eastport has been in my family for 34 yrs and I know of 3-4 blowouts without a flip. I've read that Eagle and Continental are great for these boats. However, Continental does not have dealers in the Midwest and Eagle can't find a mold for this old a boat. Any suggestions? Thanks for the advice.
andygere posted 04-10-2003 03:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
It is going to be hard to find a tandem trailer for a 16'7" boat. Most tandems will be sprung much to stiff for that light of a boat, and it will bounce all over the place when you tow it, be difficult to launch etc. Your best bet is a good quality single axle trailer designed for the load you will carry on it. Get the largest wheels you can, and spend the extra money for high quality radial tires. Pay attention to your wheel bearings, and stop frequently when towing to check for heat on the hubs, wear on the tires etc. Trailer tires don't blow out for no reason. It is usually excessive speed, unbalanced wheels, under/over inflation, high heat from bearing failure, uneven tire wear, under sized or over loaded tires or a combination of these. You are better off with a modern, well equipped and maintained single axle trailer than you would be trying to fit your boat to a much bigger trailer. Also, make sure that there is adequate tounge weight so the trailer won't sway at highway speeds. The articles on trailers in the Reference section provide some great information.
lhg posted 04-10-2003 05:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I would simply buy a good single axle trailer, with 13" wheels, and Goodyear Radial Marathon tires, load range C. Your chances of a blowout are rare if the tires are properly inflated and balanced. Also carry a spare.
hooter posted 04-11-2003 11:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
Been pullin' boats up to 5,000 miles a year for ever and have never had more than a single axle trailer. A flat ain't goin' to flip your rig, but you better have a fully inflated spare AND a 12-V air pump on board. ON the other hand, losin' a wheel can and will flip the trailer. Even more important than tire inflation, you make sure the lug-nuts are tight, the bearin's are properly packed, and the bearin' seals, back of the wheels, are sound. Keep a grease gun and lug wrench on board and check the lugs, bearin's and seals at every gas stop. Good seals on your bearin's will keep you from losing any grease whatsoever, but a shot seal will leave you high and dry in no time goin' 70 mph down the highway.

As an alternative, Ah guess you could carry that boat around on a 20' flatbed with twin duallies in the back, use an on-board boom and winch to float and retrieve your boat. Would need a 2-1/2 ton pickup to pull it. Bet Momma will like to see that parked in the front yard. "But Honey, it's a whole lot safer!"

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