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|Author||Topic: Aluminum trailers|
posted 01-30-2004 05:03 PM ET (US)
Wow! Great site! How many registered members drift through here? 1980 Johnson 70 on 1981 Whaler sitting on junk galvanized trailer. Where's the deal? I'm told 13" tires about 2100 lbs. 14" tires raise to 3000, each with torsion axle. Boat doesn't go very far (quarter mile to ramp, half mile to fuel) but would love to take it to Fla. for some type of get together. 20' Seacraft sits on Quick-Load ( St. Pete?) dual axle. $500 replaces all hardware under I-beams, except Axles, every 4 years. I think its worth buying the aluminum. $1275 cheapest found so far, Discount Trailers of Pinellas, Fla. Anybody help? Thanks.
posted 01-30-2004 05:32 PM ET (US)
If your looking for a trailer in the St.Pete area try
slideon.com.They are a family owned business that build
great aluminum trailers.
posted 01-30-2004 06:20 PM ET (US)
Ed, thank you for the info. I am actually in South Carolina but it seeoms everyone here has to order from someone down there. A sweet reason to come to the Gulf for a weekend. I'll check that out.
posted 01-30-2004 06:30 PM ET (US)
They probably have your boat dimensions on file.If you
call them ahead of time they may build it and have it ready
when you get there.
Do you have a Sea craft or a Whaler?
posted 01-30-2004 06:34 PM ET (US)
I bought a 25' cabin boat from a marina in Beaufort SC a couple of years ago and trailered it up here to Michigan and ultimately up again into Canada where we keep it. An aluminum trailer was part of the deal, and the Beafort marina got it from a trailer manufacturer not too far away from them in SC, as I recall. I don't remember the name of the trailer manufacturer as I sit here, but I have been very happy with it. It would be easy for me to look the name up if you're interested.
Let me know...
posted 01-30-2004 06:59 PM ET (US)
I just bought a Road King aluminum trailer for my new McKee Craft. It's top notch quality.
Check them out at: http://www.roadkingtrailers.com . They have factories in NC and FL.
posted 01-30-2004 07:47 PM ET (US)
Ed, I had a '69 13' as a kid in Jersey. I now have the '81 15' that I need the trailer for. I also have a '79 20' Seacraft. My brother is also a firefighter here and has an '87 18' Seacraft. My father has gotten sick, and given us his Jersey Skiff JS-24. Anyone interested in this? Check it out. www.speedskiffs.com . Our is named Fast Forward because it has a '58 Vette motor with no transmission! Talk about walking on the chines!
Kingfish, thanks for the info. Beaufort is right across the river. I'd check it out if you found the name. Its not that important if it buried in snow.
GF, I'll call them tomorrow if they're open on Saturday. Thanks. zotcha
posted 01-30-2004 11:17 PM ET (US)
Wesco Trailers - the name just floated back to me. I don't have their address or phone here at home (I do at the office), but if you're hot on doing some research this weekend call Dave at The Beaufort Boat House (tell him John Flook from Battle Creek MI said hi); he might have their phone number committed to memory. He can certainly look it up in a hurry-
posted 02-05-2004 07:15 PM ET (US)
Thanks for all the great feedback. Spoke to a very inteligent guy in St. Petersburg. Knew deadrise of 15', width between bunks for proper fit, recommended 13" tires, at 2200#, jack is located through twin I-Beams, rather than on side, the whole deal. When I finally asked the price it was almost $50. less than anyone else. Just what I was looking for. Problem is I can't remember the name. I know it was a father and son(s) operation in St. Pete. Can anyone offer any assistance? Thanks.
posted 02-07-2004 04:11 PM ET (US)
Owens & Sons Marine,Aluminum-Slide On.
posted 02-10-2004 10:52 AM ET (US)
Owen's make a nice ride but I recommend Loadmaster in Brandon, FL(just east of St Pete). My loaded 15-17' trailer was like $1275 so a smaller one should be cheaper. I got the SS bolt kit, lugnuts, and LED lights as well. 14" tires, 2 spd winch, etc for that price. Don't have the number but is in the 813 area code.
posted 02-11-2004 06:51 PM ET (US)
Big Shot, I see you ride too, huh? Going to Daytona? '02 Night Train. I'm pretty sure I spoke to some rough woman at Load-Rite. Anyway, I am very interested in what you got with your trailer. It sounds much more upgraded than what Jeff?, had to say, BUT it was like he owned a 15' himself the way he rattled off the specs. on the hull. Coincidentally he came in at $1250. also. Maybe I will have to give Load-Rite another shot. I hope this broad was just answering the phone while the knowledgable ones were doing "launch". Thanks, Zot.
posted 02-11-2004 07:03 PM ET (US)
Big Shot, I noted my mistake, checked out the website but it did not mention torsion axles? Does yours have them?
|Gene in NC||
posted 02-11-2004 07:43 PM ET (US)
Loadmaster was Biggs recommendation. Talked with Fred there today re the Sakonnet. Was impressed and price was about as reported.
Float-on brand under the Montauk. I didn't buy it, but it is expensive and be careful of the no maintenance or repair and the torque axle.
Ask me how I know?
posted 02-11-2004 08:46 PM ET (US)
O.K., How do you know? Zot.
|Gene in NC||
posted 02-11-2004 11:04 PM ET (US)
Had to replace the axle assy at $180 plus shipping, and the special tongue jack. Bow stop needs to be replaced now at $50 plus an hour or two labor. Fenders are a joke. Boat sits high and very difficult to get in w/o stepping on fenders which are "NO STEP" and fragile. All lights replaced despite mount on the tall drive on guides which let/encourage them to vibrate underway. Frame very flexible. Bobs up and down underway with no effective tiedown because of frame flex.
posted 02-11-2004 11:39 PM ET (US)
More than enough! I did not understand if you were being sarcastic and trying to say that the you were more impressed with the Float-On. What is a torque axle? My two 6X10 enclosed utility trailers have torsion axles and seem to be the ticket. Jeff? really seemed to know what to do with an order, but definately did not mention additional stainless hardware. Will check out LoadMaster further. Thanks. zot.
|Gene in NC||
posted 02-12-2004 04:57 PM ET (US)
Sorry, torsion no torque.
posted 02-18-2004 10:36 PM ET (US)
Have you guys ever looked at BOATWHEELS aluminum trailers. They are made in OH. They have torsion axles, and a stainless package. They are very knowledgable, and build a beautiful trailer. www.boatwheels.biz
posted 02-19-2004 10:46 AM ET (US)
Sorry about not responding.
Yes I have the torsion axles and this thing tows like butter. Not Load-rite....Loadmaster, think I dealt with a Mark. Place is right off of rt60 in Brandon. I got every option but the alum wheels I think and she was $1370 out the door w/tax, etc. This is my 2nd loadmaster, last one was a 96' which was still darn near perfect when it was sold with my Newport in June. These have the diamond plate fenders that have NO problem with my 210lb ass. Has the guide posts and everything...including the good blue rollers and LED lights. Get the stainless package, worth the $120.
posted 02-19-2004 12:32 PM ET (US)
I'll second the LoadMaster trailer. They stand behind their product, and want every customer to be a happy customer. The 1997 Loadmaster trailer that my father bought for his 1997 20' Edgewater has all the options Bigshot discussed, other than the LED lights which were not available in 1997. I suspect I could go jump up and down on the fenders w/o a problem (.125" diamond plate aluminum). They CLEARLY label them as "Step-On" fenders on their website! Goodyear Marathon tires: Use Jim's search engine and search for "tires", we had a good thread about some of the junk tires out there awhile back...
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