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WT posted 07-29-2005 04:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for WT   Send Email to WT  
I'm thinking about replacing my Karavan trailer that came with my 2004 Montauk because it seems like a tinker toy. I trailer my boat 200-300 miles round trip and would prefer a sturdier trailer.

I want a new trailer that would be capable of transporting an aircraft carrier. :)

All suggestions regarding an upgraded trailer are welcome. Galvanized? Aluminum? Brakes? Trailer company?

I'm located in Sacramento and trailer to the Pacific Ocean.


Bulldog posted 07-29-2005 04:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Warren, although I'm an east coaster , my boat sits on a 1987 Pacific Trailer Co. trailer. It is set up with Keel rollers and the bunks are large and have welded supports. The frame rails of the trailer are heavy "C" channel and are really easy to wash off after being in the salt. Mine is for a 20' Revenge, but from all the trailers I've seen over the years, this is very well made. If I was buying a trailer today I would want a galvanized one, with Kodiak stainless brakes, brake flush kit, poly rollers and LED lights. I favor steel over aluminum, because of things I have heard about aluminum such as bouncer ride, harder to get with keel rollers and more cost, but this is all second handle info, I haven't had an aluminum trailer yet. I do love my Pacific trailer and it tows like a dream and has many thousands of miles to go yet! I know your boat might get by without brakes , but once you have them they are great. There is a picture of my boat and trailer with the former owner on Cetacea page 20.....Jack
bspencer posted 07-29-2005 05:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for bspencer  Send Email to bspencer     
My Dauntless 160 sits on a 2001 galvanized Pacific trailer. I'm happy with it so far seems very sturdy. I'll look at my paperwork tonight, I think it is from a dealer up your way in Sac.
mikeyairtime posted 07-29-2005 06:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for mikeyairtime    
You'd be throwing your money away. The Caravan traier was engineered to carry the 170 Montauk. I tow mine back and forth to the Colrado River, 600 mile round trip all the time and it doesn't flex or sway.
Chuck Tribolet posted 07-29-2005 08:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
If you get a new trailer, get galvanized, even if you think
you will never put it in saltwater. You might want to, your
buyer might want to, and in any event, in a few years it will
look better than painted.

And if you do put it into saltwater, there's no question.
A painted trailer turns into a rust bucket in salt water in
VERY short order. And it sounds like you do.

The 170 is below where brakes are more or less required. It's
a function of what you tow with and how flat the tow is. If
you are towing with a lightweight (RAV 5/Extera/etc) and there
are hills, I'd want brakes. I don't feel the need on my
16' 7" Montauk towed with a Nissan Pathfinder.

When my Shorland'r needs replacing (it's about 8 years old
and I'd guess it hsa another 4-8 years), I'm going to think
real hard about an aluminum trailer. Problem is that they
are hard to come by in California.


fishinchips posted 07-31-2005 06:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishinchips  Send Email to fishinchips     
pacific trailer.
Northern California Pacific Trailers
7725 Enterprise Drive
Newark, CA 94560

Southern California Trailers
13643 5th Street
Chino, Ca. 91710


Barney posted 07-31-2005 08:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
WT, Let us know what you come up with. Jim
Traveller posted 07-31-2005 08:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Traveller  Send Email to Traveller     
I fish Southern Kingfish Association tournaments all over the Southeast. A round trip pull of 1000+ miles in a weekend is common. So far this summer, I have put over 6,000 miles on my trailer. Living in the mountains of NC and fishing in salt water requires these long hauls. If I could convince my wife to move - well - that's another story. :(

I had an Easy Loader galvanized trailer, and it didn't hold up to the mileage and almost daily immersions in salt water. I replaced it with a Loadmaster aluminum trailer in 2001 and haven't had a moment of trouble in four years of tournament fishing since I purchased that trailer. The boat I use to fish tournaments is not a Boston Whaler, but since the question was regarding trailers, I thought I would share my experience with trailering a boat on the kingfish tour.

I'm tired of fishing tournaments, and plan to sell the kingfish boat and purchase a 170 Montauk. When I do, I am going to ask Loadmaster to custom design a tandem axle aluminum trailer for the 170 Montauk. I still intend to live in the mountains of NC and do most of my boating/fishing in saltwater. If anybody comes close to pulling their 170 Montauk 10,000 miles a year, every year, on the Karavan trailer, I'd love to know how it's holding up. I don't mean a 500 mile vacation trip once a season. I pulled my boat 530 miles today, 1,185 miles since last Thursday, and will be leaving for St. Augustine in 5 days. That's the kind of mileage I will be putting on the 170 Montauk and it's trailer. That's one of the reasons my boat is named "Traveller."

walf posted 08-02-2005 10:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for walf  Send Email to walf     
I purchased a Loadrite trailer with brakes for my new Montauk. It is a much sturdier trailer than the Karavan with bigger wheels and keel rollers and bunks.
frontier posted 08-02-2005 06:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for frontier  Send Email to frontier     
Pacific gets my vote. We've had EZ Loader, Caulkins, Shorland'r, King and Yacht Club trailers. Those get a "B". Pacific gets an "A". They are so well built and balanced. Low center of gravity. Strong fenders and steps. Noticable difference in towing, launching and retreiving.
WT posted 08-02-2005 08:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Thanks for the advice. I spoken to Pacific and my BW dealer. Maybe I can trade my 2004 trailer and get the Pacific trailer for $600-700.

I'll have to see one up close.


frontier posted 08-02-2005 09:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for frontier  Send Email to frontier     
Pacific has a great removable tongue option, it slides completely out rather than swings away like the King or EZ Loader. Great for limited storage space.
Mark Kumataka posted 10-12-2005 09:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mark Kumataka  Send Email to Mark Kumataka     
Wayne- I'd be interested in purchasing your trailer for my 17 foot Super Sport. I live in Reno and could arrange to pick up the trailer around Sacramento.


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