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mtwilling posted 02-21-2011 10:36 PM ET (US)   Profile for mtwilling   Send Email to mtwilling  
I bought a 2005 180 Dauntless today. It came with the galvanized trailer that must have been packaged by Whaler and I am want to upgrade. I will be selling the trailer and am going to buy a single axle aluminum trailer. I do a moderate amount of trailering but once per year I make a 1,300 mile round trip to south Florida so I want the peace of mind of a quality trailer. I have looked around and the Magic Tilt looks nice.

I would appreciate feedback on:

1. What capacity should I purchase? The 3,500 lb trailer has a 2,900 lb net capacity which is about what my loaded rig weighs.

2. Standard 14" tires or upgrade to 15"s? Bigger seems better to me.

3. Radials or bias tires?

4. Torsion or regular springs?

5.Is there a brand that you feel represents a blend of quality and affordabilty?


lakeman posted 03-03-2011 05:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
I will offer some input, I own a 18 Dauntless. It is a heavy boat right at the limits for a 3500 pound trailer. If I had to replace mine it would be with tandem axle trailer with torsion axles. I would have at least 14 inch tires on it with stainless disk brakes(preferably Kodiak) I hope this helps.
Jefecinco posted 03-03-2011 06:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
I will also add some input.

Last year I bought a 190 Montauk from an out of town dealer. The trip home was over 700 miles and it was the boats first tow. The trailer is a galvanized Karavan. The tow home was uneventful except for some very nasty thunderstorms. The trailer performed flawlessly and has continued to serve me without any problem for the several months following the purchase.

The trailer is used in salt water and is in the water often. I highly recommend the galvanized Karavan trailer. It is a quality package and in my case was ideally sized for my Whaler.

BTW, my wife and I made the drive in one day and she volunteered to take the wheel after the first 400 miles. She had never before driven a tow vehicle. She found towing the boat behind our Titan to be effortless and was willing to relinquish the wheel only when we ran into bad weather. She was having fun.


Buckda posted 03-03-2011 06:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I have torsion axles on my new trailer, and if I had the choice, I'd never go back. The boat rides like a dream back there.

Bigger is better with tires, but you don't want your trailer to be too overbuilt or it will result in a harsh ride for the boat.

Buy quality radial tires and make sure you have trailer brakes.

Also, order a spare tire with complete hub kit assembly already mounted to the trailer - that will make changing things on the side of the road a snap, if you need to.

Posi-lube hubs would be great - but standard hubs with bearing buddies are fine.

When you order an aluminum trailer, make sure you upgrade to all SS fasteners for a saltwater environment. It should be a couple hundred dollars upcharge - but will be worth it over galvanized fasteners, which can rust easier.

I'd buy LED Pipe Lights and install them on the trailer right away too - just roll their cost into the capital cost of the trailer. That's the one thing I had on my other trailer that I wish I currently had on mine. They're on my "wish list" of items to buy this year...

Buckda posted 03-03-2011 06:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I am also very pleased with the quality and cost of my Load Master trailer - built in Tampa, FL.
mtwilling posted 03-05-2011 07:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for mtwilling  Send Email to mtwilling     
I ordered a new trailer before getting these replies and got it this week. It looks like what I bought is pretty consistent with this feedback. I waivered on the SS hardware and stayed with galvanized. I have as much or more freshwater use as saltwater so I thought I could save the money on that one. My boat came with a galvanized Karavan. It is a serviceable trailer but has enough tire wear, lacks a spare, had no guide posts, and has some rusty hardware xo I decided to take the plunge on a new trailer instead of fixing up the old one. I am going to try and sell the Karavan. It will be a good trailer as-is for someone who does not trailer far.

Thanks for your help.

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