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swede5 posted 05-20-2002 05:51 PM ET (US)   Profile for swede5   Send Email to swede5  
Help!! I have the original holesclaw trailer under my 1986 22 w/t revenge. It came with springs and shocks. The shocks are 8" long closed and 12" long open. I can't find shocks anywhere. Thanks!
whalerron posted 05-20-2002 11:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     

I had a Holsclaw trailer with that same setup. I ended up selling the trailer before I replaced the shocks. But, I did some investigation at the local auto parts store and there were shocks made by Monroe that would fit that trailer. Take one of the old shocks with you to the nearest NAPA Autoparts Dealer and they should be able to match new shocks to those old ones.

- ron

Hobie1981 posted 05-21-2002 04:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hobie1981  Send Email to Hobie1981     
Swede: I have a Holsclaw trailer also. It's a 1974, model D-1475. It's the ride for my '69 Nauset. The shocks and coil springs are functional but really rusted. Ditto for the axle assy. I have cleaned up the axle transom, it is structurally solid dispite the rust flakes. (I sandblasted and then used POR-15, to paint) However, I am unable to remove the shocks from the trailer, without ruining them. What's your situation: are you able to remove the shocks so a NAPA dealer can cross reference them to a Monroe p/n ? If so..would you be willing to share the monroe p/n with me and others. I have'nt attempted to fiddle with the coil springs yet. I figured that the condition of the axle assy is the most important, shocks and springs next.

I love the trailer otherwise..


Samars posted 05-21-2002 07:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     
Swede....My 67 has the original Holesclaw trailer. I was lucky in a couple of ways...shocks came off fairly easy with an overnight spray/soak of penetrating oil. I went to a couple of auto parts places. The best being Advanced. They literally had a guy take be in back and open a few boxes of shocks and we finally matched shocks up. I did have the collapsed and expanded measurements as that is how the shock book had them...wasn't too hard to find a shock within a half inch travel of the original.
Trailer rides great with the new shocks...didn't really realize the difference until the new ones were on...take care and good luck
jxs226 posted 05-21-2002 09:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for jxs226  Send Email to jxs226     
It seems we've solved the issue of how to get new shocks, but how about the coil springs? Are these easily obtainable? I have a 1978 Holsclaw holding a Sakonnet and while the main trailer beams are corrosion-free and incredibly strong, the coil springs, shocks, and axle are looking suspicious these days...


whalerron posted 05-22-2002 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     

There are 2 suspension houses in Baltimore that might be able to help you. If you give them the height, diameter, number of coils and material diameter of those springs, they might be able to find them for you:

Fallsway Spring
443 S Central Ave
Baltimore, MD
410) 327-6000

Middleton & Meads Co.
1900 S Hanover St
Baltimore, MD
(410) 752-5588

I wouldn't think that those springs were made exclusively for Holsclaw Trailers. They must have other applications. Otherwise, they would have been prohibitively expensive. So, a good spring house should be able to locate them for you.

You are the second guy I have met in this life that knows where Ambler is! I have family there and it seems like nobody has ever heard of the place!

- ron

jxs226 posted 05-22-2002 05:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for jxs226  Send Email to jxs226     

Wow, thank you very much for your detailed and promising reply. I'll be taking measurements this weekend and will call them next week. I'll let the board know how it turns out.

As far as Ambler goes, it's certainly a nice, decent town, one that even seems to flourishing these days. Despite being a suburban Philly town, it has a hint of small town feel.


whalerron posted 05-22-2002 11:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
Where do you use your boat? The closest body of water is the Delaware river and I hear it's not a very nice place to go boating. I guess the second closest place is the Elk River.

Ambler is a nice town. My cousin lives on Spring Garden just off of main street. He is one street back from the PRR.

- ron

jxs226 posted 05-23-2002 01:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for jxs226  Send Email to jxs226     
I use the boat in Delaware Bay and am actually keeping it at my mom's place in South Jersey, about 10 miles from where I launch into the Cohansey River, then zip on out into the bay near Ship John Light.
whalerron posted 05-24-2002 12:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
Have you ever done any fishing out of Lewes? I am interested in finding some info on launching ramps and the fishing hotspots close to Lewes.

- ron

jxs226 posted 05-25-2002 09:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for jxs226  Send Email to jxs226     
I've never launched aywhere other than NJ and the Outer Banks, nor have I made as far East in the Delaware Bay as Lewes. I do hear a lot about that area in terms of fishing and boat activity, so I'd imagine you'd have no trouble getting your boat wet there.
Yogi Bear posted 05-28-2002 12:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yogi Bear  Send Email to Yogi Bear     
I also have a Holsclaw trailer that needs springs. When I bought my Katama last year,the old trailer that came with it (the holsclaw) didn't have springs or shocks. If you come across a supplier for the springs, could you share that with us? Thank You,
jxs226 posted 08-07-2002 01:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for jxs226  Send Email to jxs226     
Folks -

After a bit of calling around and a lot of rejections, I did find one company that agreed to make four coil springs for my 1979 Holsclaw trailer for $40 per spring. I don't have the company's name, but they are in MD and their phone # is:


I was able to give them the following measurements over the phone, after which they called back with a quote and I gave them the go-ahead.

Outside Diameter: 3"
# Active Coils: 10"
Material Diameter: 7/16"
Uncompressed Length: 9"
NOTE: Coils ends closed, not ground

After I receive the springs, I'll re-post with the company's name, probably in the Repairs/Mods section.


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