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whaling away posted 10-02-2003 05:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for whaling away   Send Email to whaling away  
I plan to replace my original EZ Loader trailer for use with my 1981 Montauk. Suggestions regarding brand for a new trailer are invited. I am considering a PACIFIC brand galvanized trailer with brakes.
jimh posted 10-02-2003 09:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
As I have mentioned many times, trailer brands tend to be localized because of problems with distribution and shipping costs. Making a trailer in Florida and selling it in Washington is not a practical business model due to the very expensive cost of shipment from factory to customer.

I happen to have a PACIFIC brand galvanized trailer, and it is an extremely well made trailer. I just finished over 8,000 miles of highway travel in the past 12 months with my PACIFIC brand trailer and had almost zero problems. (One minor problem--some leaking brake fluid--but this was not related to the PACIFIC trailer itself but to a poor repair on the brake line.) We went from Michigan to North Carolina and back, then Michigan to Washington and back. Plus some trips to northern Michigan and Ontario.

The PACIFIC trailer I have was made c.1987 and is now 16 years old. All the original hardware is in excellent condition, and there is no sign of rust anywhere.

I do not think it has spent much time on salt water ramps, but the last two adventures I took it one were both salt water destinations. The trailer is in excellent condition and shows no sign of fatigue or corrosion. It has provisions for washing down the brakes.

The PACIFIC trailer has spent most of its 16-years in Michigan, and most of that time never saw water as the Boston Whaler it held was launched by an overhead hoist arrangement.

The construction is very well done, the hardware is really first class and shows much attention to detail. The only thing I do not like is the winch post, but they have since changed the design.

It is very unusual to see a PACIFIC trailer around the Great Lakes. I have never seen another one in this region. Again, this is due to the localization of the trailer market. We have several large trailer manufacturers right in my area (EAGLE and AMERICAN), and these are the dominant brands seen.

A few makers try to go national. SHORELAND'R is a good example. They make a nice trailer. I have one of them under my other Boston Whaler.

There is a six-part series of articles I wrote on trailers for Boston Whaler boats. If you have not read those six articles I would recommend that you give them some consideration.

There are also many threads on the subject of trailers in the thousands and thousands of message thread archives that contain over 100,000 articles. You might consider reviewing a few of these for comments already posted on trailers and brands.

jimh posted 10-02-2003 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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