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jim_usa posted 07-15-2003 11:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for jim_usa   Send Email to jim_usa  
I'm about to order a 160 Dauntless and need to spec out the trailer. I've heard lots of different opinions on weight limits. but from what I figure, the boat is 1500lbs, the 115 2s is 350 lbs, batteries about 80 lbs and I'd almost never have it full of gas.

So I'm guessing it will weigh about 2100 lbs max most of the time.

Question, is a 2350 EZ Loader enough trailer?

EZ Loader says except for the 14 inch tires and the 96 inch width, the 2350 is the same as the 2800 lbs trailer.


Dick posted 07-16-2003 12:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Go for the 2800# trailer. You will find that as things get added to the boat and gear is stored in it you will pass up that 2350# capacity in a hurry.


Perry posted 07-16-2003 12:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Perry  Send Email to Perry     
My Dauntless 160 has an ez-loader trailer and the tag says 2960 GVWR. I would not go with less.
ps. why will you almost never have a full tank of gas?
Jerry Townsend posted 07-16-2003 01:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
As Dick mentions - go with the 2800 trailer. The 14 inch wheels are very important - well, don't take a chance with small wheels/tires. ----- Jerry/Idaho
jim_usa posted 07-16-2003 07:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for jim_usa  Send Email to jim_usa     
I suspect the tank should be full occasionally to keep water out. But the thought of having 45 gallons of gas in the Dauntless regularly and paying for it is .. well.. daunting.. :)
Marlin posted 07-16-2003 07:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
I think you can hit that 2350 max weight limit in a real hurry, once you add an anchor, some gear, some beer and ice in the cooler, etc. I don't think anything less than 2800 capacity is a good choice. I know we've talked offline, but my 3100 ShoreLand'r seems like a great trailer, even though it cost a bit more than the basic one.

As far as gas goes, after you've filled the tank the first time, you only pay to replace what you've burned, right? Gas left at the station is, as my pilot friends say, "as useless as the runway behind you".

Sounds like you're getting close...

PRWhalers posted 07-16-2003 12:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for PRWhalers  Send Email to PRWhalers     
This may sound a little bit exagerated but my Continental aluminum trailer is rated at 3,500. I feel very secured with it because I can be in complete confidence even if it is full of gas and gear.
diveorfish posted 07-18-2003 03:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for diveorfish  Send Email to diveorfish     
You can never have to much trailer.

My trailer (Pacific Trailer)is rated at 10,000 lbs and my boat loaded up can be close 6,000 lbs. This is what trailer manufacturer custom made for the 23 Outrage/Conquests sold by my Whaler dealer.

Even with 4,000 lbs safety margin I definately do not feel like I have too much trailer. Remember those trailers really take a beating out there on the Interstate.

This is one area where you don't want to be on the margin.

Dick posted 07-18-2003 11:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
A trailer should be speced out for the maximum weight it will carry with a slight safety margin.
To little capacity and the trailer is going to fail.
To much capacity and the boat is going to take a beating due to springs that are to stiff.

Add your boat weight, motor weight, weight of fuel, anything you are installing on the boat and anything you and the wife are throwing in (beer, pop, ice chest full of food etc) and then add the safety margin.

Having spent many years in boat dealerships, most are going to sell you the basic trailer for an unloaded boat. The average boat salesman is afraid to try and step you up in a trailer, they think that it might scare you off.

Figure out what you realy need and ask for it.


jim_usa posted 07-18-2003 11:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for jim_usa  Send Email to jim_usa     
Dick, Sounds like good advice. I hadn't thought of the beating a trailer thats too sturdy might cause.

What would you say is an appropriate safety margin?

ocuyler posted 07-28-2003 04:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for ocuyler  Send Email to ocuyler     
I went with the 2850 lb. for my new 160 Dauntless. I think you have to assume full fuel and gear, which puts me at up to 2500 lbs. Good rubber and torsion axles take alot of the "beating" off the trailer. DO NOT undersize your trailer.


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