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  • I need a new trailer!

    I recently weighed my rig after some concern about not having enough truck to pull safely, and found out that at 8360# with less than half full fuel tanks I had a tongue weight of 340# and ~1000# over capacity on the roller trailer as well. I know, not great! A local company (Ron's in Oregon OH) priced an AL I-beam bunk trailer with 5K axles and 4 wheel electric brakes ~$5000 plus tax and any extras such as elec. over hyd. brakes, elec. winch, etc. The boat is a '96 GW Gulfstream 232 with twin F150's and a hardtop, 182 gal. fuel capacity. Should I be happy with 5K axles? What about the brakes? I've always had surge type. I'd rather be fully safe for a few extra $ now than sorry I didn't drop the coin later. Ahh, I can almost smell the maturity...

  • #2
    Are you talking fresh water only?
    If in salt AT ALL, go Kodiak SS everything on the brakes, not just rotors.
    I think elec/hydra is best on larger trailers, 15k or more. Smaller ones might be over kill, depends on how much you trailer, and is the tow vehicle set up for it.
    I always go oversize on the beams, if they say 6" I go, 8", if they say 8" I go 10".
    I'd go 6K on the axle's I think that gets you into larger tires.
    Larger tires also and heavier rated.
    As I said, how much do you trailer and how often?
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    • #3
      Yep, freshwater only. Trailering maybe 5-6 times per year at say ~1200 miles total.

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      • #4
        Yea, so, I think electro/Hyd is overkill.
        6k axles and 15" tires would be nice.
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        • #5
          I stopped by LoadMaster in Port Clinton yesterday and got another quote on a steel trailer with 6K axles on 16" tires. $6000, + 400 for torsion axles, $250 for spare and carrier. Besides weight what is the difference between AL I-beam and steel c-channel?

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          • #6
            Gosh.
            Seems like a lot of money for a steel trailer.
            And that trailer is only good for up there.
            "C" Channel is stronger and won't twist as easily.
            I wish I had it on my 10" beams.
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