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Old 07-13-2014, 04:02 AM   #26
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If you look at the pictures you can see that the original trailer (which could easily haul a heavy ass fiberglass boat around) had only 3 crossbars (two attached to the wheels and one attached near the front) - and my modded trailer now has seven crossbars (2 in the back and 5 in the front) plus a large bolt acting as a semi crossbar) - The trailer axle is rated for 3000 lb - My boat is around 180lb plus engine, fuel and junk maybe 300 lb max).

The old steel on the front tongue is the same type used to haul massive 3000 lb plus boats. I think it can easily handle my tiny car toper.

I have seen most store bought trailers for my size boat use wimpy 2x1 inch tubing. I have 3x3 inch aluminum tubing wall 1/8 wall.

One person can lift/drag by boat easily. It is super light. - My trailer is way overkill for my sized boat. It needs 3 or 4 people to lift my trailer a few inches of the ground for a few seconds.

My trailer is way way more solid than the wimpy little "ez loader trailers with tiny wheels that are commonly used by everybody.

I don't really see how it could be considered "dangerous as fuck "

I only take the trailer out on workdays to Kates park in Deep Cove. If any of you see it parked un-attended in the boat launch you are welcome to get on the tongue/joint area with a few friends and jump up and down on it as long as you want. (I have already had this test performed). If you somehow manage to break it then you are doing me a favor anyways (free safety check). If the boat is loaded then please stay away. My boat can not hold up to that amount of abuse and it would crumple pretty fast and I would be pretty pissed off.

At the time of building I only needed something to get me threw the 2013 season so I did not do much forward thinking also.

I really did not consider corrosion issue when mixing steel and aluminum because of my lack of understanding on this. (plus I was hell bent on using my aluminum tubes that I had already acquired) - but I will try Mindbombers suggestion - I don't see any corrosion right now on any of my aluminum but I will do as suggested and insulate the steel from the aluminum using rubber and maybe I can try to add some fiber or rubber washers on the U bolts as well. I may as well use rubber and heat shrink wrap the ubolts as I put them back on because these are in contact with the two different types of metal.

I have benchmarked this trailer by taking it off-road and bouncing it around like crazy for a few hours over potholes and bumps. I took the motor off the boat during the burn in test so it was a bit lighter then real life conditions but if it was going to break apart it would of already done so during that test. All my U bolts were still tightly attached and snug when I was done. (I got new bearings after that trailer abuse test as well).

I will admit that the trailer looks a bit redneck but I have asked a few mechanics and they all told me it way way more stronger then it needed to be.
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Old 07-13-2014, 01:19 PM   #27
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Thanks for the update. I was wondering if we'd get to see one.

Two points to bring up...

First off, as Mindbomber said, stick something between the aluminum and steel. The corrosion wont be immediately noticeable, but it will definitely occur far faster than usual.

Secondly, due to the amount of modifications you've done, I believe it's now considered to be a U-Built trailer. Make sure it's insured as such. I don't think it needs to be inspected as I've seen some insanely shitty U-Build trailers on the road without having insurance problems, but just double check on that one.

I personally wouldn't call that final product to be dangerous as it otherwise seems to be put together decently. Not how I would have done it, but that's just me. And since it's only hauling a couple hundred pounds of weight, so long as the tongue and axle are properly rated, there shouldn't be an issue.
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:48 PM   #28
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lomac is correct about u-built trailers. They don't require an inspection. I've got a couple u built trailers for different purposes and insuring them is like insuring a regular vehicle.
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The trailer is currently insured as a U-Built trailer.
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If you can put that boat on your roof, that trailer is more than plenty for your aluminium boat. Your design still needs some work but its not that bad.
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