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Topic: Trailering Options?  (Read 1255 times)

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  • Location: Hood River
  • Date Registered: Oct 2009
  • Posts: 388
I bought a Hobie Trailex trailer 10 years ago and paid $1133.00 from the Kayak Shed in Hood River. Today from Trailex in Ohio, its $1574.00 + freight, model SUT-200-S
I have been carrying a Hobie PA-14 that is about 180 pounds fully loaded.
After a couple of years I upgraded the tires and bought from Bi-Mart 2, 4.00 x 12....mounted on non-galvanized rims for about $40.00 each, mounted a front winch and bearing buddies from Walmart......another $60.00.
I can tell you this lightweight trailer is easy to set up/assemble, tow at highway speeds and since its all aluminum, no rust issues. No worries about submerging the trailer and wheels/axle in water.


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  • Location: Portland, Oregon
  • Date Registered: Jan 2011
  • Posts: 820
Each trailer has it’s pros and cons. I started off with a SnowBear trailer and kept adding to it. Unfortunately, the Snowbear frame couldn’t sustain the load I put on it.
Not having the wonderful skills that Insayne has, I went to Iron Eagle trailers and had them build me  trailer with an extended tongue. I then swapped over the eight foot drawer box and a 4 kayak frame. It is a wonderful trailer and does everything that I want.
I have to agree with Insayne. A trailer with a tent on top is very limiting. It would be much more practical to sleep in the SUV. Another limitation that comes with a trailer is length. Basically, add on 19 t0 20 ft of length to whatever vehicle you are driving. Most boat ramps will have parking. It is the side of the road launches that are problematic.

Good luck!
"if you aren't living life on the edge, your just taking up space"  Thom Rock

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  • Location: Wyoming
  • Date Registered: Jun 2020
  • Posts: 458
I have had multiple trailers over the years each with a specific purpose.  I have stayed away from trailer designs with 8”-12” wheels as I live quite a ways from the water and prefer to travel at higher speeds which lead me to trailers with minimum of 14” wheels with a ST205/75D14 tire.  As “Insayn” points out, what are your needs, plans, and budget.  I am kind of a DIY kind of guy.  My pre-pickup truck days was a modified 10’ utility trailer with Yakima bars and slings which allowed me to carry two yaks or canoes and my gear.  Like “Pinstriper”, during Covid lockdowns, I modified a jet-ski trailer to haul my fleet when the kids and grandkids want to play in the water.  I made it solid enough to handle a roof top tent which was a consideration in its construction.  When I am going out alone I slip my yak in the back of my long bed.  An internet search for “images” using “DIY kayak trailer modifications” will provide a ton of great ideas on directions you can pursue for hauling our plastic vessels.  Lots of options out there.  Some simple and easy and some fairly extravagant.   ;)
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