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Old 01-27-2007, 09:54 PM
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I'm close to pulling the trigger on a galvanized all roller tandem trailer for a heavy 23' W/A and wondering if anyone has experience with this vendor. It's got aluminum caliper disk brakes on one axle, an 8000# load rating and torsion suspension. Looks to be well made with the right stuff with a competitive price. Any opinions? Tkx.
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Old 01-27-2007, 10:04 PM
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I had a Sea Lion under my last boat (Regulator 21 FS). I had the boat for two years before I upgraded and the trailer was excellent. No issues at all and it is built extremeley well. I actually liked it much better than the load rite I had on my previous boat. You should feel confident. My experience was very good.
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Its all we sell. Never had a problem with them.
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Old 01-28-2007, 09:04 AM
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I have Sea lion trailer, that I tow my 26 Reg back and forth to florida from New York every year, Only thing I was dissapointed in was that I ordred an aluminum trailer and the only peice of aluminum is the I-beams, eveything else is galvanized, kind of defeats the purpose,and only came with one set of brakes ,which I added the other set myself.Otherwise good trailer, not the best.
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If you can get brakes on both axles, I would recommend it. I added brakes to my second axle and could really tell the difference. It's also the law in some states.
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Old 01-28-2007, 11:02 AM
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I've had one since fall 2003 ,haul a 21.5 aquasport. Great for the money. No major problems so-far. Tow 2-3 days a weekend. Replace bearings yearly.I will upgrade the lights this year to leds. I wish I got the disk brakes, the drums froze up twice (while parked). Only compaint is the boat cant be power loaded, almost never goes on square. I think roller placement will solve that. Spring project.
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Old 01-28-2007, 11:20 AM
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I had one of my Sea Hunt 202. SS Brakes, Spindle lube hubs, nice trailer. They are made in NJ
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Old 01-28-2007, 11:20 AM
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I've had one since fall 2003 ,haul a 21.5 aquasport. Great for the money. No major problems so-far. Tow 2-3 days a weekend. Replace bearings yearly.I will upgrade the lights this year to leds. I wish I got the disk brakes, the drums froze up twice (while parked). Only compaint is the boat cant be power loaded, almost never goes on square. I think roller placement will solve that. Spring project.
If you back your trailer into its parking spot and leave it connected to the tow vehicle (especially when the brakes are wet) they will "freeze" because the shoes are pressed against the drums the whole time. What you need to do is back in, then pull forward enough to dissengage the brakes (you can look at the coupler to determine this).

Ask me how I know.

As for going on straight. You may need to adjust the position of the roller brackets. My dealer apparently just but the boat on the trailer with a sling. It didn't load correctly, the roller brackets weren't even centered from side to side. It took several tries but I've got it pretty well adjusted now.

Another thing: Some ramps are not level from side to side. At the one I use most often, the top of the trailer fender on one side disapears below the water while the fender on the other side remains an inch or two above the water. The boat loads a little to the low side unless I have someone pulling it to the high side with a dock line.
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Old 01-28-2007, 01:42 PM
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I have a 2004 Sealoin trailer with brakes. I like it now, but it did give me a large problem in my 2nd year. The brake actuator was mounted to the frame with two, large, through bolts. After towing for one season I started to hear a squeak from the trailer. Thinking it was the springs, I didn't think to much about it and kept on towing. One day, after a long day on the boat, I backed in my yard and saw the front bolt had ripped though the frame. Yea, oh Sh*@, is right! I took some pictures of it and sent them into Sealion. It took some time, but they did send replacement parts. I had to fix it myself because Sealion didn't have anyone in the area to fix it and the trailer was unsafe to tow to them. Besides, the boat was still on the trailer! I now have three bolts holding it. Two in front, one on each side of the actuator and frame and one through bolt in the rear. This year I am going to put a piece of tube in the frame on the rear bolt so I can use my impact on it and really make it tight & not collapse the whole thing. The two bolts in front, let me put some torque on them without collapsing the frame or the actuator, because they are not through bolts. If I used a through bolt and tighten it, the brake actuator could get pinched & not slide properly. I strongly suggest every one puts two bolts in the front. One on each side, instead of a through bolt. You don't want your boat being launched on dry land!
BTW, I power on and never have a problem. You need to bump the rear rollers and let the boat settle in, then increase power slowly until you are completely on the trailer. Hope this is helpful.
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Old 01-28-2007, 11:01 PM
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I appreciate the comments, guys. Tkx.
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pics would help
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If you can get brakes on both axles, I would recommend it. I added brakes to my second axle and could really tell the difference. It's also the law in some states.
Like MD for instance.
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If you can get brakes on both axles, I would recommend it. I added brakes to my second axle and could really tell the difference. It's also the law in some states.
Like MD for instance.
Funny, I bought my trailer (new) in MD in 2003 and it had brakes on only one axle.
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Mine's a 1994 and aside from regular maintenance, it's been great. Aluminum, single axle, no brakes, rollers. Trailer frame is absolutely fine - I've replaced the lights and repacked the bearings - and I need new tires this year. Just pulled it from RI to NJ with no problems at all. Good Luck - Dave
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