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Old 06-05-2019, 06:18 PM
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Iíll try to keep this short. Iím in metro west Boston.

Does anyone have a recommendation for getting my boat/trailer setup checked out?

i bought the boat/trailer combo (2013 model year) used last summer from the dealer who sold it to the previous (original) owner and took it as a brokerage boat when the previous owner passed. The previous owner bought the trailer new with the boat and it is the model that was recommended for the boat by the dealer who said they worked with LoadRite to determine the right one. They still sell this boat/trailer combo today.

I had been having some issues last summer getting the boat all the way up to the bow roller.

I had the boat boat wrapped and stored at a different location over the winter. When I went to pick it up today, the service people told me they were concerned because it seemed that the trailer is too small for the boat. They are saying that even though the weight capacity is adequate, they think the frame and wheels are too small.

On my way home I stopped at a certified scale at a truck stop and had it weighed. Total weight (boat/trailer) was 6960 lbs with 840 on the tongue. That tongue weight is 12% of the total weight which is fairly high but more importantly itís almost 100 lbs more than the stated tongue weight limit on the coupler end of the trailer. I donít know what the trailer weighs but it must be north of 1000 lbs so it looks like the trailer capacity is ok.

So.......I am hoping for a referral to somebody who can take a look at this rig and tell me if I just need to get the setup reworked or if I need a new trailer.

Thanks for any tips.

Boat: 2013 Edgewater 245cx/Yamaha F300
Trailer 2014 Load Rite aluminum bunk trailer model 5S-AC25T6000102LTB1

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Old 06-05-2019, 06:28 PM
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Buy appropriate size trailer, sell small trailer
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Old 06-05-2019, 06:33 PM
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Thatís what Iím trying to find out. Dealer says itís the right trailer.
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Old 06-06-2019, 02:20 AM
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Originally Posted by msand View Post
Thatís what Iím trying to find out. Dealer says itís the right trailer.
Dealer appears to be wrong here. You really donít want to be over 10 percent on the tongue weight. Do you keep the boat in a slip or do you trailer? If the later, why chance it?
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Old 06-06-2019, 02:34 AM
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Pix? Sounds like if you slide the winch post back 6" or so you'll alleviate your tongue weight issue.
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Old 06-06-2019, 03:25 AM
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Pix? Sounds like if you slide the winch post back 6" or so you'll alleviate your tongue weight issue.
This is my initial thought too.

This is also why I am looking for a referral to someone I can trust to look at what Iíve got and let me know if Iím ok with this trailer if set up properly.

Iíll try to get some pics today.

As it sits now, I believe the bunks extend beyond the transom a few inches so Iím thinking moving the boat back a bit is feasible.

Thanks.

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Old 06-06-2019, 07:01 AM
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Many past threads here where dealers have sold/told someone a trailer is right but its undersized and they have to buy the right one. Especially interesting was the big thread last year where a dealer sold a new boat with a trailer that was too small...
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Old 06-06-2019, 07:50 AM
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Here are a couple pics of what I have now.

The bunks extend beyond the transom about 3 inches. Not sure what the guideline is for how close to the transom they need to be if they do not extend beyond it.

The aluminum trailer rails are an obstacle if I try to push the winch post back too little. Depending on how far back I need to go, this might not be an issue.

The black keel roller is currently the only support forward of the bunks.

Bunks currently extend about 3" beyond transom.

I'm thinking that moving the boat back up to a foot would not pose a problem based on this pic.

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Old 06-06-2019, 07:55 AM
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Many past threads here where dealers have sold/told someone a trailer is right but its undersized and they have to buy the right one. Especially interesting was the big thread last year where a dealer sold a new boat with a trailer that was too small...
I saw that thread but that was a case where the trailer was clearly not designed to support that boat. I could ultimately be in that position but I'm not there yet.
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Move axles forward a bit.
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Old 06-06-2019, 08:48 AM
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Move axles forward a bit.
I will have to look into that. The axles appear to be welded on.
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Old 06-06-2019, 09:32 AM
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I'd slide the post back 6-8" based on pix & should be all good.
once adjusted gradually increase mph being very careful. Too little tongue weight will cause the trailer to fishtail at speed
I bought a tongue weight scale so I can make sure we are in the right range whichever method we try.

I will feel better if I can find somebody who can convince me that moving stuff around is a viable solution on the trailer I already own.

Thanks for all the suggestions.
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Old 06-06-2019, 12:04 PM
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I don't think you'll have any issues moving the boat back the 6-12 inches you'd need to get your winch stand back and your tongue weight down. Worse case you could get a different winch post. Also think the moving axles forward would be doable. Highly unlikely they are welded but that would be more work than is needed i think.

Good luck my current boat trailer has been the biggest head ache of my boating career!
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Old 06-06-2019, 12:25 PM
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I believe there is a Load Rite dealer in Attleboro that may be able to help you. If not any Marine place. In MetroWest you have USA Marine in Worcester and one other one down the street from them. I think it is called Doug Russell marine
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Old 06-06-2019, 01:10 PM
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That is the wrong trailer for your boat. If a salesman looks at the length and weight specs of the boat and trailer and it matches then they think it is the correct trailer.
Don't worry about the bunks ending short of the transom- its done all the time.
You will need to move the post back 8-10 inches, move the bunks back the same distance. Then you should add a forward bunks to support the bow. That cheap roller is not going to last or provide any support while loading/unloading.
Your other option is to move the axles and cross members forward. It looks like you have some room prior to the bend. If you can not do that yourself- the costs maybe greater than selling that trailer and buying new or used one.
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Old 06-06-2019, 01:57 PM
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Moving the axles requires extreme precision. If it's even slightly diagonal it ruins the tires quick. It's probably not something you want to do for the first time unless you REALLY take your time and be anal about it.
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Old 06-06-2019, 03:08 PM
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I'm sitting in traffic and looki g at the pictures again. You can pull the boat back 6 inches without adjusting the bunks. Then move the post. As I said before, the lack of bow support will be an issue. Now with that being said, how often will you trailer it.
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Old 06-06-2019, 03:33 PM
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Trailer looks close to the right size. Great that you had it weighted, helps a lot. Agree move the boat back 6-10” to relieve the tongue weight. Bunks can be a little short of the transom. May need a different winch post.
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Old 06-06-2019, 03:36 PM
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I'm pretty sure you want the transom sitting on the bunks, not hanging off.
I'd be inclined to make the adjustment by moving the axles. I'd also be quite confident in marking the current position of the u-bolts on the frame, and carefully measuring some new marks to move them to. Obviously a lot easier if you wet slip the boat, or maybe rent some rack space for the weekend type of thing. The stuff is pretty cheap, having some spare u bolts and nuts and a sawzall on hand can be a real blessing.
I'd also definitely want to get some more substantial support up front, and get rid of the roller and the bracket it's on.
Trailers are just a PIA. Generally by the time you get it just right, it's rusted out and you need a new one.
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Old 06-06-2019, 06:22 PM
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I down sized to this boat last year because I wanted to be able to trailer around again. I forgot about trailer issues!

I had a good conversation with the service manager at the dealer today. I am bringing the boat in tomorrow with a lot of ideas (many from this board) and will work with them to get things right.

Thanks again for all the suggestions.
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