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Old 11-25-2020, 06:44 AM
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I am thinking it might be time for a new trailer, my present one needs a lot of work and not sure it is worth it.

If Venture-Load Rite- Continental are on the lower end, and Ameratrail, Owens and Sons and Sport Trail are the higher ends.

Who is in the middle? Seems to be a lot of small trailer builders, trying to find a good mid level brand.

I usually trailer 10 minutes to the ramp and once a year to the keys
Old 11-25-2020, 06:50 AM
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It really comes down to how much do you want to spend. Good news is, in South Florida, you have plenty of options. I'd reach out to Real-X and/or All-American. Both build nice trailers and are in your backyard. I'm also happy with my Float-On, which is probably in the same price range, albeit a bit higher.

You may find an Owens to be price competitive, but you will have to run up to St Pete to get it.
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This is a timely post since I’m looking for a new trailer for my skiff up here in NE. Same requirements as OP. Looking forward to responses and sorry to hijack.
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I bought one of these for my 25' Contender. It's 5 years in now and has been perfect. Zero complaints. Solid quality trailer at a real world price that the average guy can actually afford to buy.

www.acetrailers.com
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I just purchased a Sea Tech (for a Seavee 34)
decent quality less than one year
I had a Real X and it also was a good (for an Ocean Hawk 33) 14 years
had a magic tile for which was also good (for a Formula 303) 7 years
best was Myco but I could not justify this time (for a Formula 24) 8 years
Old 11-25-2020, 08:52 AM
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I've had excellent service from Wesco and Road King Trailers. As stated, in Florida, there are a lot more choices.

Most trailers are just components put together--just make sure they don't have cheap components. The less "Fulton" and "Tie Down", the better.
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Originally Posted by ychtcptn View Post
I am thinking it might be time for a new trailer, my present one needs a lot of work and not sure it is worth it.

If Venture-Load Rite- Continental are on the lower end, and Ameratrail, Owens and Sons and Sport Trail are the higher ends.

Who is in the middle? Seems to be a lot of small trailer builders, trying to find a good mid level brand.

I usually trailer 10 minutes to the ramp and once a year to the keys
I don't know why Continental is ranked so low by the folks around here? January will mark my 4th year with my 2017 Conti under my 2400 BlueWave. Other than occasional lights/wiring vs saltwater issues, I've had ZERO issues with my trailer and it has ALOT more miles than many on here who only tow local. Besides fishing/playing here locally in west TN, I tow to Delacroix LA, Gulf Shores AL at least once annually and to our condo on Okaloosa Island FL at least 4-6x annually. All of those trips are 500 miles each way. So my trailer likely has well over 25k miles on it so far and I have ZERO complaints! The only "main options" I requested on mine were alloy wheels with radials, torsion axles, LEDs, front flat bunks and line-x fenders. (Think mines a "A2450 B" model)

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For the most part if the trailer has torsion axles and SS hardware, you are good to go for many years, regardless of brand.

The only manufacturer that is truly different is Rolls Axle, and they use a different "torsion" axle system than any other make. Also, every component is ss or alum. The winch, jack, and coupler are the only items not ss or alum.

My opinion: get torsion axles, stainless steel hardware and brakes, and center bunks. You will be good for ~10 years or so as long as you keep up with the brakes and bearings.

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Thanks for the input.

Ameratrail is right near me, will give them a look, and some others.

I did see a sport trail today, wow!
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Ez-loader makes a nice trailer and has some of the best customer service/support that I have encountered. Only problem for most the Florida guys is that they are headquartered in WA state.
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In addition to some of the things already mentioned, I want a trailer that the frame extends all the way to the transom.
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I am a bit biased, but Myco is #1 IMO. I have 5 of them and won't ever go with anything else. That being said, it is way overkill for 10 min drives. I trailer all over the place, so I wanted the absolute best possible reliability and overkill.
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all welded trailers don't have much hardware to rust or replace. Axels and bunk boards are generally the only hardware getting dunked. torsion axels with replaceable spindles are a plus too. most seem to have LED lights now. you are generally paying more for welded trailers because they take a trained welder to build and it takes longer to weld than bolt generally. That being said my current trailer is bolted together and I replaced most of the hardware in one afternoon with the help of a friend.
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Originally Posted by Koopa253 View Post
Ez-loader makes a nice trailer and has some of the best customer service/support that I have encountered. Only problem for most the Florida guys is that they are headquartered in WA state.
They also have a plant in Port St Lucie, FL.

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