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Old 04-24-2021, 09:37 AM
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Iím in the process of buying a 2013 Sea Ray Sundeck 260. Itís kept on a lift and I need a trailer. The dry weight is about 5200 lbs. 65 gal gas, 20 gal water, 10 gal holding. Iím estimating final weight at 6000 lbs. Looking at trailers, most tandems have a 6000 lb load capacity. Should I opt for a heavier duty tandem or move up to a triple? The boat ramp is 2 miles from my driveway on a side road but I would like to be able to travel with it also.
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Tandem .....no need for a triple.
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Tandem if you're going to be maneuvering in tight places a lot or triple for the long hauls.
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Tandem all day. With 3500 axles you should be good. However you can do a tandem axle with 5-6K axles if you plan on a bunch of long trips. Personally if the boat stays on the lift I would stick with 3500 axles and make sure I had quality tires.
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I would personally go tandem axle with a 10k carrying capacity. The 6k capacity is cutting it close and you would be cutting it real close on the capacity. Let us we could be of any help.
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Iím in the process of buying a 2013 Sea Ray Sundeck 260. Itís kept on a lift and I need a trailer. The dry weight is about 5200 lbs. 65 gal gas, 20 gal water, 10 gal holding. Iím estimating final weight at 6000 lbs. Looking at trailers, most tandems have a 6000 lb load capacity. Should I opt for a heavier duty tandem or move up to a triple? The boat ramp is 2 miles from my driveway on a side road but I would like to be able to travel with it also.
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Tandem with 5k or 6k axles and tires to match.
perhaps add E/H brake actuator for significantly increased control. If you have hilly terrain, a definite upgrade to your felt towing control ability.
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Our 245 sea ray is easily over 7000 lbs loaded up with gear. We run a tandem with 5200 lb axels. Handles it well.
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I agree with the tandem comments, plus in general axles/hubs/wheels/tires, et al should be more reliable if they have ample excess capacity. Upgrading later may be difficult - now is the time to get it right. . What I can't help you with, and have been wondering about is ideal suspension capacity.

With any particular load (sprung trailer weight plus loaded boat) what is the ideal reserve suspension capacity? Too stiff and the boat will ride hard - too soft and at best the jarring could be severe, and various things could break.. I've found no guidance on reserve suspension capacity beyond, "It's your preference."

I'm building a trailer - have a couple of the beam bends done; plenty of reserve capacity everywhere, but think suspension capacity should be 'right'. I find no information on that. Should suspension be 110%, 120%, 150%, 200% of load? Does the guidance change for torsion or leaf spring suspension?
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I just finished my build, on my last trailer (triple axle) i was 10500lb on the scales (trailer included). So i wanted tandem axle, so went with the 7k axles, so now i am 14000lb capacity, assuming all is the same (self weight of trailer) i am at 75% capacity with 1/2 tank, or 78% with full
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Tandem anything. I hate our current triple axle trailer. It looks cool, terrible to maneuver.

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