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Post by JL8Jeff » 30 Mar 2015, 12:30

It looks like a pretty light boat/trailer, but I personally wouldn't want that many joints.
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Post by earl60446 » 30 Mar 2015, 16:20

earl60446 wrote:Your good to go, I always like a safety chain on the front. Can't tell if you got one or not.
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Your trailer is pretty darn level, the boat is propped up in front a little. As I said before, your fine, go fishing. You don't need
all that extra gear on your hitch.

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Post by boguesounder » 30 Mar 2015, 19:03

I agree with Earl, you're good. Get on the water. Id take off that adapter. That long trailer will keep your truck tires dry also. Good for the salt launchings. Fish on...

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Post by JL8Jeff » 31 Mar 2015, 20:46

I saw a Reese drop mount on a vehicle in our parking lot today so they are out there. I think this is it.

http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/vehic ... p-x-2-rise

Here's the correct one updated.
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Post by lckstckn2smknbrls » 31 Mar 2015, 21:33

JL8Jeff wrote:I saw a Reese drop mount on a vehicle in our parking lot today so they are out there. I think this is it.

http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/vehic ... 7AodjgUA6A
That's for a 2" receiver.
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Post by JoshKeller » 31 Mar 2015, 22:05

trailer itself looks pretty level to me? the boat looks to be up on rollers or the bunks arent level. As light as that boat is, i wouldnt worry about the 1 1/4" hitch at all.

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Post by bAcKpAiN » 01 Apr 2015, 09:36

If it pulls straight and doesn't bring the motor close to the ground I wouldn't worry about it. To me it would be counterproductive to add weight and weak points with all kinds of adapters and such just to get it level. As long as it is secured to the trailer it isn't going anywhere. I would use it and enjoy it if it were me, it doesn't appear to be a heavy boat/trailer combo. I pulled a decked out boat with my minivan and a 1 1/4'' hitch for years. We crossed Pennsylvania several times without a problem.

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Post by Riverdog » 01 Apr 2015, 18:08

Might as well use what you bought. It's a light boat and it's level now. Not sure about the smaller trailers, but the larger ones have some built in camber and toe in. Having it level will get you longer tire life. And just in case you go over a dip in the road, your less likely to drag your skeg.
I do think you should have searched a little more for a drop ball mount that would have fit you receiver.

Here's one on amazon. Curt MFG. Class 1 1 1/4" Ball Mount Hitch
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Post by fishin_magician » 03 Apr 2015, 08:33

Thanks for all the replys guys I went fishing it was all good
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Post by Riverdog » 03 Apr 2015, 17:28

After all is said and done...that's what it's all about. 8)
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Post by shoeless » 11 Jan 2019, 22:47

Looking at the date stamps on the thread I'm betting the OP has come to resolution on this by now, but for people browsing around looking for thoughts ... seems like a larger tire/rim combo might be an option to at least partially mitigate. Obviously budget and the characteristics of the ramp enter the equation as well.

I bought a used trailer with 8" rims off Craig's List that hung off the back of my truck at a ludicrous angle. Needed tires, I didn't trust the bearings, and I hated the lug bolt (instead of lug nut) set up.

I installed new hubs and 13" rim/tires. My recollection is it was about $160 total. Been trailering my 14' Duranautic with it past 3 years with no issues. Still not completely level, but way way better. Stacking hitch adapter on top of drop adapter doesn't seem like a long term wise move. Peace of mind is priceless.

By the way, if you buy a used trailer, remember to check the lug bolt torque before you drive it home. This purchase lost a wheel, at speed, on I-95 through North Philly; which was … exciting. :oops:

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Post by maintenanceguy » 12 Jan 2019, 10:17

As light as that boat and trailer are, you're fine. A single axle trailer can handle a lot of being out of level before it becomes a problem. The drop hitch with all the extra pins and angles will increase stress on some parts but this stuff is overbuilt enough to be able to handle the extra stress - it's made for towing stuff much bigger than what you're towing.

The only concern I have is the height of the prop off the ground. Tilt the motor up when you're on the road to get more clearance. If you will be traveling more than a few short miles to the ramp, $30 spent on a transom saver might save you hundreds in repairs.

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Post by ppine » 12 Jan 2019, 13:05

In the lower photo on flat ground, your trailer is pretty level.
The position of the boat on the trailer makes it look like it is too high.
With a boat that light I say you are fine as it is.

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Post by CedarRiverScooter » 12 Jan 2019, 15:05

Well I must be paddling upstream - I intentionally have the receiver turned up & tongue riding high. Then it launches that much easier on the shallow ramp I have to use.

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Post by eshaw » 12 Jan 2019, 16:51

I sure wouldn't change out my tires to correct the angle. I have my trailer set up where the tongue sets almost level, it's a little high but not much. I like to be able to step in and out of my trailer from ground level without using the trailer itself. It really helps a lot when using a shallow ramp or a steep ramp when the water is down.

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