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Trailer Replacement

its getting to be about that time. This time around I intend to do it right so I’m not replacing parts every few years. 
I have a quote from Owen & Sons (AKA Slide-on) and from Rolls Axle. And I’d like to get a quote from Sport Trail. 
Over on THT, those guys seem to be real high on Owen & Sons.  But the Aluminum axle and lifetime spring system on Rolls is really intriguing to me when thinking about longevity  Of course, the Rolls price tag is a premium as well.  Replacing a galvanized torsion axle once would just about cover the difference in price though. 

What say you guys?  Other builders you would consider?

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  • 4WARD4WARD Cross Creek,FLPosts: 2,618 Captain
    Call Cliff at    B and S Trailers    in Reddick.
    He built me a custom trailer for my old skiff. Really nice work.
    352 591 2161
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  • SloughSlough S.w. Ga./ St. JamesPosts: 5,613 Admiral
    Loadmaster is another with a very good reputation.
    I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you
  • FLDXTFLDXT Posts: 2,521 Captain
    I have Rolls Axle, it's 14 years old, not one issue, I'd buy another in a heart beat.
  • SpineymanSpineyman Destin, FlPosts: 8,377 Admiral
    Hi-Tech marine in Panama City. They will do you proud.
    Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
    Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!

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  • ebryantebryant Posts: 47 Deckhand
    I had a rolls under my old boat. Wish I still did.  
  • LiveLineLiveLine Wakulla County, FloridaPosts: 2,076 Captain
    Spineyman said:
    Hi-Tech marine in Panama City. They will do you proud.
    I bought two trailers from Hi-Tech....great trailers 
  • GrouperGuruGrouperGuru Posts: 264 Deckhand
    I have quotes coming from B&S and Hi-Tech.  Can anyone elaborate on why their trailers are nicer than others?
     So far my quotes from different manufacturers are over $1000 apart for a single axle trailer with the same equipment options.  I am fine with paying a premium price for a premium product, but I’m not into wasting a grand if two things are going to give me equivalent service.  What would you be looking for to differentiate manufacturers?  I would definitely rather spend money up front rather than fix problems later. 
  • SloughSlough S.w. Ga./ St. JamesPosts: 5,613 Admiral
    Stainless hardware, I-Beam size and thickness, axle weight, tire rating and size, # of cross members and size, ect
    I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you
  • micci_manmicci_man Somewhere in FLPosts: 14,910 AG
    Slough said:
    Stainless hardware, I-Beam size and thickness, axle weight, tire rating and size, # of cross members and size, ect

    What he said!
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  • greenbonegreenbone Posts: 154 Deckhand
    High-Tech has already been 2nd' so my vote is 3rd in line for High-Tech in Panama City
  • KlingerKlinger Posts: 2,124 Captain
    One of the things you might look for is the problem of dissimilar metals and electrolysis. Stainless hardware is almost a must for saltwater,  but if they aren't insulated from the aluminum frame, the stainless will corrode through the aluminum more quickly than you would think. Plastic washers help mitigate the problem 
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  • BibBib Posts: 2,357 Captain
    what size boat is it? 

    have you decided? 
  • GrouperGuruGrouperGuru Posts: 264 Deckhand
    I ended up ordering from Owen & Sons yesterday.  They really spent a lot of time answering questions & helping me decide exactly what I wanted. Should have it in a few weeks. 
  • SloughSlough S.w. Ga./ St. JamesPosts: 5,613 Admiral
    Good dill 
    I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you
  • skyway andeskyway ande Posts: 3,813 Captain
    You won't regret this.
    They are awesomeness!
    God, save the South!
  • GrouperGuruGrouperGuru Posts: 264 Deckhand
    I haven’t put the boat on the new trailer yet but my initial impression is that Owens builds a solid, no-nonsense product.  The cross members are 1/4” C-channel, welded in place and the main bunks sit on the I beams so there isn’t a lot of hardware to worry about replacing down the road. Just about everything on this trailer is either aluminum or stainless except the axle, hubs, and the rims.  The service was great and the trailer was ready on the faster side of what they estimated. Price was right in line with all the cookie cutter brands I got quotes for and cheaper than the other custom builders. 
    The couple of negatives are that some of their metal work isn’t the cleanest, there are a few places that could use a rubber grommet or something to make sure the wiring doesn’t chaff over time, and some of the wiring isn’t as nice as I’d like.  To be fair though, no one would do the wiring like I wanted it.  I don’t know if I couldn’t describe it right or if everyone was just afraid they wouldn’t be competitively priced if they added everything I was asking for.  


  • ferris1248ferris1248 Posts: 17,684 Moderator
    It looks nice. Hope it gives you years of service.

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  • SloughSlough S.w. Ga./ St. JamesPosts: 5,613 Admiral
    I haven’t put the boat on the new trailer yet but my initial impression is that Owens builds a solid, no-nonsense product.  The cross members are 1/4” C-channel, welded in place and the main bunks sit on the I beams so there isn’t a lot of hardware to worry about replacing down the road. Just about everything on this trailer is either aluminum or stainless except the axle, hubs, and the rims.  The service was great and the trailer was ready on the faster side of what they estimated. Price was right in line with all the cookie cutter brands I got quotes for and cheaper than the other custom builders. 
    The couple of negatives are that some of their metal work isn’t the cleanest, there are a few places that could use a rubber grommet or something to make sure the wiring doesn’t chaff over time, and some of the wiring isn’t as nice as I’d like.  To be fair though, no one would do the wiring like I wanted it.  I don’t know if I couldn’t describe it right or if everyone was just afraid they wouldn’t be competitively priced if they added everything I was asking for.  


    Looks great, as far as the wiring. It doesn't matter who's trailer (custom or assy. line made) the wiring is less then it should be. 
    I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you
  • skyway andeskyway ande Posts: 3,813 Captain
    Solid work trailers!
    It will last years and years trouble free.
    i have only had to replace carpet, the trailer jack, and lights on mine. It's a 2004.
    God, save the South!
  • GrouperGuruGrouperGuru Posts: 264 Deckhand
    Wow. That’s awesome!  My top priority was low maintenance in the long run. Sounds like I made a good choice. 
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