Boat Trailer : What is it?
Boat trailers are wheeled solid steel frames designed to carry and transport boats. They are usually towed behind a vehicle. The best boat trailers usually have electronic brakes, chrome wheels, frame-mounted spare tires, and rollers, which help make loading and unloading of boats easier and prevent the boat’s hull from being damaged when pulled to a land surface.
Kinds of Boat Trailers include the following:
Types according to material
Galvanized boat trailers
Galvanized boat trailers have galvanized tubular box frames. They are the most solid boat trailers. They offer the best protection in the brake lines and the wiring system.
Aluminum I-beam boat trailers
Aluminum I-bean boat trailers are made of high quality aluminum. They are generally lightweight and strong. However, they offer little protection from shocks and mild damage. For added protection, most models run lines in a plastic conduit.
C-channel boat trailers
C-channel boat trailers are ideal for carrying lightweight boats. They are the least expensive type of boat trailer.
Types according to size
Small boat trailers
Small boat trailers are designed to carry small boats, usually measuring 12 to 15 feet.
They are usually made of galvanized steel or aluminum, each offering durability and strength. Most models have custom-made composite fenders, adjustable bunks, winch, safety chains, and side and tail marker lights. They are generally lightweight.
Large boat trailers
Large boat trailers can carry boats measuring up to 19 feet in length. They commonly have a rectangular tube frame. They are usually made of galvanized steel or aluminum, each offering durability and strength. Most models have a tubular tongue, powder coat finish, marine lights, and composite fenders.
Length: Choose a boat trailer with a length measuring at least two feet longer than your boat so you can have extra room for adjustments or installation of boat accessories.
Weight capacity: Choose a boat trailer that can accommodate the weight of your boat when it is wet or has been soaked in water because it is during this time that your boat is at its heaviest. If your boat weighs over 3,500 pounds, choose a tandem axle boat trailer.
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