Capacity is most important in trailers
Posted by: joewildlife on Dec-29-12 8:27 PM (EST)
I'd love to have a Sportsrig or Yakima Rack and Roll trailer. Question is, who stole who's design?
Both have "motorcycle" wheels, axles, and coil spring suspensions with shocks. I think capacity is around 250 pounds.
I have never seen a leaf spring axle assembly rated for less than 1000 pounds. Any typical cargo or boat trailer, NO MATTER how small, is probably equipped with 1000 pound suspension, and up. It is ridiculous. These trailers beat the crap out of lightweight boats on them. EVEN IF they have really really light springs, the unsprung weight of the normal trailer tires, wheels, and axles still make them ride rough.
There is another, much lower cost trailer out there called a Portage Pal. It has a solid suspension, but the boat rack on the aft end rides on springs. Seems to reason the boat rack on the bow end of the trailer rides soft because it is basically riding on the ball hitch...on the vehicle's suspension.
I have at least three full sets of Yakima racks, with four tower types. Yet I would still use a trailer at times if I had one I liked.