Finally, after 10 wonderful years, last year I sold my beautiful, 17' kayak in order to buy a Hobie Mirage so I could fish and photograph with more stability. It was a great decision for what I have been able to do that I couldn't with the old boat.
BUT, this year, I am older and less fit and am having trouble getting the boat onto my Forester. I have been lifting it alone because I paddle alone, in remote places sometimes and there is no one around to help load it onto my car. But it is more difficult every time I pick it up. It weighs 66lbs.
I have been searching for a suitable trailer that is stable, easily stored and affordable (under $1000).
Other than bulding one (not me-no skills), is there such a thing? If not, any suggestions? Thanks
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Posted by: Big_D on Aug-17-11 3:11 PM (EST)
Posted by: Goobs on Aug-17-11 8:47 PM (EST)
12" tires are cooler|
Posted by: Big_D on Aug-17-11 9:42 PM (EST)
But my canoe trailer has 8" tires and is fine at highway speed. I just do fairly frequent checks on the grease to be sure that it hasn't overheated. So far so good. I squeeze a little extra in there from time to time just in case.
Posted by: trapmar on Aug-20-11 2:50 AM (EST)
Thanks for your guidance.
Posted by: 3bearnight on Aug-20-11 6:20 PM (EST)
Trailex all aluminum, SUT-200-S Ultra Light Duty Single. $899 at Cabelas. Great trailer , I had one for 5 years. Sold the 85# canoe and the trailer with it. Don't second guess the recommended tire pressure they give you. Some bearing buddies are also a good investment for any trailer. Good luck, hope this helps.
About that Trailex|
Posted by: goobs on Aug-20-11 7:19 PM (EST)
Posted by: 3bearnight on Aug-21-11 10:10 AM (EST)
goobs, I can't say enough good things about the Trailex SUT-200. I made a trip from FL to CT with no problems. Bearing buddies will let you know to add grease long before you need to and are water proof. It does have a license plate bracket. I added a bike flag at the rear of the trailer so I could see it better from my truck mirror, it is narrow and low behind a vehicle. You can move the axle around for balance, thier instruction for axle placement was perfect the my use.
Posted by: goobs on Aug-21-11 5:58 PM (EST)
Posted by: Big_D on Aug-22-11 10:37 PM (EST)
In surfing around the web tonight I saw a trailer called the "Portage Pal" which may be what you need.
Lots of dedicated kayak trailers|
Posted by: djo on Aug-23-11 6:23 PM (EST)
I put this list together a while ago but have not yet gone any further.
Posted by: estevens on Sep-20-13 12:51 PM (EST)
I purchased a trailer for my kayak from Hergerts in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The price was $785. A little more for a wiring adapter and the wheel for the front of the trailer. About $900 total with tax. I love mine.
Posted by: ruebling2007 on Feb-01-14 8:24 PM (EST)
Find a used boat trailer. There is always a lot near a boat club, where some boaters store there trailer. some even sell. It wouldn't take much to set it up for your kayak.
Posted by: ppine on Feb-04-14 11:02 AM (EST)
I have used a magenta trailer for over 10 years with good success on the highway. On logging roads headed to some remote lake the suspension makes the trailer bounce.
The OP has a Subaru Forester, and...|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Feb-05-14 1:13 PM (EST)