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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 12:28 pm 
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This year I may have to replace my pickup truck with a conventional automobile.

When that happens, I will lose the pickup's bed and rooftop box storage.

To the end of accomodating that, I am thinking of replacing my Rack-and-Roll trailer with something like the standard Hobie double trailer as per http://www.austinkayak.com/products/487 ... Auha8P8HAQ and, instead of carrying a second AI, carry the rooftop box that I have on my pickup truck and maybe a bin for wet stuff.

Can anybody see pitfalls in this approach? Mainly I am thinking trailer balance.... although I guess the fallback would be to ditch the rooftop box and put a narrow box on each side of the centered 2015 AI.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:33 pm 
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Towing a trailer narrower than the vehicle is a lot easier and safer. If you have no need for the side by side double kayak storage why not look for a single trailer with an upper roof box?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:10 pm 
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stringy wrote:
...why not look for a single trailer with an upper roof box?
Didn't know there was such a thing in trailers that small.

I'm guessing a post on each side with crossbars so the boat can fit in-between.

I'll do a little Googling on that one...

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:42 pm 
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PeteCress wrote:
stringy wrote:
...why not look for a single trailer with an upper roof box?
Didn't know there was such a thing in trailers that small.

I'm guessing a post on each side with crossbars so the boat can fit in-between.

I'll do a little Googling on that one...

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:58 pm 
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Plenty of info in this forum!
Try these for starters:
viewtopic.php?f=73&t=51311&p=241934

viewtopic.php?f=71&t=53484&p=247064


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:16 pm 
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While I love my current Trailex trailer (owned 3 so far) I would think twice about "stacking" storage boxes, etc. above the boat, especially if you plan long distance towing. The trailer is definitely solid and tracks well, but it is aluminum. I feel an elevated weight (boat box, etc) above the boat has a moment (force to cause a body to rotate about a specific point or axis) that will contribute to some 'fishtailing' of the trailer. The longer the main beam of the trailer, the higher the elevated box the more this would be magnified.

I've owned a steel trainer (Hobie 16) and any potential fishtailing was prevented by angled braces supporting the trailer's main beam. Trailer trailers do not have these angle braces - only a very long single main beam.

All said and done, I love the aluminum (no - low maintenance) weight and 'erector set' design that allows easy modifications.

Just a thought.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:05 pm 
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cooldudecaptain wrote:
...my current Trailex trailer (owned 3 so far)...
Which one do you currently have?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:01 pm 
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Hi Pete,

My current Trailex trailer is model SUT-450-AID96. Did you receive the photos I emailed ?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:40 pm 
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cooldudecaptain wrote:
Hi Pete,

My current Trailex trailer is model SUT-450-AID96. Did you receive the photos I emailed ?
They are probably in my Hobie forum inbox.

Will check when I can get to a PC...Am using my phone to write this and the screen is too small for effective navigation.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:03 am 
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PeteCress wrote:
cooldudecaptain wrote:
Hi Pete,

My current Trailex trailer is model SUT-450-AID96. Did you receive the photos I emailed ?
They are probably in my Hobie forum inbox.

Will check when I can get to a PC...Am using my phone to write this and the screen is too small for effective navigation.

Checked User Control Panel | Private Messages | Inbox, but did not find anything.

Did not see any place in my profile for an email address - so I am assuming that by "eMail" you mean the board's personal messaging facility.

I added an email address to my signature line - how about sending them to that address? Maybe I'll get lucky...

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:16 pm 
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just sent an email w/photos to your listed email address a few minutes ago.

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