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Madmax442
07-26-2014, 05:32 AM
Just curious what kind of trailer fits my 71' Sleekcraft Rebel Jetboat? The one I have now has issues and I just want to get a newer one with bunks. Anyone have any suggestions?

Redeye1620
07-26-2014, 05:42 AM
Do a search on Craig's List in the boating section for trailer.

Madmax442
07-26-2014, 06:05 AM
I did yes! It just looks like some of the bunks are on too much of an angle for a flat bottom boat and should I get one with 4 bunks or is 2 ok?

T8er S.
07-26-2014, 06:27 AM
Mine has four bunks.....
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wolfie
07-26-2014, 08:18 AM
It's more of a semi-V than a flat bottom. If you know someone that welds, you can adjust the mounts for the bunks and add a couple if need be.

Madmax442
07-26-2014, 09:40 AM
Any manufacturer in particular I should look for?

Madmax442
07-26-2014, 09:45 AM
Also what minimum width and length should I look for?

wolfie
07-26-2014, 10:17 AM
Any manufacturer in particular I should look for?

Just one that will hold together, is in good condition, and pulls straight. Make sure it's tandem axle. I know that Roadrunners were the choice way back when.
You should have at least 2" clearance between the hull and the wheel wells. As far as length, that's all dependent on what you like. You want the weight of the boat centered over the axles. The tongue could be 1-2' ahead of the bow. Or if you like to keep the tires out of the water, you could have a longer tongue. Just remember that the longer the tongue, the more weight could be transferred to the hitch. Surge brakes are best. I have none on any of the trailers I have. The Eliminator had surge.

Madmax442
07-26-2014, 10:21 AM
I have a single axle now.... Do I really need a tandem?

"THE ADVOCATE"
07-26-2014, 10:33 AM
I have a single axle now.... Do I really need a tandem? Tandems tow a lot better and spread out the weight differential. AND if you break an axle, seize a bearing or get a flat you can still limp the trailer to a service center or home and not be stuck on the side of the road.

"THE ADVOCATE"
07-26-2014, 10:44 AM
OH! And make sure the stern of the hull is all the way on the rear bunks. If the hull is hanging off it can sag and put an unnatural hook into it and severely affect handling.

Madmax442
07-26-2014, 10:53 AM
I drive an 18 wheeler daily and understand weight transfer and all the things you say are true! I'm just curious if I can get away with a decent single axle? The boat must weigh roughly 1700-1800 pounds which isn't too heavy. Does a 18ft sleekcraft rebel really require a tandem?

T8er S.
07-26-2014, 11:25 AM
Looks like you could use a single,15031, tandems back better too. Dorsey is a great trailer brand for single or tandem.
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"THE ADVOCATE"
07-26-2014, 11:47 AM
No, at that weight single would be fine. But its only a couple hundred dollars difference (you should be able to find double axle for under a grand.) When shopping even look at old junk boats that have been sitting for years. You can find good trailers for "get it out of my yard prices!!"

Madmax442
07-26-2014, 12:08 PM
I wish I lived on the west coast! Most boats out here are 17-18ft Larson/bayliner bow riders with single axle trailers!

"THE ADVOCATE"
07-26-2014, 12:55 PM
http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=218&ad=30561721&cat=147&lpid=2&search=&ad_cid=10 Double axle trailer and all kinds of parts to sell for $500. 10minute search...

Madmax442
07-26-2014, 01:26 PM
First off it's 600 and second it has a boat on it. It's also all the way across the US! I don't have time to try and sell POS stuff either.

"THE ADVOCATE"
07-26-2014, 01:37 PM
Sorry bro... just an example. :zwhistle:

Madmax442
07-26-2014, 01:50 PM
Sorry I came off as an ass! Wasn't my intention. I thought you meant I should by it lol. I'll look online more! I appreciate the help!

"THE ADVOCATE"
07-26-2014, 01:59 PM
No worries. But that boat is 5 minutes from a members house with a huge lot, I am a welder and there is a Rebel to measure from! LOL

T8er S.
07-26-2014, 03:34 PM
Just unstrap the boat on the way home and let the chips fall where they may.
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