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#11553993 - 04/20/16 07:24 AM RangerTrail trailer vs BassCat trailer
BigTxBassMan Offline
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Registered: 05/12/09
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I'm looking to upgrade to a tandem axle trailer and would like some feedback. I'm leaning toward the RangerTrail but I seem to remember something about problems with the RangerTrail hubs losing all of the oil and failing when they sprung a leak, but this may have been an early problem that has since been fixed. I've never really heard any negative feedback about the BassCat trailers, but I'm not a big fan of their low-slung mounting of the spare.

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#11554002 - 04/20/16 07:27 AM Re: RangerTrail trailer vs BassCat trailer [Re: BigTxBassMan]
Happykamper Offline
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Registered: 01/20/07
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How soon are you looking to replace it, I have a 2014 Triton Trailer that will be for sale in a few months.

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#11554012 - 04/20/16 07:32 AM Re: RangerTrail trailer vs BassCat trailer [Re: BigTxBassMan]
BigTxBassMan Offline
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Probably around November....I'll be working out of the country until then....out of curiosity, why is your trailer becoming available? Are you getting a new one? Just wondering

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#11554039 - 04/20/16 07:47 AM Re: RangerTrail trailer vs BassCat trailer [Re: BigTxBassMan]
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And what about some of the other trailers out there? Magnum? McClain? Etc?

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#11554060 - 04/20/16 07:57 AM Re: RangerTrail trailer vs BassCat trailer [Re: BigTxBassMan]
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The Jack setup on the ranger is the dumbest thing ever. I hate it.

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#11554100 - 04/20/16 08:13 AM Re: RangerTrail trailer vs BassCat trailer [Re: BigTxBassMan]
Andrew Y'Barbo Offline
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I've pulled a ranger trailer across country and now a BASSCAT trailer. Honestly the cat is my favorite to tow. Make sure you order the step pole and Fulton xlt jack. The led back up lights are redicously bright. However, I do not know how you would go about getting a trailer for a different brand boat since the bunks are specially designed for a basscat a hull.

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#11554127 - 04/20/16 08:23 AM Re: RangerTrail trailer vs BassCat trailer [Re: BigTxBassMan]
Bossbowman Online   content
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What brand boat do you have?, I've looked into this before, might be a PITA to modify depending.


Edited by Bossbowman (04/20/16 08:24 AM)

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#11554158 - 04/20/16 08:35 AM Re: RangerTrail trailer vs BassCat trailer [Re: BigTxBassMan]
Happykamper Offline
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Originally Posted By: BigTxBassMan
Probably around November....I'll be working out of the country until then....out of curiosity, why is your trailer becoming available? Are you getting a new one? Just wondering


My boat was recalled so they are giving me a new 2017 model, I am changing everything out to 2017 models, nothing at all wrong with trailer, it will probably be this fall or winter before i receive my new boat, holler if interested.

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#11554212 - 04/20/16 09:00 AM Re: RangerTrail trailer vs BassCat trailer [Re: BigTxBassMan]
BigTxBassMan Offline
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My boat is an old Ranger R91 (20') w/ 200 Merc.....sounds like I may have 2014 tandem axle Triton Trailer available....anybody have any stones to throw at a Triton Trailer?....I've been told that the bunks on almost all of the high performance bass boat trailers are nearly identical...I'll check whatever trailer I end up with and modify slightly if necessary

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#11554219 - 04/20/16 09:08 AM Re: RangerTrail trailer vs BassCat trailer [Re: BigTxBassMan]
21xs Elite Online   content
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I've had several triton trailers and never an issue, I had the same 2014 trailer Kamper is talking about and pulled it 80 everywhere. It has the shock package on it as well as my new rig and is by far the best pulling trailer I've had.

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#11554269 - 04/20/16 09:23 AM Re: RangerTrail trailer vs BassCat trailer [Re: BigTxBassMan]
Bossbowman Online   content
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Originally Posted By: BigTxBassMan
I've been told that the bunks on almost all of the high performance bass boat trailers are nearly identical...


Not correct at all, trailers are custom fit to the model of the hull, not all bunks are the same either seen alot of ranger trailers with larger 2X6 bunks.

Originally Posted By: BigTxBassMan
.....sounds like I may have 2014 tandem axle Triton Trailer available....anybody have any stones to throw at a Triton Trailer?


Triton trailers aren't going to be as good quality as a ranger trail or basscat trailer which are channel iron framed not tube, tube trailers will rust from the inside out, do a search on skeeter tube trailers for problem examples.


Edited by Bossbowman (04/20/16 09:27 AM)

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#11554288 - 04/20/16 09:30 AM Re: RangerTrail trailer vs BassCat trailer [Re: BigTxBassMan]
HasBen Online   content
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If I had to replace my trailer, I would go with an aluminum trailer. There are several good builders in Texas and they should outlast the boat.
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#11554294 - 04/20/16 09:32 AM Re: RangerTrail trailer vs BassCat trailer [Re: BigTxBassMan]
921 Phoenix Offline
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Registered: 06/21/11
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Loc: Lake Fork
You may want to look at a Phoenix Trailers they have both tube and channel. You can order them with shocks different fenders. I would suggest getting someone to set it up with bunks in right place. I would look into the new materials they have out now where you do not have carpet. This eliminates hull blisters from wet carpet.

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#11554403 - 04/20/16 09:58 AM Re: RangerTrail trailer vs BassCat trailer [Re: Bossbowman]
21xs Elite Online   content
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Originally Posted By: Bossbowman
Originally Posted By: BigTxBassMan
I've been told that the bunks on almost all of the high performance bass boat trailers are nearly identical...


Not correct at all, trailers are custom fit to the model of the hull, not all bunks are the same either seen alot of ranger trailers with larger 2X6 bunks.

Originally Posted By: BigTxBassMan
.....sounds like I may have 2014 tandem axle Triton Trailer available....anybody have any stones to throw at a Triton Trailer?


Triton trailers aren't going to be as good quality as a ranger trail or basscat trailer which are channel iron framed not tube, tube trailers will rust from the inside out, do a search on skeeter tube trailers for problem examples.


I've had a new triton every year since 2011 and none of the trailers have been tube framed, all of them have been C-channel and have gator Hyde sprayed on them.


Edited by 21xs Elite (04/20/16 10:00 AM)

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#11554572 - 04/20/16 10:57 AM Re: RangerTrail trailer vs BassCat trailer [Re: Bossbowman]
Happykamper Offline
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Registered: 01/20/07
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Loc: Southlake, Texas
Originally Posted By: Bossbowman
Originally Posted By: BigTxBassMan
I've been told that the bunks on almost all of the high performance bass boat trailers are nearly identical...


Not correct at all, trailers are custom fit to the model of the hull, not all bunks are the same either seen alot of ranger trailers with larger 2X6 bunks.

Originally Posted By: BigTxBassMan
.....sounds like I may have 2014 tandem axle Triton Trailer available....anybody have any stones to throw at a Triton Trailer?


Triton trailers aren't going to be as good quality as a ranger trail or basscat trailer which are channel iron framed not tube, tube trailers will rust from the inside out, do a search on skeeter tube trailers for problem examples.




Really ?? I have had 6 Tritons dating back to 1998, all were channel not tube, this one has the soft ride and is rhino lined with stainless fenders, never had a problem with any of them, you may need to do a little research before you put down someone else's equipment.

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