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#12791373 - 06/13/18 10:48 PM Tubular Frame Boat Trailers?
BigTxBassMan Offline
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Registered: 05/12/09
Posts: 72
Loc: Livingston, Texas
I'm looking at buying a new trailer for my old Ranger. I know the traditional knock on tubular trailers is that they rust from the inside out. But how big of a problem is it really? EZ Loader and Phoenix make some good looking tube trailers and I think Skeeter is putting all of their boats on EZ Loader trailers. Please let me know the good and bad. Thanks!

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#12791397 - 06/13/18 11:35 PM Re: Tubular Frame Boat Trailers? [Re: BigTxBassMan]
Legend LE-195 Offline
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Registered: 03/14/05
Posts: 3549
Loc: Hill county
I'm not even sure you can get a new skeeter with an ez loader trailer anymore, they are making C-channel trailers in house, take a guess why...

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#12791407 - 06/13/18 11:56 PM Re: Tubular Frame Boat Trailers? [Re: BigTxBassMan]
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Registered: 01/25/05
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They are major problem. I owned one. Never again. There is a reason manufacturers don't hardly offer them anymore
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#12791543 - 06/14/18 07:59 AM Re: Tubular Frame Boat Trailers? [Re: ChanceHuiet]
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Registered: 04/12/05
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Loc: Fork/Arlington some.
Originally Posted By: ChanceHuiet
They are major problem. I owned one. Never again. There is a reason manufacturers don't hardly offer them anymore


Yep, mine is melting away. Even the bunk risers are rusting away.. Aluminium is the way to go
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#12791592 - 06/14/18 08:32 AM Re: Tubular Frame Boat Trailers? [Re: BigTxBassMan]
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Loc: Fork/Arlington some.
Yeah, mine is an EZ Loader.. Big stickers stating 40th Anniversary edition, big whooptee doooo. Cheap materials is my guess too.
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#12791604 - 06/14/18 08:37 AM Re: Tubular Frame Boat Trailers? [Re: BigTxBassMan]
Jake Shannon(Skeet4Life) Offline
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Ez Loader is a POS company
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#12791609 - 06/14/18 08:39 AM Re: Tubular Frame Boat Trailers? [Re: BigTxBassMan]
Bryan O' Offline
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Registered: 09/26/12
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Loc: Cypress Texas
The best looking trailer I ever had was a Chaparral under a Dyna Trak back in the '80's. In 4 years it had rusted holes in the bottom of the side rails, and in the cross members. The closest it ever got to salt was Conroe. I drilled extra holes in the frame so air flow would help dry it out, but it didn't help. Still continued to rust. When I had to replace one of the lights and found sheets of metal rusting away in the frame, I decided to sell the whole rig. I know they're expensive, but the best thing you can put under your Ranger is another Ranger trailer.
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#12791631 - 06/14/18 08:57 AM Re: Tubular Frame Boat Trailers? [Re: BigTxBassMan]
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I hate my tube trailer
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#12791641 - 06/14/18 09:05 AM Re: Tubular Frame Boat Trailers? [Re: BigTxBassMan]
Legend LE-195 Offline
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Registered: 03/14/05
Posts: 3549
Loc: Hill county
Originally Posted By: RedSkeeter
Originally Posted By: ChanceHuiet
They are major problem. I owned one. Never again. There is a reason manufacturers don't hardly offer them anymore


Yep, mine is melting away. Even the bunk risers are rusting away.. Aluminium is the way to go


As long as your not putting it in salt water a well made channel iron trailer will last 30 years, the problem with the ez loaders is not just the tube but also the steel they use. IDK if its thin guage or just cheap steel but I had a trailer that was only 4 years old that already had holes rusting through it.

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#12791703 - 06/14/18 09:37 AM Re: Tubular Frame Boat Trailers? [Re: BigTxBassMan]
furim2 Offline
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Registered: 04/16/08
Posts: 481
Loc: Pilot Point, TX
Back in the mid eighties I had a custom made, tandem axle, chrome plated fenders, tube trailer. The welder showed me it would not leak by putting an air fitting in it and filling it with compressed air. The trailer did not leak down the air pressure. Within one year, I noticed in my garage, one of the welds looked a little rusty and was damp. I drilled a hole in the bottom of the lowest cross member, and water poured out. I will never own a tube trailer again.

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#12791788 - 06/14/18 10:46 AM Re: Tubular Frame Boat Trailers? [Re: RedSkeeter]
Bass Junkie Offline
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Registered: 07/29/09
Posts: 1287
Loc: Houston
Originally Posted By: RedSkeeter
Originally Posted By: ChanceHuiet
They are major problem. I owned one. Never again. There is a reason manufacturers don't hardly offer them anymore


Yep, mine is melting away. Even the bunk risers are rusting away.. Aluminium is the way to go

Mine did and I switched to aluminum. A lot better ride too.

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#12791805 - 06/14/18 10:58 AM Re: Tubular Frame Boat Trailers? [Re: BigTxBassMan]
JacksonBean Offline
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Registered: 06/23/10
Posts: 3278
Loc: Greenville, TX


My Skeeter tube trailer is literally rusting away and like others have said, the new ones aren't a tube anymore.

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#12791992 - 06/14/18 01:04 PM Re: Tubular Frame Boat Trailers? [Re: BigTxBassMan]
Fish2222 Offline
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Registered: 02/28/15
Posts: 548
Loc: East Texas
BassCat uses "C" channel for a reason.
Mine is a 2002....zero rust.
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#12792054 - 06/14/18 02:01 PM Re: Tubular Frame Boat Trailers? [Re: BigTxBassMan]
the skipper Offline
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Registered: 07/04/11
Posts: 4359
Loc: nederland, TX
C-channel or aluminum is the only way to go

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#12792202 - 06/14/18 04:01 PM Re: Tubular Frame Boat Trailers? [Re: BigTxBassMan]
Curtbass Offline
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C-channel OR Aluminum for a BOAT trailer. Period. Tube frames were a bad idea from the get go for a boat trailer that is dunked under water every time it's used. Basic common sense. Tube CAN be used successfully on other trailers. Cargo, utility, etc etc, but those trailers aren't submerged intentionally on a regular basis. They'll STILL rust from inside out but at a much slower rate.
Best boat trailer I personally ever owned was built by Magnum Trailers in Austin Tx. C-channel tandem axle that I replaced a tube framed trailer under a Triton Tr20 with. It WAS heavier by 200#'s but NEVER an issue with it.
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