convert boat trailer to flatbed

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  1. hockeystar987

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    i have a dual axle tandem boat trailer. 22ft long overall. the bracketts that hold the wooden runners are removeable and i was wondering if those trailers could be converted to a flatbed trailer. what do you guys think
     

  2. greenhornet1986

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    I've seen it done before, but I wouldnt put anything heavy on it. But I have seen it done to smaller boat trailers, not a big one like yours. So, i dont really know.
     

  3. SouthernSteel

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    Ya one of my buddies has a flatbed bumper pull trailer that was a boat trailer. Dono to much about it but it can be done :bigthumb:
     
  4. hockeystar987

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    i see what your saying. it is a long distance from the wheels to the hitch.... seems like that would put ALOT of weight on the tounge when carrying something like a vehicle.
     
  5. RamThis

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    wow i actually have see it done too, my friends dad used his old trailer and welded some crap together so he could use it for his 4 wheelers. :hack: <--kushhtom
     
  6. Remington

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    We used a 16 foot boat's trailer to make a 6'x10' trailer. To help with the weight issue on the tongue we just moved the axle forward a little.
     
  7. hockeystar987

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    awesome i just thought of moving one of the axles forward. im not sure how much the axles are rated for. i bet it would hold a small/mid siza car but what about a truck?
     
  8. greenhornet1986

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    I imagine they would hold some weight, but does the trailer only have one axle? If so, I seriously doubt it would hold a truck. Our 25 foot boat wieghed over 2 tons loaded, and the trailor had 2 axles. I can see something like a 2 axle trailor holding a truck, but not really a 1 axle trailor handling it. I can see maybe a geo metro, but not a truck. But hey, you could try it.
     
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  10. hockeystar987

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    it is a dual axle and i guess to move the front axle forward would require taking off the fender, unbolt, rebolt and make perches for the springs. no brakes on the trailer to deal with. thats a good idea puttin a toolbox on the front.
     
  11. hockeystar987

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    anyone wanna help me out with some welding??? :bigthumb:
     
  12. Big Larry

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    Would you have to get rid of the surge brakes on a boat trailer to use it as a flat bed?
     
  13. Burglar

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    I have a 1973 boston whaler trailer that I tow my 4runner with. Its 19' tip to tail. The axles have been moved forward about 6', but it still only allows for a 12' deck. As it sits, the 4runner sticks off the back of the trailer.



    But it does work, and work well. Last easter it was towed out to moab and back. I have towed with it out ot hollister and johnson valley.



    The biggest problem with them is the very long tongue.



    But for cheap, you really cant beat it (I have $400 into mine).



    And yes the surge brakes do work. My trailer stops fine, even with brakes on one trailer axle (not both) and towing with a half ton.



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  14. Burglar

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    I have a 1973 boston whaler trailer that I tow my 4runner with. Its 19' tip to tail. The axles have been moved forward about 6', but it still only allows for a 12' deck. As it sits, the 4runner sticks off the back of the trailer.



    But it does work, and work well. Last easter it was towed out to moab and back. I have towed with it out ot hollister and johnson valley.



    The biggest problem with them is the very long tongue.



    But for cheap, you really cant beat it (I have $400 into mine).



    And yes the surge brakes do work. My trailer stops fine, even with brakes on one trailer axle (not both) and towing with a half ton.



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  15. 1979BLAZER

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    what does a trailor with surge brakes look like? because i dont think this trailor has any type of breaks but i might need to take a closer look, and it is a dual axel trailor to clear things up we would have to move both axels forward
     
  16. Big Larry

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    Surge brakes don't look any different with the tires on. Most trailers use a electronic brake that acctivates an electro-magnet that pushes the shoes to the drum. Boat trailers use surge brakes as to not hurt the brakes when the trailer is dunked into a lake.

    If you want to know if your trailer has brakes or not just count the wires coming off the wire harness.

    4 wires=no brakes

    7or8 wires=brakes yea!

    If you have brakes you are going to want to install a brake controller in your truck. Its easy.



    PS a trailer that long probably has brakes and the axles are probably held on by U-bolts so moving them up should be a sinch.
     
  17. 1979BLAZER

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    yeah this trailor has no brakes i guess b/c of how old it is. now help me understand, ive never relocated anything befor, the spring perches is what we have to relocate right? or is it the axels themselves?



    is welding on galvanized steel any different from welding on regular?



    thanks



    p.s. by the way im the other owner of the trailor so we are talking about the same trailor
     

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