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    Jagsy
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    Best type of trailer - skid or roller

    I notice that you guys in the states (and I guess Canada) seem to prefer skid type trailers as opposed to roller trailers. Is that a fair assessment, or am I wrong.
    Here in Western Australia, roller trailers seem to be the preferred type, but I am interested in exploring either the purchase or manufacture of a really good trailer. One that will stand the test of time, easily carry fuel, tool box, spare wheel etc. Possibly even a structure to support a roof rack for other towables!!.
    If there is anyone out there that can explain the key difference / advantages / dissadvantages of roller versus skid, or could direct me to trailer designs, drawings, etc I would really appreciate it.
    Given the distance I expect it wouldnt be viable to buy a trailer from your end.
    At a recent camping show, I saw a trailer that accommodated a quad bike and storage bin up front, space for ski at the back and structure above which had a double sized tent on a kind of roof rack. Looked like a great combination and is what got me thinking about this thread.
    All your comments are greatfully received


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    trailers are basically what you can get easily in your area, dont worry about bunk trailers if all you can buy are roller trailers.
    bunks can scuff up your hull from pulling on and off, but rollers are more expensive and can be a pain when the rollers start to go bad, and more expensive to fix. rollers probably load/unload skis easier. but then require better tie down.
    my experience tells me a longer trailer is better, so if you have options as far as length, go longer. they tow better, launch skis deeper. less truck has to get wet.
    also has more room in front of skis for equip box, fuel cans etc.
    i will look up some really trick trailers over here and post the links...

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    also are you considering a dual trailer for 2 skis??? or a single???

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    lextoy's Avatar
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    there are also some cool trailers at www.sea-doo.net
    in the community pictures under readers rides
    double decker etc...
    just for ideas

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    I've seen a 20 foot boat sitting in the middle lane of the interstate, it slid right off the trailer and the driver just kept on going.

    So if it's a roller make sure the winch rope and safety chain are in good shape

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    If you are going to haul 2 heavy 4 strokers be damn sure the weight ratting is up to spec. Trust me on this one. There are alot of double trailers out there that are rated to haul like 1,600 to 2,100 lbs load. Those will probally work for your lighter 2 strokers but not these 900 + pound skis with fuel. They are not strong enough for 2 4 stroke seadoos full of fuel. TRUST ME!!!!!!
    I now have a double rated load capacity is 2,600 lbs +.

    I personally like the bunks because you will get less movement of the ski forward to backwards. Also with the rollers you must be careful with the forward idle speed of these 4 strokers or you might end up in the back of the pick up.
    Last edited by skoepp; 03-18-2008 at 11:12 AM.

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    Jagsy
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    Thanks guys for the feedback.
    Its always interesting to see the differences we have....
    feet to meters, pounds to kilo's and bunk to skid.
    There are pro's and con's in deciding roller versus skid.
    I guess the skid gives better support when transporting but may cause more damage when load/unloading. Low tide beach launching seems to be easier with a roller trailer and that be the determining factor for me.
    Thanks Lextoy for the links, there are some nice looking trailer designs out there.
    I'm still interested in drawings if anyone can direct me.
    Ideally it would be a single ski with storage bin and spare.
    By the way Lextoy, is the image of the cute girl on the ski a picture of you
    I attach me and my ride getting a little air last weekend, love the X
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    Just spray some silicon spray on the bunk type of trailers and trust me the ski will slide on with no problem.

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    not me... that the wife.
    over at sea-doo.net theres a few more pics of her in the bikini section
    you gotta go back a few pages, but they are worth it!!

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