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  1. #26
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    Default Re: Most USEFUL Trailer Accessory? Including Homemade!

    That's a great idea, how long did it take you put together?

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    Default Re: Most USEFUL Trailer Accessory? Including Homemade!

    My Ford truck to pull it and the boat to the lake.

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    Default Re: Most USEFUL Trailer Accessory? Including Homemade!

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    Not too sure if I have one specific "Most USEFUL" item.

    Many DIY upgrades to my combo are:
    - Electric brakes on single axle trailer. Must have when towing with light weight Tow Vehicle.
    - Re-position trailer axle "under" leaf springs - to raise trailer 4" higher.
    - Trailer Guides (built them myself).
    - Transom saver (built it myself).
    - Spare tire mounting kit
    - Spare tire
    - Battery switch on the boat's battery post (to stop battery from draining over time).
    - Manual Tilt/Trim switch on motor to allow me to fit transom saver bar into position - while holding the transom bar into position.
    - Self adjusting Smart Tabs SX (to lift rear of boat up) - to bring boat faster to plain.
    - LED light assemblies with LED Marker lights (LED takes water exposure abuse - especially cold water).
    - Two different size props. The 4-blade for tubing and the 3-blade for long distance cruising. Both props (and tools) with my boat and one is used for spare.

    IMO, all these items are important - for 17" Bayliner boat & Capri trailer combo.

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    Transom saver.

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    Baba-buoy.

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    In regards to Howardsterndrives trailer jack I recently had mine go out and went to harbor freight and bought the next model up that has two wheels and is rated for an extra 500 lbs. I love it. Bolted on easy and is so much smoother and easier to handle than my single wheel original. Also bought the harbor freight spare tire relocater to change the tire from right in front of where my boat sits on the trailer to the front side of the trailer. 2 best things I've done so far. Next will be trailer guide posts so the boat doesn't sway. Read another thread about home made ones that I'll do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Outsider View Post
    Unless of course he's able to do that in about 18" of water!

    I bet he's smart enough to not be loading that boat in only 18" of water. There are some places that can handle boats larger than big jons ...
    And if I had more than 18" of water and a pier at the end of my road I wouldn't need a catwalk either! But then I never have to wait or deal with idiots either!
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    IMO trailer jacks, spare tire and mount aren't accessories they are essentials. Just like a winch/post and bow stop.

    I can live w/o guild ons. New trailer absolutely needs a transom saver so it fits in with winch/post/bow stop. Trailer doesn't have bunks so don't need spray but I can see were that would be very useful for those that do.

    Launch regularly at a ramp with no pier and is very shallow so still have to say #1 for me is a catwalk. #2 if and when I can afford one will be a power winch.
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    A pair of those little yellow tennis balls mounted on whip antennas with magnets on their bases to assist lining up truck and trailer.

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    Waders.
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    Possibly my favorite answer so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-Daddy View Post
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    amen. the river is freezing still

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    Skinnydipper, a 1997 Bayliner Capri 1950 bought new and recently refreshed.

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    While all of the above answers are really quite illuminating. I have to go with....

    A boat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Hansen View Post
    LED lights. Got tired of changing bulbs. I know what your thinking and I had waterproof housings and never popped a bulb. They would just blow the filaments. I even had the glass globe fall out of the base on one.


    DLH
    Totally agree! I went through a 9 pack of bulbs in one season, and got really sick of it.

    Like many, I enjoy a cold frosty adult beverage or to on the lake. A burned out trailer light is a dumb reason to get pulled over or a DUI, especially since you look at a beer and you are over the legal limit.

    The LEDs are so bright and clear, there is no comparison. I returned the "submersible" ones to Walmart and left with LEDs for about $20.

    Next on the list is a swing away tongue.

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    Skid plate to pull the trailer back up onto the ramp where powerloaders have scoured out a deep hole.




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    Truck mirror mounted on post so I can see the coupler and back the ball right underneath it. I do this on every trailer but have never seen anyone else do it.

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    One thing that I added to my trailer was a second set of eye bolts to keep the safety chains of the ground, when not in use.I also hang my electrical connector on it too.
    Next time I'm at Canadian Tire or Cabelas I will buy a set of those bolt on retracting tie downs.

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    For me, right now, it's a toss up between the tongue jack with the eight inch wheel, the home-made angle iron and 2X4 guide ons, and the LED tail light and wiring kit with ground wires running from each tail light all the way back to the plug connecting trailer to truck. All were installed within a few days and I haven't had time to evaluate which is most useful. Especially since all three work so well.

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    It,s gotta be the boat finally ! But homemade guide on bunks or post will be the next accessory ..
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    Powerwinch lets me load my 17' glass boat in 10" of water.

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    Backup Camera - with 2 cameras. One in the normal rear facing position for backing the truck up and positioning ball under the trailer. The other is a wireless camera on a post that pops into the hard top rod holders facing to the boat stern --- plugs into the DC 12 outlet (cigarette lighter). This gives a clear rear view for backing and congested road navigating. At 9'2" wide and 13'4" tall the camera helps to see around the boat beast. I have also used the wireless camera off the boat running on a 12v jumper pack placed on the ground to back into some real tight spaces single handed.
    Wireless car backup camera color monitor RV Truck Trailer Rear View Backup Wireless Camera RVCam Day & Night Vision

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    Default Re: Most USEFUL Trailer Accessory? Including Homemade!

    though I do not need it ive read on this thread a couple of fellas complain about winching larger boats ,how about a 2 stage winch?i seen a guy crank on his 24 footer quite easily with one ,said he loved it and was saving his back big time.

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    Default Re: Most USEFUL Trailer Accessory? Including Homemade!

    Quote Originally Posted by Vegas Naturist View Post
    I had these on my previous boat trailer and really miss them. The manual type on the new trailer are a real PAIN after being spoiled with the retractables

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