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    Default Most USEFUL Trailer Accessory? Including Homemade!

    Hey All,

    What's the most useful thing you've ever bought, found or made for boat trailers?

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    Electric brake kit for my single axle trailer.
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    Spray on bunk lube
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    Spare tire mount. No need to try to find space for a trailer spare in the bed of the truck or on the floor of the boat.
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    Catwalk for ramps with no piers and cold water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bonz_d View Post
    Catwalk for ramps with no piers and cold water.
    Interesting. Did you, or anyone here, consider the Snapper automatic boat latch & release?

    We have to go deep and the Snapper seems like it would be awesome.
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    Power winch. No question. But around here boaters winch on, not drive on.
    A man of constant boat tinkering.

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    A spare tire.
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    Best was the spare tire and holder having had several flats....worst was that spare tire and holder when the shotty weld broke and the whole unit totaled my trailer on the highway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quit It View Post
    Interesting. Did you, or anyone here, consider the Snapper automatic boat latch & release?

    We have to go deep and the Snapper seems like it would be awesome.
    Would really love to see him powerload that thing at my ramp. There wouldn't be a prop or lower unit left on it. Unless of course he's able to do that in about 18" of water!

    Just love those run'n gun bass boat power loaders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bonz_d View Post
    Would really love to see him powerload that thing at my ramp. There wouldn't be a prop or lower unit left on it. Unless of course he's able to do that in about 18" of water!

    Just love those run'n gun bass boat power loaders.
    We get deep enough that we only have a little bit of cranking left (boat's way too heavy for me to crank on). Still, I think if I had a Snapper I could coast in and get the latch to engage.

    I hate watching older folks loading their similar size cruisers and standing waist deep in the water. This seems like the best solution - I'm surprised it's not everywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by agallant80 View Post
    Spray on bunk lube
    This would be #2 on my list. A little silicone spray makes a huge difference.
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    Nice one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quit It View Post
    Interesting. Did you, or anyone here, consider the Snapper automatic boat latch & release?

    We have to go deep and the Snapper seems like it would be awesome.
    That is an awesome gadget, anyone know how much?

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    #1 Guide ons made from angle iron & 2X4s.

    #2 Spare tire mount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Calfer View Post
    That is an awesome gadget, anyone know how much?
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    You really need to learn how to market.....

    It's only twenty payments of $19.99!

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    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 ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Calfer View Post
    That is an awesome gadget, anyone know how much?
    I've seen it for around $300. I wonder if they have a try-it-before-you-buy-it plan.
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    I added a winch to my pickup bed. My back wasn't going to stand hand-cranking a 5500 lb boat onto the trailer for very long, and I operate solo a lot. I have a remote control for the winch, so loading is a breeze. Also added a step to the front trailer post so I can easily climb on or off the bow at the ramp.

    It's definitely homemade. We welded a receiver tube to the 5th wheel frame (you can see the pin lock in the pic). The opposite side has plates that lock the battery in when it's installed. The winch is welded to an old hitch shank. To remove I just unlock the pin and pull it out (I have quick disconnects for the battery). It's low enough I can use my fifth wheel without removing it, if I'm careful when backing under the fiver.


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    Swing away hitch sure save a whack on the shin bone

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    A slip so I didn't have to bother with trailering.


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    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.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Calfer View Post
    Hey All,

    What's the most useful thing you've ever bought, found or made for boat trailers?
    That's easy, a BOAT !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by airdvr1227 View Post
    A slip so I didn't have to bother with trailering.
    Ha! Not sure that qualifies as an "accessory", or I would throw in davits off the seawall.

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