Originally Posted by BullSCit
I have read almost all the topics on raft trailers over the past couple of seasons. I am really wanting to get a real trailer, as I had to deflate and inflate so many times this past season. But my main problem is that my raft vehicle is a 4-cylinder 4Runner, so very underpowered. So I was looking at several Triton aluminum trailers, to help keep the weight down. Right now I have a 16' cat and a 15' raft that I would like to keep on the trailer. There seems to be a plethora of 8.5' by 10' snowmobile trailers out there. Would that be a good enough size for me, so I would have 3' of overhang on each side with the cat, as the waterline on my tubes are less than 10'
Also I read a lot about failures people have had with the 1500 pound axle bearings. Is a big concern with the Tritons also? Do all the newer Triton trailers come with sealed lights?
Is there something else that I should be looking at besides Tritons for my underpowered 04Runner?
i have a 2006 (?) triton 8 x 12 aluminum flatbed tilt snow machine trailer, that i use for my cat and rafts. when i bought it, the base price was $1300. i added galvanized 13" wheels and 6 ply tires (the dealer bought them from a tire store because i wouldn't buy an aluminum trailer with painted 10" steel wheels and 10" tires). the upcharged was around $100 and included putting lifters in the suspension to accomadate the taller tires. i later bought a spare from the same tire store that he bought the upgraded wheels/tires from for another $85 and a spare tire carrier and jack from cabelas for about half of what the dealer wanted. his spare tire carrier was aluminum and much nicer then the galvanized carrier from cabelas, but these were the choices i made.
the trailer has been so awesome that i decided to look at buying another one. last year the price for the same basic trailer was close to $2000 w/o the options or tire/wheel upgrades so i looked around.
i looked at sled bed, which i have some experience with and they were a lot more money and they also have some distinctive strength advantages such as rolled edges on the upper bed sides.
i also looked at aluma which were very expensive, but seemed to be the best if you can afford it. a completley different style of framing using a welded Y in the tongue to flatbed connection as opposed to bending the material into a wishbone, which can't be as strong, because you can see the stress marks in the bends.
anyways, there is a lot of differences in the aluminum trailers you'll see advertised. it is worth researching and buying the best that you can afford. accidently, i ended up with the least expensive, most basic aluminum trailer and i have been very happy with it. i would buy another, but i still would not buy any trailer with smaller than 13" wheels and i would insist on galvanized wheels with 6 ply tires.
i hope this info helps, i'm sure it's a little overwhelming. i did not know any of this until after i bought my first aluminum trailer.