I'm working directly with Float-On trailers to come up with a couple of well made kayak trailer designs geared toward fishing kayaks. They have been making the stack-on type for touring kayaks but not really for fishing kayaks.
I would love some ideas to pass along to these guys on what would be something people will buy.
I know price is important, but figure a trailer this quality will still be $1000? 1500?
Not for everyone I know, but there are those of with 2 or more high end kayaks who want a high quality trailer, or those who travel the interstates or long distances (we did nearly 6,000 miles on ours last year), and need a trailer that can handle it.
Aluminum construction, 12" wheels, torsion axles will be standard. Also working on a locking aluminum box for mirage drives or other gear.
I would love some ideas to pass along.
I know there are plenty of guys who are NOT interested in this type I trailer and I appreciate that. But there are plenty who are--like me. I'd love to help Float-on bring a good useful trailer to market.
I have video on YouTube with the trailer I put together, that Float-on is using as a 'template'. YouTube channel is grass flats mafia.
some of the ideas i have gotten from other forums are:
light weight so a car can tow it--good idea, but Float-On only uses aluminum I-beam construction. i am told it will weigh 'a couple hundred pounds'.
torsion axles to match load. problem with 'jet ski' trailer or utility trailers is spring suspension which is too heavy for kayaks and they can be beat to death.
LED lighting--of course.
aluminum storage box for mirage drive/PFDs or other gear
locking storage box for rods. great idea--but keep in mind it will drive up price.
LED overhead lighting of some sort--for pre-dawn rigging. great idea and we are going to try to incorporate that in ours for sure.
12" wheels standard--no bicycle tires or lawnmower tires.
70"+/- full size axle. short little axles are too squirrelly at highway speeds.
someone recommended electric brakes. not sure i would need them, but anyone else?
i know there is a lot of discussion on here about trailers, and there are differences of opinion. i get that. no worries. we are having ours built so the kayaks will ride just about fender height. i can see them when towing and backing, and it gives me space underneath for a locking rod locker--i think. also, i prefer sideways bunks to load from the side, slide one boat from side to side. but, i know some like the bunks running the traditional way, and like the PVC rail system. pretty sure Float-ON can do either / or, for whatever taste.
any other ideas for that 'perfect' trailer for an interstate speed, long distance trailer?
guys with only one boat, who would like to see a single boat trailer, what would you like to see?
btw, we are paying for our trailer--no commission or agreement with Float-On. they are a business neighbor, with their factory a few doors down from my business and just want to help a local business and maybe help some kayak anglers all in the process.
trying to attach a pic of their 'standard' stackable trailer. the basic trailer seen will be the platform from which they will work off of.