I am in Afghanistan right now, so I have not been to the dealer in person to ask. I did email a dealer in Annapolis and posed the same questions about a month ago, but I have not received a response from them.
I have also considered modifying a trailer, but I would need to find a long one (due to the length of the TI). Weight is a concern for the trailer though, because I would like to be able to pull the trailer to the lake with a 4 wheeler. Thanks for the input so far.
Mine's not that bad, I roll it around the garage by hand all the time. The biggest issue is that I have a LOT of tongue weight, compared to the norm for trailers. Normal is 5 to 10%, I likely have 20%. Total load is probally around 400 pounds, which a four wheeler should be able to handle. ### turns out I was a little optimistic about the weight, the trailer weighs 480#, the deck ~150#, and the boat 200#, for a total around 900 pounds! ###
I posted this elsewhere on the forum but:
Those shiny trailex trailers are nice looking but I can't imagine that they are worth $1200...
I'm proud of my very ugly but very cheap craigslist trailer. I spent $125 on the trailer, $200 for the cradles (bought with the boat and got a slight discount), the wood was laying around the house but say $100, and $30 for the pipe.
with the boat on it:
the deck is made from 3 2x8 rough cut pt lumber
the pipe is 4" schedule 20 and was slightly to large. i carefully heated and melted the pipe till it was the ideal height.
it has 14" rims and 24" diameter tires with bearing buddies already installed.
i need to reduce the number of leafs in the springs, it was originally used to haul sail boat 10x heavier than mine.
it took me about a hour to mount the cradles the first time with what was lying around, and about four hours once i decided what i wanted. the deck is great, i never get my feet wet when launching or retrieving the boat.
on a side note: i did have the cradles mounted to the racks on the truck once. loading the TI that high up is TOUGH. Bought the trailer after the first outing