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River Rat

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I have another boat at the lake that needs a trailer...the boat is a Monterey I/O and has a net weight of 3600 lbs. I found a tandem trailer that is in good shape that has a gross carrying weight of 3500 lbs. Would anybody take a chance on that trailer? I know the rated weights are lower than actual capacities because of the lawyers (I can say that because I am one) but how much "extra" is there? Is it foolish to think that this would work? I won't tow more than an hour and that will be once in a blue moon--it will mostly be used to take the boat for detailing and a place to keep the boat when it is not on the lift. Thoughts?

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PDR447

is the Monterey REALLY 3600 lbs.? if so I'd imagine you could remove 100 lbs. of cushions and throw them in your truck and get closer to the 3500 number. if the times you tow really are few and far between that shouldn't be too much trouble.

on the flipside, I'd be sure to not trailer with a full tank of gas...

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WaveGAR
I have another boat at the lake that needs a trailer...the boat is a Monterey I/O and has a net weight of 3600 lbs. I found a tandem trailer that is in good shape that has a gross carrying weight of 3500 lbs. Would anybody take a chance on that trailer? I know the rated weights are lower than actual capacities because of the lawyers (I can say that because I am one) but how much "extra" is there? Is it foolish to think that this would work? I won't tow more than an hour and that will be once in a blue moon--it will mostly be used to take the boat for detailing and a place to keep the boat when it is not on the lift. Thoughts?

I would not be concerned at all.Usually 15-20% at the least..

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Ronnie

I would check the tire ratings and make sure you were OK there. Otherwise I bet you would be g2g if the boat fits the bunks.

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95echelon

I would do it without a second thought. If it starts to bend, find another :)

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JasonK

Did you weigh the boat, or is the weight a quote? I would get it weighed if you haven't. Especially if it's an older boat.

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River Rat

Got the weight for the Monterey off NADA specs--all my information on this boat is at the lake (hour away) and I couldn't find it anywhere else. It is a 218 Bowrider. I don't think there is anywhere around me that would weigh it. Could take it to a weigh station if I had a trailer <G>

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electricjohn

I find it surprising that a T/A trailer only has a capacity of 3500 lbs.

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