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Jaredmetz

2016 23lsv height

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Jaredmetz

was wondering if anyone can tell me what the over all height on the 2016 23lsv is when it is on the trailer with the tower up? They have the height with the tower folded down on there web site but not when it is up.

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mrnate450r

My 2014 just fits under a 10 ft door. Should be similar. The only difference is the trailer.

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Jaredmetz

My 2014 just fits under a 10 ft door. Should be similar. The only difference is the trailer.

I am thinking taller. The 2015 and 2016 are a deeper boat.

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shawndoggy

I am thinking taller. The 2015 and 2016 are a deeper boat.

No, they are exactly the same boat with a different dash.

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Fman

And no power wedge 2 in the 2014. 2015 also has g3.2 tower with latches rather than knobs.

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shawndoggy

And no power wedge 2 in the 2014. 2015 also has g3.2 tower with latches rather than knobs.

right... but as far as height on the trailer, 3.2 and 3.0 are the same, no?

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Fman

Yep, should be the same on both 3/3.2. Only difference I could see if it had a Z5 on it, but even then it would probably be darn close.

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mrnate450r

I wonder if the new Malibu trailers sit lower than the Boatmate. My boat would brush the tower light if I was almost out of gas, and also when it was brand new. Boatmate said it would settle a couple inches over the first few months. And it did by 2 or 3 inches I would guess.

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IXFE

The biggest difference to height from 2014/15 to 2016 is going to be the tires. Malibu is using 1" taller tires on their trailers than Boatmate did in the past.

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shawndoggy

The biggest difference to height from 2014/15 to 2016 is going to be the tires. Malibu is using 1" taller tires on their trailers than Boatmate did in the past.

so an additional 1/2"?

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IXFE

so an additional 1/2"?

Theoretically yes, because a 1" taller tire will only move the axles up by the 1/2" on the bottom of the tire. But there are other variables. For example, does the rest of the Malibu trailer structure move up as well (i.e. taller suspension) in order to maintain the same tire clearance as the Boatmate trailers? My guess is they do. Otherwise there would be less room for the 1/2" of extra tire on the top.

Only a tape measure can answer this riddle, and I haven't gone to that length yet. But I will say, the boats look taller on the trailer to my naked eye.

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Jaredmetz

Theoretically yes, because a 1" taller tire will only move the axles up by the 1/2" on the bottom of the tire. But there are other variables. For example, does the rest of the Malibu trailer structure move up as well (i.e. taller suspension) in order to maintain the same tire clearance as the Boatmate trailers? My guess is they do. Otherwise there would be less room for the 1/2" of extra tire on the top.

Only a tape measure can answer this riddle, and I haven't gone to that length yet. But I will say, the boats look taller on the trailer to my naked eye.

I do agree with it being taller. I can look into my 2012 but this 2016 I am looking at is above my head. And I was hoping that someone used a tape measure!!

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Fman

Is Malibu actually making there own trailer or having someone else produce them with there name on it?

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IXFE

Is Malibu actually making there own trailer or having someone else produce them with there name on it?

It is built 100% in-house. Jack discussed it during the last earnings call.

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Fman

Any pics of there trailer production facility? I am surprised they have nothing available online to look at, I would think they would be advertising this for "better quality control" being built in house.

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IXFE

Any pics of there trailer production facility? I am surprised they have nothing available online to look at, I would think they would be advertising this for "better quality control" being built in house.

I haven't seen any pics. But the stated reason for bringing it in house is they claim "better value" for dealers and customers. So it sounds like they were unhappy paying whatever Boatmate's monopoly pricing and figured they could do it cheaper... it's not like welding trailers together is rocket science.

Here's a pic comparing my 2015 Boatmate on 18's to a 2016 Malibu on 18's. The difference is obvious. Personally I like the low profile setup better.

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Fman

I like your wheels much better! :-) they look like identical trailers. I wonder if Boatmate offered to build them in house at Malibu in order not to loose a huge chunk of business.

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mrnate450r

If I didn't see them next to each other, I wouldn't know they were made by different manufacturers. Same with the tires, I wouldn't know they were a taller tire unless I was looking at both.

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DarkSide

Also keep in mind these are all torsion axles. When Malibu ordered from Boatmate axles were bare minimum capacity. IF Malibu is using a more heavy duty axle, they will sit a touch higher due to that also.

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oldjeep

Any pics of there trailer production facility? I am surprised they have nothing available online to look at, I would think they would be advertising this for "better quality control" being built in house.

There is a picture in a thread somewhere ;) Maybe the what is new for 2016 thread

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Jaredmetz

I was told that it was 9'11" on the Malibu boat trailer.

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mrnate450r

I was told that it was 9'11" on the Malibu boat trailer.

Like I said, my 2014 barely fits under a 10 foot door. Don't be surprised if you are light on fuel you may scrape the tower light.

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