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  1. I recently inherited a 2000 Sunesta 232. I am new to boating and was told that the boat requires a specific trailer. Does anyone know the specifications for an appropriate trailer? Also, what is the best way to go about purchasing a trailer, used or new? We will be hauling the boat cross country. Thanks in advance for the help :)
  2. I just took delivery of my 2019 246 SSI Surf. The boat has a dangerous sway problem. There is less than 100lbs of tongue weight. I've put it as low as possible on my drop hitch and still no change. The boat and trailer sways excessively. I had thought that perhaps I was sold the wrong trailer, but it has a sticker with the boat year and model right on it. Anyone else have this problem? What can I do? If I go above 60 mph someone is going to get hurt. Fully gassed up and full of water does not place any more weight on the tongue. I can't imagine that Chaparral put this combination tog
  3. Hello, I have a Chap 260 which is somewhere around 5900 lbs and 26 ft long. My toyota says that can tow up to 6200 lbs. I was looking videos and websites where they talked about getting a weight distribution hitch, which would help reduce the tongue weight and help front wheels. I called one store which deals with trailers and they told me that's only for rv's or stuff like that not for Boat trailers. according to boatUS : Tongue Weight Most vehicle manufacturers recommend that 10 percent to 15 percent of the trailer's loaded weight be on the hitch when towing. However, if you're to
  4. I have been dry docking my boat for years and would like to be on my own schedule to launch and remove boat rather than the local marina's. Can someone offer any trailer specs for a 1996 Sunesta 233. Really need the required width of a trailer.
  5. Any one can tell me what is the total weight on this boat incuiding trailer. I mean actual weight with fuel and gear ready to go? Thank you
  6. Does anyone know the weight of the 21' fish and ski trailer? I'm trying to figure out the total tow weight of the boat plus trailer.
  7. Anyone trailer a Signature 310? I’m looking to move from A to B (60 miles) and have access to a Venture triaxle VATB-9600 (rated 11,160 GVWR) and the Signature 310 is a 10’ beam at 10,600 lbs. Thanks
  8. Hello, The Admiral and I shopped for months for a new (to us) bowrider to replace our 30 year old Starcraft. She sat on a Chaparral at the boat show, and a Chaparral is what we needed to buy. Two kids in college required us to 'settle' for a 2008 Chaparral SSi 190. Beautiful boat, well cared for, low hours. It's on a LoadRite roller trailer that came with the boat. I bought the boat from the original owner, and the trailer came with the boat new. We trailer regularly.Yesterday I noticed the boat bouncing up off the front rollers leaving the ramp. So I hooked up a video camera and went f
  9. question: the dealership I am purchasing my 2017 216 SSi wants to sell me a trailer designed for 21 H2O Sport. will it fit?
  10. I bought my 2007 Chap Signature 250 last summer. I love the boat. It came without a trailer and now I am starting to research trailers. I will be towing it from Charleston to Seattle next year and decided to tow it myself rather than having it shipped. I just purchased a 2004 Ford Excursion and will be getting it ready to head west next year. Now I need some input on the right trailer. I'm guessing my boat is between 7500 and 8000 lbs. It has the Arch, the upgraded rear seat lounger, a generator and AC. Thoughts? I'm also curious if anyone has the same boat (or close) what typ
  11. Hi, Does anyone know the bow eye to transom/(drain plug) measurement for a 1999 Chaparral 240 Signature. The boat is in the water and that particular measurement is not easy to obtain. I'm considering buying a trailer for a boat I plan on purchasing, and this measurement is needed to setup the trailer. I have not been able to find it in any manual and there seems to be nothing on the web which references this exact measurement. Any help would be greatly appreciated . Thanks, MDFLkey
  12. I have 2004 Heritage Trailer with tandem axles and a surge disc brake system on both axles. I would like to perform some preventative maintenance before I start trailering the boat frequently this season. I have never owned a trailer with surge brakes, but I have worked on several cars & truck brake systems so I am somewhat familiar with brake systems. According to the Heritage trailer website the surge brake system uses either DOT 3 or DOT 4 fluid. Is this correct? I would like to bleed the entire system and replace the fluid and check for leaks. What is the process, and
  13. Hello! I am close to purchasing a 2003 183SS, however, the boat will not be sold with a trailer. I am attempting at purchasing a used trailer to save cost, however, have a few questions to help narrow my search. Any help from this group is much appreciated! 1) Bunk vs. Rollers - I given advice recently to avoid roller trailers as they could leave indentations on the fiberglass hull over time. Has this been anyone's experience? The boat will be stored on the trailer in the offseason. 2) If I do end up purchasing a used bunk trailer, how do I know if the 183SS will fit the bunks p
  14. I'm starting my trailer rebuild. I've primered much of the trailer, removed fenders to cleanup rust between them and the trailer. While naked I'll replace the bolts bushings and u-bolts with fresh ones. I'll finish it off with new LED lighting with additional brake lights for safety, and final pain will match my truck. I've already freshened up the brakes and re packed bearings. Then I'll finish the project with new wheels that closely resemble my trucks wheels. I've always thought it would be cool to have a matching rig. before: http://s1050.photobucket.com/user/duane652000/
  15. My family has had boats for many years so I am no stranger to them and the routine maintenance that goes with them. With that said it's that time to pack wheel bearings on the trailer. I've noticed that I'm having trouble with one seal that is going through a lot of grease. I'll have to fill the bearing buddy usually before each trip. I should say that a trip for me is about 300 miles round trip. I've torn it down once this year and notice the ever so slight flat spot on the spindle. you almost need a micrometer to tell. I'm thinking this is the source of my grease leak as the seal is new but
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    2 weeks ago, I installed a new Titan model 60 leverlock surge brake actuator. I filled the reservoir and attempted to bleed the brakes (using a vacuum pump) but could not get them to draw fluid to to the wheels. I gave up and trailered the boat to its storage area and walked away. Fast forward to tonight, I visited the boat and upon inspecting the master cylinder, i found it now empty, and this black rubber piece sitting upright inside, but not directly beneath the fill cap. The empty reservoir was not surprising as I suspected a leak anyway, just means Its time to replace the lines as wel
  17. I'm officially in the Boat Club - Bust Out Another Thousand. This forum gave me great info on my problem and wanted to also post a thread regarding my torsion axle issues to help the next person. On the return maiden voyage of my 2007 Chaparral 190 SSI (my 1st boat) I proudly looked in the passenger side mirror admiring my freshly fixed side marker lights glowing proudly when I saw smoke, lots of smoke followed by a screeching sound and a heavy tug on my GMC 1500. I thought to myself, welcome to boat ownership, 1st world problems. Luck was on my side, I was a few hundred years from my ho
  18. Okay--I've seen a bunch of posts on trailers that are too small. As I have shopped, I have found a very well priced Road King Tandem. The weight rating meets my needs and then some. As I was shopping I realized I may have been looking at trailer that is longer than needed. I am shopping used (but this one is nearly brand new--i know its origin and why its so new). Last boat I had came with a matched trailer from the factory--never had to think this through. My boat: 2004 Chaparral 230 SSI--22'10" tip to stern bow hook to stern is listed as 19'2" 8'6' beam 22 degree DR LAO 25' (Bol
  19. Hi everyone. New to the board. We just found a great 2004 230 SSI with 350 MPI and B3. The previous owner worked it out with me to let me slip the boat there til i find a trailer, but i dont want wear out my welcome. I am trying to NOT have to buy a new trailer. Any ideas where i can find a used trailer (Painted steel or Galv or Aluminum). I want to be sure th trailer is a fit, and I want brakes so some really old ones are not an option. Do you have suggestions? I am guessing an 'adjustable' is the best choice as I look. Load is around 5100lbs with a full tank of gas and water ta
  20. We purchased a 2004 204 last summer and the trailer that came with it was trash. We've had a terrible time loading and unloading the boat because it just doesn't seem to fit right. Always off center, etc. No real way to go back to the seller and get this resolved. I'm really worried that someone is going to get hurt or something goes wrong. So I'm looking for a trailer and I'm very concerned about the fit. Can't afford to go brand new 4 deer plus so I've been looking used. The dealer has a trailer that was made for a 206 but when sold the buyer didn't want the trailer. I'm wonderin
  21. My new pickup as a 3 prong male plugs and one female receptor. Problem is my trailer (2005) plug has a 4 prong male plugs with the one female end. The pickup does have the circular 7 way receptor too. How can I hook up the trailer to use the brakes and lights? Thanks for your help!
  22. Hey fellas - It's that time of the season again where I make a significant investment. This year it looks like the trailer is going to get an E-over-H module so I can utilize my brake controller that came on my F-150. That, and I am tired of getting the sphincter factor when I am trailering in a light drizzle and the traffic light 6 car lengths away goes to yellow..... My coupling and braking system is from Tie-Down Engineering but they do not manufacture EoH modules. Anybody got recommendations on module manufacturers and if you have done this as aftermarket, who did your install? Many thanks
  23. My trailer #%^$&%$ near fits in the garage. I need about 5 more inches and I could close the garage door. So I'm wondering if I move the bow stop / winch forward about 5 inches I could make my new toy fit in my toy box. My calculations tell me I would only be increasing the tongue weight by about 8lbs. So I should be ok......what am I not thinking of?
  24. Hi Everyone, I'm in the middle of building a house and have been seriously contemplating the purchase of an H2O 21 Ski & Fish. My concern is that I'm going to buy the boat and get it home to find out I can't squeeze it in the garage. If that's the case, I'll be out additional funds due to off site storage and would regret my purchase. Do most of you store this boat in your garage? If so, what height is the opening on your door? Also, I'd love the tower but I think that may be pushing it. The house is being built with 7' garage doors. What do you think? Thanks!!
  25. I have a 1985 Chaparral 238 XLC that is now going to get a special place on a trailer away from the bunk that it has been resting on since 2000. I have a load rite trailer that I think is big enough for it, but the main question that I have is how do I set the trailer up for the boat? I am wondering if there is any specific measurements that should be taken or set up? the things I am worried about is the width of the bunks, where the bow stop should be placed.
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