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The problem with Ranger Boat style trailers

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9 hours ago, A-Jay said:

 

I do not know. Pretty easy to look and see.

My ShoreLand'r is but it's also tilted in as well as positioned well forward on the trailer frame.

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A-Jay

 

 

Lunds is a major boat company, obviously they see the benefit of the tilted mount.

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9 hours ago, tcbass said:

 

 

Lunds is a major boat company, obviously they see the benefit of the tilted mount.

Lund does not manufacture their trailers, Shorelander does. My personal opinion is the Ranger Trail trailer is of better overall quality than the Shorelander made for Lund. My Lund "premium" trailer has had some minor issues including brakes/warped rotor-fixed under warranty, plastic fender inserts becoming detached from the fender-fixed under warranty-warranty period is over and the inserts have become detached again, aluminum wheels that look like crap because of road salt (maybe I shouldn't fish so late or so early in the year), every add on bracket including the tilted spare mount and the guide ons are rusting at the welds, and lastly there is electrolisis, or galvanic corrosion happening on many of the galvanized bolts holding everything together. All on a trailer that hasn't turned 5 years old. 

 

If you do not like the way the Ranger trailer is set up, but have your heart set on the Ranger, order it without a trailer and buy the trailer from Shorelander,  EZ Loader, or another brand. 

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I've had my Ranger since 1988. Aside from replacing wheel bearings and winch strap, the trailer has been perfect. I'm still on the original light bulbs!  If I were buying a new boat, and it wasn't a Ranger, I'd see if I could get a Ranger Trail trailer for it. My spare is in the same place as the original photo at the beginning of this thread but it is higher off the ground. 

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1 hour ago, slonezp said:

Lund does not manufacture their trailers, Shorelander does. My personal opinion is the Ranger Trail trailer is of better overall quality than the Shorelander made for Lund. My Lund "premium" trailer has had some minor issues including brakes/warped rotor-fixed under warranty, plastic fender inserts becoming detached from the fender-fixed under warranty-warranty period is over and the inserts have become detached again, aluminum wheels that look like crap because of road salt (maybe I shouldn't fish so late or so early in the year), every add on bracket including the tilted spare mount and the guide ons are rusting at the welds, and lastly there is electrolisis, or galvanic corrosion happening on many of the galvanized bolts holding everything together. All on a trailer that hasn't turned 5 years old. 

 

If you do not like the way the Ranger trailer is set up, but have your heart set on the Ranger, order it without a trailer and buy the trailer from Shorelander,  EZ Loader, or another brand. 

 

No, I think Ranger makes one of the best trailers. I just wish they'd get with the times and use the tried and true tilted mount like Shorelandr'. 

 

Shorelandr is a major brand and makes thousands of trailers.  

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Interesting.  I've had 3 Rangers and have never had that issue.  I don't drive a lifted truck either, so the angle of approach is normal.  You must launch from some pretty steep ramps for that to happen. 

 

If that's an issue, I wouldn't have that be the reason you don't buy a Ranger.  I'm sure it can easily be fixed.  If you're spending $90k on a bass boat, I'm sure that your dealer can find a fix for that fairly easy. 

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On 7/27/2017 at 3:35 PM, tcbass said:

 

 

 

Until someone steals it from the back of your truck. 

 

I had someone go into the way back of my old suburban and steal an old life jacket. 

 

 

You realize that anyone with a 13 pc. socket set could steal your spare tire off the trailer if they wanted to right?  Unless you put the security lugs on your spare tire mount I guess but I've never seen anyone do that.  I personally don't see the big deal here.  Spare tire mounts are cheap.  If you don't like the one that comes standard, buy an aftermarket one for less than $50.  Problem solved.

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Just now, Osprey39 said:

 

You realize that anyone with a 13 pc. socket set could steal your spare tire off the trailer if they wanted to right?  Unless you put the security lugs on your spare tire mount I guess but I've never seen anyone do that.  I personally don't see the big deal here.  Spare tire mounts are cheap.  If you don't like the one that comes standard, buy an aftermarket one for less than $50.  Problem solved.

I've got a lock on my spare. Better safe than sorry. Only thing with the lock is it requires annual maintenance or it ain't coming off when you need it

 

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1 hour ago, Osprey39 said:

 

You realize that anyone with a 13 pc. socket set could steal your spare tire off the trailer if they wanted to right?  Unless you put the security lugs on your spare tire mount I guess but I've never seen anyone do that.  I personally don't see the big deal here.  Spare tire mounts are cheap.  If you don't like the one that comes standard, buy an aftermarket one for less than $50.  Problem solved.

 

 

Sure they could, but most thieves are looking for quick and easy. 

 

Which is why you often see stuff stolen from trucks or boats but not tires. Why is that? 

 

Because a guy going into a boat or truck to get something looks normal. A guy using a wrench to take off a tire when the trailer doesn't have a flat looks suspicious and takes time. 

 

If you left your spare in the back of your truck a guy could pick it up, put it on his truck/boat and drive off in seconds wherein taking off the tire takes time. 

 

 

Also, Ranger's tire mounts are welded on. You'd have to cut that off or pay someone to do it first, then sand it down, put the new mount on and then have it painted. That's a lot. 

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It appears to me the spare tire bracket is too far back and should be moved a few feet forward if possible and raise the hitch bass up about 1". Tilting the bracket only helps if it's also raised up.

All my bass boat had or have the bow flat mounts at the front of the trailer.

Tom

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