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XChris1632X
06-12-2011, 02:58 AM
I have a Dorsey single axle that was already in bad shape when I bought it last year. I think the boat was definatly used in saltwater by a few owners back (even though it was from Oklahoma). Am I going to have to bite the bullet and invest in a better trailer or is this in some way salvagable? I was thinking about cutting all the rust out and just welding in new metal but I am wondering how worth it that really is.

Here are couple pics I have from before I bought the boat in Texas. These pics do not do justice for how bad it is. It is rotted pretty bad.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk251/XChris1632X/Riley/P6150165.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk251/XChris1632X/Riley/P6150166.jpg


Looks decent from a distance and the upside.
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk251/XChris1632X/Riley/P6150156.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk251/XChris1632X/Riley/P61501592.jpg

bturner2
06-12-2011, 09:10 AM
Wow saltwater?

At least this won't be a MC trailer bashing party.

A sand blaster will tell you the truth as to just how bad it is. I'm sure the bad metal could be removed and new welded in. A lot of times the metal looks a lot worse than it is.

wats218
06-12-2011, 09:16 AM
If it was used in saltwater it is probably rusting from the inside out. Even the members that look good on the outside, might be rusting through from the inside.

CantRepeat
06-12-2011, 09:24 AM
Yeah, even if you get the rust off of the outside the cancer is still going to be all over the inside.

tbh: I'd not waste the time and effort on that. I know with a lot of the big power boat trailers they build them as air tight as you can get it and then add an air fitting to the trailer. The idea is to over pressure the trailer to like 10 PSI and that keeps the salt water from entering it.

Jim@BAWS
06-12-2011, 10:19 AM
My suggestion would be contact you local MC dealer ASAP and ask if they can produce a galvinized MC trailer from MC and get the order in ASAP

I know you are miles away but....I have a local shop produce a trailer for about $4000 that is
welded aluminum with a swingaway tongue. Designed right from a MC X1 older x 2 or even older x star like yours. Great trailer

Jim@BAWS

BriEOD
06-12-2011, 01:47 PM
Assuming you're going to use it in freshwater, I'd see if I could find a used 205V/X1 trailer for sale.

XChris1632X
06-12-2011, 11:59 PM
I do not know for sure if it was used in saltwater or not but I do not use it any. It stays in my local lakes now. I would rather buy a used tandem trailer for it but I am trying to pay the thing off, not pay another 4k.

Where are some good places to look for used trailers? I have not had any luck finding anything cheaper than $4k.

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
06-13-2011, 12:30 AM
Try calling dorsey and see what they can come up with , their in oklahoma, I have a 2002 dorsey tandem axle under my MC, also I know TX Mastercraft in fort worth dallas area had a bunch of trailers last year might give them a call also...

skijwr
06-13-2011, 12:36 AM
I have seen MC trailers on craigslist anywhere from $500 to $1000 to $2000.
Type the following into google and search, it will be results from across the country, but you can see what's near you.
site:craigslist.org mastercraft trailer

Also search on http://www.oodle.com/ have seen some MC trailers on there between $1500 to $3000

Rambo marine in Alabama has a bunch of MC trailers from $2500 to $4000.
http://www.boattrader.com/dealers/Rambo-Marine/737410

XChris1632X
06-13-2011, 02:31 AM
Try calling dorsey and see what they can come up with , their in oklahoma, I have a 2002 dorsey tandem axle under my MC, also I know TX Mastercraft in fort worth dallas area had a bunch of trailers last year might give them a call also...

I went to contact Dorsey last year and found out that they closed down shop and are no longer producing trailers. I will call TX Mastercraft, hell I bought my boat in Ft Worth Area (Decatur) so I could drive down there to get a trailer too I guess.

XChris1632X
06-13-2011, 02:55 AM
I have seen MC trailers on craigslist anywhere from $500 to $1000 to $2000.
Type the following into google and search, it will be results from across the country, but you can see what's near you.
site:craigslist.org mastercraft trailer

Also search on http://www.oodle.com/ have seen some MC trailers on there between $1500 to $3000

Rambo marine in Alabama has a bunch of MC trailers from $2500 to $4000.
http://www.boattrader.com/dealers/Rambo-Marine/737410

Im going to remember that google search like that. I browsed some but have not found anything just yet. I have a baby due in less than 2 months so I am not going to buy anything right away but I want to start looking.

-V-
06-13-2011, 12:15 PM
I just had my trailer re-done, I had to do the brakes drums, brake lines, backing plates, actuator in the tonge, some lights, some reflectors, and a couple minor other things. The bad news is I had a place do it when I was in Texas, and during the drive up here to Ohio, some of the stuff fell off. I paid around $1200, and some of it fell apart.

skijwr
06-15-2011, 01:22 AM
maybe this would work?
2003 mastercraft x30 boat trailer $2,000

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290577119976

http://kalamazoo.craigslist.org/boa/2422011281.html

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
06-15-2011, 02:04 PM
This one was just posted http://houston.craigslist.org/boa/2441982259.html