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Old 08-21-2014, 04:09 PM
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Hmm. so the general consensus seems to be to not do it. I just hate everything about the 85's trailer. The fenders, the stupid swing arm, the prop guard that drags everywhere, and no brakes.


what do you think my 85 trailer is worth?
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Old 08-21-2014, 04:24 PM
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Are you hauling this thing with an S10 or something that the brakes are an issue? Or are you one of those guys who drives hitched and unhitched the same?

I understanding wanting them, but if your having a hard time driving with a 3000lb load hooked up that doesn't have brakes, you need to change your driving habits maybe.

Value of your 85 trailer depends on its condition. If the tires are old and the trailer is breaking through in a few spots its worth almost nothing. I would say its worth 300 tops not even seeing. This is assuming the tires are in ok shape, and its not rusted out.
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Old 08-21-2014, 04:38 PM
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Its in perfect shape with brand new wheels and tires, and fresh paint. Would have a really hard time believing its only worth 300.


Re read my post. I drive a 2011 F150. dont think thats the issue... the question wasn't if my driving habits are bad, but i can hardly tap the brakes and still feel the boat pushing the truck. Its not a necessity, but it would be nice to have them...
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:16 PM
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Aric I towed my 86 all over with my f150 and the factory trailer. Never noticed it was back there. I also cut the bar off the trailer and added the boat buddy system with a winch. Best modification I did on the trailer. Those boats just fit those trailers perfectly. As a purist, I would say keep the original trailer. Let me know if you need help. I'm right down the road you.


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Its in perfect shape with brand new wheels and tires, and fresh paint. Would have a really hard time believing its only worth 300.


Re read my post. I drive a 2011 F150. dont think thats the issue... the question wasn't if my driving habits are bad, but i can hardly tap the brakes and still feel the boat pushing the truck. Its not a necessity, but it would be nice to have them...
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:35 AM
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Part of towing is allowing a little extra time for stopping and starting. I used to feel the same way you do, thinking this boat is SO heavy! That is until you hook to a 5000lb trailer and put 15000lb on it. You can add electric brakes, but I dont think you'll be happy... maybe look into hydraulic, but then you'd have to replace the tongue .. your f150 is plenty truck for any mc ski boat, I've towed my 85 many miles with a ford ranger. As far as loading, my trailer is unoriginal and has a stop u-bolted to the frame. I pull it just shy of this so i can put the cover on. I pull it out of the water and secure the boat with a turn buckle. I am 60 miles from the lake I usually use and have no problems. If you have a stock truck, use at least a 4" drop reciever, I like for the nose of the boat to point down a little.
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Old 08-22-2014, 01:01 PM
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:21 PM
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Are you hauling this thing with an S10 or something that the brakes are an issue?
Yes, the 2011 Ford F150 S10 Edition (very rare).


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Or are you one of those guys who drives hitched and unhitched the same?
There's a difference?
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:43 PM
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Its just weird going from my 2010 trailer that could physically stop the truck on its own. i understand its a small boat, but still.
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Old 08-22-2014, 09:00 PM
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Does your trailer have a small flat square welded to it by the axle spindles? My '86 did, and if yours does too for $400 you can add surge brakes to your trailer. So easy to do if the bracket that holds the brake plate is already on the trailer.

If it's not there, for $200 more you can buy a new axle with the brackets on it, then add the brake kit.

I remember having to be a little cautious towing without the brakes, but it certainly wasn't bad.
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:43 PM
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Aric'sX15, I'm interested in your '85 trailer if you are going to sell it after upgrading. Where are you located?
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