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Old 10-22-2010, 07:12 PM
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91 Tristar Trailer Match/Swap Question

Anyone know if the hull shape on a Tristar 19 is the same as a early to mid 90's PS190 or 205 for a trailer swap?

My 91 Tristar 19 has a matched dual axle Ellis trailer out of Sylmar, CA. This trailer is in fine condition and looks great however it is too wide for my liking with only a 2 inch gap per side to clear the single stall garage I store it in. It is also seems heavy while towing with my V6 SUV. I see a few used single axle MC trailers for later model PS190's and 205's for sale. The question is does a Tristar 19 hull have the same shape as these others? What is the max width (fender to fender) of a single axle MC trailer? If so, I am considering selling/trading mine for a single axle with brakes. Anyone have interest?

Thanks for the guidance.

Steve in MN
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Old 11-06-2010, 02:57 AM
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The PS 190 and 205 hulls are different from the TS 190 (and 220) but not THAT different. I can't remember exactly what my TS 190 trailer looked like but I think the bunks had a bit of up/down adjustment possibility at each mounting point.

As for width, the outside of the fenders is pretty much where the guide posts are, so, the overall width is just a bit more than the beam of the boat.

Single vs. dual axle will save several hundred pounds. Depends too if the trailer frame is C or full-tube steel beam. (My TS trailer frame was C beam.)

I towed mine with a V6 Envoy, mostly on fairly flat terrain.
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Old 11-06-2010, 09:22 AM
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For what it is worth, I tried to put my sister in laws 88 Tristar 190 on a 92 Prostar 190 trailer for temporary use as we were fixing her lift. It did not fit very well as it seemed to be a bit wider and touching the fenders as I recall. Maybe the bunks were simply not set quite right, but I just know it was not an perfect swap.
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Old 11-06-2010, 12:27 PM
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The 91 TS 190 has a beam of 90". The mid 90's PS 190 and 205 have a beam of 85". Of course, that doesn't tell the whole story since the width at waterline and the width at the trailer fender point can be different also.

I don't know if MC made a completely different trailer for the TS series (which was only in production for 5 years) or just used the PS trailer with some mods to the bunks.

Best thing would be if you could carefully load your TS on a PS trailer and see what mods would need to be done before committing to purchase. I know that's not always possible.

Also, try weighing your trailer and/or boat/trailer combination at a truck scale and see if it's really that much heavier. A stock 90s-era single axle MC trailer is in the 950 lb range I recall.
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Old 11-06-2010, 12:40 PM
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I don't know if MC was making any trailers for the Tristar at that time. I know the trailer for my 89 TS was made specifically for it by Eagle, and I vaguely recall Harold mentioning that another company was making trailers for them at this time also.
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