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Lennyp04
01-02-2012, 07:17 PM
Hello all,

We currently have a single axle trailer for our 2007 X-1. It's the standard MasterCraft trailer that came with the boat. We don't trailer our boat really at all however I've fallen in love with the stuff that I've seen on Boatmate Trailers website. I really want to get a tandem axle trailer although it's more of just trying to get information together.

What is the cost of a base model tandem axle trailer from Boatmate? I'm talking no frills. Just standard tandem axle, disc brakes, and led lights. No flashy wheels (although they'd be nice!)

Next, what kind of market is there for just trailers? If we'd end up getting a tandem axle we would obviously have no need for our current trailer. What kind of money can I expect for a single axle black MasterCraft trailer with LED lights but no boat buddy or spare tire?

Like I said, more of a wish/fantasy/want, then a need.

-Lenny

sand2snow22
01-02-2012, 08:02 PM
Boattrader has a lot of trailers for sale. BAWS has some trailers. Next trailer I get will have runway lights! :)

Jerseydave
01-02-2012, 08:18 PM
Hi Lenny....Happy New Year!

If you really don't trailer your boat, why bother? Your used trailer will fetch around $1500-2000 but the new one may cost over $4000. Maybe use that money to buy some accesories for yours of some new wakeboard equipment? You could spend over $2000 for stereo options real quick!

Lennyp04
01-02-2012, 08:28 PM
Hi Lenny....Happy New Year!

If you really don't trailer your boat, why bother? Your used trailer will fetch around $1500-2000 but the new one may cost over $4000. Maybe use that money to buy some accesories for yours of some new wakeboard equipment? You could spend over $2000 for stereo options real quick!

Kinda what I was thinking. It be more of a what if we decided to trailer the boat somewhere. Since 2007, we've probably put 30 miles on the trailer, if that. What I really want my dad and I to get is a nice size pole building so we can store the boat ourselves rather then storing it at Sterling Marina.

P.s. Happy New Year to you too Dave!!

JRW160
01-02-2012, 08:56 PM
Boattrader has a lot of trailers for sale. BAWS has some trailers. Next trailer I get will have runway lights! :)
You can add runway lights for about $150

Jerseydave
01-02-2012, 08:57 PM
You can add runway lights for about $150

Do you have a link, best place to buy?

Lennyp04
01-02-2012, 10:29 PM
So maybe instead of a new trailer, what about a set of rims to bling it up? Once again, definitely more of a want then a need. Does anyone have any info on the stock trailer wheel on the X1 trailer. The wheels we have now look like this (sorry for the bad pic):

Please excuse the dirty boat but does anyone know the offset, width, bolt pattern, or center bore of these wheels to see if I can find say a 17" wheel with the same dimensions and then run a lower profile tire on it?

sand2snow22
01-02-2012, 10:46 PM
So maybe instead of a new trailer, what about a set of rims to bling it up? Once again, definitely more of a want then a need. Does anyone have any info on the stock trailer wheel on the X1 trailer. The wheels we have now look like this (sorry for the bad pic):

Please excuse the dirty boat but does anyone know the offset, width, bolt pattern, or center bore of these wheels to see if I can find say a 17" wheel with the same dimensions and then run a lower profile tire on it?

Bling, bling. Here you go. Get a spare, too! IMO this would be the cheapest and best fix. X-1 is light, don't really need a tandem. Plus you can back up singles easier!

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showpost.php?p=808774&postcount=4644

sand2snow22
01-02-2012, 10:48 PM
Also here:

http://www.amazon.com/Aluminum-MasterCraft-Trailer-Wheel-6-5-5/dp/B0039GPDF4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325562460&sr=8-1

Lennyp04
01-02-2012, 10:52 PM
Bling, bling. Here you go. Get a spare, too! IMO this would be the cheapest and best fix. X-1 is light, don't really need a tandem. Plus you can back up singles easier!

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showpost.php?p=808774&postcount=4644

Direct OEM fitment means no headaces! This whole idea that keeps playing through my head is so dumb considering the boat goes on the trailer at the end of the season, gets towed 150ft from the ramp to the marina shop where it is winterized, then maybe 500-1000 feet up the hill to storage, then back down to the shop in spring and then I pick it up and tow it .9 miles to my house to clean it and get it ready for the water, back .9 miles to the launch ramp and then .9 miles to have it sit in the driveway. So really I guess there is no need for bling. I guess there really shouldn't even be a want for bling!

sand2snow22
01-02-2012, 10:57 PM
Yeah, not really bling. But IMO the MC wheels look better than the ones you have. No offense, but it's like you have a Ferrari sitting on wheels with hubcaps :)

Lennyp04
01-02-2012, 11:04 PM
Yeah, not really bling. But IMO the MC wheels look better than the ones you have. No offense, but it's like you have a Ferrari sitting on wheels with hubcaps :)

I agree with you 100%. I think it's pretty ridiculous that even the $45,000 base model X-series boat can't get some half decent looking rims. Of course the 2011's could but not the 2007's apparently.

sand2snow22
01-02-2012, 11:08 PM
Swing tongue?

Lennyp04
01-02-2012, 11:10 PM
Swing tongue?

Yep. Swing tounge, LED lights, but ugly aluminum wheels.

Would something like this work?

http://www.trailerandtruckparts.com/15-x-6-Black-Rock-Aluminum-Trailer-Wheel-6-on-55_p_1101.html

Only difference I'm seeing is center bore of 4.28" on the black wheels and 4.25" on the MasterCraft wheel.

sand2snow22
01-02-2012, 11:31 PM
Strange. Swing tongue, LED lights and those wheels? Sounds like you got screwed. I know MC tried to make the X-1 a price point boat in 2006, so they went with plastic dash, non carpeted ballast tanks, black plastic throttle knob, etc. Also went cheap on the trailer, single, steel wheels, no swing tongue, no oil bath hubs, etc. Almost like someone had some leftover 2006 wheels that got thrown on your trailer???

I'm not into black wheels, but those might work. I would call.

Lennyp04
01-02-2012, 11:39 PM
Strange. Swing tongue, LED lights and those wheels? Sounds like you got screwed. I know MC tried to make the X-1 a price point boat in 2006, so they went with plastic dash, non carpeted ballast tanks, black plastic throttle knob, etc. Also went cheap on the trailer, single, steel wheels, no swing tongue, no oil bath hubs, etc. Almost like someone had some leftover 2006 wheels that got thrown on your trailer???

I'm not into black wheels, but those might work. I would call.

I think it's probably what the dealer ordered. I'm figuring he probably tried to make it as reasonable as possible when he ordered it and just went with steel wheels. I know the 2012's they ordered have steel wheels too. But mine has the oil hubs and disc brakes. What wheels are the 07 X1's supposed to have? There was ours and a blue and yellow one in the showroom when we purchased ours and both had the same wheels on the trailer.

I'm digging black wheels for a black and white boat with black trailer!!! $100 per wheel isn't terrible!

holdenh2o
01-03-2012, 06:44 AM
Interested to know if black ones would work, too?

oldairboater
01-03-2012, 11:02 AM
Sounds like you have already talked yourself out of a expensive trailer you don't need. There are three boats parked beside my garage. One tandem and two single axle. There are lots of trailers in the immediate family. A trailer is a tool to safely get my boat to the water----that is all. Good tires,greased bearings, overall good shape. The only thing that matters about axles is that the load fits the trailer. Spend your change on toys. JMO

JRW160
01-03-2012, 11:07 AM
Do you have a link, best place to buy?

http://www.boatmateparts.com/products/LED+Lights+and+Grommets-tag-LED+Lights+and+Grommets/RUNWAY+LIGHT+KIT-t-60-1041RL+.htm

JohnE
01-03-2012, 12:20 PM
That is the first 07 I've seen with those wheels. My 05 197 came with an 07 SA trailer (previous owner kept the tandem) and had the aluminum wheels

JRW160
01-03-2012, 01:56 PM
There is a 2011 X-1 with a trailer with those rims that I always see at the boat ramp I use.

Lennyp04
01-03-2012, 04:34 PM
That is the first 07 I've seen with those wheels. My 05 197 came with an 07 SA trailer (previous owner kept the tandem) and had the aluminum wheels

I agree. The X-1's in the showroom when we bought our boat was the only ones with those wheels. Every other MasterCraft had actual rims instead of just those plain wheels like mine.

There is a 2011 X-1 with a trailer with those rims that I always see at the boat ramp I use.

Even the 2011 X-1 that our marina had was sitting on the 5 spoke wheels like these pictures:

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=42216

So what does everyone think about those wheels I posted. Do you think that the center bore of 4.28 is going to be that off from the center bore 4.25? Are trailer wheels hub centric or lug centric. I could tell you all you want to know about BMW wheels as I've had a couple sets for my old car. I'm guessing that the trailer wheels are Lug centric since they have studs and lug nuts vs my BMW which had lug bolts that threaded into the hub.

Anyone that has any ideas, please bounce them off of me!

carlsonwa
01-03-2012, 04:42 PM
http://www.boatmateparts.com/products/LED+Lights+and+Grommets-tag-LED+Lights+and+Grommets/RUNWAY+LIGHT+KIT-t-60-1041RL+.htm

Where exactly do you install those? Any idea of the color?

JRW160
01-03-2012, 04:56 PM
Do you have a link, best place to buy?

Where exactly do you install those? Any idea of the color?
I think you have to drill into your trailer to install them. It seems like the top would be the place to make them most visible. I believe they also come with a switch that only activates them when it is submerged in water. Here's a link to the original post on the boatmate blog that shows them.
http://whatshappeningatboatmate.blogspot.com/2008/12/night-runway-lighting.html

thatsmrmastercraft
01-03-2012, 05:01 PM
I think you have to drill into your trailer to install them. It seems like the top would be the place to make them most visible. I believe they also come with a switch that only activates them when it is submerged in water. Here's a link to the original post on the boatmate blog that shows them.
http://whatshappeningatboatmate.blogspot.com/2008/12/night-runway-lighting.html

Dang...........those would be nice. Load up too often after dark.

Lennyp04
01-03-2012, 05:05 PM
Dang...........those would be nice. Load up too often after dark.

Hey, I don't mean to throw your name out there but I was doing research and saw that you were affiliated with American Eagle Wheel Corporation. Is that still the case? If so, do you know if these wheels would fit my boat trailer?
http://www.trailerandtruckparts.com/15-x-6-Black-Rock-Aluminum-Trailer-Wheel-6-on-55_p_1101.html

thatsmrmastercraft
01-03-2012, 05:18 PM
Hey, I don't mean to throw your name out there but I was doing research and saw that you were affiliated with American Eagle Wheel Corporation. Is that still the case? If so, do you know if these wheels would fit my boat trailer?
http://www.trailerandtruckparts.com/15-x-6-Black-Rock-Aluminum-Trailer-Wheel-6-on-55_p_1101.html

I used to be a sales rep for them, now sell their products wholesale and some retail. They do not offer anything that would work on a trailer. They used to make some aluminum modular wheels, but they were bare aluminum - not clear coated and required quite a bit of polishing to keep looking good.

I am in the process of securing a line of trailer wheels, but have not worked all the details out yet. If you would like me to contact you once I have some trailer wheel options, shoot me a PM and I will follow up accordingly.

Lennyp04
01-03-2012, 06:22 PM
Interested to know if black ones would work, too?

Just wanted to follow up and let you know that I e-mailed the company that has those wheels and they said they would work.

holdenh2o
01-03-2012, 06:48 PM
Just wanted to follow up and let you know that I e-mailed the company that has those wheels and they said they would work.

Thanks. No modifications (bolt patterns match? bearing buddy compatible? Standard fender compatible?)? True bolt on and go?

If so, I may splurge.

Lennyp04
01-03-2012, 07:13 PM
Thanks. No modifications (bolt patterns match? bearing buddy compatible? Standard fender compatible?)? True bolt on and go?

If so, I may splurge.

Bolt patterns are the same and the center bore is slightly bigger so it should fit the bearing buddy. The center bore being bigger I'm told doesn't matter as the wheels are lug centric rather then hub centric. I would also believe they are standard fender compatible due that they are the same specs as the wheels that are currently on my trailer.

However, please don't take my advice to the full extent as I did not ask them any of those questions. They have an email on their website and were quick to reply. If you email them to ask please post what they say on this thread. Also, if you do buy them, please take pics and post them on this thread too:D

Jerseydave
01-03-2012, 07:37 PM
Lenny, leave the trailer in the yard and spend your money on one of these............

http://www.sirlinwraps.com/wraps

Lennyp04
01-03-2012, 11:18 PM
Lenny, leave the trailer in the yard and spend your money on one of these............

http://www.sirlinwraps.com/wraps

I wish I could convince my dad although I really haven't seen a wrap from MasterCraft that isn't over the top. Everything they offer has skulls and fire. Nothing simple. Plus, how much do one of those wraps go for installed?