Wahoo Trailer 'build'

Hi all, my dad recently bought a new 2T dual axle aluminum trailer kit from Wahoo Trailers for his boat I thought a few people on here might be interested in seeing first hand results for this relatively new company.

We picked the kit up from their Rockingham warehouse, it fit in the back of a patrol ute with some creative stowing. The flat pack includes brakes, lights, nuts, bolts and a pretty detailed set of instructions. Total cost was somewhere around $5500 and total weight of the trailer was 400kg. Wheels needed regreasing but apart from that everything went pretty smoothly.

Whilst the actual build time for the trailer was probably only a couple of days work, it took a while from ordering to deliver with a couple of parts being delayed which held the build up for a little bit. Saying that, the finished product looks the goods and passed licensing inspection with no dramas.

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 looks sweet. if you are

Sun, 2017-10-01 14:31

 looks sweet. if you are reasonable on the tools why not and save yourself a few gs

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 I'm looking at potions my

Sun, 2017-10-01 16:06

 I'm looking at potions my self at the moment but need to be 3500kg and electric breaks. The axles look a bit far back to me? Any idea on the tow ball weight? Should be around 250-300kg apparently 

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Ball weight?

Sun, 2017-10-01 17:04

Not too sure of the tow ball weight mate, the boys only got the boat on the trailer for the first time today. Holes had already been drilled on the I-beam to line up with axle mounting brackets and pillar has been moved as far back as possible. Will get a report from the guys and see how the trip home went. Haven't heard of potions but these guys apparently have models all the way through to 4.5T. Think electric brakes were an option on this trailer for $600 if you wanted them.

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 Ok thanks mate. Was trying

Sun, 2017-10-01 17:12

 Ok thanks mate. Was trying to say options but fat fingers got me 

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Any one free to help me pull my drum lines tomorrow? 

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china or the US

Sun, 2017-10-01 17:10

 are these trailers made in China or the US

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Not too sure

Sun, 2017-10-01 17:49

Couldn't say with any certainty sorry mate, they're a WA based company so wouldn't be too difficult to find out if you wanted a difinitive answer.

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I've always wondered about bolting aluminium...

Sun, 2017-10-01 17:21

 ...to aluminium with steel bolts. Galvanic corrosion where the steel goes through, and crevice corrosion where the flat areas overlap, not a problem? Is that a 1999kg rated job?

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Ali trailers

Sun, 2017-10-01 17:58

Imagine Ali trailers have been around long enough that any serious issues would have shown up by now. Saying that, if is a problem, it'll get plenty of opportunity with those joins!

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 Bit of duralac and no more

Sun, 2017-10-01 19:41

 Bit of duralac and no more problem.

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corrosion

Mon, 2017-10-02 06:01

nylon washers or similar the best bet, dissimilar metals will always corrode

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Certainly looks the goods

Sun, 2017-10-01 17:34

Well it certainly presents ok, how did you go on a launch and retrieve and towing.

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I wasn't there

Sun, 2017-10-01 20:34

but after chatting to the boys, boat lifts and goes on the trailer really easy. They were a bit concerned about the keel making contact with axle and cross beams but the skirts kept everything apart like it was supposed to. 

Apparently it towed nicely behind the car, torsion suspension was a fair bit smoother the old boy reckoned. All in all he seems pretty happy with the final result.

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That was my point, I guess

Mon, 2017-10-02 06:07

 Imagine Ali trailers have been around long enough that any serious issues would have shown up by now. Saying that, if is a problem, it'll get plenty of opportunity with those joins!

 

They have been around a long time, and issues ( apart from cracking on bad roads) would have come up by now. Was really just pondering on why it didn't happen, seems counterintuitive. Nylon washers will stop the contact of the underside of the bolt head/nut, but doesn't help with the shank of the bolt through the material..

But if it works, it just works 

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nylon

Mon, 2017-10-02 07:07

what you actually need is a nylon top hat to do it properly, but most people on here wouldn't have seen these before

a top hat sleeves the hole being penetrated so no contact is made at all

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Wahoo boat trailers

Wed, 2018-06-13 10:37

 I am pleased that you at least got your trailer after a four month wait for a new shark cat trailer and paying the final price and delivery was in 7 days it never arrived and he was waiting for parts and 4 weeks on I wanted my money back and he still owes me $3000 with assurances it will be paid promptly and still haven’t seen my refund .So anyone wanting a Wahoo boat trailer be very careful.