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Old 03-13-2010, 10:48 PM   #1
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I recently acquired a 2006 Maxum 2600 SE, and it came with an EZ-loader triple axle trailer. The prev owner said it was recommended by the factory due to the weight of the boat. I took the boat in for some minor service, and one of the mechanics told me the trailer isn't right for the boat. He pointed out areas where the bunks were putting pressure on through-hull intakes and chines, and said this could crack the hull. The frame is bolted together, not welded so it's adjustable. I asked him to try and adjust it. He did and was able to get the bunks off of the stress points, but now the lower bunks are very close together and I can't lower the stern drive. He said I could cut off the end of those bunks, but now I'm starting to wonder should I try and find a trailer that is better suited to this Maxum.

Long story, but I'm wondering if someone here could recommend a trailer for this boat, or maybe give me pointers on what to look for. I don't know if calling the factory would do any good since Maxums aren't made anymore.

Any help would be appreciated!

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Old 03-14-2010, 10:09 AM   #2
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I know that the original trailers were Karavans. Other than that, I hope it doesn't hurt your boat.
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Old 03-14-2010, 01:08 PM   #3
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I have a road runner and like it it is made in bc canada I would cut the bunks as long as you have the forward support on the bow you need.how much do you want to cut off???
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I would only need to cut off about 3-4 inches off of two of the 4 bunks. The parts I would cut off are past the rear crossmember, and they don't support any weight, so from that perspective should be OK.

Another thing lowering the bunks did was raise the boat higher and concentrate support in the center. It seems like it's still stable, but it just makes me wonder. I'm not familiar with Karavan trailers - guess I'll do a little research.
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Old 03-14-2010, 07:34 PM   #5
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Tried to post some pictures, but I'm not having any luck. They seem to upload but don't end up in the Home folder.

If someone knows what clearance is needed for a Mercury Bravo III outdrive, that would help
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Old 03-15-2010, 12:36 PM   #6
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I don't think 3-5 inches would hurt as long as the boat has support . I have player with my bunks and tongue weight to get it right.my trailer is only a tandem with a 2400 scr bravo3 on a roadrunner but I would make it right with setup .I converted my trailer to electric over hydraulic brakes as well as the reach length .
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Really hard to say without seeing it if it's the right trailer or not IM. How confidant are you in your mechanics abilities to adjust it?

You say it sits higher now, how much room is there between the hull and the tops of the trailer fenders? No issues with cutting the bunks, so long as the they extend to the end of the transom.

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Dan,
There's about 5 or 6 inches between the fender and the boat right now. The rear crossbar is right underneath the transom, and the bracket that attaches to the bunk goes a little bit past it. So, I can only trim the bunk up to the bracket which will leave a short length, about 3-1/2 to 4 inches, past the transom. Because of that I'm not really sure of the stern drive will lower properly, even if I cut the bunks. I've been trying to find out how much clearance the Bravo III needs .. no luck so far.

Re; the mechanic, I have no reason to doubt him, but I think he was reluctant to modify the trailer, so he suggested that I do it. After looking more closely, I think it's too dangerous to try and cut the bunk with the boat on the trailer, and I don't have a way of getting it off so I think I'll have to bring it back to him.

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So the trailer's rear most cross member is at the very back of the trailer and directly under the transom, the rear bunk brackets extend past the transom a little, and the bunks extend past a little more. How much space is there between the top of the cross member and the bottom of the hull, and how far apart are the bunks back there? How tall are the actual bunk boards?

When pointed straight back the width of the drive - not including the props, can't be more than 12 or so inches or so. If the bunks are now so close together that you don't think you can tilt the drive down between them that would make me nervous, really nervous, when going around corners. 5 or 6 inchs above the fenders isn't ideal (mine is about the same). Lower is better, of course, to drop the CG.

It sounds like you could easily cut the bunks - a sawzall would wack the ends off easily, but might depend on how close to the end of the cut off bunk the last mounting bolt going through the bunk would end up. However, it doesn't sound like the length of the bunks is the issue, it seems the issue is the space between them. You can send me the pics via email if ya like and I can try to post them here.

You might consider taking it to a boat trailer place for assessment and/or proper fitting.

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Reading the posts, I wonder if the boat might be too far forward on the trailer. Iceman might want to check the tongue weight of the boat and trailer before adjusting the length of the bunks.
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