Who still makes tilt trailers?

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Who still makes tilt trailers?

Post by -CN- » 10 Aug 2017, 12:10

I'm wanting my 14 ft jon boat to be on a tilting trailer. I generally fish in no-man's land and find myself launching my boat where the tilt feature would be useful.
I've seen old or used boats with tilting trailers under them so they must have been a more popular feature a few decades ago. I even recently was a day too late and missed out on a boat/ trailer combo at a great price that was sitting on a tilting trailer - I was gonna swap the trailer with my current one and resell the combo just to have the trailer. Looking for trailers for sale with this feature has come up empty - other than Magic Tilt trailers out of Florida, but I'm in Wisconsin.
Are these type of trailers extinct?

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Who still makes tilt trailers?

Post by lckstckn2smknbrls » 11 Aug 2017, 11:13

Tilting trailers were very useful back when improved ramps didn't exist. Now days not so much as you have found. My best suggestion would be to convert a non-tilting trailer to tilting if you can't find one.
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Post by -CN- » 11 Aug 2017, 14:53

lckstckn2smknbrls wrote:Tilting trailers were very useful back when improved ramps didn't exist. Now days not so much as you have found. My best suggestion would be to convert a non-tilting trailer to tilting if you can't find one.
How would that be done?
There's no such thing as improved ramps where I fish. Often times no ramps at all!

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Post by lckstckn2smknbrls » 11 Aug 2017, 18:13

Take a close look at a few tilting trailers and copy the design.
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Post by lckstckn2smknbrls » 12 Aug 2017, 22:18

I don't know how far you are willing to travel but there is a Karavan tilting trailer on the Chicago CL in Spring Grove Illinois. It has no title which is bad in Illinois but not an issue in Wisconsin.
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Post by -CN- » 14 Aug 2017, 11:24

lckstckn2smknbrls wrote:Take a close look at a few tilting trailers and copy the design.
I can't take a closer look at something that I can't find.

Chicago isn't out of the question. I'll check it out. Thanks.

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Post by Johnny » 14 Aug 2017, 12:59

if you like your present trailer - and it suits your needs,
you could take it to a competent welding/fabrication shop
for an estimate to convert it to the tilting model.
this could be cheaper than purchasing another trailer less the hassle of selling your old one.

if you google : "tilt trailer design" you can get an understanding of how they are built.
a person with a few power tools and a welder could make the conversion with little problems.
I have had several tilt boat trailers over the years, and presently have two, and never use the tilt function.
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Who still makes tilt trailers?

Post by Stumpalump » 14 Aug 2017, 16:34

They were a liability. Pin falls out and wrecks happened. The one I had was tilted a few times but I never found it useful. I think spending 5 more minuets sizing up a launch is better than having a tilt to drop off a steep bank. It just plain loaded and unloaded better without the tilt the times I tried it.
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Post by -CN- » 15 Aug 2017, 11:07

Just north of me is cranberry country. Fishing by the bogs more times than not presents a very shallow approach or a sudden drop off into the lake for boat access. No such thing as a launch site. I have not attempted to launch off a steep bank, but the shallow areas work fine as long as I'm with my buddy and his 4wd truck, and there's two of us to man-handle the boat. The shallow entrance to the lake means backing the vehicle all the way into the water and still barely getting the boat to touch the water surface. What we will do with a standard trailer is unhitch it from the truck and tilt the whole trailer back and push the boat off. Recovering the boat is the same idea - we tilt the whole trailer back and winch the boat on. Now the hard part is getting a trailer that's stuck in mud re-connected to the truck which is also stuck in mud. We've managed, but I can tell you that a tilt trailer will be very handy and get lots of use where I fish.

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Post by CedarRiverScooter » 16 Aug 2017, 08:45

I would hook up a long strap to the bow that wraps around a roller at the back of the trailer, then forward to a low mounted winch on the trailer tongue.

Then you can pull the boat off. Use the regular winch to get boat back on.

You may need plastic bunk liners to reduce friction. Lower the bunk heights as much as possible (like mounting springs under axle).

I also use a shallow ramp & hate it when my brakes get wet. I have had to de-rust the park brake links twice.

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Post by LDUBS » 17 Aug 2017, 14:30

Yikes, you have to back your vehicle tires under water :shock: That right there proves I'm spoiled with the "improved" ramps I use.
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Post by LDUBS » 17 Aug 2017, 14:45

Instead of a tilt tongue trailer, we need someone with a mechanical mind to come up with tilting/sliding bunks. Might be a dumb idea or might just be the ticket.
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Who still makes tilt trailers?

Post by jeffh129 » 15 Sep 2017, 17:17

I loved the tilt bed trailer that I had years back. At some launchs I could literally luanch my Jon boat without getting my trailer tires wet. It was so much fun watching people's reactions to that. I'd have one now in a minute , if they still made them. I've looked and looked to no avail.

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Post by MrGiggles » 17 Sep 2017, 14:10

My tilt trailer is nothing but a nuisance if you ask me. I only fish from concrete ramps, I have zero use for the tilt.

It's impossible to drive on. There's two short bunks and a few keel rollers. To get it on straight you have to hit every single roller perfectly, and they're only 4 inches wide. If you miss, it scrapes the crap out of the keel on the roller mounts.

I just back the trailer in and walk the trailer on. You either have to get wet up to your knees or walk on the slippery trailer. Get it started on the first two rollers and winch it on the rest of the way.

Yes, I could use the tilt, but then I have to lock the motor upright, and winching the boat all the way on is tiring and tedious. You have to fight the trailer to keep it tilted, and it bends the crap out of my license plate in the process.

I am envious of the guys that can drive all the way on their bunk trailers, hook the winch strap, and go.

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Who still makes tilt trailers?

Post by Bearclaw » 20 Sep 2017, 18:47

I have one that looks to be an original one. The name is Skipper B. The boat on it is a 79 polar kraft . I'm not sure if that's what it came on or not. I've never saw one used or tilted at the boat landing. Good luck with you project and keep us posted
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