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Old 06-08-2007, 11:53 AM
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Hello, I'm looking at a 1994 23 nova spyder w/ a new built 509 and the guy keeps telling me the boat/trailer is worth another 1500 to 2 grand over a steel trailer. Is this true? it is a very nice loadmaster alum trailer. How does 22-23k sound for this boat?It's got h-beam rods, forged pistons,all roller, should be 500+ hp, just broken in. Boat is in decent condition and seems sound. thanks for the responses...

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You could probably buy a new al trailer for it for 2-2500.
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I paid $3500 for this triple axle Quickload Trailer. I told him what kind of boat I was putting on it on a Monday, and I picked up the trailer on that Friday. It fit like a glove. All stainless fasteners, surge brakes on the front axle, and a flush kit. I went to talk to Capt Jack at Quickload, because when I called there, his son gave me the list price, but I knew Capt Jack would build it cheaper, because it was in December, when they aren't selling a lot of trailers. It's all aluminum I beam, and I doubt I could have gotten a steel one any cheaper, and steel just doesn't last in salt water. One dunking, and it's all over. Rust never sleeps.
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Well if your asking me if I would pay $1,500 to $2,000 more for a boat with a aluminum trailer over the same exact boat with a steel trailer - Yes I would. As someone who is currently in the market for a boat - an aluminum trailer is definately a plus.

And if I was buying a trailer I would pay $1,500 more for an aluminum trailer.

I had a steel trailer that was original to a 1992 boat. It was never in saltwater and it held up fine. I could of sent it to the paint shop and it would of been like new. I never would of put it in saltwater - just use a crane instead.
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tex, its not worth $2000 more, when you could buy a new one for $2000-2500. A steel trailer must cost more than 0-$500.
Just tell the guy to take $3000 off the price and keep the trailer. then go buy a new one. It's worth 1500-2000 to have a new one over a used one.
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I paid $3500 for this triple axle Quickload Trailer. I told him what kind of boat I was putting on it on a Monday, and I picked up the trailer on that Friday. It fit like a glove. All stainless fasteners, surge brakes on the front axle, and a flush kit. I went to talk to Capt Jack at Quickload, because when I called there, his son gave me the list price, but I knew Capt Jack would build it cheaper, because it was in December, when they aren't selling a lot of trailers. It's all aluminum I beam, and I doubt I could have gotten a steel one any cheaper, and steel just doesn't last in salt water. One dunking, and it's all over. Rust never sleeps.
well I don't live next to the factory LOL.
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tex, its not worth $2000 more, when you could buy a new one for $2000-2500. A steel trailer must cost more than 0-$500.
Just tell the guy to take $3000 off the price and keep the trailer. then go buy a new one. It's worth 1500-2000 to have a new one over a used one.
Excellant point Stormrider. But for me its the pain in the azz issue. I would pay an extra $1,000 just to save me the trouble of having to buy a new one.

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paid 2,500 for my 5500# galv. steele trailer for my 23 Baja, paid 3,500 for 7500# alum trailer w/ mag wheels for my 288. so ball park I would say add about 5-600 for alum...
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well I don't live next to the factory LOL.
They will ship them.
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paid 2,500 for my 5500# galv. steele trailer for my 23 Baja, paid 3,500 for 7500# alum trailer w/ mag wheels for my 288. so ball park I would say add about 5-600 for alum...
I paid $3500 for a 10,500 pound capacity trailer.
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