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Posted by ccarlson 
drift boat trailer dimensions
March 19, 2018 12:15AM
Hello. The drift boat I picked up is on an old trailer. The distance from the axle forward to the cross member( bunk) is about 8" longer than from the axle back to the roller on the end of the trailer. When you look at the boat there is a lot of boat hanging off the back of the trailer. Can someone let me know the distances from the center of the axle to the front bunk , rear bunk and rear roller. I would be curious about the distance from the axle to the hitch on the tongue of trailer as well. The tongue on my trailer seems really short. Trailer is from the early 90's. Thanks.
Re: drift boat trailer dimensions
March 19, 2018 01:07PM
Most trailers have a post in front on which the winch is mounted. Is that welded in place or bolted, perhaps with big U-bolts around the hitch stem.

I've moved those posts forward and back a bit, over the years, because of long boats now and short boats earlier. Or versa visa.
Re: drift boat trailer dimensions
March 19, 2018 02:18PM
Hi Sandy. That post is welded in place. I have been thinking about lengthening the back of the trailer because it is so short behind the axles. I was curious what the common space is between bunks and the amount of length behind the axles that controls tongue weight.
Re: drift boat trailer dimensions
March 19, 2018 11:05PM
My trailer is buried in a huge snow bank right now. I'll measure it up at some point.
Re: drift boat trailer dimensions
March 21, 2018 04:14PM
Anyone else that can help me out. Would like to get the trailer welded and finish with paint to get out and fish pike in the next couple of weeks. Thanks
Re: drift boat trailer dimensions
March 23, 2018 02:11AM
Snow's melting fast. I'll measure my trailer up this weekend.
Re: drift boat trailer dimensions
March 23, 2018 12:42PM
Thank you Sandy. The snow is melting here now too. The last Nor'easter missed us.
We had over 3 feet of snow in week from two different storms and then arctic air out of Canada hit us. This next week is going to be in the high 40's.
Thanks again.
Re: drift boat trailer dimensions
March 25, 2018 01:21PM
All set. I just winged it.
Re: drift boat trailer dimensions
March 27, 2018 12:32PM
Shite. I forgot. Been busy. Boat building for a change. And dang. Of all things I have jury duty today. I'll still measure it up, as generic trailer dimensions.

The boat I'm making now will have to be jacked up a few inches, it occurs to me now, so the new boat clears the wheel covers. 69" inches wide with lots of side flare. And my HD with 56" wide bottom barely clears the wheel covers now. I'm going to have to put 4x4s on the crossbars.
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April 08, 2018 11:05AM
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April 15, 2018 02:52AM
Thanks for the video. I once saw a car pulling a small U-Haul trailer go out of control like the video. The trailer and car both ended up in the ditch and the trailer rolled and opened up like a sardine can.
Re: drift boat trailer dimensions
August 24, 2018 06:59PM
Dennis, who owns that company was very helpful to me in modifying a traditional deep vee trailer I got on the cheap for my drift boat. Sells all the components you'll need to modify as needed.
http://www.driftboattrailers.com/Standard-Trailers.html
Re: drift boat trailer dimensions
August 25, 2018 02:25PM
I'll be finishing up a big white water boat with a 65" inch bottom this winter.

My current trailer has less than 60" inches between the wheel covers. Do I need a new trailer? I think I'll put blocks on the existing frame bed, so the the bottom of the boat sits flush with the tops of the fenders.

I will have to re-weld the rear roller a bit higher. I sold my torches and welding equipment. But it shouldn't cost much. I have a buddy who runs a welding shop.
Re: drift boat trailer dimensions
February 07, 2019 06:58PM
The distances on the trailer are really inconsequential. As long as you have enough tongue weight and the trailer is level to keep the camber correct on the wheels, there should be no trouble with towing. Stretch here, shrink there, doesn't matter as long as the tongue weight is enough. When loaded or unloaded a good rule of thumb is 2/3rds the weight should be ahead of the axel. If you are asking more about supporting the boat, that's another story. I try to keep the boat touching the roller, the front cross brace and the bow stop, while keeping tongue weighted appropriately. If you want the trailer to tow right the frame should be level then a 1" plus drop at the hitch. Loaded and ready to tow. Hitch down too much and you get excess tire wear and too high you get tire wear and a squirrely tow. To fast and it will swing around on the tow car.
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March 06, 2019 12:00AM

Re: drift boat trailer dimensions
August 21, 2019 04:16PM
Has anyone used a plain old utility trailer instead of a boat trailer. With that flat bottom I’d think it would work well and there would be allot of deck area left for gear and perhaps secure storage boxes.
Re: drift boat trailer dimensions
August 26, 2019 10:59PM
Here is an old trailer hybrid from a long time ago. I have a title and the wheels spin. Now I’m wondering if the boat should be centered on the axle and the considerable forward frame would be enough weight this was once an Albacore sailboat trailer. The trailer is quite long. Shall I leave it long for the advantage in launching? How far apart should the cross bunks be for the buffalo?

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August 27, 2019 12:35AM
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August 27, 2019 01:10AM
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August 27, 2019 02:13AM
The old trailer above is the result of combining a rusted out utility trailer with a good deck and axle with an old sailboat trailer whose axle was shot. It has a suspension that was rated at 1500lbs. I may have to lighted that up. Would 6' between bunks be adequate? Shall I leave the tongue long to make launching easier? is it normal to hav only 2 crosssbunks?
Re: drift boat trailer dimensions
August 27, 2019 02:18PM
Found it. 70-77” btwn bunks.
Re: drift boat trailer dimensions
August 27, 2019 02:19PM
Now. How should the boat set. Over the axle or forward of that?
Re: drift boat trailer dimensions
September 15, 2019 01:16AM


Next I'll move stanchion back on the tongue until it is near the boat. Should I then shorten the tongue or leave it long for easy backing ?
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