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    Default Aluminum I-Beam jet boat trailer?

    Why dont you see some of these? I see the aluminum I-Beam under everything from small single axle junk to the very large boats. The stuff stays looking great and from what i can tell it would be very easy to change the axle arrangement from dolley trailer to regular axles-back & forth. Is it so light that the tires would make it float?

    why couldnt one of these be built
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    while using some of these frame materials?
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    More common in salt water applications and big boats to save towing weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hass828 View Post
    Why dont you see some of these? I see the aluminum I-Beam under everything from small single axle junk to the very large boats. The stuff stays looking great and from what i can tell it would be very easy to change the axle arrangement from dolley trailer to regular axles-back & forth. Is it so light that the tires would make it float?

    why couldnt one of these be built
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    while using some of these frame materials?
    I think brad Parrack had one.

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ID:	151432 Is this what your tAlking about . We have had this one about five years. lt's lite and tows great.
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    I think some of the issue is cost! Alu. has gone up quite a bit! Nice trailers!


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    Heres one thats in my shop right now.

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    I did have an all aluminum dolly trailer as Mike indicated ,but it was chanel on the rails, I- beam cross members. Very light, but it is cost prohibitive. It cost me 3 k in aluminum alone, plus the hubs, springs, hangers, equalizers, wheels and tires. We built our own axels, and built the trailer. BTW box frame trailers are the ones that float, which isn't good in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bfp View Post
    I did have an all aluminum dolly trailer as Mike indicated ,but it was chanel on the rails, I- beam cross members. Very light, but it is cost prohibitive. It cost me 3 k in aluminum alone, plus the hubs, springs, hangers, equalizers, wheels and tires. We built our own axels, and built the trailer. BTW box frame trailers are the ones that float, which isn't good in my opinion.
    Anybody that builds a trailer out of I BEAM must be a STEEL WORKER.

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    McClane Trailers in Houston makes that type. I have a double axle for my 19' boat. It will float if you back the empty trailer in to far. With a little cross wind it will start to float off center.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PCE680 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bfp View Post
    I did have an all aluminum dolly trailer as Mike indicated ,but it was chanel on the rails, I- beam cross members. Very light, but it is cost prohibitive. It cost me 3 k in aluminum alone, plus the hubs, springs, hangers, equalizers, wheels and tires. We built our own axels, and built the trailer. BTW box frame trailers are the ones that float, which isn't good in my opinion.
    Anybody that builds a trailer out of I BEAM must be a STEEL WORKER.
    or one of your drivers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEEIN RED View Post
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    That exactly what I was talking about, figured someone had made one, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasJet View Post
    McClane Trailers in Houston makes that type. I have a double axle for my 19' boat. It will float if you back the empty trailer in to far. With a little cross wind it will start to float off center.
    Thats kinda what I was affaid of.
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    Hass mine never floated. But all the weight was on the tires, not on the tongue. By design.

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    Never had a problem with mine floating .Cross braces are square tubing and fill with water maybe thats why .

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