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Last Updated:

22 December 2006

For Sale, Spring 2005   Lil' Dude 15' - 17' 2000-lb Trailer -- $375  
Sold June 2005

I sold my Little Dude trailer because I need trailer surge brakes in the mountains (see Escort trailer). Especially with my tow vehicle, a minivan, which is only 1200 lbs heavier than the boat & trailer. The entire rig easily stores inside a 8 x 20-foot garage. "Buy it now," for $375, or make your best offer. Shipping can be arranged, or you can pick it up in Salt Lake City.

In March 2004, I towed the 66 Sportsman and Little Dude trailer some 750 miles from San Francisco to Salt Lake City, without problems. Fresh wheel bearings and new tires/wheels were installed before departure. The rig tows well on a 1-7/8-in coupler, with a tongue weight of 150 to 175 lbs, depending on fuel level in the bow-mounted tank.

While this trailer frame is some 38-years old, it features a host of recent upgrades and is ready-to-roll, cross-country, today. I have clear title to the trailer and it is currently registered in Utah. (And no, the boat is not included.) The trailer can accommodate boats 15 - 17 ft and under 2100 lbs. Presently custom-fitted for Evinrude Gull-Wing or Johnson Sea-Foil hulls.

Gross Trailer Weight: 2460 lbs (Boat with with full fuel tank: 2010 lbs)

Recent (Summer 2004) improvements to the trailer include:

  1. Bunk Re-fitment: New 2" x 6" bunks were welded in place to increase the limited chine-to-fender vertical clearance. This trailer has been custom-fitted by Metal-Craft Trailers of Salt Lake City, to specifically bunk-fit the "gull-wing" hull of 16-ft Evinrude Sweet-16's, Sportsman's and Johnson Reveler hulls made  from 1964 to 1968.

  2. The center keel rollers were also raised and positioned to support support less weight, but still facilitate loading/unloading. The rear bunks are approximately 1/3 longer and the newly added, smaller forward bunks help guide the keel as the hull comes forward. Tilt hinge has been welded to increase structural rigidity.

  3. Replaced wheel bearings, spring 2004.

  4. New white-spoke wheels, and (four) new, Goodyear Marathon ST175/80R13-C (load rating 1360 lbs @ 50 PSI)  radial tires (tire value is over $200).

  5. Mounted locking spare on tongue. Note: Have extra spare, both spares have new, never-been-used tires (13-inch, Goodyear Marathon ST trailer-rated radial tires) and original "Little Dude-logo" baby-moon, chrome hub caps.

  6. New winch and winch strap, as well as relocated bow stop roller. 

  7. New trailer lights and detachable, car-to-trailer flat-four harness. (Click on all Images to Zoom)

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