I have been carrying my canoes either on a Quick-N-Easy rack on my '63 Ford Falcon, or on foam blocks on my '03 Impala, or inverted in the back of my service truck. But it is always a pain to load and unload by myself without damaging the vehicle, not to mention the high lifting. I am not as spry as I once was. So I decided to buy or build a canoe trailer. The premade ones are pretty pricey, a grand and more. So I started looking at converting a utility trailer. Low and behold, they have become pretty expensive too, even for the smaller cheaper ones. I have a 5x10 utility, but didn't want to change it. I use it too often as is. I started a search for used boat trailers. And found a Craigslist deal on a jetski trailer. Cheap. Here is what I found, a Karavan brand.
It has working lights and new tires. The fellow sold his jetski and the buyer didn't want the trailer. I got it for $150.
Here is the trailer that was my inspiration, found on ebay as part of a two-for deal with a pair of canoes. Which I didn't need. Note the extension bars inside the cross pieces.
I welded the bars on the trailer today and gave it a paint job. Always tending to overbuild, I used dual uprights with a bar across them, heck for stout and all welded instead of u-bolts like the eBay pic. I had to stop there for the holiday weekend. I still have to add the bar extensions and a deck to hold a plastic storage box for vests and camping gear, and a cooler. I thought I would have to extend the tongue, but after mounting the 16' Old Town, it is just right. I do need to scoot the axle back eight inches or so to get more tongue weight though. I also need to add fenders. I'll post a picture of the results so far tomorrow with two canoes loaded sans deck.
Anyone else use a trailer to haul their canoes?