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New Step Installed on Boat Trailer
« on: May 18, 2020, 11:53:43 AM »

Since my trailer is a bit custom it does not set up well for traditional step products on the market today.  I wish it did but alas, it is what it is.  The trailer company offers a single step to act as an assist while climbing in the boat during launch.  I am kinda short so I thought anything would help.  Although I am not thrilled this step will get the job done should the time come where climbing in the boat is a bit too much for me.  Here are some pictures of the installation.  I have a few design ideas to talk to the builder about when I have the trailer in for hub service in a few weeks.  Perhaps this is not the final product that i  want.







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Re: New Step Installed on Boat Trailer
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2020, 12:30:11 PM »

Interesting Bud.... I like the simplicity of it; how wide is it?  1 1/2Ē?


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Re: New Step Installed on Boat Trailer
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2020, 12:41:04 PM »

Yep, about that maybe 2" but no more than that.  This is one of my design questions.  It would be better if this could be wider to accomodate my foot.  I tried it out and it is ok but an OK rating would be the best I could do at this time.  As you see the way the trailer is made and the position of the spare tire there is just no room for something more traditional.  We considered other places to mount the spare but it just did not work out.  I thought for sure we could mount it on the port side but then the winch handle would hit the spare tire.  The width of the trailer just does not allow to move the spare back like my old ranger trailer did.  I guess this is one of the things you think about after the fact.   lo
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Re: New Step Installed on Boat Trailer
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2020, 01:49:01 PM »

My spare is under the bow so mine is out of the way (itís more of a pain when you need it though). A 3Ē wide plate would work fine. I have some 3Ē X 1/4Ē aluminum flat bar thatís perfect if I could figure out how to mount it (Iím just started thinking about it so I havenít come up with the solution yet). I canít bend this bar so thatís out of the question.  I put the step idea on hold because I didnít want to spend $3-400 on it but the simplicity of yours has me rethinking it.


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Re: New Step Installed on Boat Trailer
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2020, 01:55:01 PM »

Bud,


It looks like the winch post is plenty long. If youre not planning on this trailer fitting a different boat you could have your builder cut it down and add a forward facing strut support. Off of that you could put some steps and walk straight up the bow. Here is a quick pic of what I mean:








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Re: New Step Installed on Boat Trailer
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2020, 02:29:48 PM »

PIPEPRO, here is another picture that might depict just how close everything is.  As you see the spare tire is not in a good spot and as you see this is a very heavy duty trailer.

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Re: New Step Installed on Boat Trailer
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2020, 02:47:56 PM »

PIPEPRO, here is another picture that might depict just how close everything is.  As you see the spare tire is not in a good spot and as you see this is a very heavy duty trailer.



It sure looks beefy! Im sure you could get a sandwich plate on the tongue and some u bolt attachment to the winchpost. Something like this with the top step just clearing the edge of the tire. Wish I was closer, I could measure that up and come up with something that would work for you.


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Re: New Step Installed on Boat Trailer
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2020, 03:03:04 PM »

I just saved your sketch and will present it to the trailer builder as a possible solution to my needs.  I think this might just do the trick.  Thanks for the Idea.
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Re: New Step Installed on Boat Trailer
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2020, 03:06:43 PM »

Youre welcome! Hope he can help you out. I didnt think I would like mine as much as I do. Have him add a hand hold of some kind if possible. After putting them on, I wont be without them again.
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Re: New Step Installed on Boat Trailer
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2020, 07:08:46 PM »

Not tring to high jack but I have a set of Trick Step for Ranger bass boat. Like new all hard ware included compare at $489.00  Want $399.00 Local pick up only cash I will install if needed, about a 15 minute job with hand tools. ;D ;D ;D Just I'm me or call the bat phone lo
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