BoatMate Trailer from US

Postby madmat777 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:36 am

Hi All,

I wanted to see if anyone had any experience on this. I've been living in the US for last 7 years and going to move back to Brissy next June. My intention is to bring back my Moomba Mojo 2.5 (and a Ram 1500 to tow it). The issue is the Boatmate trailer. It's under 2.5m wide (2.48) but it has issues:
- Needs Electric Brakes added
- Needs Indicators added
- Needs the hitch changed to 50mm
- Is not galvanized :(

I think the last one is going to be a killer for me. While we will be using this on the lakes 90% of the time, I still would like the option of dropping it in smooth water. So I could pay $ for all the changes and not be able to dunk in salt (and it will not be "stamped" as ADR compliant), or I pay $$$ for a whole new trailer which is ADR compliant.

I'm keen to hear what others have done in this situation. Do you get the changes done on the US side, or in Aus?

Appreciate any sage wisdom on this one.
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Re: BoatMate Trailer from US

Postby mattygray » Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:27 am

How do you want to transport it?

If you leave it on the trailer you can ship it roll on roll off.
If you leave the trailer in the US you'll need some sort of cradle.
A new trailer will be 9k plus.

Personally, I would ship it on the trailer. When it arrives here tilt tray it home.
The mods and rego are easy. When the trailer eventually rusts out in 10 years from being used in salt, upgrade your trailer then.
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Re: BoatMate Trailer from US

Postby Simba » Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:41 pm

yep roll on roll off... trailer compliance isnt a big deal... i had to do it with a california trailer worx trailer and I had to narrow it down as well.
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Re: BoatMate Trailer from US

Postby 82Juddcraft » Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:23 pm

My first boat trailer i bought never come with rego or a VIN number.
I had to do some changes to it. Mostly wiring.

VicRoad told me to tick the box saying it was a homemade trailer made before 1980...something...they gave me a VIN number and off I went.
May be a lil different in QLD, but im sure theres a way around it.

Before u spend anything go in and ask them what they want, just play dumb n tell them only the stuff they need to hear.
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Re: BoatMate Trailer from US

Postby 82Juddcraft » Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:50 pm

That RAM may be a lil harder to register.
I not sure about late model wrong hand drive cars but with classic cars anything after 1970 has to have a VASS engineers certificate before it can be registered.
But thats for Victoria...
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BoatMate Trailer from US

Postby Imogenezipsy » Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:51 pm

Spoke to Wisconsin DNR. They said that if the boat is in Wisconsin longer than 60 days using their waters then it should be registered in WI. I don’t like the idea of having a 300 ticket but I spend most of my summer in WI. Could I just register my trailer in IL and then my boat in WI? My bill of sale has the trailer separated from the boat with the prices.
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BoatMate Trailer from US

Postby EvelynGew » Fri Jan 03, 2020 6:54 am

Its been like twenty minutes since I saw the trailer and Im still giggling over that moment when Genie just slides Aladdin across the floor when he tries to be bossy
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