EZ Loader Boat Trailers
EZ Loader FAQ Page
For over 50 years EZ Loader has been the industry leader making quality boat trailers. All EZ Loader trailers are NMMA and Trailer Manufacturers Assn. certified. EZ Loader trailers are designed to make loading and launching easier. It is very important that we fit trailers to boats. Not only must the trailer be long enough and wide enough, but also must be able to carry the weight of the boat and everything the boat carries. We have a large dealer network across the US, Canada and the world, making service available almost everywhere. EZ Loader Custom Boat Trailers only makes boat trailers and we totally believe in our product which we stand behind.
How is "GVWR" different than "capacity"?
Capacity to the folks here at EZ Loader means how much boat (with fuel, gear, etc)the trailer will carry. GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) refers to how much the boat, with its gear, etc., and the trailer weigh combined. If the boat weighed as an example, 3,100 pounds and the trailer weighed 1,100 pounds, your GVWR would be 4,200 pounds. Some trailer manufacturers list the GVWR rather than the carrying capacity in their literature, often giving the retail customer the wrong impression of how much actual load the trailer will carry. We have chosen to list the carrying capacity as the main specification for choosing a trailer. This way the customer only needs to know how much the wet weight (boat weight fully loaded with fuel, gear, etc.)of the boat is when choosing a trailer.
Can I convert my bunk EZ Loader trailer to a roller style?
With few exceptions, yes. There are a few models that would be very difficult to convert, but the majority of the models are easily converted. Try calling our parts dept. at 800-398-5623 ext 219 and request a schematic of your model in a roller style, this will help you isolate the parts you will need to purchase, as well as help identify parts that may be interchangeable in the conversion.
Can I use anti-sway (load equalizer) bars on my EZ Loader that has brakes?
Yes & No. If you have 'hydraulic surge' brakes, the brakes work when you slow down and the momentum of the trailer tries to catch up with you which 'surges' the trailer forward, activating the hydraulic plunger in the actuator. This compresses the brake fluid and activates the brakes. Most anti- sway bars or load equalizer bars attach from the towing vehicle to the frame of the trailer and prevent the trailer from surging forward, and therefore prevent the brakes from working. There are a few companies now making an anti-sway bar that is made specifically to work with hydraulic surge brakes. This is the only acceptable ones that you can use and still have your trailer brakes work. If you have electric cab controlled brakes, there shouldn't be a problem using anti-sway bars as the trailer doesnt have an actuator or hydraulics.
What do I need to look at to know if I'm picking the right trailer for my boat?
Several things; First you need to know how much your boat weighs. The weight listed in the brochure for your boat is almost always a "dry" weight. No fuel, gear, and depending on whether the boat is an outboard or an inboard outboard, the brochure weight may or may not include the engine weight. Get the weight of the boat, motor, add fuel (6.5 lbs per gallon is a good average) batteries, gear, etc., then add another 5 to 10% for gear depending on how you load the boat when trailering. This total is your 'wet' weight. Make sure the trailers capacity meets or exceeds the wet weight.
Next make sure the length of the trailer is adequate to carry your boat with the entire hull supported. Choose whether you want bunk or roller (see the FAQ on bunks vs rollers)and then decide on whether you want galvanized or painted. EZ Loaders also come in a variety of widths, this may also be worth looking into depending on the width of your boat, and the width of garage door it has to go through.
EZ Loader's model numbers depict the maximum length and weight of the boat it will support. As an example, a EZ 17-20 3100 will carry from 17 to 20 feet of boat and up to 3,100 pounds of boat. If your boat has a bow pulpit, you will want to make sure the trailer is long enough to keep the bow pulpit from contacting the towing vehicle.
I just bought a 1994 trailer (used) and the owner has no paperwork, can I get a fresh MCO from you?
No. The Manufacturers Certificate of Origin is made once when the trailer is new. We cant make duplicates for your trailer, as by doing so, we are verifying that the trailer is new, and that it legally belongs to you. This is a problem that unfortunately comes up quite often, and I don't have a good solution for it, other than backtracking and trying to find the original documentation. If you have the 17 digit VIN number, it may be possible for us to access who the original dealer was. Contacting them may be worth a try. Some states also allow you to register the trailer with a lost title, but that often also requires you to post a bond for 6 months after which they issue a clear title to you.
Can I add a 2nd axle to my single axle EZ Loader trailer to make it into a tandem and increase the capacity?
NO. There is a lot more than just the axle strength that goes into a tandem trailer. The gauge of the steel, tire load capacity, and a lot of other hardware is stouter in a tandem trailer. We won't knowingly sell an axle for this application as it's not safe.
Are parts still available for my 1986 EZ Loader trailer?
In most circumstances, yes. There are a few obsolete parts in several older models, but the majority of the parts that people are generally trying to replace are still available.
Many parts schematics are available through the Factory parts dept at 800-398-5623 ext 219. A drawing can help you isolate the correct parts and speed up the ordering process.
My boat and trailer won't fit into the garage. Any suggestion??
1. EZ Loader offers a swing tongue on many models. This swing tongue can also be retro-fitted to many existing older EZ Loaders. It allows you to swing several feet of tongue off to the side once the trailer is in the garage and disconnected from the towing vehicle.
2. EZ Loader also offers a removable tongue. It requires a little more strength on your part than the swing tongue as you have to pull it out and lift it, but it does shorten up the package length.
3. Many models of EZ Loaders have several holes drilled in the booms (main frame side members) so you can move the crossmembers forward if you like. If you have a fair amount of tongue left over on the front end of the trailer, you can move the two crossmembers forward, move the winch stand forward also, and have the boat sit more forward into the trailer, which will shorten your overall length. The boat has to be removed to move the crossmembers, and several models have electrical wiring in the crossmembers, so it may require some re-wiring. The axles will also have to be moved to re-adjust the tongue weight. If in doubt, contact your EZ Loader dealer.
I was told EZ Loader trailers have optional equipment and exchanges. Whats an "exchange"?
An Exchange is like an option, its something you can add to your EZ Loader trailer to make it fit your boat better or function better. The difference is an option just gets added onto an existing trailer. An exchange has to have something come off before the next item can go on. If you needed a taller winchstand, that would be an exchange as the old winchstand has to come off before the new one can go on. If you wanted to add loadguides to your trailer, that would be an option. Nothing has to come off before the loadguides go on. Exchanges are generally less expensive when the trailer is ordered new from the dealer with the exchange already on it, because the dealer, distributor, or factory removes and gets to keep the piece coming off, helping to offset the price. Therefore Exchanges are generally considered 'factory installed' and options' can be factory installed or installed at a later date.
My boat keeps loading crooked, what can I do to fix that?
This can happen for many reasons. I'll list the most common.
1. Your boat itself is heavier on one side. On some boats there are side gas tanks, or large batteries, or other items that make the boat list to one side. When loading this causes the boat to load crooked. Try shifting weight in the boat to even the load out.
2. The trailer is not adjusted properly. When standing behind your trailer, the left side of the trailer should be a mirror image of the right side. Get a tape measure and measure bunk or roller placement, if they are not identical, this can 'feed' your boat off to one side.
3. Strakes on the bottom of your hull can interfere, or catch on the rollers or bunks as you load. Have an EZ Loader dealer re-align your bunk or roller system.
4. On a roller trailer, you may be putting the trailer to deep into the water. Doing this doesn't give the self-centering rollers a chance to do their job. By the time they begin to center your boat, the boat is already at the winchstand and can't go any further forward. Try not backing the trailer as deep into the water.
Which is better, a painted or a galvanized trailer?
Both have their place. If you are a saltwater boater, galvanized trailers will give you the longest service. If you are a freshwater boater, either will work. Keep in mind that even in freshwater, there are brackish conditions, road salt and other elements that will attack your trailers painted (powdercoat) finish. Periodic washing and waxing will prolong the life of painted products. EZ Loader has taken extensive measures, even to the point of shotblasting all major components of the powdercoated trailers prior to painting, to provide the most trouble free powdercoat finish possible.
Do I need a bunk or roller model for my boat?
There are several things that have to be taken into consideration when deciding this. The first is how you load and launch. Bunk trailers (unless you add our super slippery Channel Guide Bunk Covers) require that you float the boat off for launching and back on again for loading.So if your favorite ramps are deep water ramps where you can adequately float the boat off and on, a bunk trailer will be fine. If the ramps are shallow, and you can't get the boat to float off until the towing vehicle is in the water, than a roller trailer is going to work better for you. A roller trailer allows you to get the boat off the trailer and back on again in shallower water than a bunk trailer does. The second item that must be looked at is what your boat is made out of. If you have a 'lightly' built riveted aluminum boat, rollers can often 'dimple' the hull. Bunk trailers are better in this case. Heavier built welded aluminum boats or heavier built riveted boats will often work fine on either bunk or roller. Fiberglass hulls generally are also fine on either bunk or roller trailers. The key to this is knowing the construction of your boat. If you are buying a new boat, check with the manufacturer of the boat to see which type they recommend.
Why do torsion axle tandem trailers have to be trailered parallel to the ground?
Torsion suspension is not like spring suspension. With spring suspension on tandem axle EZ Loader Boat trailers, there is an "equalizer" between the two sets of springs on each side of the trailer. This equalizer allows the axles to shift if the trailer isnt parallel to the ground, and equalize the load between the two axles. On torsion suspension, the two axles are independent of each other. If the trailer is running slightly uphill towards the towing vehicle, the forward axle begins to slightly lift off the ground. This causes the forward axle to carry less load and the rear axle's load increases. To maintain an even distribution of load between the two axles, the tandem axle torsion models must run parallel to the ground.
How much tongue weight do I need?
Assuming your vehicle's hitch will carry the load, the general rule of thumb is to have between 5% & 7% of the combined weight of the trailer and boat. As an example, if your boat weighs 4,000 pounds, and your EZ Loader trailer weighs 1,000 pounds, you have a total combined weight of 5,000 pounds. You then could have from 250 to 350 pounds of tongue weight. Remember that too little tongue weight will often cause 'fishtailing'.
How do I stop my trailer from fishtailing?
Fishtailing is generally a result of too little tongue weight. Your tongue weight should be between 5% & 10% of the combined weight of the boat and trailer. If your boat and trailer weigh, as an example, 4000 pounds, then you could have between 200 and 400 pounds of tongue weight. Be sure your hitch and towing vehicle can stand the added tongue weight.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is an organization of members from the marine industry. The NMMA's certification is an assurance that the product meets their stringent guidelines and qualifications. This certification also is your assurance that EZ Loader Custom Boat Trailers meet all safety standards for every component on our trailers. It also is a guaranty that your trailer meets the standards of the Department of Transportation, Society of Automotive Engineers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.