08-14-2009, 03:53 PM
Thinking of upgrading to a tandem axle trailer for my Crestliner 192 and the local Cabela's recommended a custom built Bear trailer. Anyone have experience with this brand?
Also, they don't take trade-ins. Wondering if that's the norm and how I'll sell my current trailer.
08-20-2009, 12:22 PM
I've got a Bear trailer under my G3 V170T. Lots of good points, heavily built, all welded, drop axle for shallow launches. Only drawback is the removable hitch. I've had problems with the lighting due to the connection between the the hitch section and the trailer. I guess I should have gave it a good dose of dialectric grease when I bought it. Once corrosion forms, it's tough to get rid of. I just recently remove the pin for the hitch, and replaced it with an oversized bolt, snugged down tight, to prevent any movement in the connection. I'm still able to remove the hitch, just not as easily as before. I still think their hitch where one section of the tongue slides inside the other, is a better arrangment than a hinge, as on other trailers.
Hot Runr Guy
08-20-2009, 01:11 PM
If it's any consolation, I drove past Bear Trailers (as well as Lowe, G3 & Tracker boats) twice this week. I'd have to agree w/Shellback, while the removeable tongue feature is nice, the built-in electrical disconnect seems a bit "hokey", and could be a nagging problem down the road. Me, I'd just re-wire the harness, eliminating the disconnect, and be happy.
08-22-2009, 12:05 PM
That's my next step, just eliminate the connection at the removable hitch, and run a longer plug connection. Just waiting for a little cooler weather.:laugh:
08-22-2009, 03:33 PM
If Bear is the standard trailer for G3's, (maybe custom is upgrade?) I did not think much of them. One major point is the amount of clearance under the boat keel. I looked at a G3 172 and there was only about 1 inch between the frame supports and the boat bottom. Also, the wheel bearing setup looked cheap. It was a major turnoff for me when considering the boat.