boat on top camper trailer

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We wish to carry a small boat on top of an off-road camper trailer. Where can I buy or have made up a frame with gas-strut assisted loader to help load and carry a tinny about 3.5 m on top? We live in the Melbourne area but can travel to get a good job done. Some suppliers want us to buy the whole trailer plus boat loader !!
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Reply By: Member - Chris M (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 16:05

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 16:05
Know of someone in Brisbane that obviously isn't going to help I'm assuming?
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Follow Up By: gooneybird - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 16:31

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 16:31
Thanks Chris. If it has to be Brisbane, then Brisbane it is ! But I noticed that Cape York Trailers are based in Brisbane and it was their system I saw on display in Melbourne. According to their Melbourne dealer, I have to buy the whole camper trailer. They won't supply the boat loader mechanism separately!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris M (QLD) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2004 at 13:29

Thursday, Jul 22, 2004 at 13:29
This is just a private bloke. Let us know how you go and if you need any further info.
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Reply By: greydemon - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 16:17

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 16:17
yes, I'm the same, I know someone in Perth but that doesn't help. What brand is the trailer? Probably contacting the manufacturer is the best bet as they probably make one to suit and can advise you of the Melbourne agent. I have a Cavalier made in the East but the local agent can fit a choice of two grades of boat carrier.
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Follow Up By: gooneybird - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 16:45

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 16:45
Thanks Greydemon. When I bought the camper trailer (a Gumnut from a Geelong company) they would not supply the name of the trailer maker (who I know was somewhere in Melbourne). Secrets of the trade eh? Or maybe the retailer just wanted to stay in the loop to collect a percentage. But in my case the Geelong company went bellie up and there is no one left to ask about the trailer side. I'm thinking of an engineering company who has done the design or the thinking and has some experience and expertise.
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Reply By: Young - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 16:52

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 16:52
Gooneybird, Cape York Trailers are manufactured in Cairns not Brisbane. I've had them build trailers for me. Talk direct to them on 07 4035 5000 (Ted Bailey) - they may be able to help.
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Follow Up By: gooneybird - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 17:01

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 17:01
Thanks Young. And thanks too for the correction on where Cape York trailers are made. Cairns eh. That means buying the boat in Cairns and not Brisbane. At this rate I'm going to miss a lot of boating and finshing spots on the way from Melbourne. I'm still hoping I can find an entrepreneur engineer-welder or even a back-yarder who can do this job somewhere near Melbourne. I'm very keen and serious about getting this job done somehow, somewhere!
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Reply By: Member - Phil [Sunshine Coast] - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 16:57

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 16:57
Giday,
I looked at those type of loaders, they appeared to'' Ășngainly'' to me,& to bloody dear! They seem to make the total width of the unit [unloaded]too wide, might be a prob. in c/p etc. Icame up with an idea of a sideways sliding unit that drops to the ground only taking up about 1mtr. &one person can do it in 30sec. It is a very simple unit, the chap who built my off road camper trailer made it for about $750., I took it up to Darwin etc. & across the Gulf, & no probs. at all ,physicaly easy to use [12' tinnie] & i'm pushin 60 .Thats the way to go I reckon!
Phil
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Follow Up By: gooneybird - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 17:09

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 17:09
Brilliant Phil. For someone else at 58, pushing 60, I want an easy to load gadget, with no heart attacks. I hope to get to use the boat more than once. How can I follow up this smart invention? Can you please put in contact with this designer-builder? My email is sandypt@bigpond.com You have also raised another issue. I have travelled the Gulf country, loved it, and want to return there, with the tinnie of course. Was the 12 footer OK and where did you use it? Any Croc issues with a small tinnie? Many thanks (and thanks too for the Forum to help solve this issue which Google didn't do for me)
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Follow Up By: Colin T - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 18:36

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 18:36
Phil or Gooneybird

Would also love contact details as I want a boat rack as well.

Thanks

Col
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil [Sunshine Coast] - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 18:45

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 18:45
Hi. Colin
The trailer maker is here in Caloundra BEST TRAILERS [Joe] on 07/5491 4733 He does a top job & very easy to work with. Hope this helps
Phil
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Reply By: gooneybird - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 19:54

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 19:54
Colin Thanks for joining in this discussion. There has to be a significant demand or desire for camper trailer owners to add to their burden as well as enjoyment. As Phil pointed out (above) some of the loaders are awkward and too wide. The version by Cape York people does not work for tents that drop to the side, only for rear folding tents and preferrably for hard-tops (ie the solid floor flips to the top of the trailer then the boat swings on top). All too conditional and not for me or my simple style of camper trailer. Mayber Phil's mate (Joe) should get a spot on the TV "Inventors" program. There may be other innovative designs that we can hear about.
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Reply By: Bob&Deb - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 22:22

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 22:22
G`day gooneybird
We have a small engineering workshop in Kinglake (Vic).If you dont mind a Victorian doing your modifications give us a bell on 0428300357.

Keep wandering
Regards Bob
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 14:14

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 14:14
Try Obriens trailers Greens Rd Dandenong
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