These trailers are versatile platforms that can be used for any kayak. Available in 3 configurations, the basic Single or Double trailer to carry 1 or more kayaks inverted on the crossbars or the Double/Double which has wider crossbars (96 in. wide) to accommodate (2) Tandem Islands side by side. Also available are optional accessory items such as custom cradle sets which are form fitted and carpeted (available for the Island, Island Tandem and the Pro Angler) and the center Tower System which includes mast/sail hangers and is also designed so you can mount an equipment box on top.
|Length:||16 ft 1 in / 4.9 m|
|Width:||84 in / 213.36 cm|
All of the folks with ACK that I dealt with during the purchase of this double kayak trailer were very pleasant. The order was shipped promptly and FedEx delivered it at the estimated delivery time. It came in 4 boxes, 3 of them weighed about 30 lbs., and the 4th was heavier about 40 lbs. They were well packed with foamed in place retainers that prevented the parts from moving. The only downside here was getting rid of the boxes and foam after unpacking. I would strongly suggest that a person go to the Trailex website and looking at the online instructions. The color photographs on line are a lot better than the b & w photos in the manual. All the T bolts come with self-locking nuts simplifying assembly. I found the instructions to be clear and accurate. If they talk about pencil marks on the bars they were there. A couple of times I had to carefully look at the photos to be sure I had the bars right side up. Don’t let yourself get ahead of the instructions or you may wind up taking things apart. When you get to the part that talks about turning the trailer over on to the axle I would strongly advise you to have help as it is really cumbersome. To me the wiring seemed to be straight forward. While I think you could assemble the trailer with very simple hand tools it will go a lot better and faster if you have applicable sockets, box end wrenches and wire crimping tools. The vast majority of the nuts are all the same size but you will need several size wrenches for the springs. If you don’t have a torque wrench to tighten the wheels I would recommend taking the trailer to a tire shop and having them torque them. I had to re-drill the holes for the mounting screws on the running lights and the ground wire on the tongue as the furnished screws could not be forced in the existing holes. There were plastic grommets furnished for use in running the wire through holes in the side rails for the running lights but this was never mentioned in the instructions. If you are working by yourself I think 4 hours for assembly is very optimistic. There was a nice selection of spare parts furnished with the shipment. All the loose parts were inside plastic bags. If you need saddles for a Hobie model other than the ones shown on the ACK web site Hobie does not make them and suggests you get ones from an aftermarket source or pad the cross members and haul your boat upside down.