I've just put this trailer together. I have not used it yet, but I will this coming weekend. When assembled and wired, this trailer
looks fine. The following are comments about the shipping and assembly. The trailer came in 4 boxes even though ACK sent 5
FedEx shipping numbers to follow. The fifth may be some shipping instructions to FedEx, but it worried me enough that I called ACK
about it. 15-20 min lost. I was also shocked in the way small items like nuts & bolts were shipped. When put in the original boxes,
probably ok, but after being shipped all over the world, the plastic bags developed holes, nuts/bolts in the spring assemblies came
loose, etc. There were loose bolts/nuts inside big boxes. Just opening boxes and gathering loose nuts & bolts on the driveway, took
at least 30 min.
I put this trailer together solo. The previous reviewer said he and his buddy put it together in 4 hrs. Considerably longer than the
claim in ACK description of 2-4 hrs assembly. Solo, I took easily 10 hrs. Assembling the trailer took 6 hrs. Wiring is straight-
forward, but had a very confusing part for me. The instructions could use more detail on explaining the wiring at the passenger light
& running light. The picture of that is awful.
Being a first time buyer/builder of a Trailex trailer, I had to look carefully at the instructions. I suspect a professional assembler at
Trailex could assemble the trailer in 2-4 hrs because they have the experience. If it is your first time, it will take much longer. A
few tips. (1) Do not bother to assemble the tongue at the beginning. I had to disassemble it after I attached it to the trailer frame
because it did not have 2 "T-bolts" in the proper place. Save this tongue assembly to when it is attached to the trailer (Tongue
(2) You can attach the front cross beam first or the rear one first. The directions don't say which beam they are discussing initially.
It is the rear beam and makes a difference.
(3) Speaking of cross beams, the directions say to lay them out about 60" apart. Later, they say, line them up with the pencil marks
(about 65" on center between beams.) But, if you are installing Hobie Cradles, they need to be 67" on center--that is the spacing
between cross beams you will need. Therefore, when you begin to attach the front cross beam, place it so the on-center distance
between beams is 67".
(4) Wiring took me longer than it should have. It did not help that the picture of the passenger side light with wires is horrendous.
There are about 44 pg of instructions. Wiring is 20 pages and probably should have been 23 pg with more pictures. The wiring
harness--the main wires & connector from car--is neatly rolled up in the instructions picture but was a bundled mess as delivered.
(5) The picture that is very unclear in my instructions (top, p40) shows the bulb & terminals of the passenger-side light. It says
"Strip the wires and install the 3 brown wires and 1 green wire onto the color matching wire terminals n the bulb assembly." The 3
brown wires are Wire 1--the main line coming out the rear of the tongue, Wire 2--the brown wire from the 3-light bar, and Wire 3--
the wire which will be run through the side rail to the side running light.
Great trailer. Major savings
(about $400) ordering from ACK
over Hobie which charges
shipping and having to pay
sales tax locally.
Just assembled it with a buddy
last night. Took roughly 4
hours. Very light weight (200
lb) and assembly instructions
seemed to be straight forward.
The only modification we had
to make was for the saddles
for the Pro Angler. It
required us having to widen
the mounting holes with a
drill in order to fit the left
over mounting hardware that
came with the trailer. Ready
to take it on the road!