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
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.
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!