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Vevor Boat Trailer - Use as a Sunfish dolly?

arsweb

New Member
There's a Vevor brand (made in China) "boat trailer" being sold at Walmart and I wonder if it would be usable as a Sunfish dolly just to put in and pull out of the water over about 15-20 feet distance. I'd pad the supports, of course, and perhaps swap in my ramp tires since reviews indicate tire quality is variable. Is anyone using one of these and do you think it would work out? I'd love to get a Dynamic dolly, but funds are super tight as I'm unemployed at the moment and I've found myself needing a dolly because my previous wooden ramp set up has rotted beyond saving over the winter. Link (or if you don't want to click, a search of "Vevor boat trailer" will pull it up in Google):

 

Kazz330

New Member
I just bought one and assembled it, hoping to try it out to do the same! hoping some other people can shed light on this.
 

arsweb

New Member
I just bought one and assembled it, hoping to try it out to do the same! hoping some other people can shed light on this.
Haha, well if you get to test it before anyone else replies, do report back! If budget weren't at issue, I'd just buy it because I have other boats I could always use it for (aluminum canoe, 15 ft row boat, etc) that don't get as much use as my Sunfish, but if I'm going to have to pony up for a Dynamic, I'd rather not sink funds in this one too.
 

sadkins372

New Member
I have one and have used it for a couple of months (last fall). It works, but only well after I replaced the rear rubber support pads with plastic bunk pads. This allows it to slide off and on much better. With the rubber pads it would not slide well at all and marked up the boat. It is what I am using for a temporary dolly until I find a deal on another type, such as a Dynamic dolly. The steel tubes are painted and the where the paint is wearing off at the links it is rusting. So this would not work well in a salt water location.
 

shorefun

Well-Known Member
I looked at that. I am in salt water and decided no way would it survive long.

My advice is to watch for rust starts and get on them quick. If it is like all the other made in China stuff the paint looks great but is porus in some areas. They get rusty quick in some places. I sprayed the rims down with a protective grease. Does not look great but seems to slow down the rust a lot. Inside the tube I might put in some kind of protective wax you can buy.
 

Eddie_E

Active Member
I had been thinking about building up a few beach dollies this Summer from either aluminum or stainless steel. After seeing Chinese stainless dollies are already available from the online jungle, I don't think I'll bother with it. https://www.amazon.com/Stainless-Launching-Inflatable-Wheels-Trailer/dp/B071481N3Q/ref=pd_lpo_1?pd_rd_i=B071481N3Q&psc=1
I might test some ideas for double axle or tracked setups for soft sand that would work in Southwest Florida. We have no boat ramps facing the gulf, only narrow sand walking paths.
 

sailcraftri

Well-Known Member
I owned one of these purchased from Amazon. It is okay. All steel so not sure how long it would last in and out of salt water, including the wheels. The pads do not fit the Sunfish hull all that well. They rotate to accommodate the shape of the hull, but not enough to fit the Sunfish ideally.
 
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