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Anybody have any info or opinions on the McClain brand trailers sold at Academy Sports?

Looking at one for a small boat.

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I have some negative info... Everything that is returned to Academy winds up in the sporting goods auctions I attend. I mean everything. Kayaks, bikes, pelican bass boats, etc. But I've never seen a trailer there. Implies the quality is fairly good.

I would not buy the cheaper of the two on their web site... I'm allergic to 8" tires. The next one up has 12", which are small but usable, but those 8" tires will limit your speed or burn out quickly.

That's all I can offer you.... Slightly better than nothing, but close to it.
 
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Stay away from 8" tires, they will burn up quickly as will the bearings. If you need to stay in that price range just plan on carrying spares if you haul long distance / fast. And learn how to do a bearing change beside the highway. Keep things especially well greased and checked.
I know they are built in Baton Rouge LA but probably made from the same Chinese axles and bearings everyone's using now so I can't say...
 
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I have a Trailex trailer with 8 inch tires that I haul 2 Pro Anglers on and a Ez Loader trailer with 8 inch tires with a Craig Cat on it. I have never had any problems and I do trips to southern Fla. at hwy speeds. I do repack my wheel bearings every year and keep the right air pressure in the tires.
 

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I know next to nothing about trailers but I read somewhere once that the best thing to do was replace the factory Chinese bearings with either German or Japanese bearings.
 
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