A beautiful, beautiful thing!
October 28, 2015
This is a beautiful, beautiful trailer! It's beautiful to use, beautiful to look at, and beautiful to store. It has transformed my kayaking experience.
First off - ORS was a great place to buy from. Their online review and video had really useful info (Yakima's own information, in contrast, is almost non-existent). The purchase and delivery was smooth, fast and issue-free. The price was competitive also. Make sure you buy the stand accessory - it has been indispensable. ORS included the necessary paperwork for registering the trailer at your local DMV/MVC. The trailer includes wiring for lights using a 4-pin connector.
Second - it was actually moderately simple to assemble. The instructions it came with were clear. Note it came with a 2" socket (some older reviews talk about it coming with a 1 7/8" socket). You will need a torque wrench to assemble it and put the appropriate amount of tightening on the nuts. Make sure you do the initial assembly on cardboard or other soft surface. I did it on my concrete garage floor and got some minor scratches on the mudguards.
Third - using it has been a dream! I load up my 2, heavy, sit-on-top kayaks at the beginning of the summer. Any time I want to go kayaking I just hitch and go. I am lousy at reversing a trailer so I park near the boat ramp, unhitch, and walk my kayaks, on the trailer, to the waterside. I offload with the minimum amount of kayak-carrying (this is where that stand is essential). Then I walk the trailer back to my car. Taking out is the same in reverse. When I get home I leave the kayaks on the trailer in my garage ready for the next time.
The large, motorcycle wheels and shock-absorbers make towing it very smooth, even on NJ's rutted highways. They also help when walking it over uneven lake shores.
Fourth - it is a beauty to behold. It has been bizarre how many people have stopped by us at boat ramps to compliment the trailer. It does look really good!
Fifth - it's a beauty to store. It is very easily separated into chassis, wheels, and spar. The combination fits neatly against the wall in my garage - no unsightly trailer storage in the yard!
Pros:ease of use, very good quality, large wheels, shock absorbers, balanced weight, good-looking, easy to store, breaks down to store, self-standing,
Cons:price - until you see the quality of the trailer and how much easier it is to use than a roof rack.