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AuthorTopic: Holsclaw Trailer
Chapposted 08-17-2001 09:40 AM ET (US) Hello,
Is anybody familiar with Holsclaw Trailers. I'm told they are not made currently but how about quality? Parts available? could probably retrofit. Specifically, one I saw sitting under a 1989 22 Outrage. It is a keel roller with rows of small soft wheels instead of bunks. It appears in fine shape and sturdy.
Any info, opinions, value estimate would be helpful and greatly appreciated.
Arch Autenreithposted 08-17-2001 10:35 AM ET (US) Chap
I happen to have a Holsclaw motorcycle trailer. Very nice. Parts easily available as most things are interchangeable. Can't comment on their boat trailer specifically, though. Hope this helps.
Peterposted 08-17-2001 11:10 AM ET (US) My recollection was that Holsclaws were a top brand and at least in my area many were seen supporting Whalers.
KCarlsenposted 08-17-2001 08:39 PM ET (US) I just restored one for my 1969 classic and it is an excellent trailer. It has four coil springs and two shocks so the boat travels down the road sitting on a pillow. I replaced the side rollers with carpeted bunks and have all the weight sitting on the center keel rollers. The hardest part to find was the shocks. I ended up using Monroe shocks that had the same extention and shaft length. The trailer is well built and has many, many adjustments to fit all style boats. They don't make them like this anymore. Just my 2 cents. Kurt
Chesapeakeposted 08-19-2001 11:00 AM ET (US) Replaced a rusted out Holsclaw last year with an EZ loader. Had a really difficult time finding parts. As I recall, the line was purchased by another company out in Iowa, I think. They offered parts, but I think you will really have to dig to find them.

I really didn't like my particular trailer as the width between the axles was fairly short. As such, the trailer got blown around pretty good on the highway in windy weather.

sorcererposted 08-19-2001 11:19 AM ET (US) Holschaw and Cox were top line trailers.

A trailer is a trailer you need parts go to a trailer supply operation (springs, axles, hubs,brakes,bearings,all can be interchanged with OEM).

You need the frame fixed go to a welder.

Unless the frame is trashed you'll have a hard time finding a 'new' one any where close to the solid construction of these!

You need to modify it to carry a Boston Whaler because they forgot to build the hull solid enough (god forbid might have added 15-20lbs to the hull weight)! Then read all the old post on how to set it up, as outlined by the 'experts' on the forum and site.

Chrisposted 08-24-2001 02:19 PM ET (US) Holsclaw was top shelf. If they still made them I would own one now. Also I agree with the previous post trailer parts are nothing more than welds, nuts and bolts, so parts are not a problem.
Chapposted 08-24-2001 02:31 PM ET (US) Thanks to all for the info.
I agree that trailers in general are erector sets, but I desired some insight into the company and structure of the trailer itself.
It seemed beefy at first blush but some vindication always helps.
Thanks again.
andygereposted 08-24-2001 05:44 PM ET (US) Here's a great source for trailer parts:

Thanks go to LHG for sharing this great resource with the forum.


bigzposted 08-25-2001 07:12 AM ET (US)

LHG? sorry Andy ---

dodgeboposted 08-27-2008 04:39 PM ET (US) Hey Chesapeake, do you know the name and/or phone # of the outfit that you think bought Holsclaw out? I'm looking for a couple of their hubcaps to fit a 12' wheel. OR, anyone out there with good, straight hubcaps to sell? Respond to this forum or call 360-679-6608. Thanks!
corvetteposted 10-28-2008 12:08 PM ET (US) I just read a few blogs on the Holsclaw Motorcycle trailers, i just purchased onde a couple of weeks ago and want to restore it! it was made in 1981 and is in great shape!, im looking for the baby moon hub cap that is missing, anybody have any ideas, i really like the way this trailer pulls and the way it is built with the springs!, i saw one ad on ebay that someone was selling a brosure on Harley Davison motorcycle and you had a choice of a free Holsclaw trailer or a radio! man was it good back then or what ?, anyway i want to restore the trailer to original so if anyonehas any info please let me know? Thanks Jack
13sportposted 10-28-2008 01:59 PM ET (US) this info may help someone

PeteB88posted 10-28-2008 02:43 PM ET (US) I think Holsclaw trailers are awesome, had one for years under my vintage Grumman Combo II built in the 60s: combination row/ power and sailboat just under 14ft long w/ centerboard and 18 ft mast. I used the Holsclaw for my 11.5 for a couple years and it was great. The funky springs and mini-shock absorbers on each wheel made for an exceptionally smooth, cushy ride. Never any harsh bouncing and stuff in the boat was never scrambled all over the place after road time. I wish I could find one for the 13.
corvetteposted 10-28-2008 06:44 PM ET (US) Hey 13sport
Thank You for the info! if you know anyone that might have any conections to Holsclaw let me know?
Thanks Again
MikeA57posted 12-24-2008 11:03 AM ET (US) Holsclaw went out of business around 1984 or '85 from what I've been able to find out. I don't know of anyone that has an inventory of parts for them. They are fantastic trailers though and I took mine apart several years ago to refurbish but other things kept me from finishing it. Today though I'm taking my 1956 model to a local powder coater and I'm really excited about it.I hope to have it and the boat back together by February or March so I can use the boat this spring for some fishing.
Tohsgibposted 12-24-2008 11:20 AM ET (US) I have a cox under my 13' which is a 1982 and I JUST replaced the original springs and axle couple weeks ago. I think they are nolonger or at least not making boat trailers anymore. Trailer is still in great shape and you can actually stand on the 27 year old fenders.
Ernestposted 01-20-2009 10:45 AM ET (US) Arch, just come across an old holsclaws bike trailer.I was very interested in it's construction as I fabricate steel as a hobby.I never saw or heard of a holsclaws trailer. I am trying to covert it to a 5x8 hauling trailer.I need the spring support mounts on the bottom of the springs that hold the springs to the axal--rusted away.Also need shocks, can I use a longer shock? Anybody, please advise. Ernest
Ernestposted 01-20-2009 10:56 AM ET (US) Kurt, I read your posting and TKS. I need to get shocks for my trailer. What number monroe shock did you use to replace your originals.And my spring holding plate has rusted. Without fabricating new,do you know whowould have them? This is the small plate that holds the spring on to the axle.Ernest.
TransAmposted 01-20-2009 11:44 AM ET (US) Ahh, this thread is like, 7 1/2 years old.
Tohsgibposted 01-20-2009 03:53 PM ET (US) That's the whole point of the forum archives T/A.
TransAmposted 01-20-2009 04:54 PM ET (US) A 7 year old thread is certainly worth reviewing. Responding to a 7 1/2 year old post..well, perhaps Arch and Kurt are lurking and will chime in after being dormant for so many years and be able to help out.
Tohsgibposted 01-20-2009 11:41 PM ET (US) You replied didn'nt ya!

Ya never know what will happen with a 7 year old thread. some get some decent info.

Chapposted 01-21-2009 09:51 PM ET (US) The trailer and boat are still kickin'.
Hey Big, did you catch that they relit Old Barney.
Tohsgibposted 01-22-2009 11:49 AM ET (US) When?
kingerposted 07-02-2009 08:00 PM ET (US) I have a 1986 Holesclaw trailer and canot find the VIN number.
Does anyone know where it is hidden?
NHHobieposted 07-03-2009 12:51 AM ET (US) Kinger:

There should be an info plate on the winch stand. Can't miss it.


PeteB88posted 07-03-2009 10:14 AM ET (US) If you haven't found a maker's plate it is probably not there. My Holesclaw had a plate but all you could make out was Holesclaw. I wish I still had it for my 11.5, Don't trip on it. IF you're trying to register it contact your Secretary of State office or equivalent - they will make you a registration. You will probably have to get it weighed - at least that's the deal in Michigan. Oregon does (or did) not require trailers to be licensed.

jcdjr1948posted 07-07-2009 08:09 AM ET (US) I also have a holsclaw trailer, 1100lb gvw, don't have the model no. with me but I think it is a c-590. I also need new shocks for this trailer, the ones on it have rusted and broken apart. Any info on which Monroe shock absorber will fit?
NHHobieposted 07-08-2009 12:46 PM ET (US) I think that you may actually have model C-950. My owners manual rates that as having a 1100 lb capacity.

Anyway here is the shock info you need. These shocks are also for the D-1250, D-1275 & D-1475 models.

Pride of the core. NAPA/Monroe p/n 555002 Its listed as an RV shock.

p/n 650-1100 Bolt kit.

You'll need 2 of each of the above. :-)

Hope this helps.


jcdjr1948posted 07-08-2009 04:47 PM ET (US) Hobie,

Thanks for the info. This will help a lot!

rescuediverposted 09-07-2009 02:27 PM ET (US) Some trailer tires and rims can be found at, of all places Walmart. $30. for tires alone and $60. for rim & tire ready to go. Didn't belief it until I saw it
alanPulposted 09-08-2010 04:20 AM ET (US) Just purchased a holsclaw trailer the VIN is on a tag on the
tongue, but is either worn off as is mine or faded due to weather and age. Thru your BMV they will advise you as to receiving a new VIN, what steps to take. I have had to do it a couple of times for title and plating purposes. Once you get a new VIN # and with letter and number stamps I clean an area down to the bare metal and stamp the new NUMBER after which I repaint the area. I usually place the number on the tongue on top as it is visible and easier to do. It will not fade or get scraped off. More permanent, most trailer manufacturers affix the vins in this manner.
Most trailer parts are fairly universal as such pretty easy to replace. Bearings, seals and such can be gotten from any good supplier, just need the numbers otherwise take the old part and they will measure and match up for you. I do that on a regular basis. My trailer will be sandblasted and powder coated as it is in good shape just a little rusty.
dabco37posted 09-22-2010 07:10 PM ET (US) we are looking for an axle for a holsclaw model #1475 which is square with hubs on either end that contain races and bearings. any one have any idea where we can locate one, any web site that would have specs or replacement parts, any info on anything on a holsclaw trailer?

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I just bought a commodore aluminum boat trailer whose markings are all missing. How and where can I get info on this trailer i.e. trailer age, GVW, replacement parts.

asked by: Guy R

Holsclaw Boat Trailer Serial Number

Expert Reply:

Typically the 7th digit of a trailer VIN is the year the trailer was manufactured.
I attached a picture that shows a VIN decoder for trailers for you to check out as well.
You can also give the VIN to the trailer manufacturer and I am sure they will be able to fill you in on all of the details as well.

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Youre exactly right Chris! I dont really know how much more simple things can be or be explained for them to understand what Im trying to accomplish. Im stuck between a rock and a hard spot!72181

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I purchased a new pontoon boat and new trailer with it but, when I went to get the tag for the trailer I was informed by the tag office clerk that I couldnt get the trailer registered in my name. Therefore, I couldnt get a tag for it either. Reason being is that the VIN on my trailer, which I verified through purchase documents and comparison to the data plate on the trailer were correct, was previously registered and tagged in someone elses name. The company I purchased the boat and trailer from is saying it isnt possible. But hey, were all human and we all make mistakes and this very well could be a typo with only one number or one letter by the person entering the information into the computer on either end. Its been 3-½ months since I purchased the unit and Ive yet to be able to legally tow my boat to the lake and use it with my family and our friends. They seem to be sitting, as my Papa use to put it, Like a Bump On a Log on their Stool of Do Nothing and doing nothing about it. I dont know what else to do or who I can contact about this to light a fire under these folks to get this mess straightened out. Right now we have a beautiful, $30,000 yard ornament sitting in the yard thats meant for the water. If I wanted a yard ornament I would have bought a rose bush or a flowering bush to look at and saved a ton of money. Does anyone have any suggestions for what my next move should be? I often think about going back to the dealership but we got it while on vacation in another state 1st huge mistake but, if I do that I may end up getting a history lesson and an up to date lesson on the local Judicial System in the town we bought it at. And they not the boat & trailer are worth that to me. Any help would be greatly appreciated.Thanks,72036

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