I’ve been using my Portage Pal T-2000 weekly for over three years. I ordered the T-2000 model after I bought a 16 foot Eddyline fiberglass kayak. My biggest concern was that my new $2500 kayak remain safe and secure, even on long trips. After ordering, the T-2000 arrived promptly, in three compact packages, and was easy to assemble. I find the trailer more convenient than having racks on my pickup truck, I don’t have to hoist the kayak up so high, and when not in use, the kayak just stays on the trailer. At least once a week, even in the winter on snow and ice, I drive over 40 miles at highway speeds of 70(+) mph to go to Lake Guntersville. My boat is secure, the ride is smooth, and the trailer tracks like it’s on rails. Finally, if you’re so inclined, it’s easy to customize as well. I zip-tied some mini-cell foam to the bunks for more cushioning and screwed a few eye-bolts into the wooden bunks for attaching bungee cords. It’s now perfect and, after several thousand miles, my boat is still gorgeous!
Hi there Randy,
Well I just ordered my second PortagePal T2000 trailer...My first has been around since 1999, but rust, wear and metal fatigue has finally made it a little too sketchy for highway use. No worries, though. I’ve hauled kayaks and Pasteboards all over the place since ’99. It’s been a GREAT value. This year will be no exception. I’m entered in the Chattajack 31 race in Tennessee this year, so amongst the other road trips, we’ll be driving from DC to Chattanooga in the Fall. This is a huge international race with several hundred entrants and we’ll be trailering one 18 foot racing kayak and two carbon fiber racing Paddleboards. I’d only do this road trip with a proven product like your trailer. Once again, thanks for making a unique and high quality product. Maybe I’ll send you a pic of the ’99 vintage alongside the 2016 model just for fun.
BTW, the only mod I make to the standard product is adding a strip of closed cell foam on both bunker held on with duct tape. The carpet style bunk covers are OK for many small boats, but we are lucky enough to have some pretty hi tech custom kevlar and carbon boats and they need a little more careful handling.