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tuna_man
10-14-2009, 06:28 AM
"Off topic, but a lot you guys should know.
Im tired of trailer maintenance, and thinkin of gettin rid of the rollers. Trailers about to get a major o-haul ne way. (rust)
Thinkin of goin to plastic/nylon/teflon blocks down the centre, or maybe a single long strip straight down the centre of the trailer... maybe a V shape to help centre boat to trailer. boat weighs about 2000 kgs.
The boat, Fibreglass, 23ft Bertram, Mercruiser 260.
Trailer now, lotsa 12in centre keel rollers with those wobbly wheels down each side where the original bunks were.
Im concerned about friction with solid blocks, but something else must be better than rollers that lock up as soon as they feel the weight of the boat. Ive seen trailers with out rollers, anyone have experience with this?"

john_turner
10-14-2009, 07:00 AM
"TRY 4 PLANKS COVERED WITH INDUSTRIAL CARPET TILE OR 1" FELT, BONDED WITH BOSTICK AND TACKS."

makomark
10-14-2009, 12:37 PM
"I don't think you'll be happy with skids after having rollers. I'd say invest in premium grade components. haven't trailered in a while but never had any issue in the 10 years we did once we had 'good stuff'. The 'economical stuff' just wouldn't stand up to the elements, especially around salt water.

if you decide to keep the rollers, look for a packaged deal - it will be cheaper, in the long run, to do it all at once."

profisher
10-15-2009, 02:15 AM
"The guys up here who have the skids like them, but I still prefer rollers. All the bunk guys have to sink their trailers..often to the point of the rear wheels of the tow vehicle being in the salt on a shallow ramp.....not good for the rear brakes!! I love my Shoreland'r, great roller system, dropped axles and disc brakes standard equipment! I have a 22 ft Seasport it rolls off with a slight push everytime...have to hold it back it goes off so fast."

shamrock20
10-15-2009, 10:02 AM
"Check out this site for good information on teflon bunks. A friend of mine had his boat slide off the trailer on the ramp so pay close attention to the advise to keep the bow strap fastened until the boat is in the water.

http://www.wmi.org/bassfish/bassboard/boats_motors/message.html?message_id=19337 8 ("")"

tuna_man
01-23-2010, 09:11 PM
"Guys

Thanks for the replies, sorry i didnt reply sooner, I lost the post. Bunks im thinking of using are called DURABUNKS, and feature on DURALUM trailers.

http://www.duralum.com.au/html/features.html ("")

I believe they are solid POLY. this stuff is slippery and does not require carpet. Having trouble sourcing the durabunk skids.
I dont want moving parts on trailer, anymore."

tuna_man
01-23-2010, 09:16 PM
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seon
04-01-2010, 11:35 AM
I had a 21' Trophy on rollers which was a pain to load. Switched trailers to bunk boards then installed 'poly' type strips on the 2"x4" boards. Best thing I've ever done. But don't unhook until the stern is in the water otherwise your boat maybe sitting on top of the concrete ramp. Here's a link on how to install: http://www.rockettrailers.com/pdf/bunk-slick-install-quide-57107-57108.pdf

gl115
09-16-2010, 05:50 PM
I have found that if you launch in the shallower ramps and if you are used to rollers there better, if you go on steep ramps the bunks are better. just my opinion.

DavidW2009
09-18-2010, 06:42 AM
Having looked at a dozen and a half used boats for sale on trailers, It appears with age, the rollers leave indentations in the hull, bunks don't.

pilot481
10-04-2010, 05:12 PM
I am unable to post a new thread here, and this screen is ginormous, cant seem to get it set right. In the mean time Ill just use this thread to get somebody thinkin on my trailer problem
Ive got a 68 easy load 25 ft trailer with a 5000 pound fiber form crusier on it that needs a new spring or at least a new main leaf. Nobody around here or on the net so far seems to be able to help me. The spring is just clamped in the center to the frame with both ends flat and floating. Got any idea where I might be able to finf a new leaf or a whole spring???

Goober
10-04-2010, 11:47 PM
Try your local truck spring repair shop or ask your car mechanic/RV store where they get it done.Try the Yellow pages in phone book.I just had some leafs on a travel trailer done, very reasonable and done correctly.They would also sell them to you if you wanted to do it yourself.NAPA might have them but you will need to measure and possibly have load rate of leafs.
Goobs says hey

racerone
12-26-2010, 06:22 PM
Rrough roads with rollers on the trailer have been known to damage the hulls on some boats.--------Some hulls are not designed for extreme point loads when you hit a bump at speed.----------Bunks are best on rough roads.

seon
12-29-2010, 10:40 PM
I overhauled my bunk board last year and attached Poly bought at TAP's Plastic. CAUTION: Do not remove your bow hook until you're at the bottom of the ramp...these strips are slick :D

http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1600/687113/22641152/376526527.jpg

tboltmike
01-21-2011, 01:04 PM
Can grit imbed in the bunks and scratch the hull?