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Old 23 August 2015, 13:24   #1
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Non swing arm roller trailers

Thinking of converting to rollers from my bunks. As the rear cross member is in the way I won't be able to fit a swing arm assembly.

Do they still work ok without swing armS? Seems common on small boats.
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Old 23 August 2015, 16:28   #2
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I had a 16' arran hardboat similar to a orkney longliner, I converted the bunk trailer to rollers and it was easier to use.
I kept the keel rollers and made my own brackets and posts for use with indespension roller assemblies. HTH.
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Old 24 August 2015, 00:41   #3
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Thanks. I currently have twin bunks, problem is the bunk gets stuck in the steps on the hull. And so do keel rollers and I end up sinking the whole trailer and car to float boat off. I want to be able to drive on and off without car getting wet like previous boat and rm trailer combo.
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I have an adjustable "tow pole" that I have made up, its just over 3.5m long in 3 sections, has a 50mm hitch one end and a ball on the other and is assembled and fitted in minutes with no tools needed.

This lets me keep the front wheel drive VW van dry and on a firm part of the slip for good traction.

Mine is homemade but there used to be a guy on Ebay selling them, this would be a cheaper route than re- rollering your trailer. Could be worth looking into.
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Old 28 August 2015, 21:04   #5
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I went through a whole convert / replace thing 5 years ago.

Bottom line was it was going to cost as much to convert my current trailer as buy a new one.

So it sold the old and bought a new swing beam one.

Car not seen the brine since.

Chances are you will spend as much on converting as replacing.

Just my tuppence worth. ..
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Added one of these to the end cross member. No problem getting the boat up and onto the bunks.
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