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Old 17 April 2006, 21:36   #1
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Somebody posted a link to a good trailer manufacturer recently but I can't find it

so .... how much does a decent roller trailer suitable for a 5.8m RIB set you back?

I have a big heavy bombproof 4x4 trailer but it doesn't have rollers and is a PITA to use, wondering if replacing it would be cost effective to make launching and recovery a lot easier, or whether to try and retro-fit rollers to the current one to improve it (anybody done this?)
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Old 18 April 2006, 19:51   #2
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Admiral are cheap and fairly well specified: http://admiraltrailers.co.uk/ also CAN trailers speak highly of themselves, and are cheaper: http://www.cantrailers.com !
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Old 18 April 2006, 21:27   #3
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Thanks, it was the Admiral Rollaunch ones that were posted about before, fairly sure about that.

the cheap CAN one is too small for my boat unfortunately and the other one seems quite expensive to me

can you buy just the rollers to fit on an existing trailer? there's really nothing wrong with the trailer just that you need a lot of water to launch because it doesn't have rollers and I ain't putting a nearly new vehicle in salt water which limits the places I can launch from... need to be quite steeply shelving

I will email Admiral and ask them if they sell the rollers separately, depending on how horrible the trailer price is!

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If you want to mod your triler I'll send you some links to trailer and roler suppliers
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Can trailers looks like a real bodger, ammature website aswell. The other one looks quite good though.
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You seem to have a good strong chassis already. I am sure you could bolt some bits to your existing trailer, you are a Landrover guy and used to Mecano engineering after all.

Have a look at
http://www.trailertek.com/acatalog/B..._Fittings.html
http://www.towsure.com/default.asp?t=83
http://www.trailerpartswarehouse.co....er_marine.html

Then set to with a drill, spanners and possibly a welding set.

To my way of thinking, you need good keel rollers to take the weight and just use the side rollers to keep the thing straight and level.
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Old 19 April 2006, 09:40   #8
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Thanks all. The Admiral Rollaunch RL1000 would be ideal for a lightweight one just to take the boat out of the water here, sent off for a quote anyway though the freight will be a killer I expect.

Rogue Wave you have a PM

I don't want anything of even slightly dodgy quality as it will fall to bits in no time on the roads here!

Modding the existing trailer may be the best way to go, the prices of some of the components on the site Mark linked to suggest I could probably get everything needed for a couple of hundred quid and have the best of both worlds

Gotta go for a think now... as to how I would go about fitting the rollers to the existing trailer (shouldn't be too hard doing the keel rollers, the side ones may be the fiddly bit)
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Here are some pics of the current trailer - as you can see it is "built to last"

I had a look at it at lunchtime and I don't reckon it would be too difficult to fit rollers to it, both the keel support and the angled side supports are made of wood bolted onto the metal subframe so could either be removed or used to fix the rollers to. As it will only be used with the one boat I'm not sure I would need the fancy "swivelly through every possible direction" ones? the angled supports are at the right angle for the boat hull shape so I could probably just put the flat "cotton reel" rollers on there and some along the keel??

Some better mudguards are also on the "to do list" - the current ones are bits of conveyor belting designed to stop stones pinging up, because many of our roads are unsurfaced gravel, but they are a bit knackered.

Has anybody done this type of home-brew job before? any pictures? they would be a great help if so

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They have just had a load of bankrupt stock in from indespension, might be worth a look?
http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/CAN083/
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