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Old 02 April 2007, 15:48   #1
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Launching trolley

Getting hacked off with sticking the trailer in to the sea two of three times a week and generally screwing the bearings up all the time.

So I am looking at building a launching / yard trailer, with a nice long draw bar so one can float the RIB on and off with a couple of posts to stop the back end getting blown about.

But I can’t work out how to attach the wheels with out using any bearings?

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Old 02 April 2007, 16:26   #2
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Use wheels with bushes instead of bearings.
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Old 02 April 2007, 16:27   #3
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Its not a problem if you do put bearings in, they wont need to go on the highway. Should last a couple of years before they need attention. Ask at any yacht club!

I built a combi trailler for my hard boat a while ago and although it had nylon wheels on stainless axles it still needed greasing every year.

Keep it simple.

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Old 02 April 2007, 16:28   #4
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If it's only going to be in the yard, can you not just use plastic wheels and a couple of nylon bearings. I think I've seen nylon wheels which take a tyre. You could use these directly on a spindle with a dod of grease. I've got sandhopper wheels somewhere, they are plastic centres with a solid tyre and they appear to be pretty strong. I used them as launching wheels for a 15ft inflatable and the stainless steel legs failed but not the wheels.
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Old 03 April 2007, 11:37   #5
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Bearings would be fine for that kind of use. I used to keep my boat 200 yards from the slip and that was all it did for 8 years. I never went near it with a pot of grease in that time and had no problems...until I tried to tow it home!
It's when they get warm that they fall apart.
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