So many creative and talented people on this forum...any ideas for making a roller bar for my raft trailer using hardware store products? I have viewed the links to nice products with sealed bearings and etc. but want to know if anyone has fabricated a roller bar from scratch?
I use a sled trailer for dual season purposes. A few years ago I built a hardware store product roller by using 1" pipe, threaded on both ends and connected to flanged elbows. I slid a 1" PVC pipe over the steel pipe before assembly and then screwed the flanges to the trailer. The long length of free rolling PVC meant the raft had to be lined up pretty straight to slide up onto the trailer in the right position. There's an easy solution to that, use several shorter pieces of PVC. But after one season the whole thing was bent and busted. It just wasn't beefy enough. Bigger diameter pipe would work better. But I scrapped it in favor of the rollers and got great results.
My suggestion is to order four or five (depends on width of your trailer) 17" rollers from Northern Tool Supply and mount them onto a 1"x6". Then bolt that assembly to the trailer. Works great, is bomber and is still fairly cheap. With the hand winch I can easily trailer my fully loaded raft by myself. The assembly detaches/attaches easily to convert back and forth from sleds to raft.
El Flaco...that is just so handsome! I can actually get the rollers from Amazon for almost free, as I have a stack of rewards coupons on my desk. Perks for being such an avid reader. How is there enough time to read that much and raft too??? I never sleep?
Have you had any problem with wet and crud messing with the inside componets of your roller?
14khkr- I haven't had a problem with the rollers getting rusted or stuck yet, but I don't leave that roller attachment on the trailer year-round. It secures to the back as a 1 piece bracket, and I can put them in the garage when I use it for hauling crap besides the raft.