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Old 04-17-2009   #1
 
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Ideas for Making a Raft Trailer Roller Bar?

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?

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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.
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I did the Northern Tool method. It's cheap, and works great:
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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?
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That is sweet, great solution to be able to multi task the trailer also. Good to know when friends are looking to do the same.
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How to find the rollerbars?

Hey El Flaco,
I've googled a bunch but I can't seem to find the roller bars as pictured. How / what did you refer to them as to find them at Northern Tool?

-Thanks!

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I think these are the same ones I have, although mine might have been closer to 20" (from memory).
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I have the trailer parked at a farm, so I can't measure them til I pick it up.
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Damn Thumper- you draw quick!

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.
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Damn Thumper- you draw quick!
Might have to do with the lack of explanation on my part, eh?

BTW, thanks for the great ideas on the trailer, I'm working on getting my first inflatable rig up-n-runnin'.
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