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Old 07-03-2019, 03:26 PM
usma65 usma65 is offline
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Two years ago I drove from TN to MN and bought a Lund Pro Pike, 1985 vintage. It came with an EZ Loader trailer, a roller model, my first of that type. My question concerns the front rollers. There are two, each consisting of two rollers. On my trailer the more outside roller on each side is resting on the frame of the trailer. In essence this makes it a stop of sorts. Should both of these rollers be moved towards the center of the trailer, not much, but just enough to allow freedom of movement, or, is this situation the norm?
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Old 07-03-2019, 03:36 PM
Hot Runr Guy Hot Runr Guy is online now
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I would move them in-board a bit, just as long as the hull doesn't sit on the frame rail. Here's what mine used to look like.

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Old 07-03-2019, 08:17 PM
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Check for roller pressure on the underside of the hull when the boat is loaded.

Roller trailers with swinging rollers are designed to have essentially equal pressure on matching rollers on each side of the boat at a particular location in the hull.

For example, with the roller pair that you mention, can you turn one of the rollers of the pair, but not the other when the boat is loaded? i.e. is one of the rollers taking more of the load than its mate? If so, then move the roller pair inboard a bit to allow the roller pair to swivel as needed to equalize the load.

But, if the rollers already have an equal load, then just let them be.

If in doubt, As HRG stated, move them inboard a bit, so that the rollers or roller mounts do not rest against the frame.

Good luck
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