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Old 02-26-2011, 04:07 PM   #1
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Default Converting roller trailer to bunk?

Can this be done with relative ease? Looking at some boats that have nice new roller trailers but I can't stand roller trailers. Any idea on cost to have a dealer/trailer specialist do it? Thanks
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A month after I bought mine a couple years ago, I hated the rollers so bad I took it to a boat trailer dealer and they cut me a deal. Removed the boat off the trailer, removed the roller assembly and installed bunks with the poly caps (they kept the rollers) for a $175 bucks.

Seemed fair to me, because I hate rollers....
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I just did this this weekend. I will post pictures in a day or so. The cost to replace 20 rollers+hardware was greater than the cost to do the conversion. I have alittle less than $300 in it, plus I will sell the roller frames for a few bucks.

The 2x10x10's were $9 each x 4
The brackets were $9 each x 8
The u-bolts, bolts, hardware was about $80
The bow roller was $50
Instead of carpet I used plastic strips made from cutting boards. 3 15"x20" cutting boards were $22 at a big-box store.
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It's easy to do. The hassle comes in making the bunks fit the boat since trial and error is the only way. I tied the boat to a dock near a ramp early in the morning and put the bunks on that day. Went back to the ramp, put the boat on and then back off again to make changes. Do this a time or two until you get it right. Don't forget to check the toungue weight.
BTW you can get all you need at easternmarine.com .
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Guess this is proof some people like bunk trailers.
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only takes one roller to break and do mucho damage whereas theres no moving parts on a bunk setup
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:15 PM   #7
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Not to mention the bunks provide much better support. I've seen gel coat cracking that was a direct result of pressure points caused by rollers. On two of my previous boats, I converted the trailer from roller to bunk with relative ease and minimal expense, as pointed out previously. Definitely worth doing.
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:25 PM   #8
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The 20 rollers on my trailer provided 60sq inches of support. (a 1x3 contact patch on each roller) The bunks now provide 612sq inches of support. (a 3" wide by 8 1/2 ft long strip on each side) Which do you think is better for the hull?
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Could not give me a roller trailer--- Many times at ramp on Sat/Sun ( a weekend boater) coming up to fish ---Will forget to leave chain hooked after releasing the winch strap/cable--- rolls boat off on the concrete when they back down the ramp---- very bad for outdrive and prop
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Could not give me a roller trailer--- Many times at ramp on Sat/Sun ( a weekend boater) coming up to fish ---Will forget to leave chain hooked after releasing the winch strap/cable--- rolls boat off on the concrete when they back down the ramp---- very bad for outdrive and prop
LOL! I too have seen that happen twice.
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I have both and dont know why someone would prefer one over the other.
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