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Old 08-17-2008, 10:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Trailer Rollers for the rear of your trailer

What has everyone had good experiences with? I've seen everything from heavy duty casters to weld on steel rollers to keep the rear of the trailer from draggin on the street and ground. I saw some this weekend that were steel rollers that are welded to the trailer frame and looked like they could take a beating. Made by renegade maybe? Anyone?

Reason being I just picked up a 3 day old fresh off the plant floor Roadmaster 24ft enclosed with the extended ceiling, finished interior and all the goodies. I want to keep it nice when going up the long ass driveway and not dragging the aluminum off the rear.
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Old 08-17-2008, 10:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i used swivel casters (600-800 lbs each) from Tractor Supply and welded them onto the back of the frame where the stock \/'s were located. Works great.
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great idea my FIL is getting sick of me clearancing his driveway with my trailer
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Check out an RV dealership.

Or, you could weld a 'U' shaped "skidplate" to the bottom on each side. Cut a piece of 8" or 10" pipe in half, or bigger depending on your clearance.
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Old 08-18-2008, 04:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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check out some rollers for conveyors, I think that is what you are looking for.
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check out some rollers for conveyors, I think that is what you are looking for.
ditto. casters SUCK in comparison...... have thos eon a few rollback beds so containers roll onto the bed easier and doest mare up nice paved driveways.
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check out some rollers for conveyors, I think that is what you are looking for.
Know of a source where you can buy these?

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went down to the local rv dealership today and they really didnt have anything that I thought would work. The casters are gonna get ripped off as soon as a rock catches it sideways. the rest of the steel rollers were pretty small.
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Check out a truck body manfucturer or something along those lines for some kind of roller like they put on the back of roll-off dumpsters or other truck equpiment that uses the palletized loading system. They may be kind of big for your application, but definitely beefy.
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Why not mount a strip of UHMW across the bottom and use countersunk bolts?
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went down to the local rv dealership today and they really didnt have anything that I thought would work. The casters are gonna get ripped off as soon as a rock catches it sideways. the rest of the steel rollers were pretty small.
Search conveyor rollers at mcmaster.com I think thats what you are looking for. Seems like all you would need to do is weld a few simple tabs onto the bottom of your trailer.
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Old 08-20-2008, 08:47 AM   #12 (permalink)
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What about just using some tube?

Like get a peice of 1.5" hanging under the rear of the trailer from "legs" on the end that go up to the trailer,sleeved with a piece of 1.75 tube so it will rotate?

Its not like it would need bearings ......
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Old 08-20-2008, 05:58 PM   #13 (permalink)
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seen some today that didnt swivel. They do work. Compared to a frame digginf into the concrete. Look up magnam trailers, trailer-wheel and frame , huskey trailer. they all hole sale dealers to the public. Most are out of houston,tx.
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Those rollers take a serious beating. You want something heavy duty. I've installed some badass steel rollers on ball bearings and ~5/16" plate mounting brackets on several trailers.

One trailer was hauling a huge camera crane and lots of camera equipment for a movie studio. Haulmark enclosed, triple 10k axles, it was obvious the driver wasn't too worried about beating the trailer up. So he was turning out of a parking lot with a steep driveway, hitting the rollers. It was a tight enough turn that the ass end was moving sideways instead of forward. Folded the main frame rail over 45 degrees.

I cut the rollers off and they were still in perfect condition. So after the frame was fixed, I moved the rollers to the outer corners where a few tubes met up at 3 different angles.

The rollers sold for $60 each. I can find out more about them if you like.
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The rollers sold for $60 each. I can find out more about them if you like.
Where did you buy them?

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http://www.rjays.com/Trailer-parts/t...-wheels-01.htm

Haven't used these but that is what they're intended for. Just weld them on and drag away...

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Where did you buy them?

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These are the ones I used. We have them at the shop here at Garret - www.gctrailers.com


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Haven't used these but that is what they're intended for. Just weld them on and drag away...

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