front wheel for trailer

mixmkr

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Good idea. A piece of a leaf spring would be perfect. The bottom of my trailer tongue has an "V" shaped piece of metal, meant to set the trailer end down on. Attaching to that....facing aft, would be perfect.
I'm wondering if the empty trailer will be easy to pull up a slight uphill, gravel beach, without the boat on it to help lighten the tongue load.
No wind today so I didn't test things out
 

L&VW

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I'm wondering if the empty trailer will be easy to pull up a slight uphill, gravel beach, without the boat on it to help lighten the tongue load.
In that case, you'd definitely need a skid. :eek:

Does this question mean the trailer can't be left in place until after your sail? :confused:

If there are trees to the left and right, you could attach a "snatch-block" to a tree, and tow the trailer uphill, so it's out of the way of others using the ramp. A line with a carabiner and a bowline knot would make attaching the snatch-block to trees easier.

You might find a cheap snatch-block attached to your come-a-long. ;)

rough country jeep winch snatch block, 16,000 lb. rated line pull - rc-rs125 - Google Search

Can you tell its been cloudy, misty, and cold here these past few days?

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mixmkr

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I could bend a small sappling over...like in the Tarzan movies. Kinetic energy, transferred to fling a trailer out of the lake!!

Not cold and misty.....but no wind here too :-/
 

L&VW

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A piece of a leaf spring would be perfect The bottom of my trailer tongue has an "V" shaped piece of metal, meant to set the trailer end down on. Attaching to that....facing aft, would be perfect.
If the spring has a hole in one end--even better!

(I think...never having drilled a leaf spring before--maybe try grinding).

Tie your tow rope to the hole, drill a second hole to mount to the "V" stand, and the leaf spring will steer the trailer.
:cool:

Maybe, instead, epoxy a bunch of battens together?
 

mixmkr

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Yeah.... I think Im just over thinking this. There's been NO wind this week to even bother launching but I have an easy gravel ramp I'll try first with this method. As mentioned I'll just slide the boat back on the trailer until I have almost zero tongue weight. Then just count on my tongue Jack to not jam and bend.( Its $25 style).keeping an eye on things while I tow that 25-30 ft. If I bust the Jack one day I'll buy another...maybe stronger with the 8" wheel on some. That plan sounds most convenient and workable. ..without all kinds of extra stuff dangling from the trailer tongue. Maybe I'll make a video!!
 

L&VW

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Good idea. A piece of a leaf spring would be perfect. The bottom of my trailer tongue has an "V" shaped piece of metal, meant to set the trailer end down on. Attaching to that....facing aft, would be perfect.
I'm wondering if the empty trailer will be easy to pull up a slight uphill, gravel beach, without the boat on it to help lighten the tongue load.
No wind today so I didn't test things out
To go with the leaf spring--what I had in mind--using a spare hitch ball:

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mixmkr

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Was thinking along those lines too. Tongue Jack arrives tomorrow. Thought best as it can roll easily both ways...and serve as a tongue Jack too!!
 

mixmkr

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My new heavy duty tongue Jack worked like a champ. I left the boat back on the trailer about two feet when pulling out to have almost no tongue weight and used about 30 ft of 3 strand 1/2" nylon dock line as a tow line so I didn't have to back down over the gravel shore . I was going to make a movie but didn't want to make one with me dragging my boat across the rocks! As you can see the gravel at this launch is constantly washed ashore to about a 8" depth... Totally loose and like quicksand to car tires. My trailer just pulled over the top and towed/pulled out effortlessly. I'm a happy camper.
 

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L&VW

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If your trailer's tongue cross-section is rectangular, you can go to a recycle yard and find an extension that might even be too long! (First check that no indispensable bolts cross the tongue's interior). A replacement hitch is $12, and can be welded or bolted on.
The first 30 seconds of this video show a "trailer extension" in use:

(What I had in mind).
 

mixmkr

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I've used extensions on keel boats for sure. My heavy duty tongue Jack is working great as my tow line rope might be as long as 35-40 ft...much longer than a tongue extension. I just have to drive in a straight line of course. Once on hard flat ground, the trailer rolls like a champ up to my tow vehicle. The "trick" has been to keep the trailer tongue weight to just enough to keep to trailer from flipping backwards. That way the tongue Jack is not plowing thru the loose gravel or sand, as the lightweight trailer and fish easily roll on the rear trailer tires. Once the trailer is hooked back to my car, pulling the fish that last two feet forward, is easy on my carpeted bunks, for final trailer placement for over the road towing
 
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