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 Post subject: Third wheel
PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 6:14 am 
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I found some posts referring to a front drivewell mounted wheel for a TI to be used in addition to a cart in the back. I can't seem to find any pictures or details on this but I may not be using the correct terms in my search.
Can anyone point me in the right direction for this ?

This might be a useful accessory for me. I sometimes have to roll my Revo 13 a long ways on the cart because when it rains, the sandbar where I normally drive my truck get's closed to prevent "teenagers in Corollas" from getting stuck.
It's a workout with the Revo but I'm not sure I will be able to do the same thing with the TI. Due to drought our lake is 50+ feet below the level at which any of the boat ramps can be used. I roll the Revo down a steep dry boat ramp and another 200 yards of gently sloping but bumpy\rocky ground beyond that to the water. At other times when it's dry I can drive right down to the water. A friend of mine had a heavy welding machine on a three wheel cart and I remember thinking how much more maneuverable it was than others on four wheels.

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 Post subject: Re: Third wheel
PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:25 am 
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I thought this idea looked good.
http://www.northwestkayakanglers.com/in ... ic=14496.0

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 Post subject: Re: Third wheel
PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 7:55 pm 
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That's interesting. I may find a future use for that too though I can't see what keeps the wheels from flopping backward when not under tension from something in front.
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 Post subject: Re: Third wheel
PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:44 pm 
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Hi Chris.
Is this what you were looking for -
viewtopic.php?f=71&t=41528

When Rob talked about this I was dubious as the rake is critical to keep
the wheel pointing where you are going.
In practice it worked fine.

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 Post subject: Re: Third wheel
PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:29 am 
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What about one of these?

http://www.discountramps.com/boat-trail ... 7AodWjAAGA


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 Post subject: Re: Third wheel
PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:28 pm 
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Thanks Brian, that is what I was looking for. I was looking for a starting point so I don't entirely reinvent the "wheel" :D
jerinaldi thanks for that idea too, I have been thinking about putting one of those dollies together to help in moving my TI trailer around. Maybe I can make a compact or collapsible one that can serve both purposes.

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 Post subject: Re: Third wheel
PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 3:59 pm 
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I have a small 2 inch dia castor wheel mounted on the front of my trailer, this helps rolling the trailer around on cement and blacktop, but is useless on gravel and grass.
My trailer only weighs 150 lbs, what I do if I want to launch at the beach I shift my boat back on the trailer a foot or two so the balance point is on the rear trailer wheels, then strap the boat with one strap to secure it. I then pick the front of the trailer up and walk it to the beach (with the receiver in my hand). The big 12 inch tires roll nicely on fairly soft sand and over terrain. Sometimes I have the AMA's out, the tramps on, and the sail's already up (setup in the parking lot) before walking to the shore.
The only awkward part is getting the boat back on the trailer, since there is no car to hold the trailer still it tends to want to push away as you load the boat. What I do is lift the boat onto the back of the trail, hook up the winch, then winch the boat onto the trailer. Once the boat is on the trailer I walk the trailer back to the car and hook up the trailer to the hitch, slide the boat back forward a couple feet to it's normal position (so there is weight on the hitch). I then fold the AMA's in and put the rest of the gear away, basically everything just lays on top of the hull for transport, I never remove anything off the boat, all 3 sails, the anchor system, mirage drives,and both the motors just stay with the boat always.
When I get home I rinse the boat off and roll it into the garage (on the small castor wheel, on the concrete driveway) ready for next time (takes all of 5 minutes)
It actually works pretty well for me.

You can see the small castor wheel in this pic.
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 Post subject: Re: Third wheel
PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:26 am 
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That's a clever idea Bob, I've looked at that picture many times and didn't notice the caster. I was too busy admiring your car :)
My trailer is going to be too heavy to move by hand even if I move the boat back to rebalance.
If I ever finish the trailer maybe there will be an aluminum version in the future.

As a side note to this maneuvering discussion, I bought a pair of Harbor freight tire dollies and a small aluminum floor jack on sale last week. Now I can back the trailer into the garage and quickly jack the axle up to place the dollies under the tires. Then when I unhitch I can just push the trailer against the wall using the dollies and the wheeled jack at the hitch. It saves a lot of space and my wife doesn't have to park outside. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Third wheel
PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 7:44 pm 
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Harbor Freight has one also.

http://www.harborfreight.com/600-lb-heavy-duty-trailer-dolly-69898.html


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