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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 12:40 am 
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What kind of wheels is everyone using to pull their AI around on to get over the road, trail, beach? Hobie carts, wheelez, DIY? Beach wheels, road wheels, sled, pool noodles? Links/pictures?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:32 am 
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I use the old Hobie scupper cart with the black rubber tires most of the time, but I also have one of the newer Hobie scupper carts with the Weeleez tires for soft beach sand (or when using both AI's)

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I am using the Wheeleez balloon tyres on a hobie kart that was sold with the boat. Appears of good quality stainless and the wheels are great. The only problem I am having is the tyres are so buoyant it is difficult to get them back under the Island prior to docking out on the water. I think I have that problem solved and will try my solution today when I go sailing with Mickey...Pirate


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Went into "Go Bananas" today to pick up my roof rack and they had the below wheels at 50% off! They were a little used, some knicks in the paint, but seemed like a bargain to me. They also had a beach wheel that is made to fit in between the two side wheels, seemed like it would work, but it was $80 for that, figured if I found I really needed it, I would go back.

I got them, figured they would at least get me around the stuff I'm most worried about, don't want to be dragging the yak over concrete, asphalt or rocks and stuff.

Also, I believe it supports up to 220 lbs, which is great for towing a fully loaded fishing AI down to the launch point!

<img src="http://www.kayakproshop.com/media/KayakWheels/PB_deluxemid3.jpg">


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:34 am 
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What did you end up paying for the kart after discount Jolly?..Pirate


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:51 am 
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We have several kayaks. We transport on various surfaces, but by far the most challenging is sand. We started out carrying our ocean kayaks until I thought my arms were going to be stretched to my knees, we carried two at a time. We then purchased the wheels like JollyGreen. They were great on hard surfaces, but were almost worse than carrying on the beach with soft sand. Next we got the Wheeleez carts with balloon tires and haven't looked back. I sold the hard tire cart on ebay. The balloon tires worked best on all type surfaces. Although, Wheeleez has changed the cart since our original purchase. They reduced the size of the tires, which causes the valve stem to pop out when a heavy load is on top. With the valve stem popped out, there is a worry it may get hit and cause damage. Also, the original clips that hold the wheels on were easy to knock off. We have done so multiple times and now have replaced them with spring clip versions. I keep a couple extra in case we lose one. Fortunately, we must sail and kayak with honest people because nobody has walked off with the carts when we were gone. If we have a concern, we do cable them together and to a solid object.
We use a Yakima carrier for our pickup truck to transport the kayaks. Since we are both a bit vertically challenged, we have had to be creative getting the kayaks on and off the truck. The person that recommended and sold us the rack is a bit taller. Less than 5'6" and a stool is helpful. :D
Another point, I can get my AI on and off the Wheeleez cart by myself. I am 5'2" and petite. I can also put the AI on the truck rack myself, but I have to be a bit more creative.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:59 pm 
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I'm having trouble with the vertically challenged bit Janet. Better post a picture... :lol: Pirate


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I got the cart for $65, that's what I would have paid for the Home Depot hand truck that you have to modify a little to turn into a cart, so I figured I couldn't pass this up! No extra work involved.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:29 am 
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Good buying J...Pirate


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I have Rolleez folding cart with big beach tires and it rolls fantastic but the cart tends to become misaligned when turning in the sand. I also have a KFS no tip cart with the smaller beach tires and it does a good job as well. the wheels on both carts rub the ama's so I generally hual the ama's seperate from the kayak.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:48 pm 
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I have cracked scupper holes on two kayaks using wheels that slip into them. I would never use them with an AI, to much weight and force.

I use Wheelez with soft flotation beach wheels on an alumunium cradle that straps to the AI. I use canoe roof foam blocks to hold the ama's off the hull when they are folded in.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:54 pm 
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hey Bob L. - Any chance of a picture???


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:05 pm 
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So I tried the wheels above that I bought for the AI. I didn't use a strap thinking the weight would keep it on the cart. Well it would do alright on flat roadtop with no bumps, but if I pulled over anything else it would immediately start sliding off or if I turned it would start coming off the cart. Definitely a pain. I'm sure if I had straped it down it would have stayed on a little better but I think turning would have still been a problem and then it would be a pain to unstrap and strap the things when you get down to the water. Maybe I can make some sort of quick release straps that cinch down for it.

I'm definitely thinking the hobie wheelez beach wheel cart that plugs into the scupper holes would alleviate all the problems I had with the other cart, but am worried about damage to the hull. Anyone have any issues at all with the scupper plug in cart? How long have you been using it? If cracks or damage was caused to the hull by the hobie balloon wheel cart would that be covered by the warranty?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:10 pm 
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Well how do you get the hobie beach cart plugged in when your on land and alone???


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:02 am 
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Jolly- as long as the cart tubes extend all the way through the scuppers you should have no problems. I have been wheeling first my tandem and now AI (mostly as an Adventure) a distance of about 2 kms each way, twice a week, for almost 2 years now and have had no scupper tube problems at all. Roadrunner's tennis balls are a great idea and cushion the kayak from bumps and prevent hull distortion. I do use a pneumatic tyre on the Trax cart that is more suited to hard surfaces than the balloon tyres. More info here:
http://www.hobiecat.com/community/viewt ... light=trax
http://www.hobiecat.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=10398
http://www.hobiecat.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=10452


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