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sport15er posted 06-13-2002 09:26 PM ET (US)   Profile for sport15er   Send Email to sport15er  
Getting ready to replace the original (14 yr old!) rubber rollers on my trailer. What's the consensus on using the Stoltz polyurethane type instead of the black rubber type? Does the polyurethane have enough 'cushion' while trailering?
Thnx in advance!
reelescape1 posted 06-13-2002 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for reelescape1  Send Email to reelescape1     
I just did that!!!!!! My 22' OR is on the wrong trailer...a roller....I replaced the black ones with Stoltz and don't get the black marks anymore. I was told they would be "fast"...not so, the boat would roll off the black ones but needs a little help with the poly rollers. This may not be the case with keel rollers though!
whalerron posted 06-13-2002 11:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
A lot depends on whether or not you sink your trailer when you launch and load. My new trailer came with rubber keel rollers. They are much softer than the poly Stoltz rollers but the darned things wouldn't roll when I tried to launch the boat. I almost had to lift the boat to get it off of the trailer ( I never sink my trailer). With the polyrollers, it roller off with ease. the poly rollers are harder than the rubber ones so they don't give as much shock absorption. If you decide to go with rubber rollers and if you don't sink your trailer, make sure you get the rubber rollers that have nylon inserts. They should roll fine.

- ron

SSCH posted 06-14-2002 07:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for SSCH  Send Email to SSCH     
I have used poly rollers on the keel rollers for several of my Whalers. I would suggest stainless steel axles for the rollers also, if you're in saltwater. These are great and just about eliminate any trailer roller maintenance. I find poly to be more sun resistant and easier to launch from.
Dick posted 06-14-2002 09:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
As I us a full bunk trailer rollers are not an issue with me.
I have sold the Stoltz rollers for years and have never had a complaint. They last longer than the rubber rollers and don't leave those nasty black marks.
After 3 years of cleaning off the black marks from the black bow stop I have a new Stoltz unit to install this weekend. Don't ask why it has taken me 3 years.
where2 posted 06-14-2002 01:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Get out the checkbook, and buy the Stoltz. Buy some SS shafts too, and several years down the road when the check has long since cleared the bank, you'll look at the rollers and think: "money well spent" as you park the trailer, and go out boating...
whaleryo posted 06-14-2002 04:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaleryo  Send Email to whaleryo     
Add my vote for the Poly rollers. I changed to them on my previous trailer, then moved them to my brand new trailer.
lhg posted 06-14-2002 08:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Stoltz rollers are the only worth the money.
The black ones only have a plastic sleeve in them, leaving the 5/8" shaft to carry all the weight. That is why they deflect and bend, often taking a "set" and not rolling very well. The Stoltz rollers have a large steel sleeve in them, giving the shaft/roller assembly load carrying strength to prevent deflection. But that is also why you need to use, and keep greased once a year, the SS shaft. The electro-coated ones will bond (rust) to the non-SS roller sleeve, especially in salt.

All this is also why keel roller trailers are so hard to find. The boat trailer market is pure bottom line pricing, (just look at the cheap trailers Whaler is putting under their package deals) a real mistake but true, and the bunk trailers are a LOT cheaper to rig and set up. The boats and engines are so expensive that the trailer quality gets sacrificed. I know of at least 4 high quality classic Whalers bought new, including my own 18 Outrage, where the cheap trailers the Dealer sold with the package had to be sold off within 3 or 4 years, or drastically altered. They either worked poorly, or were starting to fall apart.

whalernut posted 06-15-2002 02:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Larry well spoken and to back up that statement, when I look at my trailer for my Currituck, and I look at newer trailers, they don`t even compare, my trailer is all Whaler with the bunks and keel rollers and the rear cross beam and built like a tank and it acctually sits up high enough where I can tow with my outboard all of the way down!! These new trailers lack so much of these qualities, that I think the trailer manufacturerers should have a quality trailer option with these attributes like when they were made years ago. I can`t stand these new low riding boat hugging trailers, they just don`t cut it for a whaler, their ok for a bass boat, but not much else. Jack.

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