Ramp Launching need advice

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Postby Guest » Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:18 pm

we've looked at some options for bolting on a wheel to the front of the J80 trailer for ramp launching. any tips? thoughts? we used to launch our J27 with a monster tongue extension.... but the consensus seems to be a wheel and launching rope/strap for the J80.

thanks
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Postby Guest » Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:08 pm

I ramp launch my J80 with no problems at Grapevine lake. When retrieving run a line from the boat to the truck as well as from the trailer.

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Postby danieljcpa » Fri Aug 03, 2012 5:09 pm

Yeah, that is the routine...most wheels will eventually fail. To delay this, lower the jack as far as you can before lowering the trailer into the water. This reduces the leverage against the jack as it is being pulled up with a load on it.

We are in the process of fabricating a super strong fixed castor to make it absolutely bullet proof.
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Postby Guest » Fri Aug 03, 2012 5:22 pm

Thanks for the input, we have been all day fabricating a 10" bolt on wheel assembly with a runner down the center of the trailer. That way it can slide forward and back (with stops) as required depending on the slope of the ramp. we shall see.

Would appreciate seeing your fixed castor assy when finished
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Postby danieljcpa » Fri Aug 03, 2012 5:42 pm

When you get it done, post some pics.
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Postby Guest » Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:54 pm

Will do...
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Postby Guest » Sun Aug 05, 2012 12:31 pm

Here is the assembly ready for final welding, finishing and painting:<img src="http://j80.org/discus/messages/5/1142.jpg" alt=""><img src="http://j80.org/discus/messages/5/1143.jpg" alt=""><img src="http://j80.org/discus/messages/5/1144.jpg" alt=""><img src="http://j80.org/discus/messages/5/1145.jpg" alt=""><img src="http://j80.org/discus/messages/5/1146.jpg" alt="">
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Postby danieljcpa » Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:11 am

It looks strong...even like overkill...but nothing looks like overkill when the Jack wheel breaks off or bends over and leaves you with a boat half in and half out of the water.

Been there...done that...got the tea-shirt.
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Postby Guest » Tue Aug 07, 2012 1:36 pm

Done! We'll find out in a couple of weeks if it works<img src="http://j80.org/discus/messages/5/1149.jpg" alt="">
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Postby danieljcpa » Tue Aug 07, 2012 1:41 pm

The challenge is going to be getting over speed bumps...but it looks really strong. I like that it has no rotation...should track pretty well down the ramp and back.
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