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Yates Keel Roller for Boat Trailers - Super-Heavy-Duty Rubber - 18" Long - 5/8" Shaft

Yates Keel Roller for Boat Trailers - Super-Heavy-Duty Rubber - 18" Long - 5/8" Shaft

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Replace the worn-out roller on your boat trailer with this large-diameter, heavy-duty rubber one. This keel roller functions as a direct replacement for rollers that fit standard 18" wide brackets with a 5/8" diameter shaft. 1-800-496-5010 to order Yates Rubber boat trailer parts part number YR18244-165EC or order online at Free expert support on all Yates Rubber products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Yates Keel Roller for Boat Trailers - Super-Heavy-Duty Rubber - 18" Long - 5/8" Shaft. Boat Trailer Parts reviews from real customers.
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Yates Rubber Boat Trailer Parts - YR18244-165EC

  • Roller and Bunk Parts
  • Rollers
  • Keel Roller
  • 18 Inch Long
  • Black Rubber
  • Fits 5/8 Inch Shaft
  • Yates Rubber

Replace the worn-out roller on your boat trailer with this large-diameter, heavy-duty rubber one. This keel roller functions as a direct replacement for rollers that fit standard 18" wide brackets with a 5/8" diameter shaft.


  • Replaces 1 keel roller on your boat trailer
  • Eases loading and unloading of boat
  • Supports bottom of boat as it sits on trailer
  • Helps to absorb road shock while boat is being towed
  • Constructed of heavy-duty rubber
  • Includes heavy-duty nylon bushings
  • Made in USA


  • Application: 18" wide bracket with 5/8" diameter shaft
  • Dimensions: 17-1/4" long x 3-3/4" diameter

18244-165EC Yates 18" Super Heavy-Duty Keel Roller - Black Rubber

Video of Yates Keel Roller for Boat Trailers - Super-Heavy-Duty Rubber - 18" Long - 5/8" Shaft

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Video Transcript for Yates Boat Trailer Keel Roller Review

Hi there boat trailer owners. Today, we're going to be taking a look at Yates Replacement Keel Roller. These are available in either a 5/8th inch or half inch inner diameter. You want to make sure you get the appropriate one that matches your keel roller rods diameter. And they're also available in two different types of material, either a heavy duty rubber, which is what you see here, and it's going to be black in color. Or in a TPR, which is a thermal plasticized rubber.

That's going to be an extremely hard durable rubber. The TPR is available in either a cream or blue color. All of these are available in various lengths, so you can get the appropriate one to match your particular trailer.Having a properly functioning keel roller is important for the bottom of your boat when you're pulling it up onto your trailer. You want it to be able to easily glide across the roller and give it a nice surface that it can sit on that's going to absorb any road vibrations and impacts that you're going to hit, like potholes and such out there. This rubber is going to absorb a lot of that, so it's not transferred into the hull of your boat.Our customer decided to go with the heavy duty rubber, but one of the nice things about the TPR over the heavy duty rubber is if there's no chance that it could leave any marks on your trailer.

with this one there is a possibility if it shifts left or right or something, and it slides across the rubber, it might leave a little bit of a black mark. You can wipe it off, but it'll be there. With the TPR you don't have to ever worry about that. You're also going to get a similar shape so you can match it up to your old one. That way it helps center your boat and properly matches the hole underneath to keep it centered on your trailer.

And the rubbers nice and grippy, so once you've got it cinched down, it's really going to hold it nice and tight.If you follow along with us, we're going to go ahead and replace this roller. I highly recommend that you replace your keel roller route at the same time, because once you remove the caps on the end, they're usually damaged and you have to replace the caps. And your rollers often gets damaged from corrosion and rolling around and everything else out there, so we can have an updated to have it nice and smooth like this here.And he can see a keel roller on a small fishing boat here, and you can see that the boat is rested on top of this. And again, that's real important for the hull of your boat. It's going to absorb a lot of that road impact.

Now this one here is pretty wore out. You can see all the stress cracks in it. So it looks like this one's ready for replacement as well, so we'll be heading here next.Start by removing our rollers nuts. We're just going to get behind it with a pair of pliers. We're just going to pop that cap off there. Our shaft will then slide out. We can remove our roller and then install our new components. And you can see here before we slide our roller on it's constructed of a heavy duty rubber and inserted into each end we have bushings, so that way it can easily glide and roll when it contacts against the metal service here. Because the rubber would want to grab, its got a more grab type property. It's not slick, kind of like the tires on your road. This is a nice slick composite type material that's easily going to let it slide.We've got our shaft here, and I find it easier to get one cap on first, so we're just going to set that on top and we're just going to hammer it into place. I'm going to use a rubber mallet just to help minimize how much dings I make on the little cap. And it's really that simple. And you can see here, there's no way I'm going to push this off. If I wanted to get this off of here, I would almost have to take another hammer and smash it off of there, because if you're just not going to be able to pull it off.Now we can just take our roller, we're going to set it into place. Slide our rod all the way through the roller until it comes out on the other side. We'll then take our cap, we're going to set it into place. Now that we got just barely started we're going to finish tapping it on. I'm going to use a hammer on the other side because it might hurt your hip or something else if you're holding it. And we can see our shaft spins, our roller spins, and it's nice and solid. It's not going anywhere. And that completes our look at Yates Replacement Keel Rollers.

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Yates Keel Roller for Boat Trailers - Super-Heavy-Duty Rubber - 18" Long - 5/8" Shaft - YR18244-165EC

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (55 Customer Reviews)

Replace the worn-out roller on your boat trailer with this large-diameter, heavy-duty rubber one. This keel roller functions as a direct replacement for rollers that fit standard 18" wide brackets with a 5/8" diameter shaft.


Hi Etrailer.
What happened to George
who wrote me about this about a year ago. Anyway you will figure it out.
This has been a slow project because I am an old retired guy living on a surfing beach way down in Mexico. I brought all the parts from you down in my truck about two years ago. All the parts came from you and the steel and paint I bought here in Mexico. I built the trailer in my shop here and had to modify it several times to fit the strange requirements we have for launching off the beach with waves. I never seem to remember to take the camera or my phone to the beach to show that procedure but it is a little involved compared to a tilt trailer on a boat ramp. If I back the trailer into the water the wave action washes the sand out from under the trailer tires and the quad tires and them I am stuck. I have to launch in the hard sand just inland from the waves and parallel to them. The trailer can only tilt until the rear cross member is just above the sand or I cannot pull the trailer out from under the boat with the 500 lb. Honda 4WD quad. We put pieces of 2 inch black irrigation plastic tubing about 6 feet long under the boat as it is coming down off of the trailer as it is pulled out. This gives us old guys the chance to push the boat 90 degrees until it faces the waves. We wait for some larger waves to roll up under the boat and then we push it into the water and away we go when we find a lull in the incoming waves. We use the boat to get to surfing spots and then fish on the way home. The trailer pictures I am sending are showing the tilt stop that is not quite in use as I am just running the engine in my drive way. The fat little tires are for the sand.
If this project is of interest to you I have some pictures showing the construction of the trailer that better show some of your hardware. I will also try to remember the camera the next time we launch. Our waves are bigger in the summer time so we will have to wait for a small surf day to play with the boat.
Everything that happens here in Mexico is slow and there was some spine surgery that also slowed things down a bit. But a year later I am still surfing and playing with the boat.
That's my story and sorry to be so slow.
Dean Aldinger
Casa Margarita
Playa La Saladita
Guerrero Mexico.

Dean, thanks for your business and your review. Makes me want to leave my desk job and join all of you! George is still here and is an amazing customer service rep. We wish you the best as you recover from your spine surgery!
-- Etrailer Expert Laura E - 06/24/2017


I needed a replacement roller for my boat trailer and came across the Yates 18"roller
online at The quality was good according to the information on their website and the price was reasonable. So, I installed it using a Moeller 19"L X 5/8 dia galvanized shaft, 2- 5/8" spacer washers to eliminate side to side play and 2- 5/8 end caps. I works great! Thank you etrailer.


It arrived a day early and in great shape. It actually fit on my boat trailer. What I really liked is that they have a great tracking system from getting the order to final destination. Good Job!


Outstanding service.Got my order sooner than expected when I needed it most, Thank you and I will be back when in need again.


Outstanding product and value. Used on a whitewater raft trailer where these two rollers allow for uploading and loading the raft in remote locations.


Great to do buy from


Excellent product and ultra fast shipping! Pleasure doing business


The roller works well with the 19 inch shafts. I purchased 3 rollers and they were as advertised, arriving in good condition and ahead of schedule. What was especially great about, however, was the level of service I received from the staff. They shipped the order early, and sent it with a faster delivery than I had paid for, and then they followed up to make sure I was happy with the order. I expect this level of service from the brick and mortar stores I do business with, and it is great to see that level of service carried forward onto the internet. I definitely will order again from this company when I have need for product.


has plastic bearings on ends so center is not supported by shaft, if i was using to support keel on heavy boat that might be a concern


excellent, exact fit and easy to install, replaced original on my 1974 yarborough trailer


Great quality, price and speedy service. You can't ask for more. Bought two lengths of the taper roller, and some of the 4" wobble rollers. All fit well. I refer all my 'handy' pals to etrailer. Thanks, Hal


We were very pleased to get the 18" roller when we couldn't find it anywhere locally. It arrived in good order and the company was great at communicating with us, since it was on back order. Your tracking report is wonderful to follow!!!


Just what I ordered and great quality.Fast service Great communication between company and customer.I will order more products from this company in the future.

Donnie B - 09/08/2020


Very quick service,couldn't have been any easier


This particular keel roller is 17 - 18 inches long. I could not find the roller in different marinas close to my lake cottage and it was not offered with many companies on the internet. Cost of roller and shipping was reasonable. I received my order in 5 days.


fit great looks original


All of your products were of very good quality and fit perfectly the first time. Thank you for being genuine. I especially appreciate you selling Dutton Lainson products, as I grew up in Hastings, NE. They are a very good manufacturer.


Great product and their webs site has detail about product for the buyer to determine if they have the correct replacement part. A great company to buy from and help is available if you need it

Great produces and great service
JCP - 10/20/2018


This is my first time using E-Trailer and very pleased with the quick turn around plus free shipping saved me nearly $30.00. Will be back for more...


I ordered an 18" keel roller for my boat trailer. It showed up in a timely manner and I fixed the trailer and took the boat out on the water. Couldn't be happier.


The keel rollers that I received work great! The ordering process was simple and the delivery came in a timely manner. If I ever need another set of rollers, I would not hesitate to buy from this company.


Keel roller worked great for my boat trailer . The price was good and shipped to my house. I installed it yesterday. Thanks Clinton


Well made rollers, prompt service.
will use etrailer products again.


Perfect fit still holding together 1 year later.


One of the few companies that treat you as a customer, not just a consumer. Great customer service, delivery time and fair prices. Have and will continue to order form etrailer. Thanks again.

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See what our Experts say about this Yates Rubber Boat Trailer Parts

  • Combination Keel/Caster Roller Assembly for Tandem Axle Shorelander Boat Trailer
    A keel roller is not designed to carry the bulk of a boat's weight. That is the job of the bunks, whether they are wobble roller bunks like yours, standard roller bunks or carpeted bunks. Also, it is not a good idea to mount any of these boat support components to the trailer axles. Doing so would allow the forces from bumps to be transmitted directly to the boat's hull. All items that support the boat itself should be mounted to the trailer frame, which is then isolated from the road by...
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  • Can the White Ends of the Yates Keel Roller for Boat Trailers # YR18244-165EC be Removed
    I went out into our warehouse and pulled a Yates Keel Roller for Boat Trailers # YR18244-165EC and after some careful prying with a slot screwdriver I was able to remove the white ends of the roller. Once removed the diameter of the hole of the roller is 1-3/8 inches, which is just an 1/8 of an inch shy of being 1-1/2 inches.
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  • Keel Roller for Sun Deck Boat Trailer
    It all depends on the size of the bracket that you currently have. The Yates Keel Roller for Boat Trailers item # YR18244-165EC you were looking at would work on an 18" bracket. This is made of a super-heavy-duty rubber that fits on a 5/8" shaft. One thing to remember is the wider the roller the more likely it is to sag. Depending on the number of rollers and weight of your Sun Deck boat you may need to use a 12" one or smaller. I have linked our selection of Keel Rollers to help you find...
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  • Roller Shaft Recommendation with Pal Nuts for an 18 inch Long Keel Roller # YR18244-165EC
    For a roller shaft with a 5/8 inch diameter that comes with pal nuts that would work with an 18 inch long keel roller like the part # YR18244-165EC you would want the part # 107-30A. This is a 19 inch long shaft that is 5/8 inch in diameter and comes with pal nuts. This is the longest one we offer in 5/8 inch diameter.
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  • Is the Steel Shaft Included With the Yates 18 Inch Keel Roller For Boat Trailers
    The Yates Keel Roller For Boat Trailers, # YR18244-165EC, does not come with the steel shaft, but we do carry a steel shaft that will fit this keel roller. You will want to pick up the 19 inch long x 5/8 inch diameter roller shaft, # 107-30A.
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  • Shaft with Caps and Mounting Bracket Recommendation for the Yates Keel Roller # YR18244-165EC
    The recommended shaft for with the Yates Rubber Boat Trailer Parts # YR18244-165EC that you referenced is the Roller Shaft w/Cap Nuts # 107-30A. This comes with caps as well. If you needed mounting brackets you would also want the part # CE32004G.
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  • How to Make 18 inch Keel Roller Bracket
    We have what you would need to make a roller bracket for the 18 inch keel roller part # YR18244-165EC. For that you would need the roller part # 107-30A and then the universal brackets # CE10500G.
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  • Roller Shafts for 12 and 18 Inch Bow Rollers
    We do indeed have the roller shafts you are needing. For the 18 inch roller, use part # 107-30A, which includes the pal nuts for the end of the roller shaft. For the 12 inch roller, you can use # CE10727A, which also includes the pal nuts.
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  • 12 Inch Keel Roller And Bracket
    The U-shaped bracket is not something we carry, but we do have a much stronger assembly for the keel roller. I recommend using the CE Smith Deep V Keel Roller Assembly for Boat Trailers - Galvanized Steel/Black Rubber - 12" # CE10405G for a complete mount and roller. We also have the CE Smith Universal-Fit Split Panel Brackets for Boat Trailers - Galvanized Steel - 1 Pair # CE10500G which can be used with the Roller Shaft with Pal Nuts for Boat Trailer Rollers - Zinc-Plated Steel -...
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  • Recommended Keel Roller For Best Weight Capacity on Boat Trailer
    The Yates Keel Roller for Boat Trailers - Super-Heavy-Duty Rubber - 18" Long - 5/8" Shaft # YR18244-165EC is not weight rated. The weight of the boat will actually be on the bracket and the 5/8 inch shaft that runs through the heavy-duty roller. Your application with the front weight the roller is more likely to bend the longer you make the roller. For instance the 18 inch roller along with the brackets # CE10500G and Roller Shaft w/Cap Nuts 19" x 5/8" # 107-30A will be more likely...
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