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  • How to Secure a Vehicle on an 8 X 18-foot Wooden Deck Car Hauler Trailer
  • To secure your vehicle on the wood deck of your 8 X 18-foot car hauler trailer I suggest you consider straps rather than chains. Straps offer lighter weight, reduced chance for scratching the vehicle and are often easier to use than chains. They also will not corrode like chains. The Dutton-Lainson 40-inch cables you referenced are intended for use with tow bars for flat-towed vehicles. We have better options for you. For example, we offer the Erickson Car Tie Down, part # 58503. It...
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  • Need A Winch For Pulling A Vehicle Onto A Car Trailer
  • The Dutton-Lainson StrongArm Electric Winch - 9,000 lbs # DL25215 is an electric winch that is designed for loading and unloading of boats, personal watercraft, and vehicles. This winch has a 3,000 lb. load capacity. The boat size-to-winch capacity ratio is 3 to 1, which is used to determine what size boat that the winch can pull. This means that it is designed for boats up to 9,000 lbs. It can be used for car trailers. When you are pulling a load on wheels, like a car onto a trailer,...
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  • How to Select the Proper Length Safety Chains for a Trailer
  • It really depends on your setup, if the safety chain loops on your tow vehicle are spaced far apart then you will need more slack to make a tight turn then if they were closer together. What I would recommend you do is connect your trailer to your tow vehicle, back your trailer up into a near jack-knife position and then use a rope to go from the safety chain attachment points of your trailer to your tow vehicle. Now measure the length of rope that was used and that would be the correct...
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  • How to Attach Winch Cable to the Dutton-Lainson Hand Winch # DL15002
  • The cable fastener, # DL24360, should be inserted into one of the holes in the side of the cable drum on the Dutton-Lainson Hand Winch, # DL15002. The packaging for the cable fastener, see attached photo, shows that it should be installed in the slotted hole in the side of the drum, but on the smaller Dutton-Lainson hand winches, DL600A and DL900A, the slot is not large enough for the cable fastener so one of the round holes must be used. I provided a short video showing how the cable...
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  • Using Worm Gear Winch Versus Brake Winch for Hoisting Small Dinghy
  • If you are wanting to use a drill to ease operation of the winch, the Dutton-Lainson # DL11011 would be a much better choice. This winch is specifically designed so that the handle is easily removable for use with a drill. Using the shaft directly connected to the drill chuck is not recommended, but the input shaft has a hexagonal cross-section, that can be used with a 5/8 inch socket or driver attached to a drill. Keep in mind that the 1500 lb capacity for the jack is based on having...
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  • Using Bunk Rollers to Construct a Boat Ramp
  • According to Dutton-Lainson, there would be no problem with a PWC sitting on the rollers for an extended period of time (like over the winter). The roller bunks are meant for boats weighing up to 3,000 lbs, and since a PWC will weigh less than 1,000 lbs, there should be no issue whatsoever. The # DL21755 rollers you referenced would work great for what you are wanting to do. These particular rollers are meant to be attached to the edge of a bunk, but there are also sets like part #...
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  • Recommended Winch for Loading Cars On and Off of a Flat Bed Trailer
  • Pulling cars onto a trailer will undoubtedly require pulling the vehicle up an incline, which will add extra resistance to the equation. If you are pulling a rolling load, not dragging the car and no flat tires, up just a slight incline like a 3 degree slope the weight capacity of the winch can be multiplied by 6.67 times, see hand winch article, Winching on an Incline, which I have linked for you to review. A steeper incline causes more resistance and reduces the rolling load capacity...
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  • Using Bunk Rollers Like # DL21741 on PWC Trailer
  • The roller bunks can certainly be used to replace the bunk boards on your PWC trailer, I use them on my PWC trailer and they work very well. You will need to ensure that the profile on the bottom of your PWC can handle the extra width of the rollers. Where the end of the 2 x 4 that the PWC rests on is typically 1.5 inches thick, these rollers would be 4-3/4 inches wide. You would need to ensure that portion of the hull that the bunks ride against are is wide enough to so that the rollers...
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  • Hand Winch Recommendation for a 5,500 Pound Capacity Single Car Hauler Trailer
  • You can ask as many questions as you want, no problem! So, first, yes, you can use a pulley block to double the capacity of a winch at half the speed so you will not have to worry about that. With a rolling load though you may not have to. A rolling load, using a 2500 pound winch up as steep a grade as 45 degrees the winch capacity is 3,225 pounds at the first layer or so of wire rope on the drum. At a 26 degree incline you are looking at a capacity of 4,650 pounds. I have included...
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  • Where is the Serial Number or VIN Located on a Boat Trailer
  • There is usually a sticker or plate somewhere near the front of the trailer on the frame or tongue with the VIN or serial number. It could be on the inboard or outboard side of the frame. If you cannot find anything with the number then call your local DMV/license bureau and ask what you would have to do to register the trailer. In some states the state highway patrol has to inspect the trailer and assign it a VIN.
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  • How Do I Select a Hand Winch for My 8,000 pound Boat Trailer
  • Finding the right capacity winch for your boat trailer is fairly simple but you have factors that must be taken into consideration. Boat-size-to-winch capacity is generally 2 to 1. With good rollers and short winching distances, you could increase the ratio to 3 to 1. With wooden bunks and long winching distances, reduce the ratio to 1 to 1. Special consideration should be given to pontoon boats and other boats with special hull designs. By my calculations the Dutton-Lainson Hand...
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  • Can I Convert Regular Bunks To Roller Bunks
  • Yes, you could convert your Rolco trailer from the wooden bunks to roller bunks. The Boat Trailer Deluxe Roller Bunk, part # DL21741, has a universal mount system that attaches directly to either vertical or horizontal positioned bunk boards that should work on your trailer. You may also be interested in Boat Trailer Roller Bunk Bracket, part # DL21742, for mounting the roller bunks. You will have to install these at the correct angle for your boat hull as they are stationery. We...
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  • How To Setup Bunk Rollers on Boat Trailer
  • Boat Trailer Roller Bunks, like the item you selected, part # DL21741, are not designed to line-up or center the boat, but for the boat to rest and roll on the bunks. Typically, if you are loading a boat the boat is not loading squarely it is because the trailer is too deep in the water. You would want to use part of the trailer as a reference to determine how far to back the trailer into the water. You would want to install the bunks in place of your existing bunks or rollers. If you...
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  • Recommended Winch To Use For a Boat Lift
  • I do have a winch that could be used as a boat lift, but the item you selected, Dutton-Lainson hand winch # DL15440, would not be a good option as it is not a brake winch. A brake winch will stop the load and hold it in place if you were to let go of the handle when winching. For use as a boat lift, I would recommend the Dutton-Lainson brake winch # DL15721. This winch is designed for multipurpose uses including boat lifts. If you will need a larger capacity brake winch, we also offer...
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  • How to Install Boat Trailer Roller Bunks on a EZ Loader Boat Trailer
  • You can simply mount the Boat Trailer Deluxe Roller Bunk, part # DL21740, by just screwing or bolting it in. The mounting brackets, Boat Trailer Roller Bunk Bracket, part # DL21742, are optional in mounting part # DL21740, and are not required. If you remove your old bunks and installed part # DL21740, the brackets would be needed to attach to the bottom of the bunk where the holes are and there would be no drilling required. This way the bunks would be adjustable to change the height. If...
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  • Mounting a Winch in a Boat House to Pull a Boat Up a Launch Ramp
  • I am assuming the boat is on a trailer when stored in the boat house which will make things a lot easier. So basically what you could do is use a winch that can pull/lower the trailer and boat up and down the ramp. To load the boat on the trailer you would need to mount a winch to the trailer. For a winch to mount in the boat house you could just go with a hand winch such as # F143201, which has an automatic brake, with cable # DL24100. If the boat house has AC power then you could use...
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  • Recommendations for Boat Trailer Roller Bunks for a 2400 Pound Boat
  • First off, there may be a solution to the bunks not aligning with the hull. With the Dutton-Lainson roller bunks we offer, you can also get Boat Trailer Roller Bunk Bracket for Dutton-Lainson Roller Bunks, # DL21762, for the pivoting black steel roller bunks, or # DL21742, for the galvanized. These brackets allow the roller bunks to be adjusted vertically from the trailer and angled to cradle the boat hull. Neither galvanized roller bunks, # DL21741, and # DL21740, will pivot. But both...
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  • Choosing a Replacement A-Frame Trailer Jack for Pop-Up Camper
  • I will assume you are looking for an A-frame mounted jack, because that is what pop-ups typically use, and because that is the part you referred to. The bolt hole pattern is standard, so matching up with the holes in the trailer tongue should not be a problem. You would want to choose a jack whose capacity is greater than the tongue weight of the pop-up, which is typically 10-15 percent of the fully loaded trailer weight. The Dutton-Lainson # DL22781 jack you mentioned should have...
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  • What is the Best Winch Wiring Kit for a Warn 12,000 Pound Winch
  • What you need for your 12K winch is the trailer and vehicle electric winch wiring kit # SW2008. It comes with everything you are looking for: (1) 2 AWG 30 inch Wire - attaches from battery to vehicle frame to ensure a good ground (1) 2 AWG Double Wire, consists of a 25 foot wire - runs from the rear of the vehicle to the battery, and a 4 inch wire - ground wire - attaches to vehicle or trailer frame (1) 2 AWG 3 foot Double Wire - connects to winch and will then plug into the 25 foot...
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  • Size and Type of Bolts to Install Trailer Coupler DL13728, 1-7/8 Inch Ball, 3 Inch Channel Tongue
  • I spoke with my contact at Dutton-Lainson, the manufacturer, about the hardware requirements for Coupler # DL13728. She told me that to mount the coupler, you will need two, 1/2 inch bolts, that are 3-1/2 to 3-3/4 inches long. With this type of hardware installed, the coupler will be installed properly, according to manufacturer recommendations.
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  • Roller Bunks for a 1998 19ft. Carolina Skiff Boat Trailer
  • You should not have any problems using 2 sets of the Deluxe Roller Bunks end to end on the bunks on your trailer. I checked out some photos of the 19 foot Carolina Skiffs online and found that the bunks are normally made from what looks like 2x4 lumber laid flat. This means that the original bunks would be about 3-1/2 inches wide, and the roller bunks, # DL21741, are 4-5/8 inches wide overall, see attached photo, so they will support the boat on a wider portion of the hull. Rollers...
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  • Winch Size and Type for a Carson Deluxe Car Hauler with 5 Foot 45 Degree Ramp and 3500 Pound Car
  • I do not believe a hand winch is the way to go with a car hauler and a 3500 pound car. It is usually recommended that a winch have at least the capacity of the weight of the rolling load for trailer applications but the hand winch will need to be mounted above the bed and on a pedestal that will allow the handle to be rotated above and below the winch, much like a boat trailer. This would require some extensive fabrication. If you are looking for a good electric winch with enough power...
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  • How to Use the Personal Water Craft Trailer Winch Strap On a Wave Runner
  • The 12 foot Long Personal Water Craft Trailer Winch Strap with Safety Hook by Dutton-Lainson, item # DL24291, is designed to be used with a hand winch mounted on the wave runner trailer like the Dutton-Lainson Trailer Winch, item # DL15002. There should be a bow eye on the front of the wave runner that the hook from the strap connects to and then the jet ski can be winched onto the trailer. If you need straps to tie down the rear of the jet ski, I would recommend the Erickson Inboard/Outboard...
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  • Electric Boat Trailer Winch that Can Free Spool and Has a Wireless Remote
  • What I recommend is the Bulldog winch # BDW15019. With it you are able to add the wireless remote, # BDW20212 sold separately, to operate the winch from up to 100 feet away. The winch does have a free spool mode so you can pull the line out quickly. I have linked a video review of this winch for you. I have also linked a video of the remote.
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  • Where To Install The Roller Bunks, # DL21741, On A 6 Foot Bunk
  • The Dutton-Lainson Roller Bunks, # DL21741, do not have to start at the beginning of the stern. To install the roller bunks on your 6 foot bunks you could mount one 5 foot section on your bunks and leave 6 inches on each end. The 5 foot roller sections require two Dutton-Lainson Roller Bunk Bracket, # DL21742. You will also want to make sure that the roller bunks will be able to handle the weight capacity of your boat. The weight capacity of the set of two roller bunks is 3,000 lbs.
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  • Safety Chain Hooks Won't Fit Class V Trailer Hitch on a Chevy Silverado 3500HD
  • I have come across this issue before. What I recommended was to loop safety cables # RM-910648-12 through the hitch safety chain holes and hook the safety chains to the loops. The cables are rated for 8,000 pounds which is the highest for these short cables. There doesn't seem to be any hooks that will fit directly to the factory Class V hitch on your Chevy 3500.
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  • How to Remove a Pal Nut
  • A pal nut is not re-usable, so there is no need to be overly gentle when removing it. Simply grab the nut with a pair of pliers and bend it off. Once you apply a bit of pressure, the nut will bend which will allow you to easily remove it. We offer replacement pal nuts for a 5/8 inch roller shaft, part # 408600.
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  • Installation of Boat Trailer Standard Roller Bunks 5 Foot # DL21755
  • The 5-foot roller bunks # DL21755 can be attached directly to vertically-mounted 2 x 4 bunk board. I would suggest using stainless steel or galvanized hardware. Another option is to use the # DL21762 brackets, 4 brackets are needed to mount a pair of roller bunks. With the brackets, the bunk can be adjusted vertically and can be angled for a custom fit to your boat hull. I have posted a short video showing how the bunks attach to a 2x4 and to one of the brackets for you to review.
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  • Can Pontoon Boat Be Stored On Roller Bunks Over Winter
  • I spoke with my contact at Dutton-Lainson about storing your pontoon boat on the # DL21755 roller bunks. They said there is no problem with storing your boat on the roller bunks over the winter. The bunks have a weight capacity of 3,000 pounds, so as long as your boat is under 3,000 pounds these roller bunks will work well for you. The # DL21755 roller bunks will add approximately 2-5/8 inches to the height of the boat when on the trailer. This is important to keep in mind if it is...
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  • Coupler Lock to Protect a Boat Trailer Both at Home and at the Boat Ramp
  • What you could use is the HITCH-LOCK, # DL13980. With the plate angled up, the trailer is protected from someone trying to hitch up to it. When towing a trailer with the plate angled down, it prevents someone from removing the hitch ball already in the coupler. It can be used with the trailer hooked up or not. You will need to use a pad lock like # 37DAT with this HITCH-LOCK. It is also zinc plated for corrosion resistance so it would be good for a boat trailer. For a lock that can be...
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