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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 12:32 pm 
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Good morning everyone. I've only had our Four Winns out a few times since we got it, and every time I struggle with getting the bow eye over the bottom bow roller. Is there a trick to lining up the rollers before approach? You can see the bottom roller is all tore up from the people who had it before me slammed the bow eye into the roller repeatedly.

Any advice is sure appreciated!

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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 5:13 pm 
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This is a problem for many of us. I've found it easiest to just winch the eye up and over it, and replace the roller when it gets chewed up enough to warrant it.

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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 11:48 pm 
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It may seem backwards, but this happens when you have the trailer too deep in the water. The bow of the boat is not hitting the bunks so doesnt raise up so the bow eye comes in too low. Sometimes unavoidable if the ramp is real steep....when i have that happen, i hook the bow eye up and pull the trailer up a little and it settles in.....usually not a problem as you in deep water when this happens. For me anyway

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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 3:40 pm 
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If your 2 rollers pivot, I've found it helpful to start with them almost vertical. When the bow of the boat hits the top roller, it'll push it forward and bring the lower roller towards the boat, and ideally with the bow eye between the 2 rollers.
And yes, the depth of the trailer in the water makes a big difference, as said above....

Anyway, that's my theory - YMMV....

Good luck!

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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 10:00 am 
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230 Mike wrote:
This is a problem for many of us. I've found it easiest to just winch the eye up and over it, and replace the roller when it gets chewed up enough to warrant it.


Same here.
Our ramp is pretty steep and backing further down is a no go. The guide rails would be under the boat completely giving the wife no help pulling up to the trailer.

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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 12:54 pm 
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I am resurrecting some old pictures here, but I HATED the double roller setup that came on my H240 trailer. On most ramps, the bow eye would catch under the lower roller, and had to be forced over by cranking it up with the winch. Here is what I changed it to:

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I replaced the toggle arms with fixed plates that I fabricated. Bolted on to have only one roller at the same position as the original top roller. Much happier now. I drive right on, and can power up until the bow eye hits the roller, then attach the winch strap and tighten. I also replaced that wimpy strap in the picture with a 10,000# rated strap.

There are other people that have double rollers with long toggle arms. These seem to work better than the short one. But I don't see any need for two rollers.

Ray

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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 1:24 pm 
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That is exactly what I was considering doing. I don't see the need for the 2nd roller either, but perhaps others can chime in with some insight. I see boats bigger than mine all the time with only one roller.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:01 pm 
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After fighting to get the bow eye off the lower roller when launching at a steep ramp with a high lake level, I am ready to lose the double roller set up as and go with thi sd single roller. Are there any regrets now that you've switched to this set up for for a while?

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:11 pm 
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rpengr wrote:
I am resurrecting some old pictures here, but I HATED the double roller setup that came on my H240 trailer. On most ramps, the bow eye would catch under the lower roller, and had to be forced over by cranking it up with the winch. Here is what I changed it to:

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I replaced the toggle arms with fixed plates that I fabricated. Bolted on to have only one roller at the same position as the original top roller. Much happier now. I drive right on, and can power up until the bow eye hits the roller, then attach the winch strap and tighten. I also replaced that wimpy strap in the picture with a 10,000# rated strap.

There are other people that have double rollers with long toggle arms. These seem to work better than the short one. But I don't see any need for two rollers.

Ray


Replace it with one of these. My trailer has a roller of this style and it doesn't matter how far you back the trailer in, it lines up perfectly every time.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:23 pm 
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I have the single roller set up on my Horizon 180 and like the previous poster it is awesome cause I can just power on and I know when I am in whent eh boat stops because the tie ring hits the roller. It's perfect.

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