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Boat not at/on roller - Drive as-is or adjust?

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liverlips
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Just picked this up and about to take it on a 7 hour drive.  Do I need to visit a boat ramp first and power the boat onto the roller or is it fine as-is?  Transom straps/buckles are secured and tight so I'm not at all worried about the boat falling off the back.  Not sure of the functionality of the roller (is it meant to bear any weight, indicate how far up the bunks the boat must be?).

Thanks in advance for any knowledge shared!

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Eagleboy99

I assume the bunks are dry now and you can't just winch it up snug?  I'll often winch my RLX up the last bit rather than powering all the way to the roller.  If it was me, I'd refloat it and snug it up, but I think it will be fine.

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Pnwrider

I wouldn’t try and winch it up the rest of the way dry unless you want to replace the winch (lots of people on here experienced those bending, pic below for reference). I’d drop it in the water real quick and crank it the last foot.

 

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DAI

I believe you’ll experience some bounce.  At least I did when I my ratchet broke and that was where my boat was on the trailer (tight strap, gear teeth broke that would let me get it any further).  I would recommend dipping it to get it snug before heading out.

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dlb

Get the hose out.

Spray the bunks the best you can.

Drive down the street, 5 mph or so, slam on the brakes.  Check it, tighten it, do it again.....  WaLa you are good to go.

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jjackkrash

Or just fold up a towel and shove it in there and duct tape it on; then crank it down a 1/2 crank. 

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oldjeep

Just loosen the transom straps, pull forward at about 10mph and brake check it.  It takes nothing to get that boat to move forward using its own weight.

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liverlips

Thanks all!  Wet bunks and brake check was just what the doctor ordered. Appreciate it!!

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