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Q.

I have your Kayak/Canoe Cart. In order to get my kayak from our property to the beach, I need to traverse a small number of small steps. Going down the hill, this is fine, as the kayak simply bounces gently down the steps. However, when coming back up the hill, I am not able to pull the kayak up the small steps, as the resistance is sufficient to move the Wheeleez® trolley back down the kayak, therefore loosening the straps as it gets smaller in circumference.

I was wondering whether there was any documentation on recommended methods of attaching the Wheeleez® kayak trolley to the Kayak? I didn't get any documentation with my Wheeleez® unit, just the trolley, wheels and straps. If there is anything available with diagrams, it would be most useful.

A.

Thank you for describing your portage situation. I am more worried about your trips down stair cases than up them. The reason is that when your kayak "simply bounces gently down the steps" this action can damage the frame and cross strap as the weight of the boat forces the cart frame open against the cross-strap. If you are VERY CAREFUL and slow about the decent you should be all right there.

As for climbing stairs it's always a little difficult with the Black rubber tires vs. our pliable Wheeleez® balloon wheels because they don't give much. (see product # WZ1-KCB) It can be done however. Here's how. First I'd like to be sure you know that the Wheeleez® Kayak/Canoe Cart is a "Center Mount" cart meaning that you need to mount your kayak onto this cart just slightly aft of center hull. (Some people mistakenly use the cart as a bow or stern wheel set up. The cart will always slip out from underneath the boat if used at one end or the other of the boat to be carried) To secure the kayak in the correct mid hull position, simply use the 2 provided straps to wrap side-to-side around the boat hull and cross-bars. secure tightly through cam buckles on strap ends. This method of strapping the boat onto the cart is similar to that one would use to secure the kayak onto vehicle roof racks.

For coming up stairs or other obstructed trails it may be necessary to use a 3rd strap or line to keep the cart from collapsing under the boat as wheels meet obstructions. Using the 3rd straps or line simply attach to towing eye at bow and run back and secure the other end to the center of the cart's front cross-bar between the 2 foam bumpers (under the boat as it's mounted on the cart).

This should work for you.

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Q.

Is the PWC-Dolly strong enough to go on to a jet ski trailer with the jet ski on it?

A.

The simple answer is yes but in order to be safe you must place blocks under the Axle Supports at the 4 corners of the dolly after it's on your trailer.

This blocking will stop the Dolly from bouncing when it is tied/strapped down securely against the blocks. This securing with cinch straps will compress the dolly tires slightly (1/4") until the axle supports contact the blocks. At that point the dolly frame will be pinned against the blocks

Using this simple support blocking technique also for long term storage of PWC on dollys will help take the stress of heavy weight off the tires, ensuring a longer life.

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Q.

Is there any way to fix a pinhole leak in one of my yellow wheels?

A.

Your YELLOW wheel is an older vintage balloon wheel made prior to 1999. The tire material is an older style PVC (vs. newer Wheeleez® wheels which feature a stronger, more durable PVC or polyurethane). The valve is playball style requiring an inflation needle.

You may have good success fixing the pinhole leak in your tire by pressing the hot tip of a soldering iron onto the hole and smoothing it over to stop the leak.

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Q.

I have a Wheeleez® product. Is is ok to deflate tires completely for shipping or travel or are they hard to get back on to the rims properly?

A.

All Wheeleez® wheels are shipped from factory and distributors inflated to 2.5 PSI. It is possible for you to deflate them for your own shipping or travel without much of a problem.

You can:

  1. Deflate the tires and leave them mounted on the hubs. Do this by removing the valve with a valve core tool available from any bike or auto parts store.
  2. Deflate and remove hubs by un-bolting and pulling hub halves apart. This option does not really reduce the over-all deflated size of wheel so it's not critical.

If you choose "b" be sure to re-assemble hubs correctly.

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Q.

Should I lubricate my wheel bearings?

A.

We are frequently asked about lubing the Wheeleez® bearings and bushings.
Here is your short answer.

There is no need to lubricate Wheeleez® bearings or bushings.

Reason: they are self-lubricating with molybdenum lubricant mixed into the plastic used to mold the bearing and bushings.

Applying oil-based lubricants will attract sand, dirt, grime and grit and generally make a mess of things.

Simple, periodic cleaning/flushing with a pressure nozzle on a garden hose is sufficient maintenance.

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Q.

I am trying to decide between your two different kayak/canoe carts and am wondering if the "Kayak Cart--Beach" with the balloon wheels (Item#WZ1-KCB) has inner tubes in the wheels or some other way from keeping the wheels from being punctured by thorns or burrs?

A.

We are frequently asked by boating enthusiasts which transport cart would be best for their needs.

The simple answer is as follows:

The Kayak/Canoe Cart is excellent for 95% of all terrain the typical boater will encounter.

Its only real draw-back or limitation is with use on soft, fluffy beach sand. The 3" wide x 10" diameter, black, pneumatic wheels do not provide enough surface area to keep the heavily loaded cart from sinking when being pulled on soft sand. This unit fits easily into most kayak hatches and packs very efficiently into any canoe.

The Kayak Cart--Beach functions very well on most ALL surfaces and exceptionally well on soft, fluffy sand. The 7" wide x 12" diameter balloon wheels provide excellent "flotation" in even the softest, finest sands. They also work well in mud, snow, gravel and rocks. The Tote does not have inner tubes. The extremely tough, puncture resistant tire (polyurethane) is basically a "doughnut" that is sandwiched between a 2-pc. plastic, bolt-together hub. This combination provides a shock-absorbing comfortable ride over obstructed paths and trails. While not common, the tires can be punctured if sharp objects like strong thorns or nails are struck in just the right position. Bench-top tire repair is very easy with a soldering iron. See video clip on this web site for repair procedure.

Many years using the Tote over most every type of terrain has shown me that the only possible drawback with this unit is the size of frame and wheels if one intends to fit it into the smaller hatches of some kayaks.

I hope this helps you decide.

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I purchased a kayak carrier about 10 years ago and the hub just broke. The wheel I have is yellow. Is the gray 30 cm wheel the one I want? My carrier was one of the first with the big yellow wheels. The thing still works great.

A.

We are frequently asked if we have replacement wheels for the older (pre-1999) Toteez II cart manufactured by the previous Roleez™ Wheel Systems, Inc. company.

We do not, and the reason is because the axles on your Toteez II are of a different diameter and length than required for use with the wheels we currently offer.

You are welcome to try your own modifications in order to mount new Wheeleez® wheels on your cart but we can not guarantee your success. The size wheel we currently offer that comes closest to the wheels on your Toteez II is product # WZ1-30UA. This is an 11.7" diameter wheel that is 7" wide and has a 1/2" bushings.

Another alternative is to consider purchase of product # WZ1-KCB. This is an improved version (no floppy cross-bar frame members) of the Toteez II with the new Polyurethane wheels (better valves and tire material).

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Q.

What are the measurements of the yellow (or orange as of 2008) tub on the Wheeleez® Beach Cart?

A.

The following link will take you to complete product description and detailed specifications: Wheeleez® Beach Cart

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Q.

1) What is the proper pressure for the wheels (I bought your low-pressure gauge)?

2) Can I inflate the wheels with a manual bicycle pump? What about with an
air pump at a gas station?

A.

As noted on the tire sidewall, the PSI range for Wheeleez® Wheels is 2-4 psi or 2-3 psi depending on the tire material.

The wheels are best inflated with a manual bicycle pump. You may also use any air source but use caution with compressed air as to not over-inflate.

It seems that the natural tendency is to over-inflate the Wheeleez® wheel which actually cuts down on its effectiveness rolling over uneven ground. If you keep your tires at 2-3 psi, you'll ensure top performance.

Note: Car tire pressure gauges can't measure pressure this low. You'll need a low-pressure gauge.

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Q.

I bought a Kayak Cart--Beach. When I recently rotated the wheels on their axles by hand, the bearings seemed rough and there was more friction than I expected.

Your web site says that no lubrication is required. What are the likely reasons for the roughness--for example, could it be corrosion?--and is there anything that can or should be done to remedy it?

A.

The Wheeleez® bearing are typically "rough" and exhibit some friction when they are new. The reason is because they are put together very tightly in the manufacturing process. This is done so that after a certain number of revolutions, the bearing will seat itself and operate smoothly with limited play.

There is a lubricating molybdenum substance mixed into the molten plastic used to form the bearing cassettes. This moly is released, as the bearing turns, to lubricate the ball bearings. Because of this there is really no need for added lubrication.

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Q.

Is there a maximum speed limit for the beach cart or the kayak cart? If I decide to tow either of these with a bike or scooter will the bearings or tires wear out?

A.

We are frequently asked how fast Wheeleez® products may be pulled.

The simple answer is walking speed. The reason for this is that the bearings or bushings in Wheeleez® wheels are not hi-speed bearings by design. Rather they are intended as functional bearings/bushings for heavier loads at slower speeds.

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Q.

Can your tires float on water? We are thinking of using your product for hauling coolers with fish but need to cross a small stream several times. Please let me know.

A.

The simple answer is yes they do float. There are several factors which will affect that degree of flotation. Among them are:

  1. How many wheels will be used.
  2. What size wheel will be used and how those wheels will be spaced apart for stability.
  3. And importantly, the weight of the payload.

It is never recommended that Wheeleez® wheels be used to float boats intended to carry people.

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Q.

Would a rail kit for the kayak/canoe cart make it easier for one person to load and pull a 12-ft. kayak?

A.

We are frequently asked about the purpose of the Rail Kit accessory item for Kayak Canoe Cart or Kayak Cart Beach.

In short, the Rail Kit will perform two functions for the owner of Wheeleez® Kayak/Canoe Cart and Kayak Cart-Beach.

  • It will provide 3" of extra clearance so that boats with deep keels will not rub their hulls on the cross bar of the cart.
  • It will lock the cart frame into the open position. The cart frame may then not be folded up until the Rail Kit is removed. This may help stabilize the cart in rough terrain.

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Q.

Hello-we are considering purchasing your kayak cart and have noticed that the various retailers seem to all have different pictures of the same cart (i.e. grey wheels, yellow wheels, blue wheels, different color frames, etc.) The retailers don't list color options. Do you make different carts? Are some of these old models? I just want to make sure I get the proper item.

A.

  • Prior to 1999, many wheel colors were available (Green, Dark Orange, Yellow etc.)
  • From 2000 to 2003 Gray and Bright Orange were available.
  • From 2004 to present, only Gray wheels are available.

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Q.

We are having trouble replacing the bearings on some of your 49cm wheels. The trouble is getting everything back together. With all of the seals installed, we can't get the bolts to start. Do you have any instructions?

A.

It is common to run into some difficulties when replacing/exchanging bearing/bushing cassettes on Wheeleez® Wheels.

What appears as bolts being not long enough is not really true.

By far the most common reason for this trouble is that your tire may still be inflated and thus prevent the hub halves from seating all the way back together. You see, the air in the tire moves the hub halves apart slightly after one has removed the (4) Nut & Bolts. To correct this, simply deflate the tire before re-assembly, permitting hub halves to better come completely together.

This should take care of that problem.

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Q.

How do you replace or repair a tube in or on one of your kayak carts wheels?
Can you repair it or do you have to buy a replacement? Or do you buy a whole wheel and tire combo?

A.

Changing the tube on the wheel of the Kayak/Canoe Cart is not easy (or fun).
Therefore we have made the complete wheel assembly (WZ1-26PR) available for a very reasonable price.

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Q.

How do I re-install the twist knobs with the wire lock pins on the Beach Cart-Folding?

A.

Once in a while we are asked how to re-install the twist knobs w/ wire lock pins onto the 12.7mm, slotted wheel bushings in Wheeleez® Beach Cart-Folding wheels.

Since pictures are worth a thousand words, please click on this to see a page with photos for a clear understanding of correct wire clip and twist knob positioning that must be achieved in order to correctly re-install the knobs.

Note: Be sure wheel is fully assembled and bolted together before knob installation procedure is initiated.

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Q.

Could any of your carts be used to transport a 25 foot sculling shell from the boat house down a ramp to the river and back? The boat only weighs 31 pounds, but it is awkward to move around because of its length and the bay it is currently stored in. I hurt my back getting it out of the boathouse and can no longer carry it down to the water balanced on my head. I need to find a way to transport it. Do you have any suggestions?

A.

We are frequently asked which cart is best for rowing shell transport. It's not usually the weight of the craft that's the primary concern but rather the awkwardness of its length.

The unit we offer that's best suited for this application is the Kayak/Canoe Cart . This small boat carrier gently craddles the shell hull at mid-point and make moving it a whole lot easier.

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Q.

Is there a way to put your wheels on Wonder-Wheeler Beach Cart?

A.

Yes, there's a way. Visit our Wonder Wheeler® page.

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Q.

I'm considering replacing the wheels on my 'Reels on wheels' from Bass Pro. Do you have a size that will work?

A.

We are frequently asked about installing Wheeleez® Wheels on the Reels-on-Wheels fishing Cart.

It can be done by reaming out the stock 12.7mm bushing in the Wheeleez® 30cm (12.7") wheel. You would then need to source the correct length axle. Hint: each 30cm wheel is 18cm wide. You'll also need to allow room for wheel retention pins. You may wish to try www.onlinemetals.com for the custom axle you'll need.

See our showcase page and scroll down to Fishing category and see the cart outfitted with our 30cm wheels. I hope this helps.

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Q.

I have been looking for wheels for a childs wagon to be used on the sand. Can your wheels be mounted on a regular wagon? What size do you recommend?

A.

We are frequently asked that question. The short answer is YES, the 30cm wheel can be used on little red wagons.

This will require some fabrication on your part per your individual wagon type/configuration. This usually means purchasing new axles for your wagon.

Axles may be sourced at www.onlinemetals.com. Keep in mind when sourcing your axles that Wheeleez® product # WZ1-30UA, 11.7" wheel is the wheel you will need to order. Also that these wheels are 7" wide and have a 1/2" bushing for the axle to pass through. See this picture for an example of what one of our customers has put together using (4) 11.7" wheels.

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Q.

I just purchased a balloon wheel Kayak Cart-Beach.  I have a question: Why is the kick-stand so short?  One end of the canoe will be touching the ground.  If the kick-stand legs were longer the tote would hold the canoe so it would be horizontal with the ground.

A.

The kickstands on Wheeleez® carts and dollys are designed for convenience to simply keep the cart upright while mounting boats.

You are correct in assuming the bow of the boat will be resting on the ground when the boat is placed on the cart slightly aft of mid hull.

This is best since you want a slight bit of positive tongue weight yet have the cart carry most all of the payload.

The kickstands are not designed to keep the entire hull off of the ground in a parked position.  If the kickstands were made any longer, there would be clearance issues.

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Q.

I'm having a hard time getting one wheel on the axle. And the one wheel I did get on the axle, I'm having a hard time getting it off. Are there any tricks to this?

A.

On rare occasions we hear of this happening due possibly to irregular cooling of the plastic bearing parts, creating a fit that’s quite snug. A snug, but not too snug fit is required in order to have the bearing sleeve seat against the axle and hold so that the bearing is forced to physically work as a bearing rather that spin on the shaft as a bushing.

A simple “fix” to an overly snug bearing sleeve is most often the use of Silicone lubricant spray (available at any hardware/home improvement store) or liquid soap on the axle tips and inside the bearing sleeves. This will permit easier mounting/dis mounting of the wheels.

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Q.

How do I replace a Wheeleez® tire?

A.

We have detailed instructions for you right here.

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Q.

How do I prevent rust on my Wheeleez® cart?

A.

  1. Rinse unit with FRESH water and dry completely using a soft towel
  2. Use touch up paint to fill in any scratches or nicks on painted surfaces
  3. Use a car wax on painted surfaces
  4. Use a light TEFLON based lubricant on the hinges

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Q.

Can I put balloon wheels on my Kayak Canoe Cart?

A.

Sorry, but no.

  1. The axle tips on the Kayak Canoe Cart are not long enough
  2. You need a minimum of 5.25” for the 22cm wheel and 7.25” for the 30cm wheel.

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Q.

Which cart should I purchase for use with my Sunfish Sailboat?

A.

Most of our customers have had very good luck using the Kayak Cart-Beach (WZ1-KCB) to transport sunfish sailboats. This cart has a very wide stance and easily rolls over most any surface with a cushioned ride.

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Q.

How do I use my cart to load my boat on top of my car. I've seen a photo of this somewhere.

A.

Yes, we've put together intructions on how to do this.

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Q.

Can I get a replacement bungee cord for my cart?

A.

For liability reasons we no longer offer the bungee tie-down with plastic hooks.  We now use an elastic band to secure cargo.

WE ARE TOLD THAT BUNGEE CORDS WITH THE LARGE PLASTIC HOOKS ARE AVAILABLE AT YOUR LOCAL ACE HARDWARE STORE.

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Q.

Can I install your Wonder Wheeler® Kit on the front of the cart?

A.

No, our conversion kit is designed for the back wheels only.

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Q.

Can I transport a PWC Dolly 36 (with PWC attached) on a trailer for over-the-road travel?

A.

It's important to note that when transporting loaded dollys in or on trailers you must block at the dolly corners to remove the loaded dolly’s weight from the wheels and tires.

This is critical to prevent bouncing when dolly is strapped / tied down by cinch strap to trailer deck.

Blocking at the corners will provide a stable platform to tie down against and prevent bouncing while under way.

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