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Author Topic: Frabill Ranger Solo Transport Runners  (Read 4468 times)

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Frabill Ranger Solo Transport Runners
« on: Jan 31, 2005, 10:47 PM »
I bought a Frabill Ranger Solo Flip over shanty last winter and I LOVE IT.  There is only one thing that I did not like.  It is a little heavy and is not the easiest to pull through slush or snow.

I put together a couple of easy to make runners that lift the sled a couple inches off the ice.  It makes a big difference!  I can now pull this fully loaded with one finger.

I will use the runners for the transport out to the fishing grounds.  They slide on and off very easy... only takes a few seconds for each one.

I took 4 pieces of 3/4" EMT conduit and attached two per side to the sled.  I then took 2 90 degree 1/2" bend EMT conduit, 1 short piece (around 11 3/8") length of 1/2" EMT conduit, a couple of wood dowels (1/2") and assembled a runner for each side.

The "U" shaped runner slips into the 3/4" conduit and is held in place by gravity.  I guess a locking pin or something could be used if this becomes a problem.

Once I reach the area I will be fishing I just step on the runner, lift the side of the sled and they fall out.  I often make long "moves" when out on the ice and this is going to make those hikes much easier.  I will attach a few photos just in case my "verbal" description is not cutting it.




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Re: Frabill Ranger Solo Transport Runners
« Reply #1 on: Feb 02, 2005, 11:20 PM »
I've got a solo too, but the only reason I have trouble pulling my sled is because I have too much crap in it. I've learned to lighten the load and it's no problem at all. Actually, the seating system is probably one of the heaviest things of all. You'd think that they could come up with something a little lighter. At least it works and is moveable.
It's a pretty slick idea you came up with though and the good thing is that it saves the bottom of your sled from wear. No need for those wear strips on the bottom of yours. Thanks for the pics.

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Re: Frabill Ranger Solo Transport Runners
« Reply #2 on: Dec 22, 2005, 04:03 PM »
I haven't had a chance to try in deep snow yet.  I guess you are right...extensions.  OR  attach some old skis to the bottom of the conduit?

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Re: Frabill Ranger Solo Transport Runners
« Reply #3 on: Dec 22, 2005, 09:23 PM »
It would be interesting because I just got a clam corp Yukon this year its great in snow up too 3-4" after taht i think its gonna be a royal pain too pull so im jsut curiousif this conduit will work well in deeper snow :)
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Re: Frabill Ranger Solo Transport Runners
« Reply #4 on: Dec 25, 2005, 04:19 PM »


I think that is the greatest idea!!   Heading down tomorrow to get some conduit!!  Thanks for the awesome idea!!


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Re: Frabill Ranger Solo Transport Runners
« Reply #5 on: Dec 26, 2005, 07:52 PM »
Should work for a XLTwin also, yes? Strange that Frabill doesn't offer slides for their product line.

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Re: Frabill Ranger Solo Transport Runners
« Reply #6 on: Jan 01, 2006, 05:49 PM »
My girlfriend's Dad has the XLT Twin, that thing pulls like crap.You are wore out before you start fishing if
you have a long walk.He has tried a few different things to help it,so far he has'nt been satisfied.
I think he just likes to putter with it.It weighs 90lbs before you even put anything in it.

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Re: Frabill Ranger Solo Transport Runners
« Reply #7 on: Feb 10, 2007, 02:45 PM »
Neat Idea...

After leaving Emmonds Lake last Monday, I had to walk through some slushy snow. I believe it caked up on the bottom cause it felt like someone just hopped inside and I was pulling it along.

Thanks for the tips.


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Re: Frabill Ranger Solo Transport Runners
« Reply #8 on: Feb 12, 2007, 09:32 AM »
If they fall out, you could drop some Eye screws into the middle of the runner on the top side and then wrap a bungee cord between the 2 eyes over the top of the shanty, or to the edge of the shanty....
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Re: Frabill Ranger Solo Transport Runners
« Reply #9 on: Feb 21, 2007, 10:56 AM »
how long a piece of cnduit was that that was bent or added the bend? I am hoping to get away with using 2 5' pieces
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Re: Frabill Ranger Solo Transport Runners
« Reply #10 on: Mar 04, 2007, 08:52 PM »
IceBob, I own a Ranger solo and as soon as I saw the runner system you put on your solo I built the identical system on my solo.  Thank you very much for coming up with that idea and putting it on a thread.  I've never had it so easy pulling my solo across P.I. bay or Justic lake.  You are the man!

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Re: Frabill Ranger Solo Transport Runners
« Reply #11 on: Jan 26, 2010, 08:30 AM »
IceBob,

This was a true invention.  I can see how it all works with the pictures.  I do not know where you are using the wooden dowls.  Or pehaps they are the extentions inside the elbow?  Anyways love the idea and thank you very much.
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Re: Frabill Ranger Solo Transport Runners
« Reply #12 on: Jan 26, 2010, 12:22 PM »
The wooden dowels are used inside the emt conduit to connect elbows to straight piece.  Just added screws through emt into dowel to secure.

If I had access to a pipe bender I could have used a single piece of emt for the whole "U".  So instead it is 2 90 degree elbows and short straight piece of emt and a dowel at each connection and a couple zip screws for each runner. 

With the runners on I can pull the sled with one finger.  It was always in my plans to add skis to the bottom of the conduit, but never got around to it.  Luckily have not really run into pulling sled on deep snow.
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Re: Frabill Ranger Solo Transport Runners
« Reply #13 on: Jan 27, 2010, 11:11 PM »
I have a Yukon tent on a Team Wild sled w homebuilt hardware.  Weighs about 65lb dry.  Loaded with all my gear, well over 110. 1st time out it took two of us 30 min with extreme exertion to cover 200 yds, each way in 5 in of snow.  Next day I bought some 3/4 in conduit, bent it around a Y in a tree (too impatient to find someone w a bender) and attached to side of sled like I've seen others on here do.  Now it sits 8 in above the surface, glides easy with one hand and I don't worry about hauling too much.  Only drawback is they don't work on dry asphalt.  Ok since I have hyfax runners that do and just put the conduits on at ice.  Later I'll class it up with a new set of properly bent pipes, but for now it works great.
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Re: Frabill Ranger Solo Transport Runners
« Reply #14 on: Jan 28, 2010, 05:37 PM »
Gents,

Thanks for the great replies.  I am going to the hardware store tomorrow.  Thanks again.
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