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Old 27 October 2013, 05:41   #21
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Does anyone over "there" user a trailer tongue extension? Mine is around 15ft to keep the surge far away from my aluminum wheels.
They are not common but I've seen three approaches used:

(1) A scaffolding bar with a tow ball on one end and a trailer coupling on the other. I think this requires the jockey wheel down to keep the trailer nose up. It also isn't a "stiff" link at the trailer so is not good for steering when launching - but is probably better than a rope for recovery. It may be better than option 2 in tight turns.

(2) An 'extendable' tongue on the trailer. Essentially a long box section which can slide along the trailer's "spine" and be locked in place to give a second hitch. It is fixed so can steer / push etc for launching too. It also doesn't need the jockey wheel down, but a very long tongue on a low tow vehicle can ground out if there are big variations in slope.

(3) A bit like 1 but with a pair of small (8"?) wheels on the trailer end of the bar so that jockey wheel on trailer is not required. IIRC it was used with a special tow vehicle that had a second hitch offset from the first one and a linking bar that fixed that so the hitch at the vehicle end would not rotate. Both the vehicle and the 'dolly' live in one place so don't need to be transportable or road legal. They use it with front mounted tow balls - which I think would be my preference for a "perfect" set up as the vehicle driver has better visibility of the tow.
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Old 27 October 2013, 07:56   #22
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(3) A bit like 1 but with a pair of small (8"?) wheels on the trailer end of the bar so that jockey wheel on trailer is not required. IIRC it was used with a special tow vehicle that had a second hitch offset from the first one and a linking bar that fixed that so the hitch at the vehicle end would not rotate. Both the vehicle and the 'dolly' live in one place so don't need to be transportable or road legal. They use it with front mounted tow balls - which I think would be my preference for a "perfect" set up as the vehicle driver has better visibility of the tow.
My WAFI club has one of these but doesn't use the offset bit. They do have an offset thingy but its for attaching a scraper to move sand from the slip (or snow from the car park!)

You learn pretty fast how to drive with two bits that bend. We push down the slip with the trailer on the front hitch and then with the rib at the water edge apply its breaks (or a brick if unbraked). Reverse 'jeep' up 10ft and stick the draw bar in the gap and then remove brake and push it in...

Recovery is reverse procedure.
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This is an extension that I made for my rig, in action, which works very well.

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However there are a lot of "issues" with using extensions on larger boat/trailers - any longer and mine would have major problems with bending moments and bottoming out.
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Alternatively you can drive the boat on to a soft beach and recover by reversing the trailer to the front of the rib then carefully winch it back on to the trailer.......or if its not your boat, then do this........
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When I was on holiday in Portugal a few years ago the local fishermen all recovered their boats like that!
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Alternatively you can drive the boat on to a soft beach and recover by reversing the trailer to the front of the rib then carefully winch it back on to the trailer.......or if its not your boat, then do this........
Effing hell! And I thought I liked shallow water!!
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Effing hell! And I thought I liked shallow water!!
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That's not quite how it reads from the thread title though. Maybe you would have had a more positive reaction if it wasn't posted as a "how to" video!
Fair point, however having considered my wording I can't see where I was actively encouraging others to actually use this method themselves, which is why I made that comment, personaly I don't think "How to" neccessarly means "the only way to do it", Its just one example of how it can be done.

I am suprised at the responce actually, usually the vids I post on here of more pleasant conditions are completely ignored by most.
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This is an extension that I made for my rig, in action, which works very well.

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However there are a lot of "issues" with using extensions on larger boat/trailers - any longer and mine would have major problems with bending moments and bottoming out.
This method does look best for my needs, A good solid extendable drawbar, or something which could run parallel with a 4inch offset from the main drawbar with suitable bracing, only suitable for steady beach use of course, but wouldn't effect the trailer brake mechanism as it would fold or slide back for road use.

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Alternatively you can drive the boat on to a soft beach and recover by reversing the trailer to the front of the rib then carefully winch it back on to the trailer.......or if its not your boat, then do this........
These lads got the hang of it too

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