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Old 28 February 2007, 17:43   #1
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Converting a big trailer

I am looking for a trailer to take my Rib, how easy would it be to convert the breaks on this trailer to normal breaks, also anyone know the approximate cost. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 28 February 2007, 17:54   #2
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I am looking for a trailer to take my Rib, how easy would it be to convert the breaks on this trailer to normal breaks, also anyone know the approximate cost. Any advice would be appreciated.
Legally, probably not. It'll have way too high a Max Authorised Mass to use surge brakes. You might get away with vaccuum operated brakes but I wouldn't be surprised if that trailer has to be MOT'd yearly.

You COULD change the axles though-as long as you can get the weights right.

Is it drum or disk brakes?

How much does the boat weigh?
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Old 28 February 2007, 18:03   #3
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A bit of sideways thinking for you-why not spend a couple of grand on an old 7.5 tonner to tow that trailer with the airbrakes attached? It'll probably do more to the gallon than towing with a 4x4 or van and it'll be a load easier to tow with.
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How much does the boat weigh?
The rib weighs 2700kg. Will give SBS a call tomorrow, see what weight the trailer comes in at.
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The rib weighs 2700kg.
Is that the dry weight?

Rich, do you realise that with a 2.7 tonne boat, you will need a trailer weighing under 800kg to tow legally without assisted brakes like that trailer has?
I would estimate that the trialer in the picture weighs in excess of 1000kg (Our trailer for Blue Ice weighs nearly 700kg).
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Is that the dry weight?

Rich, do you realise that with a 2.7 tonne boat, you will need a trailer weighing under 800kg to tow legally without assisted brakes like that trailer has?
I would estimate that the trialer in the picture weighs in excess of 1000kg (Our trailer for Blue Ice weighs nearly 700kg).
Yes that is the dry weight, small amount of kit on board.
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'kinnell!

Buy a lorry like Nos suggests!
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An 800kg trailer for a boat that size isn't a realistic prospect.

It's actually a realistic idea to use a 7.5 tonner as long as you're only using it for private use-and it's even easier if it's a motorhome

Don't bother if you're going to use it for commercial use (any use for a company will be covered by this) as you'll have to take a Certificate of Professional Competence then apply for an operator's licence which is horribly involved. Then you have to have it inspected every few weeks too...

You don't have to mess around doing any of that as long as it's private use only.
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How often/far are you going to tow it and what with ?

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How often/far are you going to tow it and what with ?

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Towing would only be occasionally, possibly once/twice per month. Also I would be towing it with a Landrover Discovery TD5.
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