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Old 24 August 2008, 10:15   #11
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An over rated trailer is not a good choice since you'll constantly feel like your pulling an empty trailer which will bounce all over.
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Can you clarify this a little?

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I would still phone around and see if there is a trailer manufacturer that can supply you with something more matched to your set-up.
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I would reccommend either of those two trailer manufacturers, Cheesee is on a trailer from Karavan which I have had for two years without a single problem.

We also sell trailers from Shoreland´r and again very good trailers, we only take them galvanised and trailers with brakes we take them with hydraulic surge disc brakes.

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Is the RIB fully kitted out with all the things you are likely to carry for a normal days boating, you'd be surprised on how quikly weight can mount up?
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Can you clarify this a little?
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I think what he meant was that the springs would likely be overrated for the load, and hardly compressed when the trailer is loaded. Hitting bumps in that situation doesn't really compress the springs (absorb the shock) so the trailer and boat tend to act as if there is no suspension, and bounces a lot.

Problem? Could be, but I would not rate it as a major concern. You can either get used to it, or change to a lighter rated spring set. Or, I suppose, add weight to the boat (just kidding.)

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Hightower,

I weighed the boat with all of the gear on board and with a full tank of gas figuring that would be the max weight that would ever be on the trailer.

Andy

Don't forget to add in weight of water after a day of splashing around (soak all the gear and toss some water in the bilge.) Sitting and collecting rainwater will add a lot of weight as well, unless it's stored to keep rainwater out or drain it off. It's not just while you're pulling that the trailer sees the boats weight.

Personally, I'd figure max anticipated weight (fuel, gear, excess water, etc) times one and a quarter or so. Better to run the trailer too light than too heavy.

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I don't think you can ever go over on a trailer with in reason. If you go with a torsion axle being 1K over on that vessel I would say is about right. I think you would be very happy with that trailer. unless you are a diver then i would go 2K over for dive gear.
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I tend not to carry much dive gear in the boat. Too hard to adjust weight to keep the tongue weight anywhere near correct.

Just me, though.

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I don't think you can ever go over on a trailer with in reason. If you go with a torsion axle being 1K over on that vessel I would say is about right. I think you would be very happy with that trailer. unless you are a diver then i would go 2K over for dive gear.
When I got my trailer years ago, I though it was overkill, but it has turned out to be anything but. While the weight rating is well within the rating... even with fuel (180 litres), dive gear (2 sets of doubles, stages, suits etc.) and miscellaneous garbage... I find the trailer just "settles" nicely when the boat is loaded up.

But, over time, the axle still flattened out and I was getting uneven tire wear. As a result, I make sure that I put the whole rig up on stands when I store it for the winter or even long periods of time during the summer.
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But, over time, the axle still flattened out and I was getting uneven tire wear. As a result, I make sure that I put the whole rig up on stands when I store it for the winter or even long periods of time during the summer.
Not sure what you mean here.

The axle on my trailer is a section of rectangular box tubing mounted vertically. The axle sits on top of the leaf springs which have either end mounted to the trailer frame.

I haven't measured, but theoretically, for the wheels to get out of alignment, the axle would either have to slip on one side (causing the wheels to be off-line with the trailer centerline - not really all that uncommon), or the axle would need to bow (not impossible, but kind of unlikely.) For uneven tire wear, I would think it would have to bow quite a bit.

Something like a sagging spring would not do it, as the axle is still a rigid piece of steel between the tires. The load would sit unevenly (one side low), but tire alignment itself would be unaffected.

So, are you saying your axle is warping? If so, I'd definitely consider a replacement. Perhaps with a heavier rated axle (my boat is something less than a ton empty; I think my axle is rated at 6000#'s.)

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