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Old 12 November 2008, 15:32   #11
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So is that calculated or weighbridge
VOSA Weighbridge off J18 on the M4. I had actually calculated it as slightly higher before I took it to the WB.
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Old 12 November 2008, 15:41   #12
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VOSA Weighbridge off J18 on the M4. I had actually calculated it as slightly higher before I took it to the WB.
I would have guessed it to be nearer 1500kg, are you sure you had both wheels on the bridge
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Old 12 November 2008, 16:04   #13
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Hi Simon,

I tow my 6.3 Humber with 1.7 diesel inboard on a single axle trailer.

Its a Rapide, (Dixon Bate) trailer with an 1800 kilo maximum, (boat AND trailer). I have put it on a weighbridge and fully fueled and equipped its right on the maximum.

Your boat will always weigh more than you think, so (my guess) ensure its a 1600 set up at least. 1800 IS probabaly the most you will get on a single axle. They will need to be heavyweight bearings and hubs.

As to HOW it tows is going to be more down to your vehicle and how its set up. You will need to weigh the down-force on the tow ball. There is a mathamatical number it should be, depending on the total weight of boat/trailer. (Can't remember - google it). However, in practice it you will probabaly have to set it to the maximum for your car which will probably be less than the 'official' amount. To adjust it you will need to move the position of the axle... or move things around in the boat. Too little weight on the tow ball and the trailer will swing when towing. Also, the closer the tow ball is to the rear axle on your car the better. 4x4s are best. I tow with a Grand Cherokee and thats fine.

Best of luck!

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Old 12 November 2008, 16:26   #14
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I tow a 6.5 m Humber destroyer with a Suzuki DF175 on a single axle trailer, behind a Land Rover Discovery TD5. Towed it 2500 miles to Bordeaux and back. Boat full of camping gear (and wine on the way back ;-)

No problem whatsoever........
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Old 13 November 2008, 03:51   #15
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You've really got to get some help with this fixation with other peoples boat weights and trailer capacities
The only fixation I have is the fact that a number of people on this forum will go on and on about kill chords, life jackets, safety, plastic bags for your mobile phone all of which have to contribute to a safer boating experience for us and others around us.

Then there are a few arseholes who tow their boat down a public road knowingly with either an overweight trailer or tow vehicle that is under size for the size of trailer or even both, which I believe is illegal and would also invalidate their insurance in the event of an accident

Which is why I asked Chris about his trailer


Let me see which group you fit into

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Don't be silly, and find out the trailer's still not man enough.....

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Same one as before, the Kia. Plenty Good for short trips, might need something bigger for the longer ones.
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Old 13 November 2008, 04:33   #16
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I would have guessed it to be nearer 1500kg, are you sure you had both wheels on the bridge
The all up Weight was 1,491.The Gross Capacity of the trailer is 1500KG.

So with the trailer weighing in at 400KG the boat weighed in 1091

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Old 13 November 2008, 10:18   #17
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[QUOTE=bedajim;271273] The only fixation I have is the fact that a number of people on this forum will go on and on about kill chords, life jackets, safety, plastic bags for your mobile phone all of which have to contribute to a safer boating experience for us and others around us.

Then there are a few arseholes who tow their boat down a public road knowingly with either an overweight trailer or tow vehicle that is under size for the size of trailer or even both, which I believe is illegal and would also invalidate their insurance in the event of an accident

Which is why I asked Chris about his trailer




Im with you on this one,probably one of the most important factors of the setup, yet in most cases the least thought about regarding the correct trailer boat combination , as previously been noted on another trailer related thread.
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Old 13 November 2008, 16:47   #18
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..what does your trailer + rib weigh when fuelled and loaded
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1,091 with a full tank of fuel ..


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The all up Weight was 1,491...
That's more like it
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In Summaray then;

A single axle 1800kg trailer will be ample.

The twin axle debate I'm sure will now rage, fuelled be beer no doubt, maybe a couple of sherries if the ladies join battle.
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The only fixation I have is the fact that a number of people on this forum will go on and on about kill chords, life jackets, safety, plastic bags for your mobile phone all of which have to contribute to a safer boating experience for us and others around us.

Then there are a few arseholes who tow their boat down a public road knowingly with either an overweight trailer or tow vehicle that is under size for the size of trailer or even both, which I believe is illegal and would also invalidate their insurance in the event of an accident

Which is why I asked Chris about his trailer


Let me see which group you fit into

Are you reffering to a certain "Bending Trailer" thread by any chance.
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