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Old 22 November 2008, 02:29   #21
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Are you reffering to a certain "Bending Trailer" thread by any chance.
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Old 22 November 2008, 13:25   #22
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So it's not just Bedajim that has fixations on bending trailers then

As so many people seem interested I'll just to set the record straight, Solent Viper came in close, but just under the payload weight of the Admiral I had at the time. I had never had any problems during towing, just the launching due to the thin nature of the box section used for the draw bar and the fact that the frame supplied was a little on the physicly small side and an extra long draw bar supplied to make up the trailer length. All I'm sure aided the down fall of Admiral trailers and the fact they where in trouble without my knowledge when the my deal was done. So I suspect that they where using up old pieces of box section and what ever they had laying around etc.

Of course, when I'd discovered this problem, Admiral Trailers were no more and gone into receivership. So I had no option other than to repair of replace my trailer.

I decided to replace it with a much more robust De graaff, one I made sure was man enough for the job, speccing a much thicker drawbar in the process. I'm very happy with it! Thanks Arthur!

The Old Admiral, that wasn't even more than a year old, was repaired using a design borrowed and manufactured by DeGraaf and installed in place of the damaged area of draw bar, thus shortening the trailer by 700mm. This was then sold on to accomodate a smaller size of boat (in hind sight the size it should have been originally used for IMHO).

Luckily for me the Admiral was bought at a bargain price for cash and sold on without too much loss. The loss was in the repair I carried out.

The only thing I regret was choosing a trailer at a price that was too good to pass up on. I had spoken to other Admiral Trailer owners and thought I'd done my homework. It seemed exellent value for money!

However the old saying "you get what you pay for" is probably very true.

I'm sure that if you'd like some bed time reading and wanted to read more about the Bending trailer saga, the thread is on here somewhere.

I'm glad it's all behind me now and can trail my RIB without any worries.

Thanks for your concerns
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Old 25 November 2008, 16:51   #23
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...I'm glad it's all behind me now...
Good - I've always thought that's the best place for a trailer

How much did you get for the Admirable?
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Old 25 November 2008, 17:33   #24
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20 off of 1300 Brad, which was terriffic! Considering that's what I'd paid for it a year before.

Was a much better trailer after I downrated the length of boat it would carry and uprated the drawbar assembly. I lost a bit of 's due to the extra cost of rectifiying the crap design and materials used. But at least the new owner got a much better trailer for it
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Old 25 November 2008, 18:06   #25
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That's good money for a s/h trailer - you did well there.
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Yes, I was quite chuffed myself. I guess there was a shortage of S/H trailers at the time the guy had been looking for a while and was very pleased with his purchase.
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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.
Did you have to book your visit in advance and how much did it cost?

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No and nowt,

its just down the road from where I store the rib, so I just popped in when I saw they were open.
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