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