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Old 18 March 2008, 14:52   #111
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Gold old Ribnet. 11 pages on how to repair a trailer and no one has yet suggested bracing it with pieces of wood lashed on with tie wraps. I'm certain it would work
Stainless jubilee clips and a piece of box section permanent repair
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Naa, don't use anything, just use it till the drawbar drops off
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Old 19 March 2008, 05:19   #114
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That's a good one. I'll keep it in mind. It's lucky I've been lucky often.

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The long awaited bracing fabrication has been made. I have offered this up to the draw bar area that has the bending problem. As the draw bar was no longer at the correct angle I thought that by doing the U bolts up would help straighten the thing up, I was right to a certain extent but as you can see from the photo's there is some way to go and can't get any more clamping effect from the U bolts (thread stripping ).

I'll have another go tomorrow but might opt to driving the RIB and trailer around tomorrow, getting a full tank will help in the hope of the drawbar settling out a little.

Meen while if there are any suggestion as to how to straighten out the draw bar I'd be interested to hear how.
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I would be very concerned about that approach. To try and get it to conform to the new support could induce a huge amount of stress into the whole thing. I would slacken is off a bit and put in some steel wedges to close the gap and re-tighten. You do not want to hit a pothole in the road and something breaks loose with a bang.
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You think it would?

I'd have though that with the extra strength the fabrication offers, that the whole area will be more ridgid once tight and hence less likely to bend or break.
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I don't know whether its of any interest but I think it was Peter Connors who owned Admiral, I was told that he was (a while ago) something to do with Indespension. Thats why some of Admiral Trailers looked very similar to theirs. The reason am saying this is that maybe an indespension drawbar will fit as a direct replacement for the existing one.......
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I don't know whether its of any interest but I think it was Peter Connors who owned Admiral, I was told that he was (a while ago) something to do with Indespension. Thats why some of Admiral Trailers looked very similar to theirs. The reason am saying this is that maybe an indespension drawbar will fit as a direct replacement for the existing one.......
Thanks Steve, the indespension trailers are different. However, looking around in some boat yards lately has shown the same design used on snipe trailers so this might be a solution if this Idea doesn't work. I've also got a name of a fabrication company that makes trailer bits if all else fails. Trouble is, it's taken so long for this piece to be made I'm missing out on some nice weekends of boating.
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You think it would?

I'd have though that with the extra strength the fabrication offers, that the whole area will be more ridgid once tight and hence less likely to bend or break.
I am just saying it could. There is nothing wrong with the fabrication, just the attachment. What grade U bolts are you using? I they are Chinky cheese they could pop. If you wedge/pack the gaps it will be just as strong and no risk of something going bang. Yes, I have had a trailer bar go bang on me and I was 15 miles from a paved road. Thank god for baling wire. Your alternative would be to heat up the bent bit whilst tightening the U bolts.
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