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Old 22 July 2010, 16:34   #51
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No my trailer isn't braked.
oh my lack of attention .. that would have got me the belt in my schoolboy days.. Rogue, the Karma is still with you man...
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Old 22 July 2010, 16:50   #52
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But isn't the real question should the trailer be braked?
With a 5mtr rib all up with kit, you've got to be pushing 750kg pretty close.

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=37011

Earlier discussion on estimated weights.
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Public weighbridge at Stirling by the A85 junction will answer that. (if you don't need a printout, it's operational 24/7 and free) I suspect there's probably one closer to you tho')
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But isn't the real question should the trailer be braked?
Too many choices…. My trailer came as a package with the RIB and engine when I bought it, so I assume it’s ok not braked?

I tied the hair back and replaced the bearings. All shiny and new now. Took it for a test run and seems ok……… My next long trip will tell (with all the spares, just in case!)
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Old 25 July 2010, 17:30   #55
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Too many choices…. My trailer came as a package with the RIB and engine when I bought it, so I assume it’s ok not braked?

I tied the hair back and replaced the bearings. All shiny and new now. Took it for a test run and seems ok……… My next long trip will tell (with all the spares, just in case!)
How did you torque your hub for bearing free play with new bearings ? .. not a trick question .. I did mine recently and was in two minds ?
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Too many choices…. My trailer came as a package with the RIB and engine when I bought it, so I assume it’s ok not braked?
There was a well known case a few years ago where a northern Police diving unit bought a RIB package built specially for them.
When they stuck the whole kit and caboodle on the weighbridge after taking it back to base it was grossly overweighted for the trailer.
RIB packages from some "volume" manufacturers are sometimes sold with as cheap a trailer as possible and usually fail to take into account all the extra weight over and top of the basic hull, engine and console.
I would check if I was at all unsure about the all up weight of my RIB and trailer. There are certainly a large number of people in this area that run around with grossly underated trailers for their ribs because they have decided brakes are too much hassle.
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Now call me old fashioned

But if all thats gone wrong with the trailer in 8 years is 1 set of (unserviced ?) bearings going North then that's kinda like a trailer that can handle the load.
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But isn't the real question should the trailer be braked?
With a 5mtr rib all up with kit, you've got to be pushing 750kg pretty close.

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=37011

Earlier discussion on estimated weights.
Worth thinking about
It's not worth THINKING about. There's too much "thinking about" stuff on the internet. With a 5.4m rib, all up with kit, you're just as likely to be comfortably under 750kg:

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...earider+weight

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There was a well known case a few years ago where a northern Police diving unit bought a RIB package built specially for them.
When they stuck the whole kit and caboodle on the weighbridge after taking it back to base it was grossly overweighted for the trailer.
RIB packages from some "volume" manufacturers are sometimes sold with as cheap a trailer as possible and usually fail to take into account all the extra weight over and top of the basic hull, engine and console.
I would check if I was at all unsure about the all up weight of my RIB and trailer. There are certainly a large number of people in this area that run around with grossly underated trailers for their ribs because they have decided brakes are too much hassle.
Did you get yours replated after you got the extra axle on it ?
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Old 26 July 2010, 05:31   #60
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How did you torque your hub for bearing free play with new bearings ? .. not a trick question .. I did mine recently and was in two minds ?
Before the weekend I'd have said 'you were having a laf' asking me this question! But now I know what you're talking about!

Anyway I followed the trusty instructions I tied the nut 'fingertight' then back 1 castle. (If that makes any sense!!!!!!!!)

It all worked fine on my 10 mile testing trip.......So I'd like to hope that's job done!
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