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Old 12 December 2016, 14:01   #1
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Brake flush - hozelock fitting

I have a Snipe trailer which came fitted with brake flush ports.

Rather annoyingly, there is one port on each side of the trailer (as opposed to a single port that does both brakes at once), and no hozelock connection. You hold a naked hose in place, and hope it doesn't spray everywhere.

Is there a hozelock adapter on the market, or do I need to change the fitting?
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Old 12 December 2016, 15:21   #2
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do you mean one on each drum back plate or have you the pipework too the fittings are just push together units like on pub beer lines think the pipework is 10mm mine connect to a t piece in the middle of the axle and a single pipe to a normal garden hose lock connector
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Old 12 December 2016, 15:27   #3
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I just had the same problem and put a tee piece in to link them then machined an adaptor to go from 3/4 bsp to 16mm x 1.5 pitch as its air pipe fittings I am using take a trip to your local hydraulic place or plumbers merchants to see what they can fix you out with or eBay 271428401633 this type of thing
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Old 12 December 2016, 16:09   #4
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Fek me its not easy is it ! Anyone would think that Hozelock connectors have never been used on boats before....nothing on Snipes website, and fek all information available on the type of hose used etc. So frustrating. Guess will have to call them up tomorrow to find out about the options open to me.
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there's a good tutorial on u tube
https://youtu.be/Ulr3igcg8NA
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And to stop water going everywhere when you're pushing the hozelock onto the flush connector just bend the hosepipe back on itself a couple of feet from the connector to stop the flow & then release it to let the flow resume. Same to disconnect.
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I spoke with Mersea Trailers (Owner of the Snipe trailer brand). Seems that the barbed connection on the brake drums will take standard garden hoze.

So ordered a length of hose, a Hozelock 3-way connector, and some Hozelock quick release connectors.

With some zip ties I want to end up with a single hozelock connection at rear of trailer feeding water into both brakes.

Would be good to take this a stage further and also have this feeding the flush port of the outboard. That way I can make one connection that flushes everything, and leave it for 10 mins or so.
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You might find that you don't have enough water pressure to feed all at the same time & risk starving the engine. The brake flush points are basically open ends
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Yes good point. However there is only one way to find out. If the water comes out of the "pee hole" of the outboard at reasonable pressure, then all good.
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Yes good point. However there is only one way to find out. If the water comes out of the "pee hole" of the outboard at reasonable pressure, then all good.
Don't do it, water coming out pee hole doesn't mean squat for pressure unfortunately. I get overheat alarms on hose only after a short period, is pi33ing water like a race horse but it isn't enough.
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