May I first of all put my cards on the table. I am Tony Woods, Sales Director for Bramber Trailers.
To all those that have posted complimentary notes regarding Bramber Trailers, it is gratifying to hear. I wouldn't normally enter discussions on a public website regarding the problems that Swanley Dive Club have experienced.
Having read some of the points that have been made, perhaps it would be prudent to simply point out that there are various reasons why trailer problems occur which include safe working loads, regular maintainance, set up, tie down procedure, and of course trailer design.
We at Bramber Trailers are proud of our commitmant to customer service, and in Swanley Dive Club's case, I can assure those reading this that everything has been done to ensure that they are happy with Bramber trailers. I know this to be true, because I gave my weekend up to ensure this was the case! Like any commercial organisation we are sometimes disappointed that bad news is posted on public websites whilst good news remains a secret. We will have to put this down to experience.
I am unable to comment on behalf of Humber for obvious reasons, however having dealt with them for a long time both with Bramber and Indespension, I can only comment that like Bramber they are a customer focused organisation that is in the business of keeping customers happy.
As a trailer manufacturer, I have found some of the attached threads about trailers in general most interesting. Regarding the alco axle with the waterproof bearings, I have experianced standard axles without any protection to the bearing chamber previously and can vouch that the problems they experiance can be horrendous. The addition of bearing savers to these axles helps but does not cure the problems they suffer from. In summary we at Bramber believe the alco axle to be the very best available. To those boaters that rigaously strip the bearings down after every launch, I acknowledge that the alco bearing unit is difficult to gain access to. We along with all trailer manufacturers have to design a product that meets the requirements of those that don't service after every launch because the majority of boaters don't.
Without wishing to turn this post in to a Bramber advert, I can assure all readers that no other trailer manufacturer is researching new brakeing systems, and bearing design, and chassis material developement like we are. Like all all developement projects, we have to design trailers that not only work, but meet the construction and use regulations, and most importantly meet the target price you guys will pay. Our military trailer specification is absaloutly superb, with disc brakes, adjustable towing heights, etc, they can even be lifted by a helicopter! Could we sell this spec in the liesure market? I fear not.
All our current braked trailers have waterproof bearings, stainless brake cables, and fresh water flushing systems as standard. Nobody else can match this specification.
We at Bramber aren't perfect, but we are happy to listen to any customers that have any feedback for us, good or bad. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 07875 359613.
Kind Regards, Tony Woods.