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Old 18 September 2012, 14:58   #151
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Your longitudinals are substantially longer in relation to your overall trailer length than Indespension's are. I can only imagine on that basis that your swing beams are positioned further apart as well, resulting in a lower capacity to maintain zero deflection, when compared with the Indespension trailer.
The Inde 1.3HE trailer is meant for heavy engined (HE) boats. It's a 'development' of the original Roller Coaster 1 from the 1990s which had an 870kg GVW - same frame and roller assemblies, but a heavier rated axle (1100kg). The majority of the boat's weight would be carried on the single bunk of rollers, relatively close to the axle, with a pair of roller supports and a keel roller carrying a lot less weight forward of the axle.
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Old 18 September 2012, 15:24   #152
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It's a British boat though-another muppet stuck an illegal (in the UK) American trailer under it at some point
Glad to see the muppets got exported as well


I don't know much about the original trailer, max gross trailer weight over here is 3,000lbs (1360 kg) unless braked. I doubt a 17ft boat with a 80hp engine exceeded that, so seems about right. There's really no way that boat can be trailered at <750kgs so the OP could have saved himself a whole lotta sweat and steel by just getting a better tow vehicle.
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Old 18 September 2012, 21:23   #153
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Glad to see the muppets got exported as well


I don't know much about the original trailer, max gross trailer weight over here is 3,000lbs (1360 kg) unless braked. I doubt a 17ft boat with a 80hp engine exceeded that, so seems about right. There's really no way that boat can be trailered at <750kgs so the OP could have saved himself a whole lotta sweat and steel by just getting a better tow vehicle.
And thats just what I would like to do but I dont have any money in the bank right now and selling my current car could take quite a while, so its unlikely the boat will get much use this year.
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Old 19 September 2012, 04:32   #154
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And thats just what I would like to do but I dont have any money in the bank right now and selling my current car could take quite a while, so its unlikely the boat will get much use this year.
That sounds good news
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Old 19 September 2012, 05:31   #155
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And thats just what I would like to do but I dont have any money in the bank right now and selling my current car could take quite a while, so its unlikely the boat will get much use this year.
You could always start making & selling trailers, that should bring a few bob in. You've proved you know what you're doing & should now have the confidence to go forward. Just make sure that you get the type approval & CE marking sorted out & Bobs your uncle. Oh & make sure you get plenty of product liability insurance, simples for a man of your capability
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Old 25 May 2013, 18:07   #156
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Hi guys...Just wanted to give you an update on my current circumstances. I have been working full time for several months now so I am no longer in any financial difficulties.
I finally used the trailer I built to launch my boat and I have to say it was just as easy to use as I hoped it would be. I launched my boat single handed and the wheels didn't even get wet! It it was recovered with me holding the bow of the boat straight on to the centreline of the trailer against the running tide on the Thames and then it was winched on by a woman who had never even been near a boat trailer before! It tows like a dream, the caravan axle suspension giving the boat a very smooth ride and the brakes work perfectly.
Also I swapped my little Mazda 2 1.4 TDS for something with more towing capacity, a Vauxhall Zafira 2.0 DTI, which I found on Swapz. It was a straight swap and no money changed hands! Next I managed to find a used Witter towbar for it going cheap on ebay and once I had it fitted I was ready to roll.
The final addition was to swap the 13" steel caravan wheels for 14" five spoke Renault Clio alloys. (a perfect fit on my Knott axle BTW!) I bought three of them from a bloke on ebay for 40. I got three so that I could have a spare.
So all is well here, except in the trying to find myself a good woman department but that's only a matter of time.
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Old 27 May 2013, 08:22   #157
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Welcome back!

Did you drill those holes, or just go with the bigger tow car?

Out of curiosuity, if you didn't get the wheels wet I assume it was a helluva steep slip? My Roller trailer if I try to do a "dry wheels" launch or recovery puts a fair old bend on the chassis beams when the whole weight of the boat is supported by the rear rollers - I reckon form the dimentsions yiou quoted mine are roughly twice as deep as yours - and my wee boat only weighs 420KG full of fuel.....
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Old 24 June 2013, 19:25   #158
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This has put me right off any thoughts of modding a trailer to use with a 75kg SIB...

What a topic!



I was all set for an early night and then I come across all 16 pages of this unputdownable Ribnet classic.
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