Originally Posted by hippyhunter
A secondary coupling is a legal requirement for all unbraked trailers."
I'm sure last time I checked (probably longer ago than I think) it was "Must be fitted if built after 19canteen" type thing, as I was specifically researching it.
As always, regs change to give you time to alter stuff. I guess longer has passed than I thought- bnever followed it up as it seemd like a good idea anyway even ifg it wasnlt legally needed so I fitted one. I had, however better check the chain's markings.....
Originally Posted by m chappelow
So after that i now always put a padlock or nut & bolt through the hole to stop anyone tampering whilst stationary .
Originally Posted by Nick Hearne
Car or trailer is on fire you may want to separate them quickly!
Why would you want them locked together give me a reason why, I can think of reasons why not to!
I;m with Nick on this one.....
it was illegal to tow with them locked together - even if not - I can be carrying upwards of 90L of highly flammable liquid..... I once forgot to unlock it on departure from a motorway services -later on I needed to unhitch to manandle through a small gap (ideally as my friend driove off out the way) - whilst the traffic backed up behind us as we faffed keying off the car, wwalking back, unlocking....etc etc etc.... That extra faff of unlocking & not being able to drive the car away caused untold chaos- and that without an accident!
The hitch on mine will only stay "open" if lifted clean off the ball, so in theory unless the little nyaff also lifted the hitch clear.....
Back to the OP, when I went to fetch my current boat I had a very nervous 40 miles back to the house. Like Fenlander, I looked at rebuilding the trailer as the chassis was about the only solid thing on it. Having priced up the bits I spent an extra £150 odd & bought a new trailer. On some trips I do as much distance on the road as I do on the water, so my trailer is equally important as the boat.
It's not just boat trailers that are quietly abandoned trhen fail mid journey. I can however see how a "once a year" move may result in a lack of maintenance.....