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Old 28 October 2014, 15:07   #1
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Contoversial Question for you!!

Hi all,
I have just been reading around the forum in this section and the wants / sale section. I understand some don't need to buy an expensive trailer but why does no one want to spend money on trailers? A trailer is the only thing between your very expensive boat and the tarmac.
To clarify - I am not making a dig, just curious why trailers are overlooked, ie. breaks and hitches being been disconnected. Do you trust your cars?
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Old 28 October 2014, 15:15   #2
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Funnily enough I have just bought a spanking new trailer and I am very pleased with it and miles better than the old one which was 17 years old and in need if some deep overhauling.


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Old 28 October 2014, 15:18   #3
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What makes you think that ignoring trailers, not spending money and disconnecting brakes is normal round here?

Which trailer manufacturer do you work for? My guess is snipe...
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Right okay - that didn't come across well. I did not mean to say just on this forum - I see it on gumtree ebay etc. Just interested to open a bit of a discussion really. No, I do not work for any trailer company, why would you guess Snipe?! I work in a marina and see dodgy trailers all the time!
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Old 28 October 2014, 16:02   #6
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So with the exception of the actual chassis there isn't much to a trailer.

wheels sometimes awkward sizes. Have a habit of rusting from salt exposure. Suspect between people having alloys these days and road wheels being washed by rain but trailer wheels being static they suffer.

bearings get plenty coverage on here

axles do occasionally fail. But not sure you can do much to prevent it.

brakes a pain. They rust and jam when dunked. Only needed if MAM is > 750kg. So if a bigger trailer being used for lighter work why not remove brakes? Can't think when I last saw a small unbraked trailer on its side. I see plenty of heavier braked ones...

hitch don't see them abandoned, but do see lots without breakaway. Usually unbreaked. Is that because its remarkably difficult to buy a type approved chain for sensible money.
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hitch don't see them abandoned, but do see lots without breakaway. Usually unbreaked. Is that because its remarkably difficult to buy a type approved chain for sensible money.
Where is type approval on a chain?
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does a sub 750kg trailer require a chain? never did the last time I towed one ( which was a long time ago to be fair)
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does a sub 750kg trailer require a chain? never did the last time I towed one ( which was a long time ago to be fair)
Yep sure does.
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For what it's worth. I also don' t work for Snipe or any other trailer manufacturer. Here at the Dry Stack we only get to look after trailers that aren't really used. And I think that's the problem. If you only use something rarely, chances are you don't maintain it well. If you use something regularly, chances are you don,'t maintain it until it fails.
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