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Old 16 December 2007, 15:21   #1
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De Graaf's

I was going to buy a Roller coaster 5 for my new Humber but on reading the threads the De Graaf's seem to be very recommended and considerably cheaper!
The SB1300 seems to be a good match for a 5.7m Ocean pro but I am unsure of the swingbeam arrangement.
Any good points or bad points on using one rather than a conventional rooler coaster with keel rollers?
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Old 16 December 2007, 15:39   #2
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My suggestion would be is to ring them and speak to the they will talk you through them
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Bruce I can't comment which is better , but I was after a de graff trailer and for me down in Cornwall delivery was the problem and cost that sent the price too high . I now have a roller coaster which I can't fault
You may have the same problem
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I would have to go South for the hull anyway, it would just be a detour beforehand picking up the trailer.
I would need to either drive several hundred miles to pick any trailer or pay for delivery anyway.
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Bruce, I have a 2500 kg Degraff trailer for my P22. I have had a rollercoaster trailer aswell. I would say that for the money, the degraff is a better buy. They have been well thought out and are exceptional value.

The rollercoaster from indespension is a good trailer and uses more or less the same swing beam setup (the degraff is available in swing beam or non swing beam) but at 30% more expensive I was put off.

Good luck. JC.
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I will be calling them in the morning but what type of wheel bearings do they use?
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I will be calling them in the morning but what type of wheel bearings do they use?
Degraff changed the axles on my RM trailer for me because they only use normal bearings rather than the sealed variety (which wern't ). The other thing is the rollers on Indepsension trailers are a rubber compound which degrades after a few years and leaves marks on your hull. Degraff use plastic wheels which will last longer than your boat

Always had a good service from Arthur, don't forget to pick up a spare set of bearings from him at the same time so you know which ones are fitted, oh and some bearing savers.

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I would need to either drive several hundred miles to pick any trailer or pay for delivery anyway.
Bruce,

Not sure where you are on the west coast, but if it's any help I've been looking at a replacement trailer and Indespension in Milngavie have Roller Coasters in stock (well, did last week!) , and Autow in Perth (normally an "agricultural" triailer specialist) are an agent for Rapide and were helpful when I spoke to them, but you'd have to wait for them to get one in.

I also looked at the Degraaf, but as said above, delivery or 2 tanks of diesel to fetch it kind of evened out the prices with the rest......
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Bruce,

Not sure where you are on the west coast, but if it's any help I've been looking at a replacement trailer and Indespension in Milngavie have Roller Coasters in stock (well, did last week!) , and Autow in Perth (normally an "agricultural" triailer specialist) are an agent for Rapide and were helpful when I spoke to them, but you'd have to wait for them to get one in.

I also looked at the Degraaf, but as said above, delivery or 2 tanks of diesel to fetch it kind of evened out the prices with the rest......
Trail West in Oban are Indespension dealers and generally have Roller Coasters in stock. They sell all the parts too (U bolts, winch posts, bearings etc.)
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I have talked to trailwest as I was originally going to buy the roller coaster from them.
I think I will get the De Graff instead as the 400-500 price difference is a bit much to bear if I don't need to.
I will just arrange things so that I pick up the trailer then head around to Humber for the RIB.
If I buy locally then I need to trail a trailer all the way south so the extra fuel for the De Graaf-Hull leg doesn't look so bad.
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