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Old 23 September 2009, 02:44   #1
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Euro Trailer?

Anyone heard of them, apparently fairly new onto the market here, made of aluminium so very lightweight and rot proof, going to look at one this week.
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Lot of people use Aluminum trailers here. Advantages are as you state.

There are some disadvantages:

Tires may cause the entire trailer to float while recovering, and after launching. This is rather detrimental when using a slipway with a crosscurrent. Becomes more of a problem with multiple axles, of course. I know several people who have bolted blocks of lead to the rear of the trailer to help with this. Kind of defeats the whole "lighter than a steel trailer" thing.

Have to be careful of using steel hardware to mount stuff: dissimilar metals can accellerate corrosion at those points. Use anti-sieze and inspect often.

Aluminum is weaker than steel: the frame rails should be reasonably beefy compared to steel frame members.


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Old 23 September 2009, 12:19   #3
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Lot of people use Aluminum trailers here. Advantages are as you state.

There are some disadvantages:

Tires may cause the entire trailer to float while recovering, and after launching. This is rather detrimental when using a slipway with a crosscurrent. Becomes more of a problem with multiple axles, of course. I know several people who have bolted blocks of lead to the rear of the trailer to help with this. Kind of defeats the whole "lighter than a steel trailer" thing.

Have to be careful of using steel hardware to mount stuff: dissimilar metals can accellerate corrosion at those points. Use anti-sieze and inspect often.

Aluminum is weaker than steel: the frame rails should be reasonably beefy compared to steel frame members.


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Thanks for the that jky, would never have thought of the floating problem!
I know exactly what you mean about the dissimilar metals, I've got a Land Rover Defender and the doors are a prime example of that
I'll check the frame size too
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Aluminum is weaker than steel: the frame rails should be reasonably beefy compared to steel frame members.


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this is so true grasshopper! so should the brackets
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Brackets will most likely be the normal galvanised steel ones, I'd guess.

Generally it's only the frame members themselves that are aluminum (though I suppose some manufacturers may do things differently.)

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Still not seen the trailer but assume this is them
http://www.gullwingtrailers.co.uk/index.html
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When it comes to ally boat trailers, these are the dogs....http://www.harbeck-trailer.com/trail..._to_3_5_MT.htm
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well went and ordered one and now delivered, Gullwing very much looking for feedback on this (hence I got a price!)
Spec is 1500kg, braked, 40 'wobble' rollers, hub flush, 'roller ramp', extending drawbar. Sealed bearings (which almost put me off completely but they've given me a full 5 (yes 5) year warranty on, time will tell!
Haven't got it wet yet so intend tying those brake lines up so they dont hold water, greasing the exposed brake cables and wheel studs if they're not done. Anything else?
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What's the latest on that old Blue Band you've bought to go on the back? Last seen on 'Flipper'.
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you mean me 2.5 liter Etec Eater?
Getting there, later this week I hope
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