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Old 14 August 2013, 09:17   #1
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Flush kit position

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On one if yesterday's services I fitted a flushing kit for the customer.

If any of you have the twin rail Snipe trailers this is an excellent mounting point for the Hozelock:
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Old 14 August 2013, 10:02   #2
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I have been sucking my teeth over fitting a flush kit to my rapide trailer for a long time now. I have read through a few threads on this but yet so see any concrete evidence that they make a difference.

Has anyone got any views on this or can demonstrate improved longevity since fitting a flushing kit against before fitting?

My closest slipway is a good 100+ miles away from where the trailer lives so the hubs dry out and I suppose with some salt in there but i do wash the hubs after every dunk and do put the hose against some of the tiny drilled holes in the back plate to do the best I can.

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I'd say go for it!...I have one (fitted from new) and I think they work well...I'm always amazed at the Crap and Crud it dislodges after a flushing!...so it would follow it get's rid of at least most of the salt post Dunking!
Especialy good when used with a Power washer!...and I also find them useful for cooling the Brakes/Bearings with Fresh water before Launching i.e. after a long Tow.
Also have the Alloy Hub- Bearing protectors fitted,which seem to work well too....Anyway Towed this trailer in excess of 4,000 miles+ so far...with MANY Launches /Recovery's and thankfully no problems
And I do Check it regularly.
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Ah but do you check your nuts regularly though as nothing is worse than loose nuts!!
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I've been thinking about one of these kits but know very little about them.


I may be well off the mark here but could you gravity flush the brakes using a five gallon drum on the bow of the boat connected to the hose lock connector?

Or does it require mains pressure?
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I've been thinking about one of these kits but know very little about them.


I may be well off the mark here but could you gravity flush the brakes using a five gallon drum on the bow of the boat connected to the hose lock connector?

Or does it require mains pressure?
That seems a lot of Hassel to go to!!...
Mains Pressure+ Hose-pipe... or Better still a Power washer, does the job!...and a Few Others on the Boat/ Engine/Trailer too!
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That seems a lot of Hassel to go to!!..
I'm guessing A1an doesn't have ready access to fresh water at the boat (and doesn't bring the boat home after each trip) but could easily bring a can of water with him?
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Made up one for my trailer myself and it made a huge difference as we have had no problem with seized drums since. The brakes used to lock up almost everytime before we fitted it as we only towed it up the ramp into the boatyard. Would not recommended using a pressure washer as they have high pressure but low flow and its the quantity of water you need. We connect ours up and roll forward a couple of meters to ensure it all gets a good soaking with fresh water.
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I'm guessing A1an doesn't have ready access to fresh water at the boat (and doesn't bring the boat home after each trip) but could easily bring a can of water with him?
If so...and having gone to all that Trouble I cant see the Gravity thing working Poly,can you?..Although a Hose is fine,and a lot of Slipways these days come complete with Fresh Water Facility's ...I get best results when using a Pressure Washer as I said,...as it gets into all the Nooks and Crannie's and sorts it.
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Made up one for my trailer myself and it made a huge difference as we have had no problem with seized drums since. The brakes used to lock up almost everytime before we fitted it as we only towed it up the ramp into the boatyard. Would not recommended using a pressure washer as they have high pressure but low flow and its the quantity of water you need. We connect ours up and roll forward a couple of meters to ensure it all gets a good soaking with fresh water.
My experience pretty much before I had the flushing ports....But Don't agree at all about lack of flow....I use a Hose at the slip when poss, then the Washer when I get home..for the whole Boat... The Pressure washer is far better for flushing! Just do it a little longer if your worried
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