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Old 09 May 2008, 13:45   #1
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Hub sheared off!

Well that got your attention!

Now the problem, our boat trailer (rowing boats- see the wallingford regatta thread) was on its way back from wallingford regatta at the weekend when the wheel and hub sheared off. Luckily the wheel went into the verge. The trailer is a double axle and so didn't tip over thankfully. The trailer was recovered very slowly back to dorney lake. I'm now going up tomrrow to recover the boats on a different trailer but my question is...

could i remove the opposite wheel and travel safely back on the remaining axle? (trailer would be empty!)

I dont know what my other options would be?

Any ideas or opinions would be very welcome, its not exactly something ive ever experienced before!

Nevertheless i will put some photos up tomorrow when i see for myself first hand.

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Well that got your attention!

Now the problem, our boat trailer (rowing boats- see the wallingford regatta thread) was on its way back from wallingford regatta at the weekend when the wheel and hub sheared off. Luckily the wheel went into the verge. The trailer is a double axle and so didn't tip over thankfully. The trailer was recovered very slowly back to dorney lake. I'm now going up tomrrow to recover the boats on a different trailer but my question is...

could i remove the opposite wheel and travel safely back on the remaining axle? (trailer would be empty!)

I dont know what my other options would be?

Any ideas or opinions would be very welcome, its not exactly something ive ever experienced before!

Nevertheless i will put some photos up tomorrow when i see for myself first hand.

Jimmy
Safely and unloaded, maybe. However you'll get hammered if the police or VOSA see you.
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Old 09 May 2008, 14:44   #3
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However you'll get hammered if the police or VOSA see you.
Why? as long as the remaining axle has the capacity to carry the weight of the empty trailer and the nose weight is ok what laws are they breaking?
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Why? as long as the remaining axle has the capacity to carry the weight of the empty trailer and the nose weight is ok what laws are they breaking?
'Coz they wont like it.
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Why? as long as the remaining axle has the capacity to carry the weight of the empty trailer and the nose weight is ok what laws are they breaking?

If it's there it has to work. Having wheels missing is a defect.
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Old 09 May 2008, 16:51   #6
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so i were able to unbolt one of the axles then the trailer would be legal?

I dont really want to chance anything, so looking at having it recovered at the moment, the RAC are going to love us!!!
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so i were able to unbolt one of the axles then the trailer would be legal?
Probably not-it'll have a 2-axle plate on it and only one axle. Can't say definitively, but I'd bet the fuzz would have no idea and still try to give you points.
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well this was the trailer/damage when i appeared this morning, the tyre has gone, including the hub it was attached to. the nut is still there with split pin etc, so i have no idea what really happened.

The other axle appears to be ok, but if this has happened to one, then i'm very dubious about the other!

Nos, i checked the axle and it would be possible to remove the axles seperatly but i'm sure it would be and 'interesting' trip home, so very reluctant.

Think we are going to get it recovered and fixed properly.

Also i found out today that the guy responsible for maintenance of the trailer is in centre parks this weekend, what else has he failed to maintain????

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It is hard to tell from the pic if the bearing and hut nut are polished or overheated due to a seized bearing or damaged in any way.
Either the outer bearing has completely collapsed (most likely) or the hub has broken (this is very rare) Have you the hub to see what happened?
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It sounds like the bearing has collapsed.
What you see it in the picture is what is left. The wheel disappeared into the verge somewhere along a 1/2 mile stretch of road and they couldn't find it!
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