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Old 14 August 2013, 05:46   #1
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I need a trailer

Hi all I need a trailer for my RIB. It is 3.8m in length with a 25hp outboard in the back. I prefer to buy second hand (new are so expensive) and doesn't need to be anything fancy although a winch would be nice and brakes (so it can be parked and left on a slope).

Alternatively does anyone know anywhere in Plymouth I can hire a suitable trailer for say 15 max per day or whatever? My boat is stored fairly close to a public slipway and has sea legs on the rear however it requires a minimum of two strong men to launch and recovery is even harder when you're exhausted and at low tide etc, most of the time we end up just tying the painter to the roof rack of a car and towing it along the road the couple of hundred metres to its storage place

I just want to be able to easily launch and recover it single handedly or with minimal help and also be able to take it to other places.

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Believe me, for a SIB you REALLY, REALLY do not want the pain of a braked trailer.
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Hi thanks for the reply. Why not?
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I cannot answer that any better than here;
Trailer Brakes -how do they work?
In particular, post #4
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Hi thanks for the reply. Why not?
A lot of maintenance and additional costs compared to unbraked trailers. If it isn't being used much the brakes might seize and it is just hassle.

Get unbraked and use a wheel clamp that will in effect chock the wheels and stop it from moving have a look at bulldog wheel clamps
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A small rib is so light weight you don't need brakes to tow. A good sized wheel chock or two will be simpler to stop it rolling away on hills.
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A lot of maintenance and additional costs compared to unbraked trailers. If it isn't being used much the brakes might seize and it is just hassle.

Get unbraked and use a wheel clamp that will in effect chock the wheels and stop it from moving have a look at bulldog wheel clamps
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If you leave a braked trailer with the brakes on then you risk them locking up and not being able to move it - but expect you've been put off them by now anyway.
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Advice taken - do not get a braked trailer.

So now the more important question - where to buy one?
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I have a small trailer for offload use and having it roll away would be inconvenient so I cut the wheel off and installed a flat plate.

So far unless the camp site is steep the trailer stays put without brakes. To steep or loose I just tie it to the nearest tree.

Fully loaded with the 12 foot sib, 15 hp motor and all the camping gear it generally stays put even though it is in the 800 lb range

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