Good thread - thanks for posting.
I have had from new, a Rollercoaster 7 since 2012.
After three years I am quite happy with it. I realise I am tempting fate with this
statement but after once to Devon, twice to Cornwall,
three times to the South Coast, once to West Wales
with a further boat recovery from Dingle (thats almost in the USA!)
it hasn't let me down yet.
Its been serviced once by Indespension (it really felt like YTS trainees
and now its looked after by a local trailer mechanic.
It has no side or front lighting (just reflectors).
The bungees that hold on the trailer board have lasted fine -
although they are looking a little worn now so will replace.
The Pins/swinging frames etc all look fine with no cracks that I can see.
I have noticed that the coupling damper seems to have a little snatch in it now,
and maybe thats the next thing to replace.
Last year I fitted my own hub flush system, with some small brass adaptors
screwed into the threaded hole on the brake mounting plate and fed by two
lengths of hose, joined by a Y piece up by the winch.
Mudguards and brackes seem fine.
The Centre bolt on the winch reel bent, and started making the winch strap fray,
so that has been replaced.
Am sure its the future - running electrical wiring through the frame, but
a detachable light board seems to be a lot less hassle and problematic
for a trailer that gets dunked in sea water from time to time.
Reading other threads on other forums, I may have one of the
good uns from Indespension.
The trailer replaced a De Graff, and I think the lay up of the Indespension
is better with less flexing in evidence.
Originally Posted by willk
I've been using an Indespension Super Rollercoaster for two seasons (from new). Overall it's been, well, a bit of a rollercoaster experience - ups and downs!
The trailer frame has been solid. The hitch and braking system have held up well. It has bearing buddies and these have meant the bearings still look perfect and going into a third season. The brake shoes and associated gubbins are similar - a clean up and they should survive another year. The rollers have been good.
The brackets holding the mudguards on have fractured and needed welding and more support. I think they were vibrating and metal fatigue followed.
The lock pins for the swing beams all cracked and broke. Again, I suspect fatigue.
The trailer board was supplied with two bungee retainers. These failed on the third trip and cost me a £140 lighting board! Cable ties now...
The winch strap was a POS. I took it off this year and discovered the retaining pin had bent and the strap had frayed to 50%. Replaced with Dyneema (£££)
The unit has integrated side and forward lighting. None of this was remotely water resistant. The result was a swap out for sealed LED units (8) but unfortunately the water damage extends to the cabling, which appears not to be tinned and is now blackening. A full rewire is on the cards next season. I didn't bother to complain to the company as they'll say the lights aren't supposed to get submerged. Tell that to a wave at the slipway!
Now, a question about the rewire. The supply running back to the side lights runs through
each unit in a daisychain. This means a messy connection to waterproof (two wires/four cores into/for each lamp.) Any neat connections available for this job? I suppose I could run a cable to each lamp, but that's not very elegant....