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Old 01 November 2012, 10:27   #11
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Number plate is (will be) on a short board that will be sat atop the engine leg and held down by the engine securing strap
To save you doing that, could you fit the number plate above one of the light clusters? One of the square types. I did this a while ago on one of my other trailers. It kept all the wiring in the same place and didn't matter if it got slightly dunked. I'll do a quick sketch.
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Old 01 November 2012, 12:29   #13
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I looked at something like that, but the geometry of my trailer is such that I would have had a serous risk of removing the number plate with either the hull, the floor or the garage door pillar.

I have an added twist in that my garage is at the bottom of a slope, and so anything sticking out more than about 9" from the back of the chassis WILL hit the floor on entry / exit, so I can't go below the chassis rail. It would have stuck up too far & fouled the rollers if I went above the lights, and if I went tothe side, the door pillar will likely remove it. Having mucked about with various ideas on how to make it foldable and / or attach it with a 2 pin inline bulgin, (including acquiring an old 2Hp clamp & clamping to the transom) I eventually reckoned that if I had the engine sipport block at the appropriate length, the case / leg geometry is perfect for wedging in a wooden thing with a couple of bungees and / or the engine securing ratchet.

Cable to the front because there is also a boat battery charge cable pops out the splitter box, so I am already plugging in at the front of the trailer. Running the cable inside the boat & plugging at the hitch keeps another connection out the brine which is a good thing, the only negative being "laying" a cable along the bottom of the boat which I do anyway now & takes about 20 seconds.

The main reason for going down this route was to not need to find somewhere to put a 2m manky plank & keep the car clean inside. If the board is up by the engine, it will be relatively clean, not much bigger than a number plate & so fit in the boot (trunk). Also the aerodynamics will be slightly improved, as it's less flat area in a relatively open airflow to drag through the air (it's shielded by the engine)


I don't envisage a scenario where the trailer will go anywhere without the boat on, and if it ever does I dig out the lighting plank that it uses at the moment!
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Old 01 November 2012, 17:07   #14
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'spose you never drive at over 70 too
60, with trailer, surely........
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well of course never, ever, at all officer...but if I did, although of course I dont, if I saw a camera ahead or suspicious looking vehicle (Volvo on the M6 in Cumbria), in my rear view mirror, I would if I were a miscreant, which of course I'm not, adjust my speed to avoid the unwanted attention and advances of the said threat. Esp as said threat might then want to have a butcher's at all the other bits and bobs on m'trailer as each offence would boost his performance indicator points.
It ain't that easy to get out and move the board off of the A frame at 59.5 mph.
However I passed a very black, very tattered and obviously commercial workboat rib on a very dark motorway t'other night with no lights whatsoever showing. B....difficult to see (need specsavers appointment).
Fair enuff 'cept we had just both driven past a patrol car perched on his platform off the hard shoulder ( by which time I was doing 69.5mph so m'eyes aren't that bad!) and nowt happened at all.
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The board should be attached to the trailer not the load.......don't forget the prop bag.
If you want to get nicked by a bored cop then avoid the above, but if you get stopped then you'll get everything else checked too. Loose tanks on the boat etc., nose weight etc., etc.,
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erm thats wot I said...but why use one word when I can use 15
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erm thats wot I said...but why use one word when I can use 15
W., interesting precis, maybe a few bits skipped
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Agree entirely. By illegally mounting your lighting on the load rather than the trailer you are asking to be pulled over and be given a good going over.

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If you want to get nicked by a bored cop then avoid the above, but if you get stopped then you'll get everything else checked too. Loose tanks on the boat etc., nose weight etc., etc.,
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