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Old 24 August 2007, 05:19   #1
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Need new trailer

After taking the rib out yesterday I was reversing the trailer on to the drive when the hitch snapped off the trailer!!!! friends reckon it can be repaired but I am losing my faith in the trailer!!

Have been looking at De-Graaff trailers to replace it with - any views about rollers or bunks? My current trailer has bunks which are easy to launch off and recover on to? Boat is 4.8 M

Any advice on trailer choice?
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Old 24 August 2007, 07:34   #2
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Looking at the way that has failed which looks like corrosion from the inside out I would dump it immediately and get something/anything - I don't think you could trust the structural integrity of the rest of it and if you weld a new drawbar on what is that going to add to the strength of the bit 3 feet back? It's probably due to salt water being inside the frame so the chances are it will be worse further back...

Good job it happened on your driveway!
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Old 24 August 2007, 08:51   #3
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Good job it happened on your driveway!
Could not believe it!! Have been towing up and down the M4 for the last couple of weeks and up some very steep slips! I am going to have to make a temporary repair to at least move the boat off the lawn and into the garage.

Need to find some body with a lorry with a crane on the back of to put onto new trailer to set it up properly etc.
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Old 24 August 2007, 12:33   #4
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Freak'in Trailers !@#$$%!$%@#$

Hey it must have loved you though to come apart at home.
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Old 24 August 2007, 13:45   #5
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Don't try and fix that-it's not even galvanised. As BogMonster said, it's probably structurally unsound.

You don't need a Hiab to swap it over though-winch the trailer out from under the boat, lowering the boat onto an old mattress or an old inflatable.

Winch the new trailer under the boat while holding the towhitch up in the air. If you can't do that with whichever trailer you're looking at then I'd look elsewhere for one-my bunked Hallmark Coaster 1 trailer for the sr4 could recover with the boat beached at a push due to an additional keel roller between the two rear guide rollers.
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Old 24 August 2007, 18:32   #6
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Have been looking at De-Graaff trailers to replace it with -
Any advice on trailer choice?
You can't go wrong with Mr. De Graaff's trailers...I went to his farm where he makes them...excellent quality and good value.
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Old 24 August 2007, 19:01   #7
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Any advice on trailer choice?

As you're a West Wales man, why don't you try CLH trailers at St Clears? Tel 01994 230055. Top firm and good value too. They'll build you a trailer to whatever spec you want - your choice of axle, coupling, wheels, mudguards, etc. They may have something in stock, as I suspect you're in a bit of a hurry

Indespension in Cardiff (Taff's Well) also keep a few boat trailers in stock
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Old 25 August 2007, 08:46   #8
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I think a bunk trailer for under 5 m boat is fine and probably cheaper . Mine is bunked and really easy to launch / recover alone . It does have rubber rollers for the keel .
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Old 25 August 2007, 08:58   #9
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You can't go wrong with Mr. De Graaff's trailers...I went to his farm where he makes them...excellent quality and good value.
Ditto!

Here is how I replaced the trailer on a fletcher arrowflash with a degraff:
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Old 27 August 2007, 04:45   #10
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Get a DeGraff - they're very good and reasonably priced. Have a look on ebay - they have an ebay shop where prices are a tiny bit cheaper. I would get one with rollers rather than bunks - bunks are a complete pain even on a small boat.
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