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Old 04 December 2005, 18:00   #11
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Dont do it. The one time you'll need the brakes will be the time you kill someone or total your boat because they arent there.

The 'it'll total your boat anyway' argument doesnt ring true-last year I was towing my old microplus cabin cruiser with a full complememnt of gear aboard with the girlfriend's Rover 418....the trailer weighed over a tonne with it onboard. Some blind old granny pulled out on me making me slam on the brakes at 30mph in a corner (not a blind one!) and the trailer brakes were the only reason I stopped in time. The trailer would have jack-knifed without them-and the boat was fine.
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Old 04 December 2005, 18:05   #12
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...but in reality they don't work after a dunking.

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One of my boating buddies is a brake specialist I've had him stripping an adjusting the things so many times.
It ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it....
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Old 04 December 2005, 18:10   #13
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It ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it....
yep.... the microplus's hallmark trailer brakes had been fully submerged 5 times and were still fine....and still are. Spoke to the guy I sold it to last week.
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Old 04 December 2005, 18:30   #14
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I can only comment from a different perspective - I tow my boat with a standard front wheel drive car and without my brakes I would be buggered. I have already had an emergency stop situation on a blind bend and am 100% certain that without the brakes I would have crashed.

I read all the discussions on corroding brakes with great interest as I depend on them with my tow vehicle.

Its encouraging to hear that some people have never had problems with their brakes and scary to hear others stories.

I will be inspecting mine at least once a year, probably more often.
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Old 05 December 2005, 04:33   #15
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ensure hubs are packed with grease and some light layer of copper slip on some brake parts works wonders

also check the adjusting rod for movement

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I can only comment from a different perspective - I tow my boat with a standard front wheel drive car and without my brakes I would be buggered. I have already had an emergency stop situation on a blind bend and am 100% certain that without the brakes I would have crashed.

I read all the discussions on corroding brakes with great interest as I depend on them with my tow vehicle.

Its encouraging to hear that some people have never had problems with their brakes and scary to hear others stories.

I will be inspecting mine at least once a year, probably more often.
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I reckon, and I'm yet to be convinved otherwise, that the only way to keep them in perfect working order when they are regularly being dunked in the sea is to remove th hub wash and lube them EVERY time after submersion. The only reason I can think of why most of you guys don't appear to suffer as greatly as me and my oppos is that on recovery you tow much greater distances. This might dry the brakes out more thoroughly, my ten minute tootal home might not. As for fancy lubes and greases? Been there.
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ensure hubs are packed with grease and some light layer of copper slip on some brake parts works wonders

also check the adjusting rod for movement
Pack the hubs with grease and the brakes wont work at all and may result in a fire!!
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yes i do normall have to travel some 30 miles and othertimes a minimum of 6 miles so that might be it......but it might be down to my manual shifting in my auto box with incredible smooth technique that helps the hubs...
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I reckon, and I'm yet to be convinved otherwise, that the only way to keep them in perfect working order when they are regularly being dunked in the sea is to remove th hub wash and lube them EVERY time after submersion. The only reason I can think of why most of you guys don't appear to suffer as greatly as me and my oppos is that on recovery you tow much greater distances. This might dry the brakes out more thoroughly, my ten minute tootal home might not. As for fancy lubes and greases? Been there.
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I reckon, and I'm yet to be convinved otherwise, that the only way to keep them in perfect working order when they are regularly being dunked in the sea is to remove th hub wash and lube them EVERY time after submersion. The only reason I can think of why most of you guys don't appear to suffer as greatly as me and my oppos is that on recovery you tow much greater distances. This might dry the brakes out more thoroughly, my ten minute tootal home might not. As for fancy lubes and greases? Been there.

Good point- I tow 75 miles each way, hose the trailer down straight after engine flushing and all the grease nipples got a good going over with a grease gun with marine grease in too-including the cables.

It's nice not having to have brakes now!
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Just for the record, my searider is on an unbraked trailler and has to weigh in about 650kgs which is ok for my Discovery. This year I was cut up at a roundabout and had to do an emergency stop. Sad to say i stamped revoR dnaL into the back of a brand new vauxhall, well allmost, it was 2 weeks old. Worst bit about was it bent my bumper . Insurance sorted it all out but the driver was a bit miffed.

Even though I was within the weight limit for the vehicle, my brakes and tyres were in good condition and the road was dry, it was an unfortunate mistake that would not have happened if my trailler had had brakes. I will finish building my new combi trailler...

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