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Old 05 December 2005, 18:59   #21
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Snipe Trailer, crap slipway always have dunk her to above the mudguards. Always leave the brakes cool before I dunk it and then plenty of fresh water (as in 5 mins at least per hub). Service it annually (Don't forget to grease the brake lines!!), and the only time the brakes have ever bound together was when somebody left the handbrake on for 4 weeks!!

Anyways, they still work perfectly and have to, all of the routes to the slipways we use are closer to rally stages than roads (the joys of Irish motoring ). Tow car is a Merc E200 Kompressor.
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Old 06 December 2005, 07:37   #22
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oh and a good point just made, never leave the trailer with the brakes on, that is a sure way to cause probs i have found
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Old 06 December 2005, 08:18   #23
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Confused.......

Thanks for all the replies, I guess I'd better get the brakes mended then.

However I am still confused about how the problem can be avoided.

My typical trip is 20 min drive, 20 mins preparing while brakes cool. 1 min dip up to the mudguards to launch the boat. Leave by slipway for 4 to 8 hours. Dip up to the mudguards for 2 to 10 mins depending on how well the recovery goes. Secure boat, 20 mins drive home. Wash down boat and trailer with hose, park up.

So after a short dip it sits there for a few hours and after a longer dip it is about an hour later when I can wash it off. Is this too late? Has the salt been eating away at the brakes all that time and washing them off is locking the stable door after the horse has bolted?

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Old 06 December 2005, 08:55   #24
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i would wash off straight after it has been in the water so the salt has not had time to dry on if that is possible
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Please dont do it ! I had an accident which involved a fatality. with a 4wheel trailer which had defective brakes and unequal tyre pressures neither of which was the cause of the accident .The end result was a huge fine 4.5k in total and the nagging feeling that if the trailer was all ok maybe the accident would not of happened ( the police confirmed that it would not have made any differnce) but you still have to live with that feeling . If it is all uptogether you have one less thing to worry about when things do go wrong .
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Flushing

I have a wee boat and so an unbraked trailer... ...but my trailer manufacturer (EZLoader) supply a brake flushing kit for their braked trailers.

It looks like its just a couple of hose pipes that get to the important bits. I presume its possible to create something similar yourself. It may also be possible to connect this to a large bottle of water to flush through with fresh water which must be better than nothing if there is no hose available.

I also have "oil bath" bearings, rather than greesed bearings - and would be interested in anyones feelings/thoughts/experience of these.

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Old 06 December 2005, 15:12   #27
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I tow from Penryn to Falmouth, about 3 miles tops, as i am lazy i dunk the trailer both on launch and recovery. Most times i jet wash the boat and trailer on the way back although often not.

Sometimes the brakes have seized a little and only once have i needed to jack it up and give the drums a tap. Normally a push pull with the car is enough to sort it quickly.

I always launch and recover with cold bearings.
I never park the trailer with the brake on.
I always pull forward a few inches after reversing.

Now when checking the boat and always the day after use, I move it an inch or to each way- just enough to move the wheels i don't even have to remove the clamp. Since doing this there is never any sign of seize at all.

I always try the brakes gently every time i use it, and all seams fine.

The trailer is a Hallmark Roller Coaster 1.

The above works for me, i know i should do a lot more but thats life.
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Old 06 December 2005, 15:39   #28
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I tow from Penryn to Falmouth
What I want to know mark, if you tow from penryn to falmouth - is why you havnt been at any of our SW get togethers. either on or off the water...
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Old 16 December 2005, 13:09   #29
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Hi, I'm sure we'll meet up soon, I've been very busy with work and everything is always last minute. I have been watching the xmas scilly run with interest but will again decide last min depending on weather and all the other stuff.

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Please dont do it ! I had an accident which involved a fatality. with a 4wheel trailer which had defective brakes and unequal tyre pressures neither of which was the cause of the accident .The end result was a huge fine 4.5k in total and the nagging feeling that if the trailer was all ok maybe the accident would not of happened ( the police confirmed that it would not have made any differnce) but you still have to live with that feeling . If it is all uptogether you have one less thing to worry about when things do go wrong .
As to unequal tyre pressure I wonder how many people bother checking theirs on their cars???

When I was hiring cars constantly it was amazing how different the pressures were - and they were brand new cars. Had a Vectra and the ABS kept kicking in when the roads were dry - checked the pressures - one front tyre was at 44psi - the rest were 30!!!

Have a halfrods digital guage on my keyring now - check every week.
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