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Old 08 July 2012, 14:55   #1
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Reversing up a steep incline

We've put an offer in today for a house that pretty much works for us in all areas, except one. The house is situated at the top of a cul-de-sac and it has a carport that would offer some protection from the sun but there is a very steep incline to get to it.

The boat & trailer weigh 1,850 kgs and I have a 3 litre diesel Navarra for towing. Without disconnecting the brakes, is there any way to stop the wheels locking up ? The clutch would take an awful hammering as it is.

Other potential problems are the possibility of the trailer grounding out at the bottom and top of the incline and I am also concerned as I would need to reverse partially across the slope that I might lose the boat off the trailer.

I was thinking that I could launch the boat and have a dry run with an empty trailer but storage is looking a distinct possibility.

Anybody got any experience in this area ? Thanks in advance.
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Old 08 July 2012, 15:08   #2
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We've put an offer in today for a house that pretty much works for us in all areas, except one. The house is situated at the top of a cul-de-sac and it has a carport that would offer some protection from the sun but there is a very steep incline to get to it.

The boat & trailer weigh 1,850 kgs and I have a 3 litre diesel Navarra for towing. Without disconnecting the brakes, is there any way to stop the wheels locking up ? The clutch would take an awful hammering as it is.

Other potential problems are the possibility of the trailer grounding out at the bottom and top of the incline and I am also concerned as I would need to reverse partially across the slope that I might lose the boat off the trailer.

I was thinking that I could launch the boat and have a dry run with an empty trailer but storage is looking a distinct possibility.

Anybody got any experience in this area ? Thanks in advance.
I think your main problem is grounding, the others you can get around.
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Old 08 July 2012, 15:23   #3
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Old 08 July 2012, 15:25   #4
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i use a mr shifta 2, made to move caravans and boats i use mine to push and turn round a corner on an incline, find a stockist near you and ask for demo, if it works buy second hand it worked for me, no more broken backs, and shouting at the wife from the drivers seat. hope this is an option.
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i use a mr shifta 2, made to move caravans and boats i use mine to push and turn round a corner on an incline, find a stockist near you and ask for demo, if it works buy second hand it worked for me, no more broken backs, and shouting at the wife from the drivers seat. hope this is an option.
still depends on the approach angle even with a mover?
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Old 08 July 2012, 15:55   #7
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Old 08 July 2012, 15:57   #8
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Put a tow ball on the front of the motor and push it up.
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I agree with the above - stick a towball and that'll negate your clutch problem. You can buy a front fit towbar, with a detachable neck, for a Navara, for around 160.

Your boat won't move on your trailer if it's strapped down correctly - promise!

If you mount the towball on a plate, to bring it up high enough, you might not ground it either.

To stop the brakes coming on you could get a collar made up, to fit between the coupling head and body, this would stop the drawbar compressing and actuating the brakes.
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Put it in low box it will just creep up then no need to ride clutch
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