Originally Posted by kaman
The trailer should be well up for the short journey you described.
Your bunks look quite a bit higher than the trailer frame hence I would think some sort of padding will be required to support the keel.
My trailer never goes in the water as I dry launch using transom wheels.
I do cover large distances with the trailer and sib, with the sib loaded to the gunnels with everything from food to camping gear to even a mountain bike.
I'm very particular about the bearings in particular.
Think it goes back to 20 years ago when my old man was towing his boat along and the nearside wheel bolts sheared - wheel came off and bounced down the road overtaking the tow car.
It was not pretty!!
Look after your trailer and it will look after you - that's my philosophy.
All the best look forward to seeing the completed project!
Last October when I got new hubs for the trailer I used non-waterproof grease as I didn't think we'd be using a slip, after 4 dunks total the grease absorbed the water, new set of bearings all round, however the bearings have been left to the elements as I broke the dust caps for them for a few months so grit etc has got in, causing bearing grumble, so I have another set of bearings and new dust covers! The SIB would only be loaded with the engine, fuel tank and any kit we can't put in the car!
The bunks do appear higher although from eye I reckon there would be about 10cm between them, so perhaps a keel support will be in order! Will keep updating as I make more progress ☺