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Old 16 September 2005, 09:40   #11
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ouch!

I've never looked that hard at suspension arms-if you remove them would it be possible to pour cold galvanising paint into them for protection then paint the outside?
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Old 16 September 2005, 16:04   #12
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The upside is that it has "Bearing Buddies" fitted which are great. Downside, the rollers are held in place with washers and split-pins. The pins rust, become thin and bend which allows the rollers to drop off. I'm slowly replacing them all. There's 64!
I've got bearing buddies on my trailer (3-4years old) and just had it serviced - bearings like new!

Re: Split-Pins - I'm taking all the rollers off and re-greasing and replacing split pins with stainless ones. It's a lot easier to get on and off the trailer now (5.6m avon) - especially with the winch strop disconected!
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Old 07 May 2013, 02:43   #13
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Broken snipe suspension arm

Just read this thread as I was wondering if this was a common problem.Was on my way from Littlehampton to Oxfordshire when the exact same thing descirbed in this thread happened to me.Appears to be only relatively light surface rust on the suspension arm but it failed in exactly the same way as detailed at the the start of this thread.Only difference is my mudguard is still intact.I was amost home and on a country road so not going very fast.......thankfully.
So what are my options please?(apart from buy a new trailer).
1/ buy a replacement snipe part from company who took Snipe over.
2/ Get a custom made replacement(I see theres a company in Launceston Cornwall does that) I dont know how the price compares with a genuine Snipe part.The custom made one is about 200.
3/ Is there another type of axle I can buy off the shelf that is better/ stronger & will fit?
Just to clarify it is not an axle where you can buy and fit new units to the end of the axle, you have to replace the whole axle as the rubber type blocks are in the end of the galvanised box section.
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Old 07 May 2013, 03:32   #14
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Is that an unbraked trailer?
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Old 07 May 2013, 08:29   #15
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Yes it is.model number R13-360 capacity 360kgs, axle 145 x 10 peak
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Hi Jon


Just back from sailing around in the Irish Sea, apologies for missing your call.


I've left you a voicemail just now (Sat 11/05 circa 1800).

I can do a replacement (made to measure), galvanised, 500kg GVW axle for around 130.


All the best, Ben
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Just back from sailing around in the Irish Sea, apologies for missing your call.


I've left you a voicemail just now (Sat 11/05 circa 1800).

I can do a replacement (made to measure), galvanised, 500kg GVW axle for around 130.


All the best, Ben
Very good price
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Old 13 May 2013, 17:57   #18
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Jon, yes this is a common fault on Snipe trailers. If you search you'll find a thread from about six months ago that I started after the same thing happened to me. There were others also with Snipe trailers. The suspension arms are, IMO far too flimsy. I replaced mine with an axle from Extreme trailers which had solid cast arms rather than the welded box section used on the ones Snipe used.
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Old 14 May 2013, 05:57   #19
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Trailer guy, thanks for your message but by the time I got it I had already ordered a new axle from merseatrailers which should be arriving tomorrow.Once i have fitted the axle I will call you regarding your trailer service.
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No probs Jon, it should be nice and easy to fit, but if you get stuck just drop me a line and I'll happily chat you through it.
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