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Old 15 September 2005, 18:47   #1
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Evening all,

My trailer suspension sheared off on the way home on Monday. The wheel ended up at an awkward 45deg angle, and took the mudguard with it - luckily no damage to the boat .

Anyway, just to say, if you have a snipe trailer with the integrated suspension axle setup, keep an eye on the suspension arms, as it would appear it doesn't take much rust to severely weaken them. Mine was only three years old, washed with fresh water after every use and stored in a garage.
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Old 15 September 2005, 18:53   #2
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Good to hear no damage to your boat.

Have you got it all sorted out now?
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Can you post a pic Dan? Would be nice to see what actually happened.
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The new axles sitting by the front door - just need to swap them over.

Sorry about the quality of the picture, it was taken with my phone. Apparently they can't galvanise those bits so they rust really quickly.
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Shite to hear we have the same problem changing annualy or if you are lucky every other year, very high level of salty water seriously problem we are having with somekind of acid at our powerboat club slipway, we need to change anodes and trim tabs every year.

Good for the business

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We buy our trailers from Shorelander, Riba, Motova and Karavan we bought some Bramber trailers as we ran out of trailers and those we will not buy again looks like your Snipe not very strong and with too many clamps.

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I think that box section was to thin and had been flexing slightly, causing the surface rust in the middle to flake off and then the newly exposed area would rust and flake off etc. The ends where I had been keeping an eye on the rust are still really solid, the rust only being superficial, however the middle area where it sheared is paper thin.
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I have an older snipe break back trailer Dan and I think that my arms are solid. I'll check tomorrow, because they're really rusty.


Thanks for the pic,

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I changed the axle on my newish Roller Coaster trailer ten years ago, as I was spending too much time (and money) changing wheel bearings. I splashed out a couple of hundred quid on an ALKO galvanised axle at the time and I've only had to replace the bearings once since - amazing. The axle is still in really good nick and puts the rest of the trailer to shame. I'd recommend ALKO trailer stuff to anyone.
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Don't 90% of the trailer manufacturers use the same "Indespension" suspension units? That kind of breakeage is pretty rare. More common is bearing collapse and the wheel falling off. I had a Hallmark for years under a 21ft hardboat, it was good. Have a thing made by a firm called Nicholson now. Not so good. 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!
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