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Old 31 October 2012, 15:39   #21
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Interesting. I've taken the brakes off my trailer, as I got really fed up of them siezing every single time I went to move it (even when I washed them off as best as I could).

However, it is only used as a launching trailer/trolley, on a 4WD (in low) or a tractor, to go from the compound/winter storage to the slip, so never more than 10mph - but it IS on a public road (no other option). The yachts etc get trundled around on a lifting rig which isn't remotely road legal - so interested to know what people's views are!! The distance is only 100m each way - and probably only happens twice a year (with the RIB on it)

Conversely, if anyone ever steals it, I know exactly wherre it will be. In the field at the end of the estuary, wrapped around the car that was towing it.

So my next question: technically, would/could that be my fault, or not?
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Old 31 October 2012, 16:00   #22
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question: technically, would/could that be my fault, or not?
Interesting question ... does stealing an unroadworthy and illegal trailer allow a thief any comeback if he nicks it, crashes it and hurts himself (or others)?

I'd say not "your fault" if it's kept on private land but could be more tricky if it's kept on a public road, which you say it is. Liability, as opposed to "fault" could be an issue though.

Could be completely wrong, though
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Old 31 October 2012, 16:09   #23
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I'd say not "your fault" if it's kept on private land but could be more tricky if it's kept on a public road, which you say it is. Liability, as opposed to "fault" could be an issue though.
It's kept on private land - but has to traverse a public road to get to and from the slip. The trailer has no light bar etc, RIB not strapped down etc... but an interesting question if it was nicked...
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Bit like when a thief falls through your roof and sues!
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After all the talk about trailers and brakes over the past few week, and being in the position of selling a boat myself, I was pretty sure that I was safe with the trailer under the boat, it had had new bearings, brakes and Id even replaced the hitch. The boat had had an outing and everything was fine in the world, Right up till the point that the buyer and his dads mate "THE MECHANIC" turned up to collect the boat! They had a 180 mile trip in front of them so after checking the boat over they turned their attention to the trailer. I had no problems letting them give it the once over and removing the wheels/drums as I knew everything was fine. Well it was until they got a mile down the road and "the mechanic" had over tightened the wheel bearings with the inevitable outcome!!! Well after throwing their money back at them (keeping their 200 deposit) and dragging the boat back to mine on the old bearings that luckily were still in the bottom of the garage bin. I replaced the bearings and the following weekend towed the boat over 100 miles myself and met the buyer half way. At which point I stuck the boat on the back of his van and told him not to touch anything until it was sat on his drive way.
So at what point did this all become my responsibility??? The only thing I could have done differently was put everything back together myself after they had inspected it but come on! There has to be a point where the buyer takes responsibility.
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Interesting. I've taken the brakes off my trailer, as I got really fed up of them siezing every single time I went to move it (even when I washed them off as best as I could).

However, it is only used as a launching trailer/trolley, on a 4WD (in low) or a tractor, to go from the compound/winter storage to the slip, so never more than 10mph - but it IS on a public road (no other option). The yachts etc get trundled around on a lifting rig which isn't remotely road legal - so interested to know what people's views are!! The distance is only 100m each way - and probably only happens twice a year (with the RIB on it)
My old trailer under the Humber was home-made by the first owner of the RIB. It never had any brakes. You wouldn't want to tow it behind a light vehicle, but behind a Land Rover or any other big 4x4 (not a pickup, as they've no weight on the back wheels) it was fine to tow as long as you drove with suitable forward planning. I guess the braking distance was 50% to double what it would be with fully functioning brakes.

While it was technically illegal, folks here have a more liberal attitude to what constitutes a roadworthy trailer, but then the traffic levels are a bit different! But in terms of pure vehicle handling, on quiet roads with a decent tow vehicle it's not a big scary bogey that will put you in a ditch unless you are either an incompetent driver or it's icy. I used to tow mine about 2-3 miles at up to about 30mph every time I launched. Never used any lights either, I just used to drive with engine braking (i.e. not using vehicle brakes) which meant that if somebody was dozy enough to run into the back of it they would have done so anyway, lights or not.

I certainly would never recommend it on busy roads though, but to be honest I'd not much fancy towing any boat trailer on UK roads though I guess you all do a lot of it
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and the shoes had delaminated, wedging themselves between what was left of the shoe carriers and the drum face.
Had this happen once. The springs corroded to the point of failing, and the shoe wedged itself against the drum. Things got red hot, then the friction material or grease started burning.

A bit more exciting than I like (and luckily I had enough bottled water to cool things off to the point where spontaneous combustion stopped.)


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Whoah! I have never seen mechanical trailer brakes before. They must not be legal in the USA or something. We either have hydraulic surge brakes, electric, or electric over hydraulic. Or maybe I have just worked on more high end trailers.

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I am all for DIY, but why reinvent the wheel at a higher cost? There are tons of trailer brake manufacturers that do exactly that.


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Like Jyasaki, I had the drum brakes on my third boat start dragging and caused the whole wheel to start smoking. Pulled off the road and after a few minutes of cool down loosened the adjuster until the brakes were completely inactive. Never did figure out what was wrong, and didn't care as I upgraded to disk brakes. I towed long distances around the California hills and didn't ever want to see smoke from a hub/bearing/brake setup again. The next boat trailer was purchased with disk brakes from the get go. Since the bigger Nautiques are heavy, they always come with tandem axle trailers, so at least you can tie a wheel up if a failure occurs.

Drum brakes don't work well in reverse, but disks work so well it can stop you from backing uphill. Therefore the surge brakes use a solenoid for disks, along with a 5th wire on the trailer plug to cut them loose when in reverse. (Or you can put a pin in, but who wants to get out of the vehicle every time you want to back up?)
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