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Old 26 August 2009, 10:45   #31
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Steep Slip Vs Front Wheel Drive Car

Hi,would it not be worth fitting a tow ball to the front of the car? That way you can see the boat and the waters edge,draw bar weight will be over the front axle with the engine,and most importantly reverse gear is lower than first gear and will negate the clutch problems.Fiiting a draw bar to the towing eye position behind most plastic front 'bumpers' should not prove too difficult especialy as it is designed to pull/recover the weight of the car.Just a thought !
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Old 27 August 2009, 19:35   #32
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Got another take on this...

Get yourself a hand winch (http://www.northerntool.com/images/p...s/12969_lg.jpg)

Mount it on a plate which hooks over your tow bar (e.g. the first item on http://www.autow.co.uk/winches/towba...rices_317.html)

And then you can use the winch to both let the trailer down slowly, and pull it up controlled...

Seems like it'd be alot safer then a rope between car and trailer... (no slipping ropes, fly away trailers, snapping ropes or trailers crashing into the back of the car...)

Relatively cheap too -- can get a hand winch for a few quid, and that towbar plate isn't too expensive either... possibly cheaper than an expensive strong rope...

What dya think?

I'm getting a hand winch for home anyway (to help park the boat), so might invest in one of those "connect handwinch to towbar plates" and just keep it in car incase I ever need it....
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Old 28 August 2009, 12:02   #33
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Got another take on this...

Get yourself a hand winch (http://www.northerntool.com/images/p...s/12969_lg.jpg)

Mount it on a plate which hooks over your tow bar
Make sure you leave enough room between winch and car to be able to crank the winch. Made that mistake when mounting a spare tire on the trailer tongue. Stuck on the ramp without being able to loosen the strap.

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Old 02 October 2009, 03:42   #34
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Drawbar extension

Try using a drawbar extension.
This can give you an additional 3 or more meters. Set up and remove close to but not on the slipway.
Safer and easier than messing around with ropes and extra towbars on the front of your car.
Works well for rear wheel and four wheel drive as well. Enables you to get the trailer into the water without getting your car wet.
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Old 02 October 2009, 07:23   #35
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Just started a new post on extension drawbars.
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Old 02 October 2009, 16:01   #36
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Just started a new post on extension drawbars.
Yeah, sorted it the easy way, but finding a better slipway and aiming for not low tide
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