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Old 02 June 2011, 11:39   #21
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Ta-also appreciated. I've never tried dealing with them. If they are like that, it's a damn shame as Dixon-Bate's customer service was exemplary.
Same. Only knew that was where Snipe & Rapide trailers now were (as we have both Snipe & Rapide trailers at the Centre).

I'll also mirror the comment about Dixon-Bate, it's a shame they moved Rapide away and went under the wings of Bradley.
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Old 02 June 2011, 14:52   #22
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Hi, I have a twin axle De Graaf trailer (5th trailer I have owned, including building my own) and I have been VERY impressed with it. I know we all have a budget to work within, and want to get the most you can for your money, but, IMO, be careful going for the cheapest. A lot to be said about quality.… has anyone you know got one you can try before you buy?

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Old 02 June 2011, 15:57   #23
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no... but I did get an email and follow up from Tony at Becktons today to my enquiry. He started talking about type approval and how its coming in the next couple of years.
Seems like a knowledgeable chap.
Shame there arn't any trailer manufacturers on here for their input.
Anyone got an Extreme trailer? They seem to be on par price wise with Becktons.
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Old 02 June 2011, 18:23   #24
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many of the trailer manufacturers show contact details for email
on their websites, and yet only one I have emailed has bothered to reply.

Great input everyone...please keep the replies coming.

Most of the suggestions are for trailers over the 2K mark at the size I want.

I am specifically interested in feedback from owners of Becktons
1750 for a 1500kg gvw roller trailer, and Extreme trailers 1749 for the same.
These prices seem to be the best and include VAT.

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Extreme seem to be budget priced with budget parts. I had one a while back, new with no use but could already see signs of corrosion to it's fittings just from storage. Mainly the cheaper parts like jockey wheel, winch and even it's own logo falling off (just foil strip stuck on). That was a small 500kgs model though so I'm sure the quality would improve with the price.

Out of the two I'd go for Becktons.

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Old 03 June 2011, 04:35   #25
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Try this one de graff 1500 roller priced under 1800. Good quality for just bit more than the budgets

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Have had 3 trailers, two were indespension and one was sbs. all very good and roller coaster trailers. If you call SBS direct you may be able to get a good deal that fits your budget, I did.
I would say that it does not pay to scrimp too much on a trailer, I have seen people struggeling with bunk trailers and cheap trailers and old knackered trailers and ones that are just not set up for the boat correctly, that just add a lot of stress and agro and wasted time to the launch and recovery.

My trailers were simple winch on push off items that were always very simple to use with minimal effort. the guiding posts that some people have at the rear seem to work well as well and would consider them if i ever got another trailer.

depending on where you launch and recover it can be a tricky exercise with waves and wash and people queueing and it is sometimes just really nice to get the boat near the trailer, and then on it simply, and away.

I think a good easy to use trailer enhances the boating experience and leads to a less stressful start and finish to the day.
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thanks everyone...

What are peeps thoughts about swing beam trailers as opposed to fixed?

Which is the lowest riding trailer on the market?
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thanks everyone...

What are peeps thoughts about swing beam trailers as opposed to fixed?

Which is the lowest riding trailer on the market?
I wouldn't be without a swing beam if at all possible.
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ive just bought a new trailor from Vandercraft which is Admiral, I have to say, its really well built and very pleased with it. 400 cheaper than equilvilant SBS or Dixon.

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I hope the quality of their materials and design of the trailers has improved. I wasn't impressed with the quality of mine when the draw bar bent on launch and recovery

The combination of wafer thin box section and long draw bar was a disaster. I didn't have the trailer for long so can't comment on the rest of it. The price was cheap, but you get what you pay for I guess.
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I bought a De Graff and was very impressed with the value for money I got.

Tapered bearings are a must for ease of maintenance and everything is easily obtainable should replacement be needed. What I have really benefited from are bearing savers and a hole though the wheel and wheel hub that gives easy access to flushing the brakes. In three years, I have never needed to service the brakes or bearings. I do however check their operation regularly.

The other thing I would say is that Arthur will custom fit a trailer with just about anything you want (within reason ). After my experience with the Admiral I had him fit an uprated drawbar as I was paranoid I didn't want the same thing happening again, he did it and didn't charge for it.
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