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Old 25 November 2015, 15:13   #1
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towing up a slip....thoughts

You guys have more experience than me at this. I have a 6m rib and a yam 4 stroke on the back, 2 wheeled trailer ,The slip way is not steep and there is a 3m tide so the slipway gets wet. Putting the rib/trailer in shouldn't be a problem. Getting it out might be slightly more interesting!. The slip is 25 metres long. Then at the top, the slip levels on to flat road. What I'm planning to do is drag the trailer out of the water with a rope connected to the trailer and the tow ball. The car on the level at the top of the slip.I have allowed for the rope "rubbing/fraying" where the rope meets the slip/road by having a sturdy roller. Do you think it will work? Thoughts on a post card. A pint for the most thought provoking answer!!! Ta Nik
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Old 25 November 2015, 15:32   #2
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Should be no problem. Done the same thing dozens of times. Just be ready with wheel chocks for the point where you have to untie the trailer from the car, don't trust the wet trailer brakes the auto reverse facility will "let go".
PS. I never bothered with a roller......just let it drag over the ground
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Old 25 November 2015, 15:48   #3
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And turn off VSA, ESP - whatever it's name is when getting set out.
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Thanks for that. Anywhere special to tie the rope to on the trailer , or just a big bowline on the hitch area? Why should I turn off the traction control? i'm obviously missing a trick
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When wheels start to slide computer will reduce power or start to block wheels.
None of them will help you in your job.

I had ones such problem and could not pick up my boat. More experience boat owner has advised me to turn off VSA for this job. It helps. Now I turn it off each time on difficult slip
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Old 25 November 2015, 16:20   #6
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You may be surprised, i pull 5.5 up a slip on the Insignia and before that on the Astra. Where possible i let the car do the work, only using the rope when the trailer is off the concrete.

As to knots i just tie a loop on the tow bar and a figure eight on the other end that drops over the hitch.
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Sorted! Thanks for the tips,will keep you posted.
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Try to avoid tying the rope to the tow ball it's self.
If it's slips of your buggered and it does happen, a shackle is a better option
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And make sure humans are not between car, boat and water so if something fails it fails safe
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