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Old 27 August 2003, 04:04   #1
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Trailer

Am in the market for buying a new trailer, twin axle, rollers.

Has anyone any experience of De Graaf trailers.

They are very helpful on the phone and seem very clued up when it comes to trailers for Ribs.

Their prices are very competetive when compared to other makes.

Any feed back would be appreciated.

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Old 27 August 2003, 07:38   #2
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Hi Tim
They were very helpful with the trailer for the Zodiac, which is bunked. Lots of other manufacturers refused to quote as it wasn't a simple standard set up.
The trailer itself behaves very well while towing - not that it missbaves unhitched

I though the only roller trailer they did had a single swing beam on the rear unlike the other makes that had two or three.

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Old 27 August 2003, 15:07   #3
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I inspect trailers quite regularly as I am so unhappy with the Hallmarks we have. (it's not that I am a trailer spotter or anything!) and I like the look of De Graff's. The points, in my opinion, to look for are how the rollers are fitted to the roller arms cos when they fall off as the boat is mounting the trailer it gouges the gell coat.

The ergonomics of operating the trailer are alo important.

Light extension rails are the fasteners for these mounted on the top or side of the trailer frame.

How many hands do you need to operate the Hitch lock and put the trailer on the ball. two or three

How easy is it to adjust the trailer.

I know Jelly's trailer and it is very nicely made.

Dont buy a Hallmark Roller coaster, aslo get one with Bearing Buddies
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Old 27 August 2003, 16:08   #4
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Hi Tim;

I use a RIBA trailer twin axel (Not the name because of only RIB trailers)
When i went to the inspection to have Swedish plates the inspector told me he never been seen a trailer that is soo well balanced before.
I had a Osprey Seaharrier 6,6m before with a 200 Yamaha HPDI, total weight of around 750 kg (ex trailer) and i could`nt feel that i had the trailer behind me, i just love the trailer.
It`s a Belgium company that builds them, you can find them at www.riba.be worth looking into.

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Old 27 August 2003, 17:08   #5
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Yeh Ribas are really good too.
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Old 27 August 2003, 18:54   #6
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We use both Halmark and Degraff. The latter being because they are cheap (like the buggie). We have found the rollercoaster by Halmark the best and strongest and believe me they get used.

Degraff has recently started building proper rollercoasters and they are good and service is good there too.

The cheap range that they supply ae pretty nasty and are not that strong, by this I mean the 1000 single axle adjustable roller trailer. All the others we have had from the have been pretty good.
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Old 27 August 2003, 22:14   #7
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My last previous trailer was a Hallmark trailer - admitedly it was 4 or 5 years old, but was rusting in many places all over... I was glad it was not braked since I would have probably ended up replacing 50% of the trailer.

On the Humber, I got a Bramber trailer, rated for upto 950kg capacity, and it's full rollers. To be honest, I hadn't heard much of them, but the build seems ok, and the thing's a doddle to handle.
I quite happily hitch upto the van myself with it, just lift and drop on (cos the boat is perfectly balanced on the trailer), and also I can either drive or winch the boat onto the trailer with ease.
One niggle at the bow though with one of the supports which was rubbing the underside of the tube, but that was quickly sorted, helped along by a length of scaffolding pole
It's a braked trailer, and has 'sealed bearings' although I do not know how long they will last..... iirc the book says 25,000km, which I think is a bit high for a boat trailer.

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Old 28 August 2003, 04:02   #8
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Thanks for all the feed back.

Sounds like a twin wheel de Graaf trailer will be OK.

Would have been interested in the RIBA trailer, but there doesn't seem to be a dealer in the UK unless anyone knows different.

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Old 28 August 2003, 04:08   #9
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If you want a RIBA trailor I can get you one. Bernard Gilksberg (the owner) is a very good friend of mine Alan P
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Alan, talking of trailers, any chance of having my trailer number plate back. You will know which one is mine as its a new one and somehow ended up being used to bring your trailer back from Cardiff.

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