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Old 25 June 2007, 07:31   #11
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Dorian,

I personally always thought RIBCRAFT set up the trailers correctly. They seem to do everything else well so something so fundamentally important to safety should be high on the list of things to get right.

It just confuses us all that the nose weight seems to be so heavy. Are you at liberty to say how much you set the nose weight at ? This might be a good time to clear up a few misconceptions.
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Old 25 June 2007, 07:32   #12
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All the trailers are set up for each rig taking in engine, A frame, console config,
As you had a non engine package from us we could not set the trailer for you.

The axle can be moved to adjust the nose weight,however this is done by our factory trained engineers and we would suggest you seek advice from a NTTA registered trailer engineer as moving the axle involves re setting up the brake cable which if done badly could be dangerous for you and 3rd party!!

Dixon Bate have a technical engineer and don't be afraid to call upon his help if required.
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This wasn't an attack - just an observation. From various comments from RC owners (both on this forum and in person), it does seem the nose weight is generally high on RC / Dixon Bate trailer combinations. Fuel loading is probably the influencing factor on this and as I have discovered, even an anchor has an almost 100% effect weight effect on the nose weight. As this is an open forum intended to help other RIBsters, other RC customers with similar rigs have replied which is helpful. I have neither complained the trailer was not balanced nor asked you to balance it. I'm perfectly happy doing this and have done so based on my individual setup. I simply expressed my surprise at the nose weight when I got the boat and expect it was well over 120KG (took 2 to lift the nose). Most cars have nose weight limit of 75KG

The brakes have been setup correctly (I just spoke to Dixon Bate to verify this). Bowden cable is set such that there is no "knock" on the car when braking. Brakes come on smoothly and progressively. With handbrake applied, lever is roughly vertical.
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Old 25 June 2007, 12:01   #13
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if your boat can take it i have found that it is good to put a couple of small sandbags in the front of the anchor locker, these can cushion the locker from the anchor but also they help to lessen the effects of fuel load on nose weight and boat handling. i typically break up a sand bag into various strong bin bags and then black tape them up to the desired shape. seems to work a treat.
it seems to help me as i carry a light nose weight on the trailer and it lessens the effects of fuel load
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if your boat can take it i have found that it is good to put a couple of small sandbags in the front of the anchor locker, these can cushion the locker from the anchor but also they help to lessen the effects of fuel load on nose weight and boat handling. i typically break up a sand bag into various strong bin bags and then black tape them up to the desired shape. seems to work a treat.
it seems to help me as i carry a light nose weight on the trailer and it lessens the effects of fuel load
Yes, that's a good shout. Unfortunately I can just (and no more) fit my 40m warp, 5m chain and anchor into the locker. I'll try the 25l water container and see if that's enough to balance it out once fuel tank if full.

Will post results once I've towed it next weekend.

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Hi

The reply was not meant to be defensive sorry if it seemed that way.

We set the trailer nose weight to 75 kg for finished boats this is the mid point for the general guidelines of 50-100 kgs of nose weight but many people have opinions on this.
The most popular engine on a 5.3 is the Suz 90 which runs out at 190 ish kg so the axle is set back on the trailer cope with the weight of the lump on the back.
The reason i mentioned about the cable is that if you move the axle you will need to set up the brakes again which can be a pain to get spot on.
How does the 5.3 go with a 50 on the back?
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