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Old 09 February 2003, 16:13   #11
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bearings

Bad luck with the bearings, I have heard a similar story about bearings going,remember always in salt water,and then salt gets into them so a good idea is to always pack with grease before a long tow, if their is a grease nipple on them or remove the bearing cap and pack grease in here hopefully the repair wont be so expensive gavin
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Old 09 February 2003, 16:29   #12
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Dave - yes, they got bought by Direct Line. Now called "Direct Line Rescue" One of those things that doesn't matter if you just sign up to the direct debit. As for the birthdays, anniversaries, etc, that's what we have women for... (either to remid us or just do the appropriate card/present/whatever) isn't it? (Takes cover in anticipation of female backlash )

Charles - would I sell you a duff motor? (I did say it wasn't the car for you ). Actually the first hint of a breakdown for over 75k miles!
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Old 09 February 2003, 17:43   #13
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Bearing failures

I have been unfortunate enough to been the victim of Trailer problems, usually attributable to bearing failures. Nearly on first name terms with the breakdown services at one point.
Using a Rib for diving with some tricky launches inevitably the wheels frequently got a good soaking, and seldom got a summer out of one set. Regreasing before every tow is definately good advice. Carrying a spare set "a must".

There are a few companys that do special sets with waterproof seals, these seem to give better longevity then the standard ones, Indespension trailers i think it was.
The whole problems a tough one.
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Old 09 February 2003, 18:06   #14
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...a few companys that do special sets with waterproof seals...Indespension trailers i think it was...
- yes, Indespension certainly do them. It's a fitting which replaces the front grease cap, has a disk with a gasket pressed onto the bearing by a spring. It keeps the grease under a slight pressure, so the grease will "weep" its way through the bearing as it becomes more fluid when heated (as you drive). My SIB trailer has these.
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Wheel bearings have been discussed last year, maybe this info will help Nigelt.

Try this link...

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1033
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I had my cover with the RAC via the C & C club, and had a problem with the Caravan I was towing. They came out, but would not recover the caravan as there was nothing wrong with the towing vehicle. They claimed afterwards that ther cover is for the vehicle, and if that had broken down they would have recovered the vehicle AND Caravan, but would not just recover the caravan.

Worth checking if ths is still the case.
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Reading the small print carefully if definately says if your vehicle and/or trailer cannot be recovered..... eg the trailer has become untowable due to incidents such as broken axle or tow bar.

So to me that means that the trailer is covered!

Note - this is not the case with standard RAC cover - only with the C&CC "Arrival" scheme which has its own Terms and Conditions leaflet that they suggest you keap in your glovebox - obviously so that you can argue with the breakdown man!!

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Jools

I had my cover with the RAC via the C & C club, and had a problem with the Caravan I was towing. They came out, but would not recover the caravan as there was nothing wrong with the towing vehicle. They claimed afterwards that ther cover is for the vehicle, and if that had broken down they would have recovered the vehicle AND Caravan, but would not just recover the caravan.

Worth checking if ths is still the case.
Just pull your HT leads off put them in the nearest bit and call them out again. Then the car is broken down as well! And the recovery people can take the lot home. Don't think their is anything that says you canít break down several times a day is their
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I have had problems with trailers too, but not the bearings. Mine has been Jasperised. This involves recovering a boat back on to a trailer moving it a short distance but not enough for the water to dry out of the hubs then putting the hand brake on as hard as possible. Leave in damp weather for a fortnight and low and behold you have the best anti theft device imaginable. A 4x4 with low ration and lots of violence won't break the shoes free.

Stuart will I ever see my boat again ?)

Lesson for all, don't touch the hand brake! ever! under any circumstances!, its not to be used, just to look at and keep the Police happy so they think your legal.

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If you hit the hubs right in the center hard they will prob come free. If you have baring savers on take them of first. I know what you mean about the hand break. I have been in boat yards where the staf put the breaks on thinking they are being usefull. then you have a nice drag to the slip and back every time u want to launch / recover.
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