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Old 10 March 2012, 16:56   #1
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Trailer Failure

I spotted this in QAB today. Looks like a rather catastrophic failure of a brand new trailer. Luckily the boat was not to badly damaged, but the Land Rover that was towing it was rather a mess.
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Old 10 March 2012, 16:58   #2
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No, made in Exeter!
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Oh dear! I've been looking at those trailers myself recently too. Perhaps I'll keep looking.

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Just had a shoofty at their website.


Have to admit, I've sold steel trailers because I've seen 'em bend (serious jack-knife a couple of times), but I've never seen them tear like that. Aluminium's got it's pros and cons. The US and Aus have been making ally trailers for yonks, but I've generally seen the heavier ones made out of 'I' section, rather than box section.


However, in the manufacturer's defence, you never know the full story behind these things. Could've been overloaded, or had excessive nose weight etc.


As a saddo trailer type I'd be interested to hear the facts and the manufacturer's side of things before coming to a conclusion.
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I agree that there are always 2 sides to every story and would be very interested to hear what explanation Gullwing Trailers can come up with.

From a weight point of view, the trailer is plated to 3500kg GVW / 2850kg Capacity. The boat on it was a Capelli Cap 27 WA weighing 1700kg c/w 2 x Yamaha F150s weighing 218kg each. Even allowing for fuel, accessories, etc the trailer should have been well within its limits.
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the Land Rover that was towing it was rather a mess.
Had it been hit itself by another car/truck or been off the road or...
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It would be interesting to know the weight on the Drawbar when this happened.
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Had it been hit itself by another car/truck or been off the road or...
From what I can gather, it appears that he had got about 5 miles into his journey and was pulling off at a junction when there was a loud bang and the boat made contact with the back corner of the landy.
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