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Old 20 January 2008, 17:32   #1
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Trailer for searider

My current trailer needs a few parts replacing, and rather than spend money on them, I'd prefer to get a new trailer.

I found this one, a kit. According to the description it would be suitable for my rib, (4m and under 400kg):

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Galvanised-jet...QQcmdZViewItem

Would it be suitable, i.e big enough, or am I better off spending double the money on a larger, heavier duty trailer?
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Old 20 January 2008, 17:58   #2
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You'd need to look at it and measure it up before you made up your mind on that. With a 12'6" long trailer your transom may end up unsupported.
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Old 20 January 2008, 20:15   #3
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You'd need to look at it and measure it up before you made up your mind on that. With a 12'6" long trailer your transom may end up unsupported.
This looks just like the same trailer I have....The Indespension Vario.
I changed the bunks for wobble rollers....
just made it easier to get the boat on and off.....
I like the trailer and it tows really well.
I found no problem with the fit.
The trailer board wont work on the posts at the back of the trailer, and I had to zip tie mine to the A frame when towing. Good budget trailer though.
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Old 21 January 2008, 07:28   #4
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Yep, it's the Indespension vario.

I'll second Mustrib's post entirely - I was about to do a upgrade to roller on mine, but then sold the boat. Having said that when I priced the rollers I suspect you'd be as cheap going for a proper roller trailer to begin with......

Comments on that one with an SR4:
- the wheels are big diameter, and the leaf springs add a fair bit of height too. Launching can be a bit of a pain unless it's a really steep slip.
- if you have a 40 on the back then you'll need to have the boat quite far forward. This has the advantage that the lighting bar pins actuially work, but at the same time means if you have a hatch or estate car, you don't get into the boot without unhitching.......
- the chines on the SR have an annoying habbit of throwing the bunks outward on recovery so the boat lans on the nice bolt holding the bunk on
- the big holes in the wheels mean you can secure it with a motorbike lock!

In summary - it's an OK trailer for the price, but were I to buy one for an SR4 again I'd probably just spend a bit more money and get a roller swing beam type.
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- the chines on the SR have an annoying habbit of throwing the bunks outward on recovery so the boat lans on the nice bolt holding the bunk on
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Funnily enough...even with the wobble rollers... you have to be careful lining the boat up on the trailer as rollers end up close to the edge of a chine and the hull sits slightly lopsided. As the wobble rollers were an upgrade, I found only a limited number of clamping points without resorting to welding!
Yes...it does sit high because of the tyre size and its better to get a steepish slip for launch, but as I said, the trailer tows really well.
For the money its a good buy.
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Old 22 January 2008, 05:01   #6
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One Idea I had was to attatch a set of rollers to the back of the bunk (axle solidly attatched to the underside of the bunk) but have two rollers on the inside and one on the out so that as the bow hit, the rollers would push the bunks inwards and solve the problem. If that made any sense - if not I'll try to photoshop my idea tonight to explain it better)

Agreed, it tows well. The good thing about the height is you can see under the toobs in your wing mirrors!
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Thanks for the replys guys. More positive than I was expecting. I didn't realise it was an indespension trailer. Theres a dealer nearby, so I will go and check it out.
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