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Old 22 April 2014, 11:35   #1
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When I do my trailer service next - I want to add a mileage counter -has anyone seen one or know of one on a RIB trailer? (Salt and regular dunks)
I estimated my mileage a few weeks ago, but then realisied I have missed loads of trips off, and a few thousand miles, and thatís not including when I have towed the boat from storage to home to work on it.
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Old 22 April 2014, 12:43   #2
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When I do my trailer service next - I want to add a mileage counter -has anyone seen one or know of one on a RIB trailer? (Salt and regular dunks)
I estimated my mileage a few weeks ago, but then realisied I have missed loads of trips off, and a few thousand miles, and that’s not including when I have towed the boat from storage to home to work on it.
What's the point?.... You need to get out more!
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Old 22 April 2014, 13:20   #3
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Mileage really isn't relevant. The miles covered can't predict things like wheel bearings failing due to water ingress, Tyre damage, corrosion damage,
seized or defective brakes due to corrosion.
IMHO your trailer should be thoroughly checked every time its used, including jacking up and checking bearings, brakes for drag, and Tyre condition.
I bet most boat trailers you see on the Motorway minus a wheel and hub have covered less than 1000miles since the previous service.
However a non marine trailer would cover 10's of thousands of miles without issue.
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Old 22 April 2014, 14:24   #4
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What's the point summate else to go wrong that's all
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What's the point summate else to go wrong that's all
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Old 22 April 2014, 15:37   #6
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Fine.. I will get back into my box !

Just thought it would have been nice to know.


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Old 22 April 2014, 19:13   #7
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I agree with the others that there is no real benefit, but if you do really want to know, I would get yourself a notebook and write the vehicle start and finish mileage in every time you tow the trailer.
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I know you could get them for caravans in the 1960s , one of our neighbours hired a caravan & that had one fitted as a hubcap replacement .
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This one is shown on a boat trailer in their pictures. Not sure its availability in the UK. RV SOLUTIONS

Considering the issues people have with brakes, and hubs alone I'm not sure you'd want to add another piece of gear to break. Or give erroneous messages that imply you don't need service.
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Fine.. I will get back into my box !

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Steve, like other have said, it's hard enough keeping semi robust items in working condition on a trailer which is regularly dunked in the salty stuff, let along something which is likely to be a bit on the delicate side, not sure if mileage is that important, regular inspections / servicing especially before a long journey are more likely to give you a relaxed tow. our Revenger trailer hasn't done more than 5 miles over the last two seasons, but still needs new bearings each year, luckily as it doesn't do road miles at present the brakes are fine as they are at home in the garage!!
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