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Old 13 November 2009, 20:17   #31
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To minimise disruption, cost and labour, I'd suggest you fit a new pair of suspension units, with nice new hubs, bearings, etc. Something like these:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Trailer-Suspen...item5636caf939


If these won't fit to your existing channel axle, then you could buy/make something like this to do the job:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Boat-Trailer-P...item3a549658ab

Rogue Wave's axle is very good value, but do you need brakes? Moreover, you may have difficulty fixing it to your existing trailer chassis, on account of where the fixing brackets will be (on the outer part of the axle, rather than near the centre)

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Sorry - didn't meant to do any hijacking !

No I don't need anything complicated like brakes, I didn't read that bit. DHD - thanks for all the tips, replacing everything with new I suppose is the right thing to do, its just going to be complicated as nothing will fit. I might try for now attacking the stubs to get them off and taking them to the man who reckons he can spray metal on to them. Except if I cut them off I won't be able to move the whole trailer to anyone who could weld it back together....hmm.

Looking at the weather today I'm really tempted to believe the trailer isn't that bad, and put everything back together to go and play. (It's ok I won't really do that).
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Old 15 November 2009, 06:47   #33
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replacing everything with new I suppose is the right thing to do, its just going to be complicated as nothing will fit.
If you get new suspension units & hubs, fitted to a new channel axle, then your existing tie bars should bolt straight onto the ends of the channel and the channel will fit to the existing centre spine of your trailer with a few new U bolts, just like the current set up.
The only other thing that you'll need to sort out is mudguard brackets (and mudguards?) - easily done with a bit of 40mm RSA (rectangular square angle/angle iron!), bolted to the channel.

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... I might try for now attacking the stubs to get them off and taking them to the man who reckons he can spray metal on to them.
Is this guy called Merlin?
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Is this guy called Merlin?
No he's called Andrew... I didn't know what he was on about either but thought that was just me. Hope he's not too crazy as he's also going to be my first call if welding is required.

I haven't attacked the stubs yet as it didn't seem like the cleverest idea with no onward plan, assistance, or clue what I was doing. I've done some more measuring so will get back on Ebay for now, and then work out how to safely remove the boat!
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Old 15 November 2009, 15:06   #35
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fkk it. I'll weigh it in on ebay

Shaz any body that mentions metal spaying as a solution for a crap suspension system doesn't know much about trailers and how to improve them..

I'm in Stroud tomorrow from 14:00 till 20:00 if you want me to come and look at your trailer I'll be happy to. As I said previously I'm not looking at selling you anything but I know how to fix trailers economically

By the way when your'e next talking to Downhillnobber (DHN) ask him if you need to run with the brakes or are they removable
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fkk it. I'll weigh it in on ebay

Shaz any body that mentions metal spaying as a solution for a crap suspension system doesn't know much about trailers and how to improve them..

I'm in Stroud tomorrow from 14:00 till 20:00 if you want me to come and look at your trailer I'll be happy to. As I said previously I'm not looking at selling you anything but I know how to fix trailers economically

By the way when your'e next talking to Downhillnobber (DHN) ask him if you need to run with the brakes or are they removable
Wouldn't mind that axle of you myself RW, would like to have brakes on mine. But no pennies yet. Do you wanna buy a sand dune?
If you've still got it after xmas mate give me a shout.
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No he's called Andrew... I didn't know what he was on about either but thought that was just me. Hope he's not too crazy as he's also going to be my first call if welding is required.

I haven't attacked the stubs yet as it didn't seem like the cleverest idea with no onward plan, assistance, or clue what I was doing. I've done some more measuring so will get back on Ebay for now, and then work out how to safely remove the boat!
So where are you with this now?
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So where are you with this now?
Er... well... not much further to be honest! I realised that at the moment I do still have a last-resort option of putting it all back together and dragging it 2 miles up the road to get someone else to do it, whereas once I start chopping bits off my options become seriously reduced. I know that isn't really in the Ribnet spirit, but I'm going to wait until I'm sure of a plan before doing anything drastic.

May know more by next weekend.
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Er... well... not much further to be honest! I realised that at the moment I do still have a last-resort option of putting it all back together and dragging it 2 miles up the road to get someone else to do it, whereas once I start chopping bits off my options become seriously reduced. I know that isn't really in the Ribnet spirit, but I'm going to wait until I'm sure of a plan before doing anything drastic.

May know more by next weekend.
Can you post some better pics of your trailer from a bit further away showing the axle beam and bracing struts + how they are fixed to the rest of the trailer.

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Can you post some better pics of your trailer from a bit further away showing the axle beam and bracing struts + how they are fixed to the rest of the trailer.

Jim
I can try but won't be able to get any for a while as its in a garage so can't really get any distance behind it (and its not really in a condition to move).

Rogue's now had a look and has some suggestions so will see where that goes if that's ok. Thanks very much for all the ideas though!
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