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Old 02 January 2005, 07:46   #1
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Trailer pics, any ideas please?

afternoon, last took the rib about a month ago -
when visiting her in the garage hoping to get her out and do some serious much needed work I'm too bloody scared to move it now -

I remember in the dark having real trouble getting it on straight and on the rollers on the trailer tried about 5 times on off, - something seems to have gone wrong with one of the side roller bunk things, it has bent forward twisting the whole off side beam, and sort of torn the metal the photos explain it much better, Im not sure if i'll be able to rescue this one what do you think?
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Old 02 January 2005, 08:05   #2
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do you just use the trailer for launch recovery or do you tow

if you tow you would possably be better looking for another trailer
the type you have there reminds me of a second hand one i bought 15 years ago which was on its way out when i bought it

if its just for launch recovery it looks like you could replace the channel section that has corroded/twisted the thing is it may be just as easy and cheaper thats if you include time to just replace the complete trailer
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Old 02 January 2005, 08:18   #3
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I too think that trailer is past it's best, and that you should look at replacing it.

You could probably pick up something second hand for 300 or so....
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Old 02 January 2005, 08:26   #4
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...or even less than that if you look carefully! I think my old unbraked trailer cost me 450 new from Indespension in 2001.

You could try modifying something like this: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...515871393&rd=1
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Old 02 January 2005, 08:29   #5
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I think everyone here will agree with me when I say that trailer is dead. You could get an engineering firm to repair it but they will probably find that they cannot get a decent weld anywhere and will end up making a new one. In which case you just as well buy a new one anyway. Indespension will be able to help you there or if you fancy building your own (which I did for my 3.5M searider) then www.towsure.co.uk can supply all the bits required inc chassis, rollers, winch ,wheels etc. In the meantime to get the boat off the trailer you can make up some timber supports, such as they use in boatyards but on a smaller scale and then hire a 1/2 ton engine hoist from HSS or hirestation (your boat probably weighs no more than 250kg and your engine is the same as mine at 120kg). This will enable you lift the boat off the trailer enough to manhandle it out and slide under the supports. This then leaves the trailer free of the boat and ready for detailed diagnosis or the skip I suspect. Unless of course you have access to forktruck and the space to get it to where the boat is. One thing I don't recommend is towing that anywhere. You Could always remove the engine (two man job) then get a whole load of mates round to lift the boat off by hand.
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Olly, give Rogue Wave a ring or PM, he knows the location of a small galvanised chassis going very cheap. Needs new stub axles but they are cheap enough from Towsure. Your rib would fit well on it. Don't worry about the onwers permission I know he won't object, but you might have to pay a small parking fee to get it.

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Old 02 January 2005, 13:53   #7
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If you find after all this you want a new one i have found admiral trailers to be priced very well and a good company to deal with
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Old 02 January 2005, 16:54   #8
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Sorry to see the sad state your trailers in, it looks like its going to be scrap.
Even if you can get that side fixed you don't know what state the rest of its in.
Seeing as you don't need brakes it should be quite easy to pick up a trailer that may just need new hubs and bearings for a couple of hundred quid.

You won't want to go far with the old trailer so just roll it off onto the grass or some old carpet on your drive, then winch it up on the new trailer.
I used to take my old Flatacraft on and off all the time so I could use the trailer for other things.

At least you found it in the Garage rather than when it broke in two on the road, and it happened now rather than at the begining of the summer.

If you want some help, or need some brakets etc welded to the new trailer give me a shout.

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Old 03 January 2005, 06:58   #9
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Yep, thats a gonner.
I am currently designing a new trailler and have cracked the brake and bearing problem. Build a combination trailler, just like the sailing dinghys use. A launch trailler that is unbraked and low slung so it doesnt need to go deep before the boat will float off, and a road going, braked, "A" frame with a pair of ramps, similar to a car trailler.
I built an unbraked one for my previous boat, and was still on the same wheel bearings 8 years later! Heres a picture of itbefore I sold it.
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Old 03 January 2005, 07:18   #10
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thank you for all your replies, bit gutted about the whole thing really nevermind - its got recent wheels and new bearings, new hitch, and winch and strap - nevermind, I'll sort something! - thanks all again
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