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Old 17 June 2016, 15:18   #1
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Trailer Predicament

Hi all ,looking for a few opinions on my current predicament , fact is I bought a new rib and trailer less than a couple of years ago and right chuffed the whole kit was light enough to be on an unbraked trailer , "or was it ? "
Looked at it for a number of months scratching the old grey matter ,so eventually made a trip to the local weighbridge and yes no fuel or bits onboard it went 840 kg , ah not so good ! so whats to do ? Not wishing to chase the seller as I tend to be one of those guys ,I shook hands on the good deal so not going to go chasing that up as I feel just as responsible as the buyer of what I saw ,
triler is a extreme super roller unbraked so need to sought , felt I had a couple of options ,either fit braked axle and hitch or sell trailer and buy new for about 1000kg and sell current to get part of the value back , initially was down the new trailer route as seemed best priced option , this was questioned however as athough sums work for a basic replacement ,as soon as you start to add rollers and try to make it as good as what I have now ,the prices just go out of reality
so going the modify route ,what am I up against ? ,as want to be 100% legal as I,m too old to fight the law on the roadside ?
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Old 17 June 2016, 15:29   #2
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So you'd need it replated. That needs a discussion with the trailer manufacturer - i.e. if they supply the axle will they / can they re-plate it? It may need VOSA tested to even do that these days.

Not clear to me if the axle is the issue or the whole trailer strength.

If you did it yourself I guess you can get it VOSA tested. But they are gonna want to know how strong the trailer chasis is...
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Old 17 June 2016, 15:41   #3
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If you can go to trailer manufacturer they do the same model with a braked axle and hitch and sell the bits or do an inhouse upgrade.

A gecko might shave 90kg off but if you want room for gear and fuel then braked is probably the answer.
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I have one of these and at the price this one i sit should do what you need then sell yours. I was in France last week and these are as common as an Indespension over here.

Time will tell but all seems ok so far - Galaxy Heavy Duty Braked Multi Roller Boat Trailer 1350KG | eBay
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Old 17 June 2016, 16:54   #5
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thanks guys for interest so far , I have considered vosa a test and to be honest at 90 I didn't think it was a bad option ,my trailer has weight plate but no ce mark that I can find , I have burnt my bridges a little with the manufacture as no way am I paying over 430 quid for an axle (1350 kg) plus 60 for shipping and I never go to their neck of the woods ,to be honest they offered me a fair price for a new trailer as they thought it was the best option ,but then when I wanted the same roller arrangement as I have that added another 100 which just took it outside my availiable funds ,Indespension have great offer on ebay for an 1100kg trailer at 1560 but again when u want to improve rollers it prices it away . I have seen these French trailers at keen prices but I do prefer the swinging rollers for easy loading ,however I reckon they must be very reasonable in france (any body crossed the channel for 1 ?
with regard to the ally unbraked that is worth investigation specially if I can weigh my trailer separate as I have a hunch it may be a lot heavier than the 170kg the plate suggests
out of interest my specs are trailer 170kg , rib (boat only) 310kg engine dry 165kg,s so 645kg plus oils battery steering =830kg
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Boat weights are usually plain hull so: no console, seats, anchor. Probably not even the lifeline on the toobs!
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Is it possible to buy the braked trailer & swap your rollers over to it?

A trip to the weighbridge can be a bit of an eyeopener - mine was a lot heavier than I thought it would be although it was well within the permitted max.
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Just to throw an extra complication into the mix... What is the maximum your license allows you to tow? And your car?
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I had a similar issue and spoke with both the dealer and importer. The importer was very supportive and resolved the issue for me. He's a pretty honest and straight forward chap.
Poly may be able to shed more light, but I believe there's an obligation on the seller to make sure that your outfit is legal if it is to be towed (or they believe it will be towed) on public roads.
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f I can weigh my trailer separate as I have a hunch it may be a lot heavier than the 170kg the plate suggests
out of interest my specs are trailer 170kg , rib (boat only) 310kg engine dry 165kg,s so 645kg plus oils battery steering =830kg
How long is the trailer? 170kg steel trailer???? Hmm even gecko don't claim that.... Sure it's not 270?

http://www.geckotrailers.co.uk/singl...-16ft-unbraked
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