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Old 06 April 2006, 17:57   #11
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If the trailer needs to be recovered its 5.5m because thats the length of the bed on the truck, but will tow any trailer up to 8m.
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Old 06 April 2006, 19:26   #12
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If the trailer needs to be recovered its 5.5m because thats the length of the bed on the truck, but will tow any trailer up to 8m.
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Yeah, I had this problem when my bearings went on the trailer for my old fletcher arrow... the aa couldn't/wouldn't come out to even look to sort it because it was about 6m long.

In the end I had to call oakmount recovery - which cost me nearly 180quid to get back a few miles to my house! - if it wasnt being 6pm on a sunday, i'd have left the boat there and went to buy new bearings... if I ever do long distances with my trailer for the rib I have now, I will be sure to take a spares box with bearings and grease! (as well as the spare wheel of course)
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Old 07 April 2006, 03:37   #13
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Actually, I did have a less than helpful experience with the AA when a trailer bearing collapsed in the way up to Scotland. They wouldn't help at all because it was the trailer bearing, and wouldn't recover us either.

Ended up spending the night in a camp site nearby until someone could get a set of bearings to me.

Everyone should carry a spare set of bearings for their trailer. Even if you haven't a clue what to do with them, having the parts at hand means that just about any mechanic can get you on the road again.

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Old 08 April 2006, 11:22   #14
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Earlier comment in this thread about it being law to carry a spare trailer wheel is incorrect though it is obviously good practise.Law concerning this may well be different in Scotland but not rest of UK.Wheels in use on the trailer are subject to the same laws as those governing your car.I.E tread depth etc.
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Old 08 April 2006, 11:45   #15
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Earlier comment in this thread about it being law to carry a spare trailer wheel is incorrect though it is obviously good practise.Law concerning this may well be different in Scotland but not rest of UK.Wheels in use on the trailer are subject to the same laws as those governing your car.I.E tread depth etc.
IT IS NOT a legal requirement to carry a trailer spare in Scotland either. Not sure why DOGCATFISH believes that it is... ...it never ceases to amaze me the amount of p*sh some people get in their heads and then try to tell everyone else - and it always seems to be "its the law" that is the explanation.
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Yep. I realised soon after posting that i could not find anything on it being the law to carry a spare. Where the hell did I hear that from? Anyway, apologies for the mistake, but I guess my point remains the same, as with most others. And like mentioned before, a spare bearing is also infinately useful, I have been in convoy with a trailer (not boat) that overheated and welded the two halfes of the bearing together. Not a pretty sight.
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After all the nice things I said, DO NOT JOIN THE AA!

We have family membership; my father pays for it (been a member since 1977) and it covers him me and my mother. Well, when my trailer wheel blew out two weeks ago, we were informed that that was the last of our five callouts for the year. Fair enough. Well, today a letter arrived informing us that we may NOT renew our membership and are effectivly banned from the AA for ever. The reason being we've called them out ten times in the last two years. I think this is absolty outragious!
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After all the nice things I said, DO NOT JOIN THE AA!

We have family membership; my father pays for it (been a member since 1977) and it covers him me and my mother. Well, when my trailer wheel blew out two weeks ago, we were informed that that was the last of our five callouts for the year. Fair enough. Well, today a letter arrived informing us that we may NOT renew our membership and are effectivly banned from the AA for ever. The reason being we've called them out ten times in the last two years. I think this is absolty outragious!
How many times since 1977???
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God knows.

The stupid thing is, both my parents have a car warrentee through the AA. Whenever something goes wrong with the car, you HAVE to call the AA man out to come and give you a piece of paper which says its broken. Stupid things like the air conditioning or whatever.
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I have just joined to specifically cover my trailer as the car has manufacturers warranty and I have in writing that the AA no longer consider trailer length to be an issue, the only factor now is that it must be less than 3.5 tonnes. Apparently it changed this year.

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