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Old 21 August 2014, 06:17   #1
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Trailer swap help!!

My mate has just bought a lovely sr4 but a pig of a trailer! It's at home but is no longer safe to tow. He has a new trailer & needs to swap it!

He has no access to hoists.
We were thinking roll the boat off the back of the trailer laying tyres in under Neath the boat & then just winch it straight on the new one.

Anyone got any better ideas?
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Old 21 August 2014, 07:09   #2
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If its usless then why not take front piece of and winch straight on to new trailer. Dont fancy dropping it down. Just and idea if its going for scrap anyway.
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If its usless then why not take front piece of and winch straight on to new trailer. Dont fancy dropping it down. Just and idea if its going for scrap anyway.

That's a perfect idea! Can chop the old trailer as he's having it picked up and scrapped anyway
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I did it once to let the boat roll from the old trailer on big Fenders at the lawn. First trim the motor up. :-)
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That's a perfect idea! Can chop the old trailer as he's having it picked up and scrapped anyway

Glad to help. Good luck
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I've had my boat on and off the trailer several times in the garden & it's a doddle if you've got space, old carpet & some decent wooden chock lumps. Here's how I do it:-
1, Put the trailer with the boat on it, exactly where you want the boat to end up when it's off the trailer, e.g. middle of lawn, move the croquet hoops first.
2, Fasten the towing eyes on the transom to an immovable object, e.g. other car, in my case eyebolts set into the floor.
3, Remove all straps holding boat to trailer (important this bit) & slowly drive the tow car forward. The boat should stay where it is & the trailer will roll out from under it.
4, Pull forward about a metre & start to chock the hull either side of the keel, using blocks & old carpet to protect the hull, repeat until boat is off trailer & sat on blocks.
5, to get the boat back onto the trailer, reverse trailer up to boat, attach winch & pull trailer under boat, removing the chocks as she goes on & voila!. Done this a few times when I've needed to work on the trailer & it really is a doddle, as long as you have plenty of room, chocks & carpet.
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Dont forget to film it so we can all laugh when it goes wrong and you end up with a boat sitting in the garden
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I'll be sure to have some photos!
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Dont forget to film it so we can all laugh when it goes wrong and you end up with a boat sitting in the garden
If it's a roller trailer that it's going onto, that ain't a problem Just unhitch the trailer from the car, fasten the winch onto the boat & wind away, the winch will pull the trailer under the boat no problem. Iv'e had to do this a few times when we used to beach launch & the weather picked up whilst we were out, usually at Beadnell. run the boat up the beach & as each wave comes in, inch the boat up the beach until your out of the surf. Hitch the winch on & pull the trailer under the boat, not the boat onto the trailer. Easy but knackering
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Think We'll go for the method with most destruction as it sounds the easiest and I'll take any excuse to use an angle grinder!

It's going onto one of the fletcher trailers, keel rollers with half rear bunks
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