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Old 24 August 2004, 09:44   #1
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As ive gone over budget buying a new rib ( being made)& new outboard ( in the garage) I thought about making a trailer , so off I went to Indespension this morning to get a few ideas while looking round I found a book with some plans in , Looking at them I might have to make a few modifications but it doesnt look to difficult . The only draw back is getting it galvenised, Ill have to make a few phone calls. Has any one ever made a trailer for a rib ?
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Old 24 August 2004, 09:52   #2
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I could possibly be in the market for a trailer to fit a 5.3m rib. I too thought about making one but was also stuck with the galvanising bit! Also various other bits and bobs might be difficult to get hold of (i know towsure have some stuff).

On my scouting of the internet I found a Company that sells trailers (brand new) to take a 5m boat for only £525. They are fully galvanised, unbraked (max gross weight of 750kg) and have 12" wheels. Now the only problem is that they claim the trailers weigh 120kg which has been suggested to me that this is about half the weight it should be! If they are 120kg then the gross weight would just about come in under 750kg. if it was more 240kg for the trailer then I guess i wouldn't. PM me if you want details.

Would there be problems with making the trailer road legal if you made one? I'd be very interested if you manage to do it for a reasonable price.

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Old 24 August 2004, 09:54   #3
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Check out the genuine savings first - I made a small box section steel trailer for my 10ft dinghy about 3 years ago and in the end all the parts came to just under £250, when for only £100 more I could have bought a proprietary galvanised one without the swearing and lacerated fingers
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No but my brother has made a few box trailers!
I have had to rebuild mine over the last 2 years & yes not much to it!
Some useful sites.
http://www.trailertek.co.uk/
http://www.towsure.com/
http://www.trailerpartswarehouse.co.uk/
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Had anther idea
Get hold of a old one & restore it!
But having said this some thing I now know are better replaced!
My Trailer Coupling I have rebuilt & after all the time money I have spent I should have just bought a new coupling
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..............The only draw back is getting it galvenised, ........................ Graham
Don’t worry about the galvanising as long as you don’t have ‘closed’ sections in the frame there are a lot of places that will to it.

If you look at a professionally built trailers you will see that at opposite ends at the top and bottom of each section of box there is a hole, these are there to allow the Zinc mix to galvanise the inside of the frame and to stop the frame ‘blowing up’ when dipped (expanding air in closed section).

Graham YPages under Galvansers

Slimtim there used to be a kit car/ small car producer just down the road from you (Wellow?) who regularly sent there chassis frames to be galvanised by a place at the bottom of Southampton. They might let you add your frame to the load. They charge by the Kg of steel to be dipped. Des
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Oh and another thing if you have a rusty anchor they will re-galvanise that as well, makes them look like new

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Thanks for the replies . If I could find one to refurbish I wouldnt mind having a go (any one got one)
The cheapest braked trailer I can find is a Parimore trailer £1200 . I think I could build 1 for less but I will have to price everything
Yes Ive seen those trailers on Ebay but if poss I would like to have brakes on it.
The plans are by Indespension so I hope it would be road legal.
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Be real careful when buying second-hand boat trailers they often have a very hard life (from corrosion) , brakes and stub axles are the obvious risk areas but the main axle and ‘suspension’ can be really bad and impossible to inspect.

Where the suspension rubber strips touches the inside of the square tube it is impossible to wash the salt off. This creates a micro climate where the galvanising leaches off more quickly than the rest of the trailer and results in the axle rotting from the inside out.

Early signs are small cracks on the corners of the tube, often shown up by fine white lines. By this time the axle will have had it. Des
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Ive had a go at making a trailer its cost les than I thought it would , £420 although I did get the steel free (about £100 worth) I had to make it in 3 pieces because of having it galvernised, the winch post is powder coated along with the wheel rims just got to weigh the nose weight then I can set the brakes up
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Having a go at making the A frame next (fingers crossed)
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