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Old 13 August 2009, 08:09   #1
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Value of a Trailer Service

Just contacted a major retailer in Park Gate to book in a trailer service. 95 plus VAT, which I guess is charging for about 2 hours labour. It occurs to me that the extent of their 'service' will be to check the lights, tyres, brakes, bearings, winch, coupling and check the rollers. I suspect that they will probably come back and tell me I need new bearings and brake shoes and that the total bill will probably be around 350 plus VAT. (just under 25% of the new replacement cost)

Question really is how easy is it to do the 'service' yourself and do they undertake any other sort of examination which you need to be skilled and trained to do, or is it just common sense and elbow grease? Plus would it be worthwhile shopping round for any required parts rather than paying what appears to be top of the range prices through this dealer.

Trailer is 6 years old and an Indespension 3.5 single axle. I live 4 miles from the slipway so probably not covered more than 200 miles since the last full service (which cost an arm and a leg).
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Old 13 August 2009, 08:37   #2
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I'd do it yourself, if not to save money then to gain knowledge if you ever get stuck.
Wheel bearings are very easy to do. Brakes can be a bit more tricky but not much. Everything else is just a matter of checking over. Apart from the wheels, look around and if you see a grease nipple stick some grease in. I expect there should be one near you Hitch.

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Old 13 August 2009, 09:20   #3
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definitely shop around for parts ebay is a good price reference.

I'd service it yourself the only fiddly things are brakes and after a bit of swearing they come together. one way of avoiding expensive ervice bills is to keep running around the trailer with a grease gun. Bearing savers if your hubs will accept them are good. also make sure you whack grease into the coupling actuator shaft/drawbar nipples

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Light-Trailer-...d=p3286.c0.m14

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Old 13 August 2009, 14:28   #4
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I don't have any experience of the 'major retailer in Park Gate', but I do have very good experience of Trailertek not too far up the road:

http://www.trailertek.co.uk/

If you want to DIY they will sell you anything you need, they also do servicing and repairs.

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Old 13 August 2009, 14:37   #5
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i have just serviced a trailer for one of the boats my boss owns, its a double axle unit and i had to buy the parts from the place you are talking about, i was amazed by the prices of everything!!!

exremally expensive, i had to buy from that oulet as we are on a deadline, so i would recommend shoping around for parts.

it is all quite easy the servicing, nothing that complicated about it. if i can do it.......

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why do we call insespension major retailer in paek gate?
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I would also look at www.western-towing.co.uk and http://www.rphleisure.co.uk

for parts too.

I have an Indespension 3.5 and routinely service it.

Also look at specialist bearing companys and buy bearings individually for a lot less than the indespension price for a pair.

www.bearing-king.co.uk is one off the top of my head but there are others too.

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why do we call insespension major retailer in paek gate?
Well he started it ^^^
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Said retailer is well known for being chuffin expensive ......... much cheaper ways of doing work . Trailers are pretty simple really - just the brakes are fiddly - but simple in real terms .
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I would also look at www.western-towing.co.uk and http://www.rphleisure.co.uk

for parts too.

I have an Indespension 3.5 and routinely service it.

Also look at specialist bearing companys and buy bearings individually for a lot less than the indespension price for a pair.

www.bearing-king.co.uk is one off the top of my head but there are others too.

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This may seem really dumb but for a roller coaster 8 from same place, how do you know which bearings?
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