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Old 28 October 2018, 12:11   #1
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Vanclaes disc braked trailer

Looking for a 3500kg trailer and came across the Vanclaes with disc brakes and oil filled hubs .
They claim their hubs are 100% waterproof .
Even if not - you can see immediately if there was water ingress into the hubs due to the clear caps .
Are the pads sticking to the disc when you park long time ?
Any issues with the actuator mechanism or cables ?
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Old 28 October 2018, 13:37   #2
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Vanclaes disc braked trailer

I have the 2750kg version with disc brakes & oil filled hubs. I never leave my handbrake on for any length of time; never have done on any make of trailer, so don’t know if the pads stick. I’ve got 2 of my hubs off at the moment, the first time they’ve been touched since new 3 years ago. The bearings look like new, the discs have a little scale & rust on them which will come off with the angle grinder. The brake mechanisms are rust free & fully functional. The only reason I stripped the hubs was force of habit, it just felt wrong not to have paid them any attention after 3 years. I had a very slight weep on one of the seals in the summer trip to Portugal, but put that down to the 40deg heat. So far very impressed, very easy to launch & recover, tows like a dream. Spares are tricky to get hold of in the UK, I’ve got some spare bearings & oil seals on order from Germany, so that shouldn’t be an issue for you. The axles & hitch are still galvanised, not stainless, something to do with the type approval. I had a few issues with it when it was new, no isolation between the stainless & galv, non-stainless nuts & bolts used where they should’ve been stainless. All that’s been fixed now. You will still get surface rusting in areas, “Stainless” is a misnomer, it should be “stain resistant “. I still pressure wash the trailer after it’s been dunked & give the brakes/hubs & wheels a good rinse off.
Bloody expensive though
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I have 3500kg triple axle version tows nice
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Didn’t know you had one Dean
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Theres probably a lot you don't know Dave just got to get something between 9-10m to go on it play nice
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Something .."Golden"???...by any Chance?!
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Reckon spares should be easier to get hold of now i picked up details at southampton from a vancleas representative near croydon ,gave me a free pen but having teething problems with that (doesnt work )
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Dave thanks a lot for your feedback - much appreciated !
Seems you are really happy with the trailer and downside is only the price ..
Which rollers do you have installed ?
Vanclaes recommended me their Gyro system but with air filled tires .
That's the LAST thing I want on a trailer ..
The trailer I am looking for will be for a heavy diesel RIB so the rollers should not deform even with the boat sitting for long time on the trailer .
Which rollers you have on yours ?
Those big plastic wheels with thin layer of polyurethane or those which look like air filled tires ?
For some reason I cannot upload photos ..
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Dave thanks a lot for your feedback - much appreciated !
Seems you are really happy with the trailer and downside is only the price ..
Which rollers do you have installed ?
Vanclaes recommended me their Gyro system but with air filled tires .
That's the LAST thing I want on a trailer ..
The trailer I am looking for will be for a heavy diesel RIB so the rollers should not deform even with the boat sitting for long time on the trailer .
Which rollers you have on yours ?
Those big plastic wheels with thin layer of polyurethane or those which look like air filled tires ?
For some reason I cannot upload photos ..


I have the Gyro system with the solid wheels & thin tyres. Mick has the pneumatic tyres. Jury’s out on which are the better. I’m happy with the solids & Mick is happy (well, as happy as Mick ever come close to being happy) with the blow up ones. I can see the advantages of both. With mine being solid, it’s a faff setting up the trailer so that all/most of the wheels are bearing the weight of the hull. With the pneumatic tyres, they are much more conformable, so “mould” to the hull curves. I think that the solid tyres give the edge when recovering, I get the bow of the boat into the rollers & it’s solid, not going anywhere, the pneus have more give etc etc, you get the picture. It’s down to choice at the end of the day.
Drop Mick a PM & see what his thoughts are.
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