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Old 04 March 2014, 15:07   #41
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I'm with Biffer on the chaining the trailer to the car. I'd far rather the thing used the back of mine to stop rather than anybody else !
If you have the load nose heavy as it's supposed to be it'll drag along the road & HOPEFULLY wedge itself under the rear without too much damage.
Here in the US (at least I think it's nationwide), we're required to use a pair of safety chains to secure the trailer to the tow vehicle (crossed under the tongue), plus (for braked trailers) a breakaway cable to actuate the brakes should the trailer still get loose.

Ideally, the chain length is adjusted such that if the coupler comes loose/fails, the tongue drops onto and is supported by the X formed by the chains, preventing the tongue from digging in and pitchpoling the trailer. In theory, it will be sloppy, but you will retain control of the trailer (and anecdotal evidence seems to point to this.)

Chains have to be slack enough to allow for turns, heavy enough to support the shock loads imposed on them, and taut enough to prevent the tongue from dropping onto the ground.


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Old 04 March 2014, 15:58   #42
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im often baffled as to why people simply loop the breakaway cable or chain around the hitch, as if the hitch itself were to break then it would do no good at all. i always have a separate strong eye on the tow bar onto which i attach the cable or chain.
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im often baffled as to why people simply loop the breakaway cable or chain around the hitch, as if the hitch itself were to break then it would do no good at all. i always have a separate strong eye on the tow bar onto which i attach the cable or chain.
I understand what you are saying - but has anyone here ever seen a hitch that actually failed? (My chains are connected to the bracket the tow ball is bolted to)
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im often baffled as to why people simply loop the breakaway cable or chain around the hitch, as if the hitch itself were to break then it would do no good at all. i always have a separate strong eye on the tow bar onto which i attach the cable or chain.
If a trailer is balanced right at the tow hitch the trailer should drop down not up if it ever came of the tow ball I've been towing trailers every day of the week for 30yrs now & never had any problems it's up to the driver to make sure the trailer is safe to tow the guy who has just lost the boat it could work out very costly because insurance won't pay out if the trailer is faulty in any way & not only that if he'd killed someone he'd have been lock up as well, so it up to all of us to keep our trailers in tip top condition
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how would it stop this? people still drive cars without MOTs, cars with MOTs that are no longer roadworthy and badly secured loads on trucks and cars... ...don't see how more paperwork would stop it. It could even make it worse if people think they can simply pass on responsibility to the inspector once a year.
It will help, once you take a trailer out with no MOT your insurance will be invalid, that'll go for the vehicle and boat and you will be liable for all the damage, so at least we won't be picking up the bill on our premiums.

A trailer with corrosion after a year may not be totally road worthy but it will be a lot better than some of the suff out there, at least it's a step in the right direction.
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If a trailer is balanced right at the tow hitch the trailer should drop down not up if it ever came of the tow ball I've been towing trailers every day of the week for 30yrs now & never had any problems it's up to the driver to make sure the trailer is safe to tow the guy who has just lost the boat it could work out very costly because insurance won't pay out if the trailer is faulty in any way & not only that if he'd killed someone he'd have been lock up as well, so it up to all of us to keep our trailers in tip top condition
Spot on Andy like you say its the drivers responsibility.

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It will help, once you take a trailer out with no MOT your insurance will be invalid
You don't need an MOT for them to do implement that.
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Spot on Andy like you say its the drivers responsibility. You don't need an MOT for them to do implement that.
Common sense is needed in most cases Steve but you can't educate pork
Classic case a neighbour of mine has just bought a new tintent but will be running about 105 % bit dodgy
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Classic case a neighbour of mine has just bought a new tintent but will be running about 105 % bit dodgy
Exactly so asking for trailers to be MOT'd will only add to an unnecessary extra expense IMHO
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Exactly so asking for trailers to be MOT'd will only add to an unnecessary extra expense IMHO
They have been trying to get caravans mot ed for years but it don't get any further I have mine serviced every year as requested by the insurance company else it's not insured.
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Might sound a bit over the top but I spend as much time & care maintaining the trailer as I do the boat & outboard !!! Without it you might as well not have a boat & any cock-up that's our two weeks as a family on the Mull of Kintyre buggered !!!
Boats are an expensive hobby (unless I'm talking to my wife) so a few quid maintaining the thing is money well spent. They're not difficult things to look after provided you're not dipping them in the salty stuff every week. Any shortcut in safety seems a bit pointless when you consider the relatively low cost of chain or a GOOD quality ratchet strap and the few minutes to fit it .
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