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Old 12 January 2006, 14:03   #21
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The reversing is the hardest part of the trailer test-it's identical to the artic test.

Hint:- IF you're asked to provide your own trailer, the reversing part of the test is easier with a flatbed or low trailer- preferably one where the wheels don't stick out the sides.

Also bear in mind it's easier to reverse a trailer which has the axle far back from the drawbar. Short trailers, eg 6x4 goods trailers can be very twitchy going backwards, until you get a bit of practice with them.
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Old 12 January 2006, 15:12   #22
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And remember to choose a vehicle appropriate to the size of the trailer!!!

http://www.mattyorke.co.uk/gallery/funnies/caravan
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Old 12 January 2006, 16:09   #23
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Also bear in mind it's easier to reverse a trailer which has the axle far back from the drawbar. Short trailers, eg 6x4 goods trailers can be very twitchy going backwards, until you get a bit of practice with them.
It may well be practice, but I found reversing a caravan much easier that my boat trailer and the boat trailer axles are much further back than the caravan.
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Old 12 January 2006, 16:22   #24
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It's all done with mirrors.
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Old 12 January 2006, 16:23   #25
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Old 12 January 2006, 17:04   #27
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Just use your mirrors and you will fail
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Old 12 January 2006, 17:12   #28
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Ah, Bob is here now. He teaches reversing, a true reversing pro. Anything you guys need to know about reversing, Bob's ya' man. Didn't mention bridges or Looe Bob.
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Some questions about towing-

- Would it be realistic to tow from London to the South of France in one long stint?. I've done it by car - took 10 hours, no problem at all.
- boat covers for towing, can you get custom made/quality material covers which will last, if so please recommend. ( have seen covers shreaded when taken this distance).
- Towing cars what do people recommend?, for a 6m rib.
- other than- "don't stop on the autoroute at night because i'll be robbed"
any other bits of advice.

This will be for Summer 2006 probaly late June. You might want to bear in mind i'm only 19!.
My advice would be not to rush. Far better to take a little more time than risk problems or a fine! We towed a 6.5m rib down to Italy with some other folk from Ribnet (admittedly over the alps) but the length and weight still took some getting used to. Other guy also towing a 6.5m boat lost his clutch in the mountains (although may have been a fault to start with).

Motorways will be fine but close quarter manoevering takes its toll on a clutch so trying to get round narrow campsites or old ports could be expensive. Breakdown or recovery is a nightmare no matter how much insurance cover you have.

Get plenty of reversing practice - I can guarantee it will pay off. Whatever , taking your own boat abroad is great fun even if it is hard work so have a fantastic time.
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Old 13 January 2006, 04:50   #30
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The AA offer a european breakdown cover which might be useful if it all goes pear shaped. For the extra 75 per year (1998) it did provide peace of mind. They were also a good source of info ref additional kit to carry which some countries require by law.

Yep destroyed my first boat cover by towing it on a long journey (Stranraer to Pompey) so I now take it off. Also carried a couple of spare sets of bearings and some grease.

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Good advice about bearings, tools and grease, however, the AA will not to my knowledge cover trailers over a certain length, which rules out most RIBs worth towing any distance!

Covers are a pain, and it's probably worth just covering up any bits that might suffer from water or dirt seperately for a long distance trip.

Towed the race boat to Italy and then on to Gibraltar and back home 2 or 3 times, and done a trip to Norway via Holland Germany and Denmark once as well!
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