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Old 22 December 2014, 13:38   #1
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new rib sorted.....

my new rib is just about done and dusted :-)

i have an option of 2 or 4 wheel trailer........opinions?

boat is 6.5m btw.

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Old 22 December 2014, 13:51   #2
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I thought it was sitting on a trailer?

2 wheel = easier to manoeuvre by hand, presumably cheaper,
4 wheel = redundancy so a single wheel/bearing failure is not likely to trash the boat into the tarmac, but twice as many bearings and tyres to look after...

...you'll know better than others which suits your likely use best.
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Old 22 December 2014, 13:53   #3
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i didn't buy the redbay, condition was terrible.

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Old 22 December 2014, 14:52   #4
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2 wheel easier to reverse, 4 wheel can have a mind of their own at times!
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Old 22 December 2014, 15:01   #5
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personally I have always had 4 wheelers & always will. Just about to spec up a new trailer for my new boat & they are going to make me a bespoke 4 wheeler to take a 5.5m RIB, the normal production 4 wheel models don't suit a RIB of that size without a load of overhang at the back & front. You need to set it up so the rear most rollers are just on the invert of the transom, whilst still being able to setup the winch post at the correct height etc. The rear most roller also needs to be the rearmost part of the trailer, i.e. the end of the cradle needs to project past the ends of any side beams, that way, the first thing the boat hits when recovering is the cradle & not the trailer structure, especially if it's a lumpy recovery. When all that's said & done, you need to be able to adjust the position of the axles to balance the whole outfit & get the nose weight correct. Very easy to get a trailer that's too big, especially where RIBs are concerned as the LOA can confuse matters.
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Old 22 December 2014, 15:06   #6
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If the boat sits on a single axle and comes under the max load I'd take a single axle every time.
Your more likely to maintain it properly & therefore less chance of a wheel coming off
Quite often you can't carry on on 3 wheels anyway as the good axle won't carry the weight of the whole rig
& two wheel trailers are much easier to move around by hand
6.5 is quite a lump so I guess you might have to go 2 axle to get the carrying capacity
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2 wheel easier to reverse, 4 wheel can have a mind of their own at times!
I'd actually say the contrary is true.
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the boat is right on the limit for going 4 wheel, i can get away with a 2 if i want.

i have never had a 4 wheel trailer so not sure what to do.

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Having had a couple of blow outs on the boat trailer I am a twin axle fan didn't know I had them until cars behind let me know
Got single on the tintent but got Tyron bands fitted
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We had a flat on the ferry coming home from France this year, being on 4 wheels enabled us to clear the ferry & change the wheel at our leisure. In the past I've had a (well maintained) bearing fail:- got home. Sliced the side wall out of a tyre on a pump plinth in a petrol station:- managed to get to a tyre stockist & get it changed. Having 4 wheels has kept me out of the merde several times.
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