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Old 15 November 2012, 18:41   #11
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At the moment i've got a Golf which I assume would be man enough to cope with a light unbraked trailer. That sounds like a tight squeeze and a lot of fun to get the boat into your garage!
just a wee bit!

The vehicle handbook will tell you exactly what it can tow.

It did take a fair bit of planning, a wee rearrangement of the winch post and a couple of practice runs, but now i can park it with minimal sweat.

Somewhere on here is a pic of my winch post. If you can't find it, I'll repost tomorrow (on phone at the mo). Also good call Ref the width. Most single garage doors are 2.1m, but a whole lot of ribs are 2m beam to in through them.
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Old 16 November 2012, 04:34   #12
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OK, on a proper computer now...

Snubber pic:
http://www.rib.net/forum/attachment....9&d=1276090831
This is an early pic of it, and the winch has since been "packed out" by a 3x3" block of wood, so the strap now pulls horizontally. The crucial mod is that the bit with the snubber, as you can see doubles as the anchor post. Originally that was "free" and a third bar was used to form the triangle between post & chassis. If you can imagine that, the winch post was more vertical, meaning the snubber was at least another couple of inches aft , and that at "full forward" adjustment. Will get another pic of the current setup as soon as I get the wheels back on! (middle of the annual brake service!)

Also forgot to say that if you are buying a new trailer for a rib, be aware that most boat trailers are "sized" (e.g "to suit boats 4-5m") for hard boats. Ribs have toobs & cones poing out beynd the "hard" bit of the hull, so you can usually subtract a good half metre of your LOA for sizing a trailer. (Mine is sat on a trailer spec'ed at "max 4.5m").
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Old 17 November 2012, 13:06   #13
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on my last small rib 4.1 lodestar i had the small extreme marine trailer that is really designed for jet ski's i think . Extreme marine supplies it with a longer towbar and it was fine for the small boat . My mate now has that boat and trailer and he easily fits it inside a small single garage . Its also a narrow trailer so with the tubes let down the whole package is only about 1.5m wide or less

another trailer i used to have had a telescopic drawbar , i simply removed the hitch and fitted it to a box section that fitted inside the original , with a series of holes i could extend it or shorten it with a pin or bolt .
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Old 17 November 2012, 20:12   #14
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Yep, my old SR4 travelled around on the indespension jetski trailer.
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