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Old 16 March 2009, 17:05   #51
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Since there's fibreglass and plywood embedded in the front of the lorry. If it's not from the Ribcraft then the actual main lorry impact was with something else so your photos are more than slightly misleading. Silly boy.

It could of course be the lorry which is made from plywood and then I'd be wrong.
The main impact on the boat! But what has the "main impact" to do with "misleading"?

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Old 16 March 2009, 17:17   #52
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Back end of the caravan ? on its way to the rib
So you guys got eagle eyes

Not one...two caravans...two cars...and exactly the prop of the engine




And the plate was made of 4mm Alu.
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Old 16 March 2009, 19:38   #53
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Well it proves caravans are a load of crap and only RIBs should be allowed on the roads!!!
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Old 17 March 2009, 03:27   #54
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So is that massive metal plate on the inside of the transom standard then?
I think there are enough Ribcrafts like this out there with no issues for this to be unusual (original post)...I have experience of a similar symptom, on a 2" section of the over capping; it was caused by the design of the transon tappering to the top. A running 6 hp aux gradually worked it way up (getting looser and looser) until the twisting cracked the top capping..I'm not suggesting that's what's happened here, just that the cappings resilience to torque type pressure is limited.I think I would be looking at it as Muz has.

On the crash boat, I definitely find that 4 mm alum plate( is it both sides ) and it's reason for being interesting…would our continental friend eloborate about it?
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Old 17 March 2009, 03:40   #55
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On a plus note , and slightly off topic, I am well impressed with these 'snap in' demountable towing brackets, as fitted to this Audi here, and as used by BMW (same design). They are about a £1500 dealer fit, but, you can lift it out of the stow section in your boot & fit it in about 3 seconds, and bingo, its good for 3 tonne. Its a surprisingly simple mechanism, and at first I was dubious about their strength but having used them for 10 years now, I think they're great Of course the piccy doesnt show if there is any damage closely,(or to the car chassis) but it looks intact.
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Just had my crack looked at

Not a structural problem suggested sikaflex to remedy it. ( wasn't as bad as the crack in the pics and didn't go under engine bracket or the hypalon )
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Just had my crack looked at

Not a structural problem suggested sikaflex to remedy it.
When did the NHS start using Sikaflex
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On a plus note , and slightly off topic, I am well impressed with these 'snap in' demountable towing brackets, as fitted to this Audi here, and as used by BMW (same design). They are about a £1500 dealer fit, but, you can lift it out of the stow section in your boot & fit it in about 3 seconds, and bingo, its good for 3 tonne. Its a surprisingly simple mechanism, and at first I was dubious about their strength but having used them for 10 years now, I think they're great Of course the piccy doesnt show if there is any damage closely,(or to the car chassis) but it looks intact.

I read about someone using one for towing trailers offroad and it just wasn't up to sideways forces. Great on road but not as strong as a Dixon Bate or similar.
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They are about a £1500 dealer fit, but, you can lift it out of the stow section in your boot & fit it in about 3 seconds, and bingo, its good for 3 tonne.
Must be retrofit at that price if added as a option on a new build (BMW),it's £600.very clever design,however the last one I had was on for three years solid; as I lost the wee keys about ten minutes after picking the car up.

Apparently the car detects impending doom via the hitch if the trailer starts to snake and sorts it out for you..
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Must be retrofit at that price if added as a option on a new build (BMW),it's £600.very clever design,however the last one I had was on for three years solid; as I lost the wee keys about ten minutes after picking the car up.

Apparently the car detects impending doom via the hitch if the trailer starts to snake and sorts it out for you..
Ah! you'll be right on that.. price wise.. .. I refuse to buy cars new.. and always haggle these things in on the deal for a nearly new motor

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Apparently the car detects impending doom via the hitch if the trailer starts to snake and sorts it out for you..
Yes .. I believe that when the electrics see a trailer connected, the telemetry adjusts damping and braking to compensate for wayward back end movement although I must confess how each manufacturer defines this I am not sure.. Isn't there some kind of accelerometer in the vehicle which the airbags system uses to determine time of deployment etc ? .. I think its related to this system somehow
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