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Old 18 June 2007, 12:33   #21
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Hi, I splashed out on a set of four from indespension themselves.
Total cost was about the same as a set of bearings.

Trailertek are very good, I've used them several times.
They are about twenty miles from me, but for what I needed it was worth the diesel money after considering their prices.

Nasher.
Was it this one: http://www.indespension.co.uk/b2c/ap...5=HU008&slnk=1
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Old 18 June 2007, 13:23   #22
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Thats the ones, but be careful, they need to be a very snug fit in your drum/bearing housing so must be the correct size.
Even then they will appear to be too tight. To get them in they need a block of wood and a very accurate(Read Square on) clout with a mallet.

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Old 18 June 2007, 13:25   #23
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Thats the ones, but be careful, they need to be a very snug fit in your drum/bearing housing so must be the correct size.
Even then they will appear to be too tight. To get them in they need a block of wood and a very accurate(Read Square on) clout with a mallet.

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Groovy - I know this is a blond question, but how do I know what size they are? Sorry if this is really obvious!
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Old 18 June 2007, 14:17   #24
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Not a Blond question at all.

If you know the hub manufacturer then I'd get their Bearing savers as the tight tolerances for the machining should be correct.

Otherwise you need somebody who is good with a vernier to measure your hubs. If you are still stuck I can do it when we launch on the 7th July.

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Old 18 June 2007, 15:11   #25
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Not a Blond question at all.

If you know the hub manufacturer then I'd get their Bearing savers as the tight tolerances for the machining should be correct.

Otherwise you need somebody who is good with a vernier to measure your hubs. If you are still stuck I can do it when we launch on the 7th July.

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I might take you up on that. Thanks Nasher
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Sarah, if you are towing with a disco I would have thought brakes would not be necessary on the trailer? They are a total pain in the arse.

I cant remember but I think my TD5 used to be rated to tow an unbraked trailer of around 1500kgs which should be fine for most ribs of the 6 metre type.

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Chris1573: This is incorrect I'm afraid, the law states that brakes must be fitted to the trailer if the maximum design laden weight is over 750kg, whatever is towing the trailer.

I think you are thinking of the 50% of towing vehicle kerbside weight threshold, over which you have to have brakes on the trailer whatever the trailer weight.
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Sarah, if you are towing with a disco I would have thought brakes would not be necessary on the trailer? They are a total pain in the arse.

I cant remember but I think my TD5 used to be rated to tow an unbraked trailer of around 1500kgs which should be fine for most ribs of the 6 metre type.

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I think you are right. Although I've heard different arguments for and against having a braked trailer when dipping it in the water. I'll get the trailer sorted out and then at the end of this season we may have a complete rethink about how we launch or store the boat.

Thanks Chris
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Chris1573: This is incorrect I'm afraid, the law states that brakes must be fitted to the trailer if the maximum design laden weight is over 750kg, whatever is towing the trailer.

I think you are thinking of the 50% of towing vehicle kerbside weight threshold, over which you have to have brakes on the trailer whatever the trailer weight.
Oh well! I suppose that if we are travelling 100 miles each time, it would make more sense having a braked trailer. Also, the Northney slip is quite steep so would think that having a braked trailer would make launching easier?
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Oh well! I suppose that if we are travelling 100 miles each time, it would make more sense having a braked trailer. Also, the Northney slip is quite steep so would think that having a braked trailer would make launching easier?
Noooo!!!

Don't ever use the hand brake on the trailer....Ever

You'll pull it up and the rust will stick the brakes in place, if this is done at the slip you'll end up stripping the brakes at the top of the slip otherwise your bearings 25 miles down the road.

The law states that for any load over 750kgs (gross) you'll need a braked trailer, so there's no option of an unbraked one here.

As to the effectivness of trailer brakes used during driving after several dips in the sea, who knows. But one thing is sure, if you use the handbrake lever to apply the brakes then there's no garantee that the brakes will release.
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