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Old 21 June 2007, 06:19   #31
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To keep towing, launching and retrieving as fuss free as possible put loads of grease over all of the working parts, an extra hour spent oiling and greasing all of the moving parts inside the setup when assembling will save you time and money. Braked trailers are the most troublesome piece of kit that we use, i have had them seize on me in all situations, towing, launching, retrieving and reversing. I have learned the hard way to pay more attention to the brakes on a trailer, trust me they can spoil an otherwise lovely sunny day.
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Old 21 June 2007, 06:52   #32
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To keep towing, launching and retrieving as fuss free as possible put loads of grease over all of the working parts, an extra hour spent oiling and greasing all of the moving parts inside the setup when assembling will save you time and money. Braked trailers are the most troublesome piece of kit that we use, i have had them seize on me in all situations, towing, launching, retrieving and reversing. I have learned the hard way to pay more attention to the brakes on a trailer, trust me they can spoil an otherwise lovely sunny day.
Good plan - I also will - once measured - get some bearing savers.
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Old 21 June 2007, 07:47   #33
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I've been talking to Nasher about these bearing savers - but if you could take some pics when you get them it might help the rest of us. I've had to spend almost 600 this year on replacing brakes and brearings so anything that can stop that again would be a great.
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Old 21 June 2007, 07:49   #34
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I've been talking to Nasher about these bearing savers - but if you could take some pics when you get them it might help the rest of us. I've had to spend almost 600 this year on replacing brakes and brearings so anything that can stop that again would be a great.
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Old 21 June 2007, 08:03   #35
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Bearing savers are amazing, but be aware that if you have a wheel lock that covers the centre of the wheel it might not fit over the bearing safer...
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Old 21 June 2007, 08:06   #36
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To keep towing, launching and retrieving as fuss free as possible put loads of grease over all of the working parts,
I'll second that. Lots of heavy grade water resitant grease over everything. Remove the adjuster and make sure it is well lubricated too or the threads will sieze and prevent the brakes being adjusted, which will need to be done fairly frequently. You might imagine the grease will get onto the brake linings and ruin the braking performance and I'm sure some of it does but what gets there appears to burn off quickly. The brake dust mixes with the grease to form thick black heavy water resistant sludge over everything else...just what you need.

Because of the way auto reversing works on trailer brakes, they do not work well in reverse and they are actually applied as you reverse. I've found that the linings wear out sooner than may be expected if you do a fair bit of reversing. It does have the effect of scouring the brake drums keeping them in better conditon though. Also, travelling a distance after recovering the boat appears to be a benefit.

Never be tempted to tow without brakes. Earlier in the season I towed my boat/trailer but the tow hitch didn't function correctly which prevented the brakes operating. (I didn't realise there was a fault, honest, officer.) The tow vehicle is a Disco, the road surface was damp and when braking firmly coming up to a busy main road junction, extra pedal pressure was needed to cope with the lack of trailer braking. The Disco wheels locked and the weight of the trailer just shoved the Disco along on the damp surface. A bit of cadence braking saved the day but my heart beat speeded up a bit I can tell you.
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I use Indespension bearing savers, 6 of them, but they didn't fit my hubs and they needed just a wee bit of machining to make them work....Sarah, Nasher may become your special friend cos he has a lathe.
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Old 21 June 2007, 09:18   #38
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I'll second that. Lots of heavy grade water resitant grease over everything. Remove the adjuster and make sure it is well lubricated too or the threads will sieze and prevent the brakes being adjusted, which will need to be done fairly frequently. You might imagine the grease will get onto the brake linings and ruin the braking performance and I'm sure some of it does but what gets there appears to burn off quickly. The brake dust mixes with the grease to form thick black heavy water resistant sludge over everything else...just what you need.

Because of the way auto reversing works on trailer brakes, they do not work well in reverse and they are actually applied as you reverse. I've found that the linings wear out sooner than may be expected if you do a fair bit of reversing. It does have the effect of scouring the brake drums keeping them in better conditon though. Also, travelling a distance after recovering the boat appears to be a benefit.

Never be tempted to tow without brakes. Earlier in the season I towed my boat/trailer but the tow hitch didn't function correctly which prevented the brakes operating. (I didn't realise there was a fault, honest, officer.) The tow vehicle is a Disco, the road surface was damp and when braking firmly coming up to a busy main road junction, extra pedal pressure was needed to cope with the lack of trailer braking. The Disco wheels locked and the weight of the trailer just shoved the Disco along on the damp surface. A bit of cadence braking saved the day but my heart beat speeded up a bit I can tell you.
I think I would feel happier having a braked trailer anyway to be honest. Our Disco is a S1 and the brakes are not the best I've ever used (other car a Saab and we have a real culture shock if you jump out of one into the other. Either over braking in the Saab or having too many heart stopping moments in the Disco!!
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Old 21 June 2007, 09:19   #39
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I use Indespension bearing savers, 6 of them, but they didn't fit my hubs and they needed just a wee bit of machining to make them work....Sarah, Nasher may become your special friend cos he has a lathe.
And he has offered to measure mine!!! OOhhh err misses!
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many years ago i towed a 5 meter tornado with a vw camper all the way from Bristol to Cornwall with the brakes disconnected, every time we had to brake it felt like the trailer was going to come off the ball hitch and we needed an extra long space from the vehicle in front to allow for stopping, which was impossible because somebody was always cutting into our space. Um they were the days great fun but a tad irresponsible.
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