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Old 01 January 2005, 15:44   #11
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Phil - your boats to light - best thing to to is buy a bigger boat
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Old 01 January 2005, 15:45   #12
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Alex, put the jockey wheel on ya bathroom scales and measure your nose weight, compare that with the recommended nose weight figures in you handbook and make sure that your inside of the limits. Next take your rig for a test drive and see how it feels both on smaller roads and at speed on the motorway, take it easy though!! Just till your confidence rises. You'll soon find out if you need to raise or lower the nose weight.

Just take it easy and take the practical approach and you'll be OK.

Whats your Bearings like?? And have you a spare?

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Old 01 January 2005, 17:35   #13
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I think your Range Rover is to big for towing your Rib Phil,got a great plan,we do a straight swop, your Range Rover for my Suzuki Grand Vatara I don't won't any cash to balance out the deal. What do you think??
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Andy, thanks for that idea - I didn't think of using the bathroom scales!! - will be able to give that a go tomorrow.

I've been using the thing as is on the local roads for the past 2 years without a problem - just on the local roads you don't get to too fast cos they're not very straight
My main concern was leaving a full tank of fuel in the boat for the motorway journey which is maybe not a concern judging by Richard's comments - I'll now need to check with the folks in Hull to check that they're happy with the full tank idea

I've got a new axle unit which I will be fitting tomorrow or Monday provided I can find a way of lifting the rib off the trailer without damaging the tubes - may try a couple of scafolding poles with the loadall or something see what happens kind of thing. Once this is fitted, the bearings won't be immersed in water until it's back in Pembs.

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Why lift the Rib ?

If its on a roller trailer then winch the rib off using the winch on the trailer.

May sound crazy and to long winded to explain here but give me a call as I have had mine off the trailer in this manner.


Frequently tow BOB with lots of fuel in the tank Alex
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Do you have to remove the RIB at all? Why not just chock up the trailer on the back two sides and front undo axle and replace!
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Old 02 January 2005, 09:44   #18
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Very good.
You're dead right too. I had to cut them directly from the tree to get the exact length because of the uneven ground!
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Nice (looks heavy) rig JW

Have you been able to launch yet?

The boat has to come off the trailer unfortunately so I can replace 2 U-Bolts which are in rather critical places towards the front of the trailer. It will also make things easier to fix the new axle in place cos I'll unbolt the old one, lift the trailer up and then over the new axle, put a few bolts in and presto - I hope

Martin, I may use the boat hoist at work to remove the rib - provided it's at max width it should reduce the loading on the tubes for the few mins it's in the air. Could you pm me your mobile and I'll call you tomorrow if that's ok?

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