I've responded to this thread rather than create a new one, since it's pretty much on the same subject despite being old.....
In a week or so, I have a nice journey to Hull from Milford with the boat behind - this should be ok, but I need to sort a few things out first.
When I towed the boat from Hull, it was brand new, and the fuel tank which sits built into the console was empty, also, there was no aux engine fitted to the stern end. Towing like this seemed ok because we had quite a heavy 3.5 ton flatbed commercial truck that we were towing with which would probably have reduced any hint of sway.
Towing the other way is a slightly different matter because this time, I'll be using my van instead which weighs less, plus there is fuel in the tank and an aux engine hanging over the back.
At the moment, I have around 80 litres of fuel in the tank (roughly 80kg of weight just ahead of the axle) which is nearly full - the aux engine probably weighs less than half that, but is hanging over the stern of the boat possibly helping the balance.
When the boat was new, lifting the front of the trailer was easy.... it wasn't light, but it wasn't heavy (not sure how to explain that one)..... now everything's on it, lifting the front by hand is quite heavy, so I am guessing I am around the 60+kg mark which is about right assuming the info above in this thread.
The question here, is who travels with their ribs full of fuel? - is it ok to travel long distance with a full rib of fuel?
If I syphon out the tank, I am only allowed to store a few litres in the garage, which means finding alternative places to store small amounts of fuel..... also, by emptying out the tank, I may need to remove the aux engine to increase the weight on the nose of the trailer again - far from fun!!
I know the trailer is good for all this weight (well it's plated for it) but what's the general consensus? - any useful ideas would be more than welcome please