Originally Posted by Neil R
I find the trailer much more troublesome to keep going than the RIB. After 10 years experience of things breaking, here's what I take on any longer trip:
Trolley or bottle jack & wooden raiser blocks.
Decent wrench and sockets for wheel and hub nuts, and other misc spanners etc.
Spare winch strap.
Ropes to recover trailer from e.g. shallow beach launches.
Spare brake cable.
Spare hub and bearings.
Spare rubber roller (the only thing I've not yet had to use ...).
Grease & grease gun.
Spare prop (and tools to fit) also carried by many.
That's good advice. Spare bulbs for trailer lights.
Originally Posted by GaryC
I would agree with that and add that anyone towing a boat should practice removing the wheel and then the appropraite bearings. And making sure that they have ALL the relevant tools to sort out the job. (like a big punch etc). If your bearing goes then it is not the best time to learn when you break down on the M6 at night and in the rain.
Whilst your not wrong - the M6 in the dark and rain is not really the best place to repair a trailer and the best plan would be to call the AA/RAC and have the trailer recovered to a place of safety before attempting to fix. If you have spare bits you'll also find that most of these guys will be able to help replace it - which makes the hub/bearings and spare wheel the priority for that list. [of course actually prevention is better than cure which is why your advice is good - because if you know how to remove/inspect/service/replace you are more likely to do so before it falls off.
Newbie advice - check your breakdown cover will come out to the trailer.