Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 01 July 2021, 09:51   #1
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Appley Bridge
Boat name: RedNeck
Make: Excel SD360
Length: 3m +
Engine: Mercury EFI 15HP
MMSI: 235924407
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 855
Caravan, SIB and Trailer

For the past 12 months when we've been away for any length of time in the caravan, we've put Redneck on the roof of the truck. I know it's not the way most people envisage transporting a SIB, but for us it has worked very well not having to inflate/deflate every day for a week or so. It's very convenient and saves setting up/packing away time.
BUT! on our last trip to Scotland Diane hinted (in that way women can make a hint sound like an ultimation) that a different solution had to be found, because she was finding it heavy going. Hence my recent search and questions, https://www.rib.net/forum/f50/road-legal-trailer-adaptation-86322.html, about trailers.
I eventually found the ideal trailer. It is big enough for Redneck, will easily accept bunks and most importantly will break down into parts that will fit into the caravan and the back of the Navara with only 12 bolts (excluding wheel studs) to undo.
The idea is to set up the trailer when we are on the caravan site, use it for the duration of the holiday, then pack everything away to come home.
Im hoping it works the way I think it will, if not there could be a trailer for sale on Ribnet!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC_0652.jpg
Views:	78
Size:	209.9 KB
ID:	137922   Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC_0653.jpg
Views:	76
Size:	171.0 KB
ID:	137923   Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC_0650.jpg
Views:	83
Size:	154.2 KB
ID:	137924   Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC_0654.jpg
Views:	80
Size:	220.9 KB
ID:	137925  
__________________

__________________
Steve509926 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01 July 2021, 10:02   #2
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: East Anglia
Boat name: Nimrod II
Make: Aerotec 380
Length: 3m +
Engine: Tohatsu 9.8 2-stroke
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 6,741
Takes a bit of settling to what works best for you and the family. We tried the rooftop idea at home on the drive and in theory it was just doable but it needed all hands on deck at the moment I wanted to get the SIB off the roof... if that happened to coincide with Mrs F dog walking... getting a coffee... etc then the plan failed. At least I can manhandle the SIB out of the car and inflate single handed. In the same way you should be able to set up trailer and SIB with minimal assistance.
__________________

__________________
Fenlander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01 July 2021, 11:13   #3
Member
 
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Aberdeenshire
Length: no boat
Join Date: Apr 2021
Posts: 135
https://youtu.be/yfXmgwz6hBY

Came across this on YouTube when thinking along the same lines as you while waiting for everythimg to come.

For my potential main use.....I've got a few options to launch within 20 minutes away which i can see becoming a hassle folding everything up and down, along with the weight of everything.
But a small lightweght trailer with the added bonus of being able to dismantle and put in shed along with sib ob etc over the winter, might well be an option for us later.

Is this your actual set up you have now in the pics steve? Will be interested to follow your experiences with it. Weight limits. How it tows etc as time goes by.
__________________
Brinormeg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01 July 2021, 12:06   #4
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Appley Bridge
Boat name: RedNeck
Make: Excel SD360
Length: 3m +
Engine: Mercury EFI 15HP
MMSI: 235924407
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 855
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brinormeg View Post
https://youtu.be/yfXmgwz6hBY
Is this your actual set up you have now in the pics steve? Will be interested to follow your experiences with it. Weight limits. How it tows etc as time goes by.
Yep, this is the set up now as in the pics.

I bought it as a used base road trailer. The guy wanted to keep the launching trailer for his sailing dinghy which suited me. He'd kept it in a barn for the past 13 years on blocks so as not to flat spot the tyres! so it's in great condition.

The struts for the bunks are similar to these:-

https://strutchannelsdirect.com/41-x-41-1-5mm-slotted-channel-3m/

I've got a mate who has an engineering company so he made the struts up for me.
The bunks are cls and 4x2, painted and covered with a strip of Diane's yoga mat! I'm sure she won't mind

Took it for a 20 mile run, A & B roads and on the M6. Pulled perfectly and reverses easier than the caravan. Just have to remember it's in the back of the truck
__________________
Steve509926 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04 July 2021, 08:33   #5
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Appley Bridge
Boat name: RedNeck
Make: Excel SD360
Length: 3m +
Engine: Mercury EFI 15HP
MMSI: 235924407
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 855
The collapsed trailer fits into the caravan better than I thought it would.

West Wales here we come
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC_0656.jpg
Views:	43
Size:	128.1 KB
ID:	137947   Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC_0655.jpg
Views:	40
Size:	120.9 KB
ID:	137948  
__________________
Steve509926 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 14 July 2021, 14:53   #6
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Appley Bridge
Boat name: RedNeck
Make: Excel SD360
Length: 3m +
Engine: Mercury EFI 15HP
MMSI: 235924407
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 855
It's been amusing seeing peoples faces as they walk past the caravan this afternoon.
They left the site this morning passing just a caravan and truck.
"Where the hell did the boat and trailer come from!"
Quite a few people have asked if I drove home to pick up the "boat" and trailer,they can't seem to comprehend when I explain we brought both with us.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC_0674.jpg
Views:	32
Size:	124.6 KB
ID:	138121  
__________________
Steve509926 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 14 July 2021, 15:41   #7
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: East Anglia
Boat name: Nimrod II
Make: Aerotec 380
Length: 3m +
Engine: Tohatsu 9.8 2-stroke
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 6,741
Fantastic solution for you... I forget where now... Wales possibly?
__________________
Fenlander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14 July 2021, 16:26   #8
Member
 
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Aberdeenshire
Length: no boat
Join Date: Apr 2021
Posts: 135

Great the new setup is working out for you.
__________________
Brinormeg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14 July 2021, 17:00   #9
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Appley Bridge
Boat name: RedNeck
Make: Excel SD360
Length: 3m +
Engine: Mercury EFI 15HP
MMSI: 235924407
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 855
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fenlander View Post
Fantastic solution for you... I forget where now... Wales possibly?
Yes David, Wales it is.
West Wales last week, some really good places to launch a SIB at all states of tide with transom wheels (obvious sore point!). New Quay, Llangrannog and Tresaith in this part of West Wales probably being the best and easiest IMO, and just really nice places to be. All of them have parking problems, but once you know where, how and when it's realativly easy.
The Dolphins around New Quay are just amazing, swimming around and under the Redneck, but just to fast to get any pictures.
The Gower this week. Not the easiest of places to get on the water, not only due to the huge tide range, but also a lack of places to launch.
Port Eynon - a lovely place but I wouldn't want to launch there. Low tide exposes a minefield of sharp rocks, I think the fact that the Port Eynon Boat Club boat park is empty tells its own story. It's also bloody expensive and difficult to get things sorted, Swansea Council just appear to be wanting to take as much money as they can from everyone. Knab Rock at The Mumbles - again not the easiest to get things sorted. The guy at the slip today just refused unless I had registered the SIB with Swansea Council, can't do this on the day.
Oxwich Bay is a private beach and slip. 16 for the truck, trailer and to launch with the added bonus that it is a beautiful bay. Back there again tomorrow.
__________________
Steve509926 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 14 July 2021, 17:03   #10
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Appley Bridge
Boat name: RedNeck
Make: Excel SD360
Length: 3m +
Engine: Mercury EFI 15HP
MMSI: 235924407
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 855
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brinormeg View Post

Great the new setup is working out for you.
Just need to get the bloody transom wheels sorted now Brian, then I'll be happy.
__________________

__________________
Steve509926 is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
sib

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:31.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.