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Old 02 January 2015, 06:02   #1
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I'm now seriously looking at a new trailer for the Vipermax.

Apart from downhilldai, does anybody else on here have a trailer built by CLH Trailers? Of all the ones I have seen this looks like the best candidate for the starting point, so I was really just looking for ideas to form a clear requirement in my mind before I go to CLH with the spec for discussion - in case there is anything I've not thought of. Broadly the spec is a rollercoaster trailer, lots of rollers for hull support, strong frame, and an axle that can accept Land Rover 5x165 wheels.

If there are any others with a CLH, any photos would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02 January 2015, 07:50   #2
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This is a pic of one I serviced for the Alex Thomson / Vendee Globe race. It was very well made. You can see how substantial the support is around the a-frame. Hope the pic helps.
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This is a pic of one I serviced for the Alex Thomson / Vendee Globe race. It was very well made. You can see how substantial the support is around the a-frame. Hope the pic helps.
That looks familiar
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I'm now seriously looking at a new trailer for the Vipermax.

Apart from downhilldai, does anybody else on here have a trailer built by CLH Trailers? Of all the ones I have seen this looks like the best candidate for the starting point, so I was really just looking for ideas to form a clear requirement in my mind before I go to CLH with the spec for discussion - in case there is anything I've not thought of. Broadly the spec is a rollercoaster trailer, lots of rollers for hull support, strong frame, and an axle that can accept Land Rover 5x165 wheels.

If there are any others with a CLH, any photos would be greatly appreciated.

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What's the reasoning Steve? What happened to the SBS & why are you looking at CLH. The only reason I ask is that I'm in the market for a new trailer & was looking at another SBS. I'm also having a sniff around Van Claes
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What's the reasoning Steve? What happened to the SBS & why are you looking at CLH. The only reason I ask is that I'm in the market for a new trailer & was looking at another SBS. I'm also having a sniff around Van Claes

Hi Dave give this guy a phone he did mine in Sept and put it on the ferry. Made to your spec and the Galve steel is a heavier guage. All the extras you want and very easy to deal with. Good guy his name is Derrick. Hope it helps.
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Pics of CLH trailers in action

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As commercial operators working on the west coast of Scotland we aren't always fortunate enough to have a decent slip to work off. Trailers must be built to withstand launching over beaches and uneven ground. We only use CLH trailers, build quality has proved excellent.
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Old 02 January 2015, 16:20   #7
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What's the reasoning Steve? What happened to the SBS & why are you looking at CLH. The only reason I ask is that I'm in the market for a new trailer & was looking at another SBS. I'm also having a sniff around Van Claes
There is nothing inherently wrong with the SBS trailer I have, except that it doesn't fit the Vipermax hull properly due to the curved keel. Never having seen a Vipermax prior to purchase, I didn't know this, and thought the combination of a line of keel rollers and bunks would support it well. It doesn't, and the boat see-saws on the two keel rollers in the middle which means most of the weight is on the bunks which in turn makes it a pig to get off the trailer.

An SBS rollercoaster type is one option, but after some research I think the CLH looks the best bet, DHD's one has lots of rollers fitted which is what I want. Again, I'm buying blind, never having seen one, so recommendations for or against from people who have spent their own money are always a good guide. Reading things like Tony's post above is very reassuring - my Vipermax has never seen a proper slip in its life since the test run before leaving the UK!

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to be fair to SBS they did offer to add extra swing beam, longer roller sets, other axle combinations etc when I was looking at buying a new trailer
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Just to throw another one in the mix I have one of these http://www.admiraltrailers.co.uk a good strong set up with Peak axels
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There is nothing inherently wrong with the SBS trailer I have, except that it doesn't fit the Vipermax hull properly due to the curved keel. Never having seen a Vipermax prior to purchase, I didn't know this, and thought the combination of a line of keel rollers and bunks would support it well. It doesn't, and the boat see-saws on the two keel rollers in the middle which means most of the weight is on the bunks which in turn makes it a pig to get off the trailer.

An SBS rollercoaster type is one option, but after some research I think the CLH looks the best bet, DHD's one has lots of rollers fitted which is what I want. Again, I'm buying blind, never having seen one, so recommendations for or against from people who have spent their own money are always a good guide. Reading things like Tony's post above is very reassuring - my Vipermax has never seen a proper slip in its life since the test run before leaving the UK!

Thanks for the comments so far
Ah! I didn't realise you had a bunked trailer My SBS is a roller type & fits the boat perfectly..........now
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Wouldn't it be easier to change it over to something like Gullwing Trailers roller bunk setup?

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Old 02 January 2015, 17:44   #12
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Trouble is with a modify-it-myself option is that there is nowhere to safely keep the boat while I do the trailer mods, I'm short on time due to other projects (building a house for example) and the lack of local suppliers and logistics of getting stuff here means that I only have to be short of a U bolt or something and it will either take weeks to sort out or end up being a complete bodge up. A decent but more or less off the shelf option that I know has worked for somebody else seems like the best way forwards.
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Would SBS be able to supply you the parts to convert from bunk to roller?
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Hi Steve, is yours the 7.8? I have a few new old stock Extreme Trailers, which will be going for a song and are available immediately, if you're interested. As you know, I could carry out specific mods, if you required. PM me if you'd like more info.
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I've bought one braked one for my rib, there is a pic of it somewhere in the show us your rig section. It is a bit long, but I haven't chopped it down yet.

I also am involved with Tenby Sailing Club and we purchase 1 beach trailer every year, a roller coaster style with oversize off-road tyres and no suspension.

I can't fault them, but they are the closest trailer people to me for spares. Most the time, it's just winches and jockeys wheels for the beach trailers. They are always happy to help, but we are repeat customers.

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