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Old 17 April 2014, 11:09   #1
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Mildly annoyed!

With all the talk about trailer weights, etc. a wave of "doing the right thing" struck me, so I've just taken the boat down to the weighbridge.

Despite being plated for 1100kg the entire kit weighed in at 1220kg! Now there isn't 120kg of rope in there and the anchor wasn't in it either, which makes me think that the original supplier must have supplied it with an illegal trailer, and the two previous owners didn't worry about it.

So, there's an Indespension Roller Coaster 3 about to hit the market once I've found a trailer to replace it!! (Unless I can get trade-in).

Any suggestions for a 6m rib, do I go for a 1300kg trailer or 1500kg? And according to Indespension that trailer is for 5.2m boats but mine is on there nicely with only about 2" overhang.

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Old 17 April 2014, 11:24   #2
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Mildly annoyed!

Talk to degraff trailers. Just bought a twin axle 2000kg from them and so far it's fantastic!
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Old 17 April 2014, 11:37   #3
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A 6m boat on an 1100kg trailer was always going to be iffy. My 6.4 rides on an SBS twin axle 2600kg, maybe a bit ott, but by the time I've got diving/camping gear/200l fuel & all the other gubbins in, I'm glad of it.
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Old 17 April 2014, 11:45   #4
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Yeah, I've wondered since I got the boat back in October about the weight. A bit off that a boat can be supplied from new with a barely legal/illegal trailer! But it was 13 years ago and the original supplier is out of business now.


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Try drying out the upholstery.
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Old 17 April 2014, 16:54   #6
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I wish that's all it was! Unfortunately the cover has kept it all nice & dry!


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Old 17 April 2014, 17:27   #7
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Yeah, I've wondered since I got the boat back in October about the weight. A bit off that a boat can be supplied from new with a barely legal/illegal trailer! But it was 13 years ago and the original supplier is out of business now.


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if the boat has ridden on it for 13 years that kinda says its actually up to the job?

have you checked the axle capacity? I have a 2000kg rated trailer which has a 2600kg hitch & 2x1300kg axles the only thing that cant carry 2600kg is the tyres & if I needed to carry 2600kg id have no hesitation in getting a new plate stamped with the higher weight & fitting the larger tyres

you may only need to replate to be legal, plates are available from ebay for a few quid
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I kind of agree. I'll check tomorrow, but as far as I know it's a standard RC3 trailer so would probably have parts to match it's plated GVW (or marginally higher).


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I kind of agree. I'll check tomorrow, but as far as I know it's a standard RC3 trailer so would probably have parts to match it's plated GVW (or marginally higher).


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axles & hitches only come in a few weights so it might only be the tyres as on mine that are lower capacity in which case you could just change tyres & save changing a trailer that's worked fine for many years
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My general advise would be to alway over spec a trailer, they get neglected the most and are ask to do the most, if your boat fits on the trailer frame correct then why not get the axle changed, also check the hitch for the weight
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Old 18 April 2014, 02:44   #11
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I bought a new ribeye 600 with 115 on last November. It comes supplied with sbs 1500kg single axle trailer. This is obviously what the manufacturer recommends. Tows great and have been launching off the beach with it over the last 6 weeks with no problems.
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Old 18 April 2014, 03:12   #12
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We could offer you a SBS R2/1500EL:
South Coast Boat Trailers - R2/1500EL Single Axle Multi Roller Boat Trailer

2048 + VAT, or 1500 + VAT with current trailer as trade in.

Give me a call on 01752 687700 if you would like to discuss further.

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Old 18 April 2014, 04:17   #13
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Hi Michael,

that sounds a very tempting offer! I'm not able to call just at the minute but I should be able to later.

I see from your link that you have a depot in Gosport, is that still the case? Otherwise Plymouth is a bit far!

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Talk to degraff trailers. Just bought a twin axle 2000kg from them and so far it's fantastic!
I got caught out buying what I thought was a bargain trailer years ago.

I got rid of it pronto and bought one from Arther at Degraff and never had a problem since. Make sure you get one with bearing savers as it's a pocket saver too. 6 years without a bearing change!
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Recently bought this from john Nicholson. Very pleased with the build quality, service and price was good too. Give john a call for a quote.

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Pic upload was a bit low res. Nicholson Trailers advertise on boats and outboards with more info and pics there
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Thanks for the info everyone. I've got food for thought!

Now to rob a bank!


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Incidentally, has anyone found problems manoeuvring. Twin axle trailer around by hand?

I can't reverse it onto my drive due to room so have to unhitch and push it. I've heard they're hard to steer in a situation like that?


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You will find that it will be very difficult to push a twin axle by hand.
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That's what I thought, thanks for confirming it.


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