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Old 22 October 2021, 09:33   #1
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Long term SIB storage in a box trailer

As title - any reason why not? One thing that is still a bit of a pain with my boat is the getting it to/from the car/shed at the back of the house. Not only is it a chore, but the boat takes up a lot of room in the shed. Another issue is that boat + bits and pieces takes up the full boot and rear seats of our Ford cmax.
A solution to all of the above might be to get a small box trailer. Not only would it free up room in the car when travelling with the family, but it would, or could, also mean that I don't need to cart the boat around the back of the house. I was thinking of just storing it inside the box trailer on the front drive long term. Any reason why this might be a bad idea?
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Old 22 October 2021, 09:47   #2
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Providing the box trailer is water tight and rodent proof, I can't see any problem. Obviously everything would need to be clean and very dry before it goes into the trailer.
Maybe the only issue would be condensation, but you could use a small crystal dehumidifier.
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Providing the box trailer is water tight and rodent proof, I can't see any problem. Obviously everything would need to be clean and very dry before it goes into the trailer.
Maybe the only issue would be condensation, but you could use a small crystal dehumidifier.
I haven't got the trailer yet (or even the towbar), but I imagine it will be an open type with a tarp over the top, which should give some reasonable ventilation whilst remaining (mostly) watertight? Another issue might be heat, with the sun (LOL) beating down on a dark tarp, but I don't know how much of a problem that would be?
Rodents are worrying me now having read a few posts about it on here - not sure how safe the shed is in that department either!
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I think a tarp covered trailer would produce a lot of condensation especially if it's sat in the sun, and would security pose a problem?
I know Pikey Dave uses a full trailer to transport his Volaire, not sure if he stores the Volaire in it all the time though.
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I think a tarp covered trailer would produce a lot of condensation especially if it's sat in the sun, and would security pose a problem?
I know Pikey Dave uses a full trailer to transport his Volaire, not sure if he stores the Volaire in it all the time though.


Yup, Piglet lives in the trailer all year round. Hitch up & go.
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Yup, Piglet lives in the trailer all year round. Hitch up & go.
No issues with heat or wet then? I think I am going to do likewise - should make life just a little easier.
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No issues with heat or wet then? I think I am going to do likewise - should make life just a little easier.


No issues at all, and itís vermin proof.
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Matt, I think you should take a look at PD's build thread. We're not just talking about any old box trailer
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Iíve had mine in a small wood shed. Where I live moisture is not a problem but heat is my worry. I expect the glued seams can degrade with long exposure to heat. Perhaps Iím wrong but I installed a cheap solar vent and I sprinkle rodent repellent on the floor. Itís a strong long lasting chili powder that really last.
The solar vent is 3 years old. It has a 10 year warranty.
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Matt, I think you should take a look at PD's build thread. We're not just talking about any old box trailer
I'm searching like crazy but struggling to find the thread - any chance of a link?
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I'm searching like crazy but struggling to find the thread - any chance of a link?


Excel Volaire 390 build thread
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Thanks Dave, very swish. I have been musing over the box trailer idea for a few weeks/months now, and funnily enough I also thought of the idea of a rolling/sliding floor for the boat, so can basically be tipped/rolled onto it, and then lifted at one end and pushed into the trailer. I was thinking that at it's simplest it could just be a plywood panel cut to fit (maybe a handle on the near end), but that might have too much friction on the slide. I'd be interested to know how you set your rollers up, and how you have found it in practice?
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Thanks Dave, very swish. I have been musing over the box trailer idea for a few weeks/months now, and funnily enough I also thought of the idea of a rolling/sliding floor for the boat, so can basically be tipped/rolled onto it, and then lifted at one end and pushed into the trailer. I was thinking that at it's simplest it could just be a plywood panel cut to fit (maybe a handle on the near end), but that might have too much friction on the slide. I'd be interested to know how you set your rollers up, and how you have found it in practice?


I used something similar to these

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Conveyor-...-127635-2958-0

I made a subframe from 18mm buffalo board to carry the rollers. The top board which forms the floor has 3 grooves routed underneath to act as guides. It rolls very easily, Iíve had to put locking pins in it so it doesnít launch itself if weíre parked on a slope when we open the back door.
If you look at the photos on my build thread, you can get an idea of how it works.
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I would not recommend a tarpaulin top , rodents and condensation WILL be an issue . Go for solid glass fibre box type.
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I used something similar to these

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Conveyor-...-127635-2958-0

I made a subframe from 18mm buffalo board to carry the rollers. The top board which forms the floor has 3 grooves routed underneath to act as guides. It rolls very easily, Iíve had to put locking pins in it so it doesnít launch itself if weíre parked on a slope when we open the back door.
If you look at the photos on my build thread, you can get an idea of how it works.
Great, thanks - that makes sense now - I wondered what the bolt type things were when I looked at your pics before. Do you have any sort of hinge arrangement or just sort of let it flop out?
You got me onto conveyor bearings on ebay now - these look rather good as well, apparently support 150kg per track so plenty strong: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224586905...4AAOSwZlhe6ilm
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Great, thanks - that makes sense now - I wondered what the bolt type things were when I looked at your pics before. Do you have any sort of hinge arrangement or just sort of let it flop out?

You got me onto conveyor bearings on ebay now - these look rather good as well, apparently support 150kg per track so plenty strong: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224586905...4AAOSwZlhe6ilm


I donít have a hinge, but I do have a stop block underneath that stops the floor from coming out too far & dropping out of the trailer.
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My Excel Volante 390 has been in my Anssems trailer for 6 month and will be over the winter. hope to use it if there is a gap in the weather.

highly recommend the Anssems trailers, well built and good resell value.
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I have a Brenderup hard top trailer that I use in summer for all the camping kit. This winter I've put the tent and the boat inside it as we're surrounded by farmland and are inundated by mice. I do leave the trailer in the barn so it is not open to all the elements but if it were outside it does remain completely dry. Summer heat wouldn't be ideal but if it can be in the shade then I don't see any great issue.
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