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Old 18 November 2003, 13:21   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: Saltash, Cornwall
Make: Rib less:-(
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Towing Stabalisers

Having watched quite a few people towing boats trailers and caravans last weekend in the wind I was wondering how may people use them when towing boats about?
If so what type the friction bar types or the special hitch versions?

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Old 18 November 2003, 13:29   #2
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they're for kids aren't they ? I've never heard of or seen such a thing but am interested - does anyone have any pics ?

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Old 18 November 2003, 16:01   #3
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Never on a boat, but then i've never had a boat prone to snaking (havent tried new set-up yet... hope it's not cursed now)

These devices, however, do work... they transformed a large box trailer (pic attached) that i built. At first you thought you were going to die at about 38mph... like both lanes of the road dragging the Range Rover all over the place. With TWO stabilisers fitted i can get upto nearly 80mph without problem.

That's a big, heavy (3ton) trailer though - would not have thought a boat should need it unless it's a REALLY big one (Charles, Brian etc.) and you can't tow anything that big in the UK anyway.
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Old 18 November 2003, 16:03   #4
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Jelly, never needed one. Unlike my folks caravan a rib is fairly streamlined and if properly balanced on a trailer and towed at a sensible speed you shouldn't need one.

Even towing the Pacific at 2T plus 1T for the trailer isn't a problem. Its only another thing to get in the way, cost money and turn to rust.

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