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Old 14 October 2017, 12:10   #1
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Tucking the RIB up for winter, advice about trailer

So itís all nice a clean, engine fluids great etc.
Iím fortunate to have a big garage so the cover is loosely on and it is out of the way (4m Avon 50hp)
Thinking about the trailer?
Do people repack bearings now or in the spring?
Also one thought do people put it all up on stands to get the weight off bearings and tyres?
And what about a ctek battery monitor?
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Old 14 October 2017, 12:40   #2
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Yes I always jack up the trailer with the boat on to keep the wheels running free. Allows me to spin the wheels and check the brake linings are not binding and also takes the weight of the tyres avoiding flat spots. Also, if I can be bothered, I can remove a wheel completely which hopefully deters someone pinching the whole lot.
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Old 14 October 2017, 12:47   #3
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I always jack my rib up and remove both wheels over winter. This enables me to do some trailer/wheel servicing, and also provides security 👍
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I don't do anything different to summer, boat ready to go, you still get good ribbing days in winter
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I don't do anything different to summer, boat ready to go, you still get good ribbing days in winter
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I don't do anything different to summer, boat ready to go, you still get good ribbing days in winter


Ha! Not when youíre 100 plus miles from the coast.
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Ha! Not when youíre 100 plus miles from the coast.
do the roads close from October till may round your way
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Itís grim in the midlands! Obviously need to move
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Old 15 October 2017, 01:58   #10
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If it is all in a garage you don't need to do all that. Most are kept outside
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No reason you can't repack the wheel bearings now while it's still decent weather, then you're good to go for spring. Agree with others, get trailer on axle stands to take pressure of tyres. Opportunity to repaint wheels if they're starting to rust too.
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Do the bearings now. If they're fine then you won't have to do them in spring. If they aren't you've got the winter to sort them instead of a nasty surprise when you want to start using the boat again.

If you have a braked trailer then it's worth taking the cables off & oiling them in the same way as bike/motorbike cables - I hang mine up & put a small amount of oil into the metal cup at the end of the cable (if you haven't got that type than a cone of gaffer tape or plasticine works). The oil works its way down the cable & any excess drips out into a tray you've placed under the end. Takes time & I usually leave them for at least a week. Never had one seize.

Either take wheels off & store in dark place or support trailer on axle stands to take weight off tyres.

Inspect your tyres. Any cracking then replace as you don't want to be stuck at the side of the road!. Tyres deteriorate over time so check the date of manufacture & if they're old then replace. It's a common cause of tyre failure on caravans - the tyres will have little wear & look fine but they aren't.
Worth a read: Tyre Ageing

Tow hitch. Check & grease as required .
NB. If you have the type of hitch which has brakepads inside the hitch which act on the towball then don't grease or lubricate either the ball or the inside of the hitch.
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Do the bearings now. If they're fine then you won't have to do them in spring. If they aren't you've got the winter to sort them instead of a nasty surprise when you want to start using the boat again.

If you have a braked trailer then it's worth taking the cables off & oiling them in the same way as bike/motorbike cables - I hang mine up & put a small amount of oil into the metal cup at the end of the cable (if you haven't got that type than a cone of gaffer tape or plasticine works). The oil works its way down the cable & any excess drips out into a tray you've placed under the end. Takes time & I usually leave them for at least a week. Never had one seize.

Either take wheels off & store in dark place or support trailer on axle stands to take weight off tyres.

Inspect your tyres. Any cracking then replace as you don't want to be stuck at the side of the road!. Tyres deteriorate over time so check the date of manufacture & if they're old then replace. It's a common cause of tyre failure on caravans - the tyres will have little wear & look fine but they aren't.
Worth a read: Tyre Ageing

Tow hitch. Check & grease as required .
NB. If you have the type of hitch which has brakepads inside the hitch which act on the towball then don't grease or lubricate either the ball or the inside of the hitch.
Be sure also to individually clean between each of your tyre treads with a cotton bud
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Knew I'd missed something
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And whatever you do don't leave the handbrake on...
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Old 15 October 2017, 13:38   #16
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Thanks everyone so I will check the bearings and then put up on blocks. Also think Iíll treat it to a battery monitor
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