Christian and I packed up the workshop (shelving and all) and took the team (Rory, Ryan and Gary) out to the Rosehill Trailer Boat Show last weekend. Well, we were overwhelmed at the support by both the public and our fellow marine business owners.
Wow, you all had so many questions - some easier to answer than others without seeing your trailers but we endeavoured to answer them to the best of our ability and hopefully solve your trailer problems (or lead you in the right direction for professional help).
There were many common questions and problems so I thought I would recap on a few of them:
1. 2" couplings on imported trailers - After consultation with the RTA these are deemed illegal as they do not meet the ADR guidelines for registraion in NSW. Please call us to book in to have your coupling changed to an Australian Standards / ADR approved coupling. There are many risks associated with this size coupling - the most obvious being that it is too big for 50mm tow balls and the boat and trailer can pop off the tow ball while driving.
2. Brakes on trailers. All trailer and boat combinations with a combined weight of over 750kg require a braking system. The most common braking system on this weight trailer is mechanical brakes. If you trailer and boat combination is over 2 tonne you require hydraulic / electric brakes.
3. "I have bearing buddies - I don't need to change my bearings!" - WOW - a huge error of judgement here too. Bearing Buddies have a place on trailers and help prolong the life of your bearings but you still need to service your trailer regularly. If you do not have bearing buddies we recommend that you change your bearings every 12 - 18 months. If you do have bearing buddies and do not use your trailer very often you could stretch this out to 18 - 24 months at the longest to stop major problems and the possibility of your bearings collapsing.
If you have any questions regarding your trailer please feel free to write us a question in the comments below or drop into the workshop at 5 Captain Cook Drive, Caringbah NSW 2229. Ph: 02 8544 8114.