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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.
1. Pick up your boat and trailer from the Docks - This will need to be done with a tow truck as it is illegal to tow an unregistered vehicle.
2. Deliver you boat and trailer to your chosen storage facility. We can recommend some storage solutions if you need them.
3. Remove boat from trailer and moor or dry store your boat (this will be done for you if you are using a commercial storage facility).
4. Deliver your trailer to Bold Trailers (again - a tow truck needs to be used as it is illegal to tow and unregistered vehicle)
5. Bold Trailers will assess the trailer and note the modifications required for your trailer to comply with Australian Standards. (This will not be done at the time of dropping off the trailer)
6. Bold Trailers will provide a written quote for the trailer modifications.
7. Bold Trailers will phone you to discuss your trailer. If possible we would prefer you to drop into the workshop and discuss your trailer in person.
8. You will need to advise Bold Trailers what work you would like us to carry out and provide approval for this work by signing a job card.
9. Bold Trailers will proceed with the modifications approved by you.
10. Bold Trailers will test your trailer.
11. Bold Trailers will organise your weigh bridge ticket.
12. Bold Trailers will organise your Blue or Brown Slip.
13. Bold Trailers will phone you when your trailer is completed.
14. Attend the Bold Trailers workshop for final inspection of the trailer repairs, pay invoice and collect registration paperwork.
15. Take paperwork to RTA (There is one locally) and register trailer.
16. If Bold Trailers has organised your boat to be stored at their recommended storage facility they can return your trailer there for you. If not, collect trailer form Bold Trailers workshop.
17. Enjoy your new trailer.