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    Paul White

    It may seem like a good idea to save time and pull the trolley onto the trailer using a roller or skid-material at the rear of the trailer – so that the wheels are suspended and the trolley frame is resting directly on the trolley. Or to put chocks under the trolley axle so the wheels are suspended once it’s been loaded on the trailer.

    The problem is road impacts may cause the long overhang between the axle and the stern to put excessive force on the aluminium trolley near the welds of the axle – particularly if you load the cockpit full of gear (the only thing that should sit in the boat while being transported is the sails). The frame can be repaired by welding a plate on the outside.

    You can prevent the issue by adding an additional support bracket the the back of the trailer to support the rear of the trolley.

    Alternatively, if you use ramps to load the trolley onto a flat bed trailer and don’t over-inflate the trolley tyres or tie the trolley down so hard that it cannot move, the tyres work in conjunction with the trailer suspension to cushion road impacts and prevent damage to the trolley.

    • This topic was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by Paul White.
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