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Re: Diablo motor support - trailer advice

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  • Ron Magen
    Jon, I ve been eavesdropping on your efforts for sometime . . . with considerable jealousy concerning that gorgeous, flat, floor in your shop !! I presently
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 16, 2006

      I've been 'eavesdropping on your efforts for sometime . . . with
      considerable jealousy concerning that gorgeous, flat, floor in your shop

      I 'presently' have 4 trailers {Yes - I'm thinking about another . . . If
      Joanne finds out I'm 'dead meat' !!}. One came with my P19 and is
      'factory issue'. One is a commercially built small boat trailer I
      modified for the P15. Two are 'buyer-assembled' utility trailers - 1 has
      a '4x8' bed & 'folds', the other is a 'mini' with a 40in x 48in bed.

      I can go into a lot of detail {as is my usual habit . . . seems to be
      endemic to Engineers}which makes me a 'pain in the ass'. For now I'll
      just say, 'Trust me'. {IF YOU want the details, drop me a note}.

      The EASIEST solution . . . get 300 to 500 lbs of 'mass'. Denser - like
      lead blocks - is more compact, but bags of topsoil are a lot cheaper . .
      . and softer. {Plus are 'multi-use' - can be used in the garden, later}.
      This is presuming that you have a flat bed on the trailer, with a
      'cradle' for the boat . . . otherwise you'll need something else.

      Add mass, to the weight of the boat - as you would normally use it -
      then add more mass to about half the 'rated capacity'. Now go for a
      ride. How does it feel? Does the trailer 'bounce around excessively?
      Adjust accordingly.

      'They' say that 'tongue weight' should only be about 10-15 percent of
      the of the rated load. That's nice, in theory. Part of the reasoning is
      to not exceed the hitch capacity, the other is to keep the coupler from
      bouncing off the hitch {YOUR situation}. I like about 75 lbs {plus or
      minus} - secure and easy to lift. Balance your load to where YOU feel

      This way you will have the 'full load capacity' available, should you
      want to use the trailer for another task, in the future.

      I don't think taking out a leaf will do much . . . especially for the
      effort involved. Take a look at some of the 'on-line' trailer parts
      sites. {Champion Trailer is commonly mentioned . . and they have a nice
      'paper' catalog for your shelf}. Gives a good idea of what is
      available - I would simply 'change out' the entire spring assembly.
      DON'T FORGET to ADD the weight of the ACTUAL trailer to your
      calculations for 'spring load'.

      Regards & Good Luck,
      Ron Magen
      Backyard Boatshop

      3a. Diablo Motor Support
      Posted by: "adventures_in_astrophotography" jon@...
      Date: Tue Aug 15, 2006 6:45 am (PDT)

      My Diablo rendition was launched in June . . .
      The bad news is that the factory-built trailer, with it's fairly stiff
      springs (1200 lb trailer capacity) . . .
      taking a leaf out of the trailer springs will help soften the ride?
      How about bolting some weight onto the trailer frame?
      Jon Kolb
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