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Stabiliser
« on: April 10, 2014, 11:33:56 AM »

David_owens
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Registered: 04-2010
   
Posted on Saturday, November 05, 2011 - 10:27 pm:      
I towed my Winklebrig to Poole Harbour and to Milford Haven from Cardiff Bay this year without any problems. In fact I was surprised at how straightforward it was. However, my brother, a keen caravanner is very surprised I don't use a stabliser. Does anyone use one? What advantages might it have?

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Re: Stabiliser
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2014, 11:34:10 AM »
Roger Parish
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Registered: 03-2007
   
Posted on Saturday, November 05, 2011 - 10:40 pm:      
Hi David. I always use a stabiliser when towing my caravan and would not tow without . However I never felt the need to use one when towing the brig. The windage and potential for sway from passing vehicles is much greater on the caravan.

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Re: Stabiliser
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2014, 11:34:22 AM »
David Cawston
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Registered: 03-2007
   
Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 08:45 pm:      
No stabiliser for us either, the Roller Coaster trailer works so well with a WB on top, no sway at 65 mph, even with a blowout at 60 nothing. 6 or 8 ply tyres pumped up to 50psi makes a big difference. I am sure it is something to do with the aerodynamic shape of the bow/hull cutting through the wind whereas a caravan has the aerodynamics of a brick.

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Re: Stabiliser
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2014, 11:34:36 AM »

George Billington
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Registered: 12-2009
   
Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 - 09:11 pm:      
Good People, My 'tame' Trailer Engineer told me, a while ago that the three reasons trailers snake, are, in order : Bearings need to be in good condition, tyre pressures too low and . or not equal - probably 50 psi as David has is fine - mine are just over 45 psi, Load uneven on trailer - too much nose weight, so move boat, or when loading caravan, any heavy items should be on the axle. Hope that helps.

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Re: Stabiliser
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2014, 11:34:49 AM »
David_owens
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Posted on Monday, November 28, 2011 - 10:40 pm:      
Thanks one and all. For the record, I bought a noseweight scales (I cannot resist a gizmo), and I tow at abut 50kg, or just about the minimum recommended. Also my tyre pressures are 65psi - which is in my handbook - but which was also confirmed by Indispension when I phoned head office. Finally, I do service the trailer annually. So with luck I am fulfilling George's three requirements.