Is Your Child Safe In Their Car Seat?

car-seatAll brand new child restraints sold in Australia meet Australian Standards. No matter the brand or the price, as long as your brand new child restraint is installed and used correctly, your child will be safe travelling in the car. If you are buying a second hand child restraint, make sure it meets Australian Standard AS/NZS 1754, version 2000, 2004, 2010 and 2013 – look for this information on the restraint

The incorrect installation and use of the child restraint can cause far more harm than good. If you are unsure about fitting your car seat yourself please have it installed at an authorised fitting station.

Children under the age of 6 months must be secured in a rearward facing child restraint or baby capsule.

Children aged from 6 months to 4 years must be secured in a forward facing child restraint with an inbuilt harness.

Children aged 4 years to 7 years must be secured in a booster seat.

The minimum height for a child to use an adult lap sash seatbelt without a child restraint is 145cm.

Here is where it gets tricky – while child restraints and baby goods shops talk in ages – a child’s height and weight are an important factor in deciding what restraint they should be secured in. If your child is too small for the next specified child seat they should remain in their current seat until they grow into the next seat. On the flip side, if your child is too large for the child restraint specified for their age, they should move to the next approved child restraint to keep them safe.

It is recommended that you do not use a child restraint if it is more than 10 years old or if it is damaged e.g. cracks, frayed or damaged straps, damage to the plastic or foam or accident damage. Never use a child restraint that has been in a car accident – even a little bingle in a car park.

Written by Jaclyn Bold – Bold Trailers
Published in Shire’s Children Magazine – December 2015

3 Tips To Avoid Being Fined For Parking Your Boat Trailer On The Street

With news that local councils in NSW will be enforcing laws regarding long term parking of trailers, particularly boat trailers, on local roads, Jaclyn wanted to share 3 ways to avoid being fined.

  1. Move your trailer regularly and park in different spots along your street.
  2. Fit a swing away drawbar to your boat trailer neck so that it shortens the length of your trailer to fit in your garage or storage space. (see more about the swing away draw bars here)
  3. Pay to store your trailer in an off road storage facility.

If you would like to discuss fitting a swing away draw bar to your trailer please call Bold Trailers on 8544-8114.

Hub And Axle Problems With Trailers

Hi, my name is Rory from Bold Trailers – the trailer repair specialists. I will take you quickly through a job which has come into our workshop. This trailer here right next to me on the hoist has come in on the back of a tow truck. Similar to one of our other jobs in the past, the wheel has come off on the other side of the trailer, basically because the bearings have collapsed. In order to complete the job I have to take this side off as well.

The customer says his trailer was last serviced just before he bought it and he purchased it 6 months ago. In order to take this off, I have taken the bearing cap off and gone to take the axle nut off. Now generally you will have a split pin through the holes in the nut and through the hole in the middle of the axle. This was missing. This is possibly one of the reasons why the nut came loose on the other side. Furthermore behind this nut, there is normally a washer. That washer will hold the front forward bearing in place. Again this was also missing. So whoever last did the service, we have to assume left this out. This causes big issues.

That has allowed both the front bearing and the whole hub to move. Through the breakdown of the grease, as you can see which is black, you can tell from my hands, the wheel has not been able to rotate freely and is actually quite stiff. In the process, over the course of time, this has now heated up and has welded itself in place. Generally during a service, once I have all of these components removed, I am able to pull this hub off by hand.

As you can hear in the background there, this one is not budging and the whole hoist is moving. I am left now with no option other than to take the whole axle out and replace the whole axle. This is resulting in a very costly repair for this customer and simple maintenance could have prevented this. So, if I can help you in any way with your trailer, remember Rory from Bold Trailers – trailer repair specialists, and I would be more than happy to help you. Rory, Bold Trailers

Fulton Jockey Wheel Video

Hi everyone, Christian from Bold Trailers. We have come out to the beautiful Bellevue Hill today to fit a Fulton Jockey Wheel to a boat trailer.

The reason we’ve fitted a Fulton Jockey Wheel to this boat trailer, if you have a look at the length of the trailer.  It is quite long and it fits a very heavy boat so it needs a heavy duty jockey wheel to suit the trailer.

The reason we recommend the Fulton Jockey Wheel is because it is aluminium based, all the gears are sealed inside.  It is a dual wheel operation.  All you do is wind it down, it takes the weight of the boat trailer beautifully.  Same with winding up, just with ease. Straight back up and easy to store when you are towing the vehicle, just lock the handle in so it does not move.  Pull the pin out and it folds up.

Beautiful, easy to use and it is going to last a long time.

So if you do need a Fulton Jockey Wheel, come and see us at Bold Trailers.  We would be more than happy to help you out.

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