Press Release 29th June 2011

Media Release
For Immediate Publication
Contact: Christian Bold or Jaclyn Bold
Company Name: Bold Trailers
Telephone: 0425 306 553
Email Address: trailers@boldtrailers.loc.au
Web Site Address: boldtrailers.loc.au

NSW’s Trailer Repair Specialist, Bold Trailers, opens workshop at Caringbah.

Sydney, NSW, 29th June 2011

Bold Trailers is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at the Sydney International Boat Show from the 28th July 2011 through to 1st August 2011 at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney.

The Sydney International Boat Show will be the launch of this new company ‘Bold Trailers’.

Bold Trailers is NSW’s Trailer Repair Specialist.

Unlike trailer manufacturers who usually only repair their own brand of trailer – Bold Trailers repairs, services and customises all makes and models of trailers including boat trailers, box trailers, Tradie’s trailers, mobile dog washes, advertising trailers, horse floats and caravans.

Bold Trailers is the NSW repairer of choice for Dunbier Trailers and also sells new Dunbier Trailers.

Bold Trailers also stocks a range of trailer spare parts and accessories both in their workshop located at 5 Captain Cook Drive, Caringbah NSW and on their on-line shop boldtrailers.loc.au.

Bold Trailers is owned and operated by Christian and Jaclyn Bold. Christian and Jaclyn Bold have been Sutherland Shire residents for over 33 years.

Christian Bold has over 14 years experience repairing trailers of all sizes from small boat trailers to large semi trailers. Christian is a licensed mechanic and also a licensed auto electrician

Bold Trailers is located at 5 Captain Cook Drive, Caringbah NSW 2229. P: 0425 306 553

For additional information please contact Jaclyn Bold on 0425 306 553 or trailers@boldtrailers.loc.au

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What To Check When Buying A Second Hand Boat Trailer

So you’re looking at buying a used boat, you have your check list ready, is the shell ok, does the motor turn over, does the interior have any rips or scratches, but what about the trailer? Do you have a check list for that?
Most people don’t even think about looking at the trailer, as long as the wheels are on and it has rego the trailer must be fine, right? Wrong.
There are a number of things that should be checked before buying a second hand trailer. Let’s start with the obvious:
–          Are the lights attached and working?
–          Do the rollers move on the trailer?
–          Is there any cancerous rust in the frame (rust that has eaten through the metal)?
–          Is the axle rusted out?
And if the trailer has brakes:
–          Does the brake adjuster move?
–          Is the brake cable rusted out?
–          Do the callipers move?
–          Is there plenty of pad left on the brakes?
Repairs on a trailer can cost well into the thousands so keep that in mind when you’re negotiating a price on a used boat. If you would like to know more about repairs to trailers, contact BOLD Trailers, The Trailer Repair Specialists on 02 8544 0493.

Types Of Trailer Breaking Systems

If you’re looking into braking systems for your trailer there are a number of factors you should take into consideration.

– Do you want Mechanical, Electrical or hydraulic brakes?
– Will your trailer fit the type of braking system you want?
– How much are you willing to spend?

Any trailer with a GVM (gross vehicle mass) over 750kg require a braking system of some sort. The most common braking system is the Mechanical brake. This system consists of the following parts:

– Mechanical coupling (rated up to 2000kg)
– Brake adjuster
– Brake cable
– Mechanical callipers
– Brake pads
– Disc hubs

Another braking system used most commonly used on horse floats, tradies trailers and car trailers are Electric brakes, these brakes also require a brake control unit fitted to the vehicle towing the trailer. With electric brakes, as power is applied to the electromagnets in the brake cluster, the magnets are pulled to the interior flat surface of the hub drum. As the wheel and drum turn during highway travel, this attraction of the magnet to the flat drum face pulls the lever arm of the brake actuating cam, rotating the cam and forcing the brake shoes out to contact the drum braking surface. The more power applied to the magnets the greater the leverage on the cam resulting in greater braking response.

Tow Ball Load

The tow ball load is the amount of weight the fully loaded trailer vertically imposes in the tow bar of the towing vehicle.

If you have a compliance plate on your trailer (all trailers built after August 1989 must have a compliance plate) will list the trailers GTM (Gross Trailer Mass). The difference between the ATM and the GTM will be the trailers ball load.

Just like all other towing specifications, the ball load must not be exceeded.

If you own a small trailer than the ball load is not usually a issue with your towing unless your towing vehicle has a low ball load specification. This can be the case with many small vehicles and some European vehicles. Heavier trailers such as horse floats and caravans can often place a heavy ball load onto the towing vehicle.

The ball load is a function of the trailers position and the way that the trailer is loaded

We can be measure the ball load of your trailer on our weighbridge. This can be done in 2 ways.

1. When at the weighbridge, disconnect the fully loaded trailer from the towing vehicle and place only the trailers drawbar (via the jockey wheel) on the weighbridge scale.

2. Place your fully loaded trailer completely onto the weighbridge. 2 weights will be recorded – one while the trailer is still attached to the towing vehicle and one after unhitching the trailer. By subtracting the hitched weight from the unhitched weight you will know how much weight is being imposed on your tow ball and also how heavy your fully loaded trailer weights. 

The ball load is often approximately 10% of the trailers ATM but you should not rely on this “guessed” weight for every trailer. The best way to determine the ball load is always to use a weighbridge to check that you are complying with your trailers and towing vehicles specifications.

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