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Re: Frances-Anne

Post by PeteThePen1 » Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:49 pm

The final 'packing' stage was to add the ridge poles. Of course, these had been put together without all the cabin sides loaded which mean that the diagonal 'legs' should have been a different shape...

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Once all that was done the next job was to get the trailer in balance so that the nose weight was within the allowance for the VW Transporter tow vehicle. The spare wheel was re-fitted as far back as possible but the nose weight was still off the scale. That meant that the trailer had to be jacked up, the axle U bolts undone and the whole caboodle hauled forward. Much sweat managed to get 4" (10cm) of movement and a nose weight of 60kg. That seemed like a point at which to call it a day.

Next day Mike Rometer joined me and things went a whole lot faster. After readjusting the brake actuation bar, we rolled the trailer out of the garage into the sunshine and set about adding the mudguards, pumping up the tyres, etc. The tarpaulin was added in case of rain and eventually tied down. Final checks were made and we then hitched up the VW to check the lights with the rig completely blocking the road. Of course one cluster would not work...
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Post by PeteThePen1 » Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:58 pm

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Happily Mike is good with that sort of thing and it was soon fixed. We then set out with me at the wheel but with the rig facing the wrong way. Should we start with a three point turn? Why bother said Mike, just go around the block, so we did. From there we headed for the motorway which was busy but moving nicely. Why the terror? The trailer was very stable, though with a bit of tendency to 'nod'. I don't know if that was the quality of the road surface of whether the nose weight should have been a little less. It was within the range suggested by the trailer handbook.

A break for lunch meant having to park rather than just stop and abandon the rig. Since the much signposted caravan parking failed to materialise we joined the truckers. With a decent sized bay available I was duty bound to reverse into it which was achieved eventually.

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Re: Frances-Anne

Post by PeteThePen1 » Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:07 pm

Back on the road again with Mike at the wheel and we ate up the miles northwards. Fortunately, having checked the details of the route on Google Earth Street view I was able to provide reasonable navigation aids to Mike and we arrived at Greg's yard within minutes of our forecast ETA.

Following a tour of Greg's establishment, or at least the engineering bit, it was time to greet Steve Goacher of Goacher Sails. He had come to measure up the boat for a storage/transit cover. He was a delight to watch. With masking tape, two sided tape, plastic sheeting and a felt tip pen he managed to create a pattern for the cover in what seemed no time at all. He was keen to have us around so that he could ask questions and agree to his suggestions. A craftsman in action.

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Once Steve had finished, we bade farewell to Greg and set off back to Cheshire. A good day out and greatly helped by the skill and kindness of Mike R. We are plotting an encore as the boat needs to be got ready for its boiler test...
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Re: Frances-Anne

Post by dampfspieler » Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:24 pm

Hi Peter,

good news - success for the next steps.

Dietrich
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