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  1. Re: Independent trailer suspension DIY question

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    Re: Metalian Maxi super thread

    The design rule is to have a 1000 mm clear, 30 degrees either side of the drawbar. A longer drawbar on the trailer increases the drag of the trailer's wheels. Fitting an extension on the tow vehicle...
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    Re: Metalian Maxi super thread

    I've been waiting so long for someone to do this. Thank you so much.

    In Australia we have two FB groups, one closed group for actual owners (and orders placed), and the second one just a general...
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    Re: Metalian Basic Prototype trailer

    None. Sorry, I have to work on client orders first. I should start next week.
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    Re: Metalian Maxi super thread

    We're still finding our feet with the tent. We've done this one and another 3. The tent material is a a polycotton ripstop. The awning zips on both sides of the tent fly, thereby closing this in. The...
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    Re: Metalian Basic Prototype trailer

    Yes I recall, you were one of the launch buyers.

    Thank you for your feedback. This was the case on the original mini, and is the reason why this was redesigned 100 mm longer. The new model was...
  7. Re: Independent trailer suspension DIY question

    It obviously has good effect (or they would not have done it) and it may even be better on corrugations than I envisage this to be. This being a trailing arm suspension, I must concede that this may...
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    Re: Metalian Maxi super thread

    It's important that the feed to the HCdP is not fed through another smart charger. For additional batteries or solar power requirement, you need to work out your power consumption, and for how long...
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    Re: Metalian Maxi super thread

    The trailer is homologated (approved/certified) to 1600 kgs, but you can specify the GVM to be limited to a lower value, even down to 1000kgs or less, but you may then not load over the GVM value....
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    Re: Police clearance

    As far as I am aware, you only need police clearance for exporting a vehicle/caravan. If the vehicle is owned by the bank (or still registered in their name), you need a letter from the bank allowing...
  11. Re: Independent trailer suspension DIY question

    As I wrote this, I wondered whether I should mention the increased friction and that the blades are not rolled the same. Possibly my use of the word linear is incorrect? What I am trying to explain...
  12. Re: Independent trailer suspension DIY question

    For the benefit of readers that may be confused. Shock absorbers are there to slow the compression rate of the coils. This also has the effect of hardening the suspension. (Think of your car boot...
  13. Re: Independent trailer suspension DIY question

    Nudge nudge, wink wink.

    Why don't you just pay your fees and become a commercial member.
  14. Re: Independent trailer suspension DIY question

    Congo, I don't know what your beef is. There can be no question about the intent of your post to me "Heinz, as you are clearly an expert on the matter."

    You may recall slagging off 3CR12 in some...
  15. Re: Independent trailer suspension DIY question

    Really? Did you not read the thread?

    Why would I produce something that I cannot see benifit in for my clients?, or do something that I think may endanger their lives?

    So by your advice, when...
  16. Re: Independent trailer suspension DIY question

    Thank you for the cudo, but I suspect you're into your mischievous stuff again. Last time we had a ding dong, you left the ring with a bloody nose. But let me answer your question.

    I am no expert...
  17. Re: Independent trailer suspension DIY question

    Yes, you are correct. Front engined cars have as much as 65% of their weight on the front wheels, and only 35% on the rear wheels, - that's as the car leaves the factory. Rear drive cars split this...
  18. Re: Independent trailer suspension DIY question

    Okay, I've got what you mean about being softer over corrugations. Was the one wheel actually set back by 70 mm, or was the one trailing arm just shorter by 70 mm? (In which case it won't make a...
  19. Re: Independent trailer suspension DIY question

    I've tried searching and reading up why this may be better. From Wikipedia the following:

    One peculiarity of the R16, and later Renault 5, design is that the two back wheel axle shafts are not...
  20. Re: Independent trailer suspension DIY question

    It's obviously not exactly equal on all four wheels as there can be more overhang weight to the front or rear. I'm not sure if your post is intended lightheartedly, but know that many readers are not...
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    Re: Metalian Basic Prototype trailer

    It won't serve to place orders before the launch happens. You'll be left with some beer money if you wait. [emoji482]
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    Re: Metalian Basic Prototype trailer

    Last "three" drawings combined into two. This is where we end for now. Next stop is to produce 10 and say thank you to all of you that participated in this process.
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    Re: Metalian Basic Prototype trailer

    Three more drawings coming and that will tie up this project.

    Sparewheel on rear door
    60l NL Fridge in nosecone
    Rear drawer

    I'm not showing water and electrics, but this is also accounted...
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    Re: Metalian Basic Prototype trailer

    Correct, the focus of this build is to provide as basic a build on price and quality as we can, and I've merely tried to anticipate persons wanting to pimp this up as time passes. I will make these...
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    Re: Metalian Basic Prototype trailer

    Here are some variants that can be considered.

    NOTE: I'm not sure at this stage if this design can handle the additional weight of 5 jerry cans in front without beefing up some elements. As...
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    Re: trailer safety.

    Do these trailers satisfy the metrological requirements as set out in VC8026? I know these rules specifically mention caravans in the rules, but I don't think the writers considered trailers of this...
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    Re: Metalian Basic Prototype trailer

    Thank you, but it's not a compromise I would consider. I know you're in Jozi, but one beach trip, or resale to a guy at the coast and I may be in for a hiding. If the trailer rusts holes into it and...
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    Re: Metalian Basic Prototype trailer

    We're not totally sold on this name, and welcome any suggestions. It has grown on us though. When it was mentioned as a possible name, we all thought it was good, with Sky saying, "Yes, it gives you...
  29. Re: Independent trailer suspension DIY question

    The double eye leafsprings that I was not happy with were the Aussie Outback springs. The reason I did not like these was not because of the spring rating or stiffness, but the massive camber they...
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    Re: Introducing myself

    Welcome Aidy, lots to read on here. Happy camping.
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    Re: Caravan lights- an absolute mystery

    As Staalwol said, I also think it may be poor connection between the plug and socket on the earth pin. makes no other sense if the power is getting through why it would work with one "type" of power...
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    Re: Metalian Basic Prototype trailer

    I will achieve both options i.e. a base trailer that can be upgraded without additional cost to the base unit. I just need to bend the steel in the right places and provide holes that match with what...
  33. Re: Independent trailer suspension DIY question

    Henk, trailing arms can be okay, but not with soft springs that provide long travel (which I doubt your caravans had). As MikevR also mentioned, soft leaf-springs are also a no-no (or leaf-spring...
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    Re: Metalian Basic Prototype trailer

    You're right, I'm possibly over-complicating this. It was just for a tent consideration. With no doors on the "clothing" side, I considered a rear room/awning that would be slightly deeper, and a 90...
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    Re: Metalian Basic Prototype trailer

    The "mini" Bowhunter is 1650 mm long, has cupboards both sides 400 mm deep, is built over the mudguards so the box is 1500mm wide, and has a fridge door in front of the wheel arch. Has a total of 5...
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