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I know how you feel IAN they just don't appreciate these gifts, I brought mine a new belt and bag , she went berserk , I told her the hoover would work a lot better.

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I really am in trouble though..in October there is an in-laws wedding down in Cork..i have flatly refused to go..there was another row today !

Yes i am miserable..i have no interest..i hate mackeral  filled volovants, speeches and toasts.

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I keep telling Mrs C how lucky she is, I bought her a new Flymo for the garden last year !

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Scared myself to death. Went to collect my boat that a mate has been looking after. He lives within half a mile and his house driveway is onto a busy dual carriageway. His twenty something son hitched up the trailer to my car. I needed to turn right exiting his drive which means having to go through the gap in the central reservation. This is tricky even when the near carriageway is clear because if something is coming from the left I would need to stop, leaving the boat stuck out in the path of traffic from the right. So my mate went out and stood on the central reservation where he could see traffic in both directions. After a while the road was clear and I set off quite smartly, just pausing to glance left when in the gap.  OOOOOweeeeerrrrr!!! as I exited the gap I was passed by my boat on my right! It was heading up the dual carriage way into oncoming traffic! I pulled off the road onto the grass and stopped, watching my boat sail down the road, and then a miracle happened. The boat steered itself into the next gap in the central reservation 50 yards away and came to a halt. Amazing, no traffic either way and I was able to hitch up and drive away. I have no excuses and realise just how close this had come to possible disaster. I just trusted the lad to hitch up properly - they keep horses and use trailer almost daily, but I should have checked. As I say, no excuses.

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Oh Terry, that must have been so frightening, thank goodness the boat cleared the carriageway before a nasty accident occurred.  Pleased you’re still here to tell the tale! 

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Frightening for you Terry,pleased you are alright, just the shock of seeing that must have shook you up,take care mate

 

Rog

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Is it not a legal requirement to have a safety chain or other device fitted these days?

It appears so.

www.etrailer.com/info.aspx

Glad everything was ok tho.

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A braked trailer has to have the safety chain connected at all times...the penalties can be huge if the trailer breaks free and the brakes are not automatically operated.

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2 minutes ago, poohbear said:

A braked trailer has to have the safety chain connected at all times...the penalties can be huge if the trailer breaks free and the brakes are not automatically operated.

You will also find that the instant a trailer breaks free it's uninsured...just hope it doesn't wipe out a Bentley.

 

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Not a braked trailer (130 kg boat) but even so, the consequences to human life could have been horrendous. The insurance issue was not on my mind - more the damage to people. Yes I was lazy and did not connect the safety chain for a 500 metre run. Never to late to learn and hope others learn from my confession.. 

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Well done ror "fessing up" Terry, it takes a honest man to say he made a mistake,

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Trailers can be a pain..i often cart stuff about..and you really have to lash everything down well. When i first moved home i went over a hump back bridge with a twinned axled trailer full of pea shingle...too fast..started to snake..how i recovered ..i do not know..taught me to slow down..kids thought it was hilarious.

 

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Taking the twin axle to the scrapyard this morning. Safety chain and welder at the ready :rolleyes:

 

Had a new combi boiler fitted yesterday. Heating engineer here til 10pm. He took all the copper and left the rest to me :angry: Still, got a lot more scrap iron to take to the scrappers. Always think of Jacky Pownall on Alfreton Rd when I go to the scrappers.

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Yippee benj.  Great news. I will raise a cup of tea to you mi duck,(sorry, but that's the strongest I can manage these days). Best bit of news today!:cheers:

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Good to hear mate.... hoping for the best for you

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Ben, we're  so pleased you're able to go home today.  Just take things slowly, though...

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Thrilled for you Ben, you’re going to be happier at home with Donna.  Sending my very best wishes to you for your continued improvement.  

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Great news Ben I cant wait till I see you in Wethers and to be taught more from the Master.

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