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Dave Barker


My trailer/trolley combo has a similar-sounding problem (although in my case it’s because the road wheels have been changed for some larger ones).

I find it helps a lot to lift the front of the trolley as far as possible – a couple of volunteers sitting on the stern of the boat makes this easier – before inserting the trailer under the trolley, with the trailer at a similar angle of elevation. By doing this the two parts of the combination are much more overlapped when they finally come together than they would normally be. This technique was passed onto me by Simon McEvoy, and endorsed by Dave Kirk.

This is also possible without outside assistance by resting the trailer’s towbar up on a fence or similar, and pulling the laden trolley onto the inclined trailer, but I admit that this is not as straightforward.