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18 minutes ago, tristan said:

you can't buy someones life back after the trailer smacks into them or throws you off the road. 🤬

 

 

Was no where near throwing me off the road but I did stop and put it in 4 low to drag it slowly to the side of the road

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Finally my boys big enough to help do a job😁 one less thing for me to do, he smokes my hive I'm working then moves ahead of me smoking and he's really keen too, proud daddy moment

Maggie came up today to prep for her queen raising tutorial ....to be followed by a get together with whoever feels the urge to come out and chew the fat over some wild pork slow cooked on the spit.

We are told you are always never too old to learn. I never really appreciated that saying til yesterday when I attended Maggie's Queen tutoring session.   Thanks Maggie .  ..... insight

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1 hour ago, Maru Hoani said:

Was no where near throwing me off the road but I did stop and put it in 4 low to drag it slowly to the side of the road

typical. don't give a crap about yourself let alone anyone else.

well known issue, well known predicable result, still do it anyway. worry about after it happens. then do it all over again.

how long before it fails again and flicks the trailer out and hits your mates/family coming the other way.

 

 

locally i've seen 3 out of 4 springs snapped in half, draw bars snapped off, tires all blown out. trailers on the side of the road every summer usually missing a hub and wheel.

what is it with kiwis and trailers, hook up a trailer and leave their brains behind.

 

 

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9 hours ago, Maru Hoani said:

I always wondered if I put an O in the smoker and blasted the bees hardout what would happen???🤣🤣🤣 

I'd say by the end of the day you'd have forgotten what month it was and be putting strips in. In December.  😆

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9 hours ago, Maru Hoani said:

I always wondered if I put an O in the smoker and blasted the bees hardout what would happen???🤣🤣🤣 

Or ya could just do it an let us know how it goes. Just make sure ya springs are all good first.

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9 hours ago, tristan said:

typical. don't give a crap about yourself let alone anyone else.

well known issue, well known predicable result, still do it anyway. worry about after it happens. then do it all over again.

how long before it fails again and flicks the trailer out and hits your mates/family coming the other way.

 

 

locally i've seen 3 out of 4 springs snapped in half, draw bars snapped off, tires all blown out. trailers on the side of the road every summer usually missing a hub and wheel.

what is it with kiwis and trailers, hook up a trailer and leave their brains behind.

 

 

Trailers ..... we bought one a few years ago for the Bobcat.

Bobbie Bobcat is a heavy old thing and we kept snapping the stub axles.

 

The final time it happened we tippled it up side down and my mate looked at it ..... the springs had been fitted the wrong way around and were'nt flexing.

We sold the trailer.

 

I often wonder how the new owner got on ..... maybe it went to Northland !

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Jonquils are out in Waihi. I’m seeing cherry trees with flowers open, fruit trees with buds looking like they are ready to open.

What a weird year we are in the midst of.

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I’m playing Tetris at the sheds at the moment! Tidying up boxes and frames, then trying to fit them back. It’s always worst at the beginning! 
 

Saw the tree lucerne beginning to flower out there last week.

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I am loathe to make long-term weather predictions but I have been chasing bees around for a long time and when mother nature gives me weather like l have had this autumn\winter I tend to make sure my mud tires are ready for the spring and will have another look on the net for a rain proof bee veil.

I don't know why but it has been many many years since we last had a truly awful spring, they used to be pretty common and I remember having three bad ones in a row. Can't say that I miss them..

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42 minutes ago, john berry said:

I am loathe to make long-term weather predictions but I have been chasing bees around for a long time and when mother nature gives me weather like l have had this autumn\winter I tend to make sure my mud tires are ready for the spring and will have another look on the net for a rain proof bee veil.

I don't know why but it has been many many years since we last had a truly awful spring, they used to be pretty common and I remember having three bad ones in a row. Can't say that I miss them..

The last one down here was pretty damp. We have not had a winter yet and shortest day is not far away

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38 minutes ago, Bighands said:

The last one down here was pretty damp. We have not had a winter yet and shortest day is not far away

i am hoping the la nina the boffins are saying might happen does happen.

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19 hours ago, tristan said:

typical. don't give a crap about yourself let alone anyone else.

well known issue, well known predicable result, still do it anyway. worry about after it happens. then do it all over again.

how long before it fails again and flicks the trailer out and hits your mates/family coming the other way.

 

 

locally i've seen 3 out of 4 springs snapped in half, draw bars snapped off, tires all blown out. trailers on the side of the road every summer usually missing a hub and wheel.

what is it with kiwis and trailers, hook up a trailer and leave their brains behind.

 

 

Probly wouldn't of failed but I was going hard over a harsh few bumps and with power comes great responsibility🤣🤣🤣 after it gets fixed I might flick it and upgrade to a 3.5t trailer then I'll be able to go hard with 2.5t a load

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3 hours ago, john berry said:

I am loathe to make long-term weather predictions but I have been chasing bees around for a long time and when mother nature gives me weather like l have had this autumn\winter I tend to make sure my mud tires are ready for the spring and will have another look on the net for a rain proof bee veil.

I don't know why but it has been many many years since we last had a truly awful spring, they used to be pretty common and I remember having three bad ones in a row. Can't say that I miss them..

I have a theory(totally unscientific and ripe for conspiracy)   that there is only a certain amount of rain for the year and if you don't have it in winter, its all coming in spring.

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52 minutes ago, Maru Hoani said:

Probly wouldn't of failed but I was going hard over a harsh few bumps and with power comes great responsibility🤣🤣🤣 after it gets fixed I might flick it and upgrade to a 3.5t trailer then I'll be able to go hard with 2.5t a load

its been broken for quite some time. you don't break all of the leafs in a pack at once. the years of overloading and abuse broke it a long time ago and its just dumb luck that it failed in an easy manner and in a easy location.

one of the issues is many trailer manufactures simply make a 3.5 ton trailer and sell it as a 2.5 ton, as they know people are idiots. some even make advertise that they can overload their trailers.

 

but you still have the same problem, your 2.5 ton load is actually 3.5 ton. which means you will simply put 4 ton+ on it and end up in the same situation.

also many utes can only use a 3.5 ton trailer legally if the ute carries nothing. which no beekeeper will ever do. so you will be over GCM.

untill you learn to manage the job properly, nothing changes and you just roll the dice.

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11 hours ago, jamesc said:

Trailers ..... we bought one a few years ago for the Bobcat.

Bobbie Bobcat is a heavy old thing and we kept snapping the stub axles.

 

The final time it happened we tippled it up side down and my mate looked at it ..... the springs had been fitted the wrong way around and were'nt flexing.

We sold the trailer.

 

I often wonder how the new owner got on ..... maybe it went to Northland !

sounds like a strange story.

most trailer suspension you can't fit the springs in upside down due to the curve. the axle will sit on the chassis and the other end of the spring will be poking down (probably into the ground) and be unsecured.

unless someone used flat springs that a few utes used. which have a habit of being bent the wrong way at the best of times and would be way under sized.

 

also you should not be breaking stub axles, tires should give out well before stub axles break. unless it was actually way heavier that you allowed for.  (or using those cheap Chinese stub axles which got recalled in the end).

there are trailers around that have no suspension at all and they can work fine.

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I've got an ancient trailer I built myself about 1974. It has survived years of builders abuse. Thankfully. Sometimes when I take it in for a 

wof (doesn't happen more than once or twice a decade) they ask me how it tracks, evidently I put the Duratorques in back to front, ie they trail instead of leading....

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as murphy is never far behind........

 

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the old boys where going to go out for a fish this morning, drove over the bridge and the trailer decided to depart and smack into a power pole.

the cause, poor design. no vertical bit under the tongue and safety chain was bolted to the tongue not the chassis.

this is a manufactured trailer not a home built or custom build.

i've seen plenty with this exact same design, including one of the bee truck crashes.

the manufacture saved $5 in manufacturing costs and this is the result.

 

they came and got the bee trailer to put the boat on, a trailer which has seen far more work and hours than the boat trailer.

 

boat is a write off. the impact destroyed a lot of the things inside.

thank goodness it went off road and not across the road into traffic.

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to add:

apparently the cops where saying there was a crash 100m away from that spot last week or so.

a person towing a boat to fast, jumped on the brakes and jack knifed it. put it into the power pole and set the grass alight.

obviously didn't have brakes on the trailer.

 

thats one of the issues today. its very easy to tow at high speeds with most utes these days. utes have really good brakes, traction control, abs, stability control etc. 

they can stop really well, but the trailer can't. 99.9% of trailers have 1970's era brakes or worse.

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1 hour ago, tristan said:

as murphy is never far behind........

 

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the old boys where going to go out for a fish this morning, drove over the bridge and the trailer decided to depart and smack into a power pole.

the cause, poor design. no vertical bit under the tongue and safety chain was bolted to the tongue not the chassis.

this is a manufactured trailer not a home built or custom build.

i've seen plenty with this exact same design, including one of the bee truck crashes.

the manufacture saved $5 in manufacturing costs and this is the result.

 

they came and got the bee trailer to put the boat on, a trailer which has seen far more work and hours than the boat trailer.

 

boat is a write off. the impact destroyed a lot of the things inside.

thank goodness it went off road and not across the road into traffic.


Crikey! That’s a sorry sight. I’m going to check my boat trailer out after seeing that. 
 

Though, initially I thought we might be in for a classic boat ramp yarn... the amount of people who can’t back a trailer... I’ve always thought there might be a tv program in it 😬

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