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    Ausfish Bronze Member WildFishExpeditions's Avatar
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    Re: Fined for not wearing seat boat at the ramp..... watch out

    Its ok to buy a couple of shackles for the price of a beer as you say. But a lot of people wouldn't even know about it and would just be using the shackles that originally came with the trailer. Thats the unfair part for alot of punters.

    Quote Originally Posted by scottar View Post
    Safety chain legislation has changed as well I think but yes - it's a bloody minefield and can be excessively difficult to get a straight answer out of anyone in a position of authority that is actually fact and not their opinion. My take is that the trailer manufacturer has fitted the chains and as such they should be "fit for purpose" and if the shite hits the fan, that will be the legal avenue I would be pursuing. As for the shackles - hey if anyone wants to get into a stand up barney with an enforcement officer over a couple of $10 D shackles, that's the individuals call. I didn't see the point myself given the outlay - cost less than a couple of beers these days depending on where you are. Unfortunately the stupid legislation is here to stay - given the litigious path that we as a society have chosen to follow it will get well worse before it gets better. I don't like it any more than the next man but standing on the side of a road arguing with a copper is not really the place or time to do anything about it so why bother provided it's easy enough to comply with.

    Not sure what Vic Roads publishes in regard to this but the Qld Transport Safe towing guide has the info in it.

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    Re: Fined for not wearing seat boat at the ramp..... watch out

    Sheeesh. Whats wrong with a bit of good ol fencing wire.


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    Re: Fined for not wearing seat boat at the ramp..... watch out

    Quote Originally Posted by Gon Fishun View Post
    Sheeesh. Whats wrong with a bit of good ol fencing wire.

    Nuffin..........if yoush ish buldin a funce.
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    Ausfish Bronze Member WildFishExpeditions's Avatar
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    Re: Fined for not wearing seat boat at the ramp..... watch out

    The weakest point on my trailer system is the holes on the tow bar for the safety chains. I bent one dragging a medium size log. Since then i have welded a large (unrated) shackle on the bottom of the tow bar tongue. Safety chains connect to my welded on shackle as well as the original holes on the tow bar. If i had a photo id post it. Works great for fire wood too because you can hook your snig chain to the shackle as its big enough for the chain and hooks to go through it without taking the bolt off.

    One of my better inventions.

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    Re: Fined for not wearing seat boat at the ramp..... watch out

    Quote Originally Posted by WildFishExpeditions View Post
    The weakest point on my trailer system is the holes on the tow bar for the safety chains. I bent one dragging a medium size log. Since then i have welded a large (unrated) shackle on the bottom of the tow bar tongue. Safety chains connect to my welded on shackle as well as the original holes on the tow bar. If i had a photo id post it. Works great for fire wood too because you can hook your snig chain to the shackle as its big enough for the chain and hooks to go through it without taking the bolt off.

    One of my better inventions.
    or you could use one of these
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