Fifthwheel boat trailer

European first Vanclaes fifthwheel boat trailer now available at Vanclaes Boottrailers!

What is a Vanclaes Fifthwheel boat trailer?

A Vanclaes fifthwheel boat trailer is a boat trailer which is not connected with the 50 mm ball coupling to the rear side of the motor vehicle, but is connected on the motor vehicle above the rear axle. Such a vehicle is because of this not a (central axle) trailer, but a so called semi-trailer. The load capacity of this semi-trailer is far more than the capacity of a normal trailer.Where the load capacity of a normal trailer of 8 to 9 meters stops at about 2800 kg, the load capacity of the Vanclaes fifthwheel boat trailer goes up till even 4300 kg.  Of course this is also depending on the capacity of the motor vehicle, but in all cases it is allowed to drive with the standard European BE driver licence. In case of only private use a tacho-disk is not mandatory.Beside of the extra load capacity the driving characteristics and safety are far more better the in case of a normal trailer; it’s because of the distribution of load over the semi-trailer and the motor vehicle. Driving a Vanclaes fifthwheel boat trailer is nearly the same as driving with a normal (boat) trailer.

Why a Vanclaes Fifthwheel boat trailer?
You have more load capacity, more flexibility and more safety in carrying the heavy ships. But may be more important is that anybody with a BE driver licence can drive this combination.
The complexity of driving a full trailer (with separate front axle) is not applicable. Beside that a Vanclaes fifthwheel boat trailer offers you all the popular load carrying and fixation systems as used on the other models, such as the GYRO system, the board system, the keel- and bilge roller systems and the carrying systems for sailing boats and catamarans. For the Vanclaes fifthwheel boat trailer the water proof LED lights are standard, just like the availability of many Vanclaes options.

The technical side:
The Vanclaes fifthwheel boat trailer is based on the models of the Custom boat trailers and can be delivered in almost each desired length. You also can choose a width of 225 or 250 cm.
Because of the modular building system, which makes Vanclaes so special, almost all supporting systems can be integrated in the Vanclaes fifthwheel boat trailers.

The electrical braking system
The Vanclaes fifthwheel boat trailer is equipped with an electrical braking system and communicates with the motor vehicle over a 3 pin cable. By using the brake pedal the braking system will be activated.
The load sensors, in combination with the deceleration sensor and the actuator, provides you with an accurate and correct braking function.
Because of the accuracy of the load sensors and the activated braking lights, the trailer “knows in before” that the braking function is desired, which results in a quick and smooth braking character for the complete combination.
The wheel brakes are automatically self-adjusting. The system is attentive to changes in load and driving conditions of the motor vehicle and adjusts itself to all circumstances.
As explained, the braking system complies with all requirements of the European regulations. In case of emergency when the trailer brakes away, the braking system will be activated.  

The landing leg.
With a central positioned landing leg you easily can lift a full loaded Vanclaes fifthwheel boat trailer from the motor vehicle and the other way around. Standard this landing leg is manually operated, but there is also an electrical version.

The convex coupling:
Mostly semi-trailers are equipped with a so called kingpin with a greased rubbing plate.
The Vanclaes fifthwheel boat trailer however is equipped with a special convex coupling which is completed sunk down in the loading platform of the motor vehicle. When the Vanclaes fifthwheel boat trailer is not connected, the complete loading platform is available as usual. Additional advantage is that there no grease or rubbish on the platform.
Dynamical forces on the convex coupling are directly and effectively leaded down to the chassis construction of the vehicle.
The fifthwheel goose neck:
Principle we know 2 types of motor vehicles suitable for the Vanclaes fifthwheel boat trailer. The goose neck of the trailer makes the difference in this case. We speak about a “high goose neck” in case of a pick-up truck and a “low goose neck” in case of a motor vehicle with a low chassis. Both necks are available and because of a smart bow support system you almost don’t lose space, so you can use the length optimally.


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