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Old 03-24-2015, 09:21 AM   #1
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Question Swivel Trailer... revisited

At least one member built his own swivel trailer. I've got a good idea on how to design and construct one for my Coachmen Destiny but I do need recommendations on a source for the main swivel wheel(s). It would be best if the assembly included a suspension (torsion, compressed rubber, etc.) and robust enough to hit my target 62 MPH mark.

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Old 03-26-2015, 10:37 AM   #2
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While I'm a big fan of DIY projects and repairs, I wonder if it's best in a case like this. The wheel(s) on a swivel trailer must be carefully engineered to prevent wobble like a bad shopping cart. In addition, a commercial trailer is powder coated for durability and of a tested design. On this web site, they explain a lot about the care gone into designing and building their product, this is a time when I'd buy instead of build. As you've discovered, the swivel wheel, with suspension and anti-wobble design is hard to find 'off the shelf.' Perhaps you could find a farm equipment supplier to provide the swivel, but it wouldn't be rated for highway speeds.
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Old 03-26-2015, 04:58 PM   #3
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I agree with Bob. I spent a few hours trying to find a suitable caster that would handle 1,000 pounds and 60 MPH. No such thing.
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In Florida any many other states with this trailer attached to the rear of 5ver this would be considered a triple tow and illegal.
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In Florida any many other states with this trailer attached to the rear of 5ver this would be considered a triple tow and illegal.
From the Swivelwheel website:

"A frequent question asked is if the Swivelwheel system is legal to tow in all states. There are basically 22 states that do not allow double trailer towing, which some call "Triple Towing". These states are the entire east coast from Maine to Florida, Oregon and Washington. We consider the system an extension of the fifth wheel chassis frame. We do not consider it a trailer. The system cannot jackknife or fishtail. It is not like another ball mounted trailer swinging from side to side. Some states may not have that same view."

The OP is from Alabama, it DOES NOT allow triple towing.

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Do not take this the wrong way and really do not know much about swivel trailers but to me they just do not pass the 'eye test'.

The 'eye test' is a combination of analytical and visual input. To me...those things just do not look right.

Anyway...there is a RV dealer in Delaware Ohio (RCD RV) just north of Columbus Ohio (Go Buckeyes) that has one!!!!

I was there looking at it...it just looks like a disaster waiting to happen.
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Old 03-28-2015, 10:03 PM   #7
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Go to Axles and more by Joe LLC. He has the swivel wheel you need
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Old 03-28-2015, 10:44 PM   #8
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Passing the eye test or any other test, visit any Rv park in Myrtle Beach this summer and you'll see all sorts of swivel devices attached to the rear of 5ers and MH. Golf carts seem to be very popular in that area and that's how they haul them.
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I would also look at the Idaho Tote
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I looked at the Idaho Tote, $6,600 for a 6' trailer! Larger tires than the swivel trailer, but you also need an air compressor to tilt the axle going forward or backward. No clear indication of load capacity, they list 3000# gross weight in the brochure, but I couldn't find the weight of the trailer alone. Remember, the OP wanted to build his own swivel trailer, just wanted a source of the swivel wheel. I don't think a $6,600 Idaho Tote exactly answers his need. Things are expensive in Idaho, $155 for shocks, $529 for a small tool box, $600 for a add on receiver hitch so you can pull quadruple tow (Eastern states(+ OR and WA) would LOVE that!)
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I looked at the Idaho Tote, $6,600 for a 6' trailer! Larger tires than the swivel trailer, but you also need an air compressor to tilt the axle going forward or backward. No clear indication of load capacity, they list 3000# gross weight in the brochure, but I couldn't find the weight of the trailer alone. Remember, the OP wanted to build his own swivel trailer, just wanted a source of the swivel wheel. I don't think a $6,600 Idaho Tote exactly answers his need. Things are expensive in Idaho, $155 for shocks, $529 for a small tool box, $600 for a add on receiver hitch so you can pull quadruple tow (Eastern states(+ OR and WA) would LOVE that!)
If its too much for you, don't buy one. Just something for the OP to look at that would do what he wants to do.
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Axles and more by joe has a swivel wheel torsion axle that has two wheels on it for $600.00. You can go to his website and look at it
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