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Old 08-18-2015, 03:56 PM   #1
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trailer bottoms out, fore and aft, what the heck?

Im new to RV'ing, just bought a used Class A DP. Bought a new 18 ft car trailer for a long trip. First problem I noticed was the trailer was not level, front to back sitting in driveway ( something must have been off in the parking lot at the trailer dealer ). I adjusted the hitch on the trailer to its highest level, lowered the nose of the trailer a bit.... looked level now. So off we go,... 2,500 miles. Every time we exited the interstate to get fuel the 'back end' of the trailer hit the ground. Eventually the wiring harness got ripped apart. First repair job on the road.... I love duck tape. Second problem, with the car on the trailer, one ramp cant be pulled out of its storage location withing the trailer ( I have to "jack up" the rear of the trailer to change the ramps angle to get it out ). I stop at an RV dealer, explain the situation, no problem, they can turn the "thing" the slides into the receiver up-side-down, and reverse the ball,... lowers the trailer nose another 4 inches or so..... and off we go..... now, every time I leave the interstate for fuel the "jack stand" grinds into the pavement.... I ruined the jack stand completely. Seems to be a design flaw,... trailer is just too low,.. either the front or back will hit pavement sometimes both..... is there a "standard" for clearances.... or is this par for the course ?
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Old 08-18-2015, 04:15 PM   #2
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A picture or two would probably help. They do make a trailer jack that will swivel up and be horizontal with the main rail of the trailer. pull a pin and it goes back down into the upright vertical position
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Old 08-18-2015, 04:33 PM   #3
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Can't help with the ramp, but sounds like the trailer is kinda low. And when hitched, it should be slightly nose down for stability and clearance.
I have often seen how much the nose dives/ rear bucks on a big RV under brakes and the degree to which the trailer heads for the sky.

Only other thing I can say is easy on the brakes and more tongue weight on the trailer.
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Old 08-19-2015, 07:49 AM   #4
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Another reason may be the large overhang behind the rear wheels of the MH. Some of the gas units have a long rear overhang, this would have an adverse effect on the car trailer and add to the dragging the front and rear of the trailer.
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Old 08-19-2015, 09:35 PM   #5
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In such cases learn to drive over road dips at an angle. If you aim straight at a dip, driveway, or ramp you are creating the most likely opportunity for something to drag.

And, pictures and description of the trailer and motormen, please...


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Another reason may be the large overhang behind the rear wheels of the MH. Some of the gas units have a long rear overhang, this would have an adverse effect on the car trailer and add to the dragging the front and rear of the trailer.
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Old 08-20-2015, 10:46 AM   #6
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adding a pic

Here's the hitch setup before we turned the ball upside down.... the 'ball' is now just about dead even/level with the receiver opening.....

You can also see that I removed the "foot" on the trailer jack to get the best possible clearance.... but as I said I destroyed that jack as the trip progressed.

I did the best I could with attacking lot entrances at an angle,... but there are limits, particularly with a 41.5 ft DP, and another 18+ feet of trailer.

I'll get better pic later that show the RV/Trailer combo, in all its glory, but I really coming to the point of believing that the geometry of the trailer vs RV is just not going to lend itself to a happy ending here.

Anyone have similar experience ? Did I just buy the wrong trailer ?
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Old 08-20-2015, 12:55 PM   #7
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Adjustments to the sweet spot between where it is and was. Metal wheel casters on the back to keep it from dragging hard. Just keep the jack from hitting.
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How about a wd hitch?
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Bottoming rear... Sissy wheels (Skid wheels) any RV store.

Bottoming front and rear.. Suspension on car.. Also inspect wheel wells, if possible a larger tire will lift the trailer (There are other advantages as well). However this will also affect the angle as you go down the road so I do not know if that will be acceptable.
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