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Old 07-10-2015, 06:52 PM   #1
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The Long Long Trailer

I just watched the classic movie The Long, Long Trailer with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Their travel trailer had this dolly under the tongue. Was this actually done? If so, how well did they work? Does anybody do this today?
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It was a weight assist device, before weight distribution hitches were common. It was just a narrow track dolly. I think this is the scene in the movie where Desi is being sold on the hitch helper:
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And yes, they are still made/used, like:
While at the SEMA convention - welcome to mrtrailer.com

And for the mega-trailers with very high tongue weights...like:
TrailerToad.com

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Yup, great movie, it's a classic that every RVer should see. Those dollies are pretty good and they r still made.......
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Old 07-11-2015, 12:41 AM   #4
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The dolly hitches to the tow vehicle. Then the heavy tongue weight of the trailer is carried by the dolly because the trailer sits on a ball that's on the dolly. So a car with soft springs would never have the tongue weight capacity necessary for such a large trailer, can be used after all.
I have a vhs copy of that movie and do enjoy watching it every so often. That movie is a classic.
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Was for when cars had lots of power but couldn't handle a big load on the hitch
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That wasn't a trailer you saw people hauling with a car even back then. That was a mobil home then and now. I pulled a 4100# TT with my Lincoln in '69 and had a Reese hitch. We had the power with the 460 and proper equipment. That Lincoln also gave better fuel mileage than my father's Ambassador.
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