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Old 02-02-2020, 07:31 AM   #15
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Old 02-02-2020, 07:37 AM   #16
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I've been researching toyhaulers after having a motorcoach for the last 7 years.


Most toyhaulers have no real living room. It's mixed with the kitchen so you live in 15' of a 40' trailer.


What are the opinions on getting a 5th wheel with full living room and kitchen but then attaching one of those "swivel tow" attachments for the SxS?


https://www.cruiserlifts.com/collect...w58-dual-wheel

those little wheels just don't look like it would hold up to where i go and at innerstate speeds. just my opinion of course. have you looked at the attitude, iconic by eclipse? how about any of genesis supreme's models? they offer more living space than the indiana built toyhaulers. just have to maintain your toy and bag the tank vent so there are no smells.


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Old 02-04-2020, 07:44 AM   #17
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those little wheels just don't look like it would hold up to where i go and at innerstate speeds.

The little wheels on mine went from Florida to Alaska and back, never a flat, and the bearings were always 20-30 degrees cooler than the trailer bearings. Just have to make sure the bearings are lubed. I travel at 65 MPH most of the time.
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Old 02-09-2020, 12:09 PM   #18
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There are always some people that claim something can't be done and then there are many others that just do it.
For example some people will even argue that mankind has never walked on the moon! How do you even debate that?
Your argument that "there are others that just do it" has no merit.

Millions of people break the law every day for decades and do not get caught. That has no bearing on whether it is legal or not.

Washington law dictates the connections to the frame of the trailer. Some comply others do not. It is black and white.

From a stability and structure stand point I would prefer the States defined connection anyway.

Anyone with a welder and chop saw can fabricate the proper connection.
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Your argument that "there are others that just do it" has no merit.

Millions of people break the law every day for decades and do not get caught. That has no bearing on whether it is legal or not.

Washington law dictates the connections to the frame of the trailer. Some comply others do not. It is black and white.

From a stability and structure stand point I would prefer the States defined connection anyway.

Anyone with a welder and chop saw can fabricate the proper connection.

The point is that the swivel trailer is not illegal and that is confirmed by the many swivel trailers being used on the road for the last 18 years. Yes, as far as anyone can fabricate a 2 point frame hook up to the fifth wheel, I have proof it can be done at home with simple tools. Attached are pictures of my home made 2 point hitch made from scratch.
The swivel trailer is supplied from the factory with a single hitch adapter that I keep on the truck hitch for additional towing options. The 1 point hitch is also legal for towing using the same principle as a platform hitch with a support wheel.
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The point is that the swivel trailer is not illegal and that is confirmed by the many swivel trailers being used on the road for the last 18 years.
Driving 10mph over the speed limit is not illegal as confirmed by the fact that I have been doing it for 35 years.
In 2018 there were 16,214 murders in the US. I guess that is not illegal as confirmed by thousands of people doing it.

In 2017 70,000 people died from opioid overdose. I guess its not illegal as confirmed by the thousands of people doing it.
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Driving 10mph over the speed limit is not illegal as confirmed by the fact that I have been doing it for 35 years.
In 2018 there were 16,214 murders in the US. I guess that is not illegal as confirmed by thousands of people doing it.

In 2017 70,000 people died from opioid overdose. I guess its not illegal as confirmed by the thousands of people doing it.

Mikey - Show me where you get this idea that the swivel trailer brand is not legal in WA?
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Mikey - Show me where you get this idea that the swivel trailer brand is not legal in WA?
No where did I say the swivel trailer brand was not legal in Washington.



My suggestion that someone with a welder and chop saw proves that.

You are trying to obscure the subject of the discussion.

The statute was displayed for you.

Two points of contact are required in Washington. In addition those points are required to be on the outer frame rails of the platform.



You either meet the requirements or your platform is illegal in the state of Washington.

It does not matter if thousands of non compliant platforms are in use or not.
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Mike - The swivel trailer does have 2 points of contact, you may want to check out the design. Also since when is a frame restricted to 2 rails? There are unibody frames, H and I frame designs just to name a few. I know I have 7+ years of actual experience hauling a swivel trailer and I will report next year after my WA visit. Just like my FL visits, I don't expect any issues.
Comment - I don't think we are on the same page here! I will say that every person I have found to criticize a swivel trailer all have one thing in common, they have never used or have any experience with a swivel trailer.
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Mike - The swivel trailer does have 2 points of contact, you may want to check out the design. Also since when is a frame restricted to 2 rails? There are unibody frames, H and I frame designs just to name a few. I know I have 7+ years of actual experience hauling a swivel trailer and I will report next year after my WA visit. Just like my FL visits, I don't expect any issues.
Comment - I don't think we are on the same page here! I will say that every person I have found to criticize a swivel trailer all have one thing in common, they have never used or have any experience with a swivel trailer.

I spent plenty of time in Washington and Oregon with mine. Never got a second look from LEO, even when in a parking lot or gas station with them. My personal non-professional opinion is that LEO's don't care about RV's unless they are obviously a safety hazard, or they are really, really bored.
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To all the people saying the swivel is illegal GO START YOUR OWN THREAD!!


My question was to people who are using the swivel tow.


To the people who actually use it, how much weight must the rear of the 5ver be able to handle?


Anyone experience frame issues when using the Swivel?
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To all the people saying the swivel is illegal GO START YOUR OWN THREAD!!


My question was to people who are using the swivel tow.


To the people who actually use it, how much weight must the rear of the 5ver be able to handle?


Anyone experience frame issues when using the Swivel?

So...we waayyy overloaded the back when we upgraded to the bigger swivel wheel trailer. We weighed the swivel axle at 900 pounds at one point, so I'd guess there was close to that on the hitch, and our trailer frame survived. I don't recommend that one bit, but it is what it is. I would venture to guess that with an average load, a 500 pound hitch would do. The actual specs are on the manufacturers web site and vary depending on model.



If you want to know the downside of the swivel wheel, we have a youtube video of our unfortunate disaster on youtube under trippinwiththesmiths, but moderators here won't let me post links cause a few levels down, it links to my wife's website. In short - we bought a used trailer, didn't repack the bearings, and paid the price. It was a pain in the ass. Once resolved, no issues.
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To all the people saying the swivel is illegal GO START YOUR OWN THREAD!!


My question was to people who are using the swivel tow.


To the people who actually use it, how much weight must the rear of the 5ver be able to handle?


Anyone experience frame issues when using the Swivel?

For our first 4 years, we hauled a Goldwing 1800 that weighed in at about 950 lbs. The swivel trailer empty weight was 450 lbs which gave a total weight of about 1500 lbs with the ramps and 2 mountain bikes on board. I figured the load was 50/50 split between the wheel load and the hitch load. With this setup, the 8" load range "D" would last about 2500 miles and then pop (need a TPMS). The last 3 years I have had a Honda VTX1300 to haul which weigh about 500 lbs and makes the 1000 LB/500 lb split load easier on the 8" wheel that now gets 6-8,000 miles per tire.
Our Cameo trailer frame uses a box type design and I made the rear hitch using 2" sq tubing welded and lot's of gussets. We have considered upgrading to a newer fifth wheel and one of my concerns is the frame strength of a different model.
A lot of the rear hitch weight depends on the length or distance the swivel trailer is behind your rear bumper. Think of it as a pry bar giving you leverage. You will want to reduce the leverage (moment arm) by keeping your swivel trailer as close to the rear bumper/cap of your fifth wheel.
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