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Old 04-07-2010, 10:49 PM   #1
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Newbie Question - what are the "wheelie bars" called

Currently own a TT and thinking to stepping up to a Class C. The driveway we have at home has a short steep part before it levels out. When backing the TT up it often the rear scissor jacks will catch the higher part of the driveway and for a few feet the back of the trailer "bounces" up the drive before the wheels get enough height to lift the back of the incline.

Not too much of a problem with the TT as it's just the jacks, and I take it slow, but I am worried that with a 30 foot Class C I will be scraping something a little more important.

I had looked at a second hand Phoenix Cruiser in a dealer here, and they had an aftermarket bar with two metal wheels at either end fitted directly at the back of the MH, extended from the chassis. I am guessing this solves the problem I have been describing.

For the life of me however I can't find what this "wheelie bar" is called so I can research it. Tried browsing the forums, and even googling for some likely descriptions but no luck yet.

Is there an official name for this apparently useful addition ?
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Why not use some of the leveler blocks, or wood, to run the wheels up on before the area that scrapes gets to the high point. I'm assuming that the wheels will clear the leveler/wood and be parked on cement, but even if they stay on the wood, not levelers, and are evenly distributed is okay. Unless the levelers are the flat, almost solid ones, I would not park my tires on them. Those hexagonal leveler blocks are not good for parking vehicles on. They do not evenly distribute the weight along the tire.

Here is a link to a PDF file on Michelin RV Tire Care. I figure that if it is good enough for Michelin, it should be good enough for all other tires.
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The skid rollers aren't intended to take much load ...if they take too much load you will lose traction on the rear wheels and won't be able to keep moving uphill. Better to reduce the transition as much as possible by putting planks, etc in the low point, which normally would be parallel to the curb at the edge of the street.
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Thanks also to Wayne and AFChap - I will also look at managing the transition via blocks etc as well - sounds cheaper and a lot safer.
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