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Towbars, Hitches and Braking Systems for your Toads, etc. Questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding what equipment to use to tow your Toad with are discussed here.

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Old 04-15-2010
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Another interesting point.. it appears that these states do not allow 102" (8-1/2') Coaches;

Kentucky, Louisiana, & North Carolina. It's a good thing NONE of our members live there with a wide coach! hee hee hee

Anyone have any issue or know of any incidences with that?

Actually.. This article applies to trailers.. not coaches.. so in these 3 states they indicate you cannot have a trailer over 8' wide. Anyone have 1st hand knowledge of that?
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Michael,

Its all good conversation! Just for clarification, there is a retailer here in town selling tandem axle #7000 GVW trailers with only one axle brake, not a DOT legal trailer but being sold never the less Sad

Anyway, I hope you copy and pasted that long disertation? Lots of info!

I will say that Express Trailer, our local builder, is first class in quality and staffing as well. Just to see the exquisite welding, fabrication and powder coating etc. put me at ease. Dang, real works of art!

As you said, I too am glad that most of us are on the side of caution and certainly safety too.

The state laws are a bit odd but what about government is not odd?? The caveat to it all for me anyway is the term "reciprocal", some states are, some are not reciprocal. Georgia is not for one... What this means is they can turn a blind eye or make a life miserable there choice.

I prefer to be as "legal" as possible even though my 8' 6" wide trailer is not "legal" in the state of Georgia??? Go figure!

Ultimately I think that yes sir, no sir, whatever you say sir is the safest side to be on with law enforcement.

Probably out of date but here goes...

http://www.towingworld.com/articles/TowingLaws.htm


Be safe!
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Just because the max width/length/whatever is less than what you're traveling with, doesn't mean you can't travel in the state. You just need to get the permits to do so. The state that should get everybody looking at their trailers is Nevada. Anything over 1500 GVW needs brakes on all wheels. I look at the minimums and try to meet those, so then I'm legal every place else.


Good info and discussion, btw!
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I've found this trailer, new, on Ebay and located in Indiana. Thoughts on quality and value? The "Buy It Now" price is $7700. From the standpoint of hauling a car and a motorcycle I think it is near ideal, if a bit heavy (4300 lbs curb, about 7500 lbs with my car and motorcycle).

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...ht_3280wt_1167

Anybody know how easy it is to add additional D-rings for the motorcycle? Should these be installed by the dealer/manufacturer?
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Anybody know how easy it is to add additional D-rings for the motorcycle? Should these be installed by the dealer/manufacturer?
I had the manufacturer add E Track so that I could adjust the attachment points depending on what I was hauling.


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I use various types of attaching devises for the E Tracks;




Here is how I attach the tie downs and ratchets for the race car.


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Richard

I agree with John about the E-track I installed myself was easy and is very secure,maybe 45,000 miles NO problems.
Screwed to floor with wood screws in all holes-self tapping Tec screws at all metal floor joists,=2 every 16" maybe overkill but screws are cheap insurance.
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I would not buy a trailer with torsion axles.
Johns trailer came with torsion axles and the first set was replaced under warranty after they cracked,The 2nd set cracked as well and even before they cracked John had big trouble keeping tires on it,they had strange wear problems that indicted they were not straight.
We changed the torsions to spring type axles last november,hes had no problems with tire wear since that change,8000 miles ago.
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Torsion Axles that's a good subject.

I've had a 24' Haulmark Edge with torsion axles since 1995 and have mixed feelings about the axles.

Lots of tire problems with the tires.

Finally decided the debate about needing tires built specially for trailers in BULL *******!!!!! They flex differently and this and that B.S.

If it was that critical why are there not more companies making them two choices Goodyear or Carlise,( Goodyear), and a few Chinese Brands.

By the way Goodyear Marathons are built in China.

Goodyear Marathons should be pulled from the market.

Undoubtedly the worst tire ever built.

I would loose a tire every time I took the trailer down the road. REALLY!!! The last 4 I bought, the first one went out in less than 500 miles. The others didn't make 1500 miles.

Solution I went to 16" Kumho truck tires tires .

5000+ miles latter no problems, no visible wear. I never had a Marathon go that far.

My recommendation regardless of what trailer you buy. 16" Pickup truck tires with an appropriate rating will serve you better than anything they call Trailer Service Tires.

Goodyear does make a trailer specific tire that is good but they are 300+ dollars each and require rims that can hold a 130 PSI that will come out 2000 bucks for 4 tires and wheels, to re shod your trailer, very expensive. The 6 Kumho tires and 5 American Racing rims $1150.

I bought and extra rim and mounted 1 tire and have a back up to that spare. Why? Because of the bad experience I had with Goodyear. So far haven't needed the spares

Here they are, Anybody want them. No warranties!!!!

I have 5 take offs from my Car Hauler. I went to 16's. 1 tire has some wear on it the tire on the bottom of the stack less that 800 miles on it, but good enough for a spare. 3 in very good condition and one new, buy all 5 for $495.00 or trade for 1 new Michelin 12R-22.5 or a 315





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Interesting. I have always assumed the torsion axles were better, they do use them on the more expensive trailers am I not correct in that?

Everything Kurt said makes sense to me. I would think the two critical things with a trailer would be keeping it going straight down the road and being sufficiently well built and shod to carry the load. I suspect that those two issues are very commonly not up to snuff. You see lots of trailers of all kinds with little wheels. Bigger is certainly better and is the one single thing that has always impressed me most about the Birds. Big wheels and big tires.
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If I didn't already have a collection of 15 inch aluminum and steel trailer rims, I would have probably gone with 16 inch wheels and tires when we changed out the axles to Dexter dropped spring style axles, and I also had purchased a different brand of tire after having so many problems with three other brands of trailer tires, so I purchased five MAXXIS Trailer Tires http://www.maxxistires.com/ and here is a comparison of two of those tires after I had to switch out one of them due to a non-repairable flat caused by a nail in the shoulder of one of the tires. Although at first I was reluctant to purchase these tires because they were quite a bit higher priced than those other brands that I had been using, I felt that I was running out of options in a 15 inch trailer tire, but now I am very happy with the performance and wear of these tires and will purchase a another set whenever these need to be replaced, which as you can see below doesn't appear to be any time soon.

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