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LarryJM

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Posted: 06/25/18 08:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

komodo wrote:

I park my camper, 3700 pounds in my driveway which has a slight incline, about 10 degrees. I can pull it out with my truck but not if my truck is loaded. The trailer drags on the ground when I reach the highest point where the street levels off. So I have to pull the trailer out, park it on the street then fill my truck and then go back to pulling the trailer.

Could I use a jack caster wheel to solve this problem, or will the wheel break?

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IMO that is an excellent way to ruin your trailer's frame by potentially bending it. Trailers are not designed to be supported by only the ball and the opposite very end of the trailer which is exactly what a solid wheel can have the potential to do. The typical "skids" will bend/crush and I believe are there to give you a "warning" thru noise/drag that things aren't right.

As recommended already use boards/blocks something to use the wheels to raise the offending end side to clear whatever you are having problems getting over.

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Posted: 06/27/18 11:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You won't bend the frame on the trailer. You'll just bend the jack and break the caster wheel, almost immediately.

Trailer jacks are really only meant to hold the trailer tongue up. They are not designed for side loads imposed on them by pushing the trailer around, let alone being towed with the weight of the truck also on the jack.

Commercially available trailer jack casters are just cheap plastic wheels with stamped steel frames. No bearings. They won't roll unless the trailer is EXTREMELY light on the tongue.

Speaking from experience here. The only trailer I was able to use a caster on effectively is my single-axle 6x10, and then only when it's empty.


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Posted: 06/30/18 05:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’d just use a couple 2x6’s under the truck tires to give you the clearance you need, cut to length you need the extra height. Stack a couple if 1 not enough.


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I'll say not enough info to advise. I understand basically what is happening, but the why could be many reasons.
If everything is fine and to your liking when loaded up and headed down the road and the problem really is just a really bad dip or break over angle in your driveway that is worse than to be expected anywhere else, then some boards, airbags, higher hitch, etc should be the answer.

BTW, how much c rap are you putting in the back of the truck after you have the camper loaded?
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Using a ball with a 5 inch riser worked but in the end I found it stressful to change the ball in the middle of the street. As for the boards, I have an angle to take into account; I’m not good enough to backup directly on the boards in these conditions. So the best solution is to have Air bags installed on my truck and this will solve the problem.

Thank you all for your great advice.


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Grit dog wrote:

BTW, how much c rap are you putting in the back of the truck after you have the camper loaded?


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Posted: 07/06/18 10:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are you using a wdh? It sounds like you need one.

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bartlettj wrote:

Are you using a wdh? It sounds like you need one.


What is a wdh?

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Weight Distribution Hitch. Transfers some of the weight that is resting on the tow vehicle's rear axle to the tow vehicle's front axle (to maintain steering) and to the trailer's axle(s). May, or may not, include sway control built in.


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Bobbo wrote:

Weight Distribution Hitch. Transfers some of the weight that is resting on the tow vehicle's rear axle to the tow vehicle's front axle (to maintain steering) and to the trailer's axle(s). May, or may not, include sway control built in.


Thanks for the definition and yes, I have a wdh.

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