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Old 06-11-2015, 11:05 PM   #1
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Frame mounted drag casters

Have benn trying to figure out if installing frame drag casters would be a good idea or not. Currently to get out of my driveway I need to leave the WD unhooked and remove the jack pad from the power jack at the hitch. drive down driveway pull into the cul-da-sac and hook up the WD. If i have a full load of fresh water I need to do this plus go over a 2x10 just before the hitch touches. If i leave the WD on then I need to drive the trailer on 10 foot 2x10 boards to keep rear stands and bumper from dragging. My concern would be if one drag caster takes on more load then the other. What effects would it have to the frame, walls, flooring and so on. I believe mine will hit at almost the same time but what about gas stations and uneven entry pads to places. Is anyone else using any? My trailer does have the rear stabilizer protectors to keep from ripping them off. Has any one used those removable stabilizer jacks?
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:15 PM   #2
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You have an ultra light trailer with a fabricated I beam frame.
I'd suggest not using casters .
I'd suggest as your doing with the boards.
Ultra light frames are very thin and lightweight and possibly bend or buckle if you add the stress of putting casters on the rear and taking the weight off the axles.

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Old 06-11-2015, 11:19 PM   #3
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Okay cool, I may go with the removable rear stabilizer jacks. See if that will allow me to clear while WD is hooked up.
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:21 PM   #4
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Okay cool, I may go with the removable rear stabilizer jacks. See if that will allow me to clear while WD is hooked up.
Imo that would be best.
Can you mount them with quick pins for easy installation and removal?

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Old 06-11-2015, 11:24 PM   #5
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Why yes you can. They are an actual item. See if I can find a link for them.
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:27 PM   #6
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:29 PM   #7
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Perfect!
To get my 5th wheel in my shed I have to stack 2 2x8's to keep the rear jacks from dragging.
I don't have an ultralight trailer but still ain't putting casters on it.


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Perfect!
To get my 5th wheel in my shed I have to stack 2 2x8's to keep the rear jacks from dragging.
I don't have an ultralight trailer but still ain't putting casters on it.


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X2. Caster,when hitting something, will lift the end of the RV up. It ain't designed for that.
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We dragged our rear frame rail on a gravel rise turning it around and folded it over very well just ahead of the bumper. A caster would very well have caused even more damage. As was said there is not a lot of strength in the ultallite frames for forces beyond what they where designed for.


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