Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-27-2012, 10:00 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Montreal
Posts: 5
Trailer sits very low

So I was crawling around under my new trailer today and I realised that the clearance was so low that I couldn't roll over. My hips don't fit. I had noticed when I arrived that the trailer sat low, but I hadn't realised the extent of it. It's been parked outside all winter, so it could just be that the tires need a little air, but I thought that I'd ask how normal this is, before trying to move it... I'm a total newbie at this so every little thing that's not the same as the trailers I've dealt with at work induces worrying.
__________________

__________________
Margaux is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2012, 12:11 AM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 2,381
Well, you didn't give us a lot to go on. What trailer, and what size are your hips? (sorry, couldn't resist). I'm 5'10", 130 pounds, 29 inch waist, and can fit under anything except a Mazda Miata. We aren't all created equal, neither are trailers. Now the question is, could you fit under it before? Since your post says new trailer, I can only assume you don't know how tall it is, and you have been under it. As an RV tech, some are higher than others, and not everyone will fit under some of them. Check the tire pressure, and measure both sides from the ground, if they are close, no problem, just the way it is made.
__________________

__________________
LadyWindrider
2012 Ford F250 ext. Cab 4x4
2002 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
2008 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic

2008 Work and Play 18LT
LadyWindrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2012, 12:15 AM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Montreal
Posts: 5
There's only about a foot of air between the ground and the trailer, that's what concerns me. I can fit, I just can't turn around under there. It might be normal, though. I'm just panicky because I'm totally new at this. The tires need to be changed, whatever happens, they're pretty old.
__________________
Margaux is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2012, 12:46 AM   #4
Moderator Emeritus
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 2,381
Could be normal. Still didn't post trailer make/model. If you are on fairly level ground, with the trailer fairly level, and you put the step, or steps out, and it is a normal step from the ground to the step, then all is normal. It takes a lot more to drag one then you think.
__________________
LadyWindrider
2012 Ford F250 ext. Cab 4x4
2002 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
2008 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic

2008 Work and Play 18LT
LadyWindrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2012, 01:05 AM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Montreal
Posts: 5
Oh, it's an appalache 1973. I have a pic, just a sec...

__________________
Margaux is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2012, 01:11 AM   #6
Moderators' Assistant
 
bikendan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 13,278
just to clarify, that trailer is not a Forest River product.

you should be able to get some basic help here, but i seriously doubt anyone here might have owned one like yours.

not sure but i think it was made in Canada. maybe one our Canadian members might have owned one.

you also might want to join a non-brand specific RV forum, like RV.net.
you might get more help there than here.
__________________
Dan-Retired Firefighter/EMT
Shawn-Musician/Entrepreneur/Wine Expert
and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
2016 PrimeTime TracerAIR 255, pushing a 2014 Ford F150 4x4 3.5 Ecoboost w/Max Tow Package
Equalizer WDH and Prodigy BC
bikendan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2012, 09:26 AM   #7
Moderator Emeritus
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 2,381
Looking at the pics, the trailer is sitting normal. It looks fairly level, and only has one step, so it shouldn't be any higher. There's really not much reason to make them tall, especially back then, because few people had 4 wheel drive to drag anything off road.

Looks good for it's age.
__________________
LadyWindrider
2012 Ford F250 ext. Cab 4x4
2002 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
2008 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic

2008 Work and Play 18LT
LadyWindrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2012, 09:45 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Southwest Wyoming
Posts: 588
I had a similar trailer years ago. I flipped the axle for more ground clearance. It was not that big of deal to do it and I gained right at 4" of clearance. You may consider the same if you are looking for more ground clearance.
__________________
2012 Grey Wolf 19RR
2008 Dodge 2500 CTD

Nights camped 2012 - 35
Nights camped 2013 - 46
rkswyo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2012, 11:31 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albany, GA.
Posts: 799
You may have the "Torsion" type axles, my Forest River does also. The Torsion axles use rubber bushings mounted into the ends of each axle and the spindle assembly are made to these. This allows the unit to sit closer to the ground/pavement than the spring type axles. I've seen some of the newer units made in the last two years with spring type axles which appear to be three feet (3 ft.) off the ground.
__________________
Thurman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2012, 12:14 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 201
Thurman, I don't think they had torsion axles in 1973!
__________________

__________________
DonG is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:13 PM.