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Old 05-31-2016, 08:44 AM   #1
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Drag bars on 29BH

I have a 2011 Grey Wolf 29BH. I live on a pretty steep road to get onto the highway. I have drug a few times when I start going up the hill and it drags who coming home. This past weekend one of the drag bars broke at the V. I do not think adding wheels to the drag bar will help as it will put too much stress on the frame. My question is: Has anyone relocated the drag bars about 6-12" forward? Then I could put wheels on the bumper just in case. To see the drag bars are there to protect the stabilizers. I live out in the country so we have all sorts of farm/ranch welders.

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Old 05-31-2016, 09:11 AM   #2
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The 'drag bars' are on there for a reason. moving the bars or adding wheel 'drag bars' will not solve the problem. After a while you will destroy the wheel 'drag bars' (been there and done that). If this is happening (dragging) all the time...... you need a higher camper, for you will tear something up much more worse, 'down the road'. ie, bend the frame or drag something important off on the underside to the unit.


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Old 05-31-2016, 03:50 PM   #3
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I have scraped and bent the drag bars on my 26dbh. The tech at my local shop suggested mounting rollers to the frame at a height that would hit the ground before my dump plumbing. I'm also concerned that damage can result from repeated impact. I think I'll just replace the bars and think of them as sacrificial. Like you said, it doesn't take much to replace them.
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So I have talked to my welder friend and we are going to make new drag bars the same height as the current bars except we are going to add wheels to the bottom. I am also lowering the hitch on my truck with hopes of changing the angle when going up the hill.

Now here is another question and I have not searched for it yet, but has anybody flipped the axles to under the springs to give more ground clearance? OR can it even be accomplished?
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So I have talked to my welder friend and we are going to make new drag bars the same height as the current bars except we are going to add wheels to the bottom. I am also lowering the hitch on my truck with hopes of changing the angle when going up the hill.

Now here is another question and I have not searched for it yet, but has anybody flipped the axles to under the springs to give more ground clearance? OR can it even be accomplished?

Nope..... by making the drag bars the same length and then adding wheels on the bottom of that will make the 'drag' worse when it happens. Measure the length that should be there now and then make the bars shorter, per the size of the wheels that you want to put on.

On some models it is easy to 'flip' the axles. I have seen it done on two campers. But this is something to think long and hard about on 'what does it change' and what are the pros and cons of what is changed.
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So I have talked to my welder friend and we are going to make new drag bars the same height as the current bars except we are going to add wheels to the bottom. I am also lowering the hitch on my truck with hopes of changing the angle when going up the hill...
Sounds like the way to fix the problem.

The factory drag bars when they contact the road puts the same amount of stress on the frame. The rollers will just last longer.
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Here is what I have found for doing an axle flip. Going to look into it if it is only $300-400.

Axle Flip done on the Grey Wolf 26DBH
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Brother les,

That is what I meant. The drag bars with the wheels installed will be roughly the same height as the current drag bars on there now. I am not always good about describing things where it is understandable.
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drag bars

After bending a drag bar and getting uneven wear on the factory tires on my Grey Wolf 28BH, I went all out with an extensive modification: heavier axles with cross bracing, 16" wheels with Maxxis 10 ply tires (replacing the factory 14" tires), beefed up springs, and drag wheels on square tubing welded to the frame. Result is that it has raised the trailer by 6 inches so I have lots of clearance. This is important when loading and unloading on BC Ferries, especially during a very low tide.
I have read on this forum that if you approach the steep grade at an angle, it will prevent dragging.
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Old 06-02-2016, 03:30 PM   #10
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Biker2,

How much did that run you to do all of that?

I am thinking of flipping the axles and putting on 15" tires
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