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Old 07-23-2011, 10:07 AM   #1
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Skid plate to Wheels!

I have a 2011 surveyor SV-294. It is 33' long. As most of you know, they are low to the ground. When pulling my trailer, I had to make a turn that was down hill and the skid plates in the back hit. One bent to the side while turning and I ripped off my jack stand. I could install a lift kit, but it still may hit in the rear and would lose the benefit of less drag and gas milage. I was thinking of cutting off the triangular skid plates and bolting on a pair of sturdy caster wheels.

Has anyone attached caster wheels? Any thoughts on doing this? Has this resolved your problems? Do they hold up with the weight of a 5100 lb trailer? Do your prefer the skid plates, wheels, casters or something else.

Your help would be appreicated!

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Old 07-23-2011, 10:16 AM   #2
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there is another recent thread about this. caster wheels are the way to go. get the ones that can swivel any direction if you have a large overhang at the back from the wheels to bumper

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Old 07-23-2011, 10:19 AM   #3
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there is another recent thread about this.....
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Old 07-30-2011, 08:32 PM   #4
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I have a SV291 and I ordered a set of wheels that fit on the skid bars and have done the trick for me.
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Old 07-30-2011, 10:39 PM   #5
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Adding something that is greater in total length,height, than what you started with is adding to your problem. Trailers that are too low or too long will drag at certain times. If you feal that placing (wheels,rollers)at the rear is the answer,the next time you have a flat tire, jack it up from that point. The frames are very thin. Youroo!!
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Old 08-05-2011, 09:41 AM   #6
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My trailer's skid plates made contact with the groudna few times. I adjusted my hitch head so that the trailer travels with a slight nose down attitude. At the back after 32' that equates to some additional clearance.

I am paranoid about getting into places where the back of the trailer might get close to the ground. I ahd rather have my skid plates bent and protect the frame, then have caster wheels which will pass the stress directly to the frame and maybe bend the frame. Just my humble opinion ....
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Old 06-14-2015, 04:17 PM   #7
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Could you tell me where you got them and a part #

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