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Old 09-08-2019, 09:14 AM   #1
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Traveling with Dolly wheel.

NewBee here, with a dumb question. I have been removing the dolly wheel after connecting to TV before traveling, reinstalling at campsite. Is this necessary or am I just making more work for my self. I only camp in RV parks or similar locations, no ruffing it.
What should be safe ground clearance from wheel to ground when raised for safe travel.

Your thoughts and experiences please.

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Old 09-08-2019, 09:25 AM   #2
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NewBee here, with a dumb question. I have been removing the dolly wheel after connecting to TV before traveling, reinstalling at campsite. Is this necessary or am I just making more work for my self. I only camp in RV parks or similar locations, no ruffing it.
What should be safe ground clearance from wheel to ground when raised for safe travel.

Your thoughts and experiences please.

Bob
Without a picture of your dolly wheel setup, I canít be sure. On some of my trailers, there is a spring loaded pin and pivot point to turn the entire retracting post so that itís positioned parallel to the road for travel. Clearance is not an issue.
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You can get a flat shoe that will give more clearance and remember to run it up all the way. I was pulling out of a gas station and drug the dolly wheel on the PUP I used to have.
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Old 09-08-2019, 09:53 AM   #4
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In my opinion.

The wheel is really only useful when placing The camper in storage so I'd leave it there and not take it with you.

When using it at the campsite it reduces stability and using it increases movement (and increases the risk of a roll-away while you're in it). It helps with positioning the camper but the same can be done attached to the vehicle.

When driving I've scraped the bottom of my Jack in a strep driveway. Having another 6" of length there isn't helpful.
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Old 09-08-2019, 10:41 AM   #5
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Some people prefer to keep the wheel in place and that's fine if that is what you want. In order to help stabilize the tongue movement of your camper, you can buy a wheel caulk that looks like a round plastic donut at Walmart or any other rv parts place. Just lower wheel into Donut and level the camper. When traveling raise the wheel all the way up being careful not to go past stop. Donut will keep front from moving too much and stabilize wheel.
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Old 09-08-2019, 05:43 PM   #6
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We camped with Pop-up tent trailers for the first 12 years of lour RV-ing "career". We always removed the dolly wheel after hooking up, and re-installed it upon arrival at our campsite. We used blocks under the trailer wheels as needed to level side-to-side before disconnecting. Then, before disconnecting from tow vehicle, we always chocked the trailer wheels securely, including a chock on the dolly wheel made up of an 8" x 8" x 2" block of wood with a slot cut in the middle to secure the dolly wheel from rolling or pivoting.
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Old 09-08-2019, 06:21 PM   #7
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My preference is to remove the dolly wheel and leave it off - replacing it with a jack foot plate. I would have never towed with it on.

We had one camper with a really low jack, even with the plate. It wasn't in danger of bottoming out, but one time we had to straddle a pile of bison poo when towing through Wind Cave N.P. and guess where it ended up! Bet it would have been worse with the wheel on.
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Old 09-08-2019, 07:53 PM   #8
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I built a platform of scrap 2X4 lumber to rest the jack on. No need for the dolly in 200 nights of camping.
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NewBee here, with a dumb question. I have been removing the dolly wheel after connecting to TV before traveling, reinstalling at campsite. Is this necessary or am I just making more work for my self. I only camp in RV parks or similar locations, no ruffing it.
What should be safe ground clearance from wheel to ground when raised for safe travel.

Your thoughts and experiences please.

Bob
Back when we lived in the city we only used the dolly wheel in our yard to maneuver the TT to where we wanted it for storage in a tight place.
When we traveled we used a shoe, less chance of TT moving when set up.
If you do not have a shoe, use blocks of wood in its place. We never used the wheel when camping, actually we left it at home.
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Old 09-15-2019, 09:31 PM   #10
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I always remove the wheel when traveling but I would caution about not taking it with you. I recently had a wheel problem traveling home that required the camper be towed on a flatbed. I don't know how they'd get the camper onto the flatbed without the wheel.
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