RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-16-2020, 09:34 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Posts: 7
Skid Wheels

I have a 2020 Forest River Forester 2861DS. I need some feedback on Skid Wheels since the back end drags when I going down my driveway and dips and hate that crunching noise. I've tried different angles but still makes me cringe.
Any suggestions?
Thanks you FC
FranksLife is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2020, 10:27 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
SeaDog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Idaho
Posts: 8,086
Welcome to the forum its a great place to get your questions answered. What part is dragging is it your hitch or something else.
__________________
Retired Navy
Jake my sidekick (yellow Lab) 10/04 - 05/20
2017 RAM 2500 CC 4X4 Cummins Diesel
2016 Flagstaff 26 FKWS
AF&AM & El Korah Shrine of Idaho
SeaDog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2020, 10:44 AM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Posts: 7
Thumbs up Skid Wheels

Thanks for responding. Underneath are those V shaped metal bars that I think are supposed to let you know you are dragging. Not sure but the sound is awful and now I have great marks in my driveway sloped pretty bad. So I need a recommendation on what kind of skid wheels to get.
Thanks again for the information,
Frank
FranksLife is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2020, 11:24 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
SeaDog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Idaho
Posts: 8,086
A quick search on E-trailer they had several different designs. I think what you would need to do first is measure the depth of the V brackets to determine the size of roller you need and then desire if you want to mount them to your hitch or alongside the V brackets. Take a look at E-traile and read up on some of the different kits. Maybe someone one the forum with your rig will chime in.
__________________
Retired Navy
Jake my sidekick (yellow Lab) 10/04 - 05/20
2017 RAM 2500 CC 4X4 Cummins Diesel
2016 Flagstaff 26 FKWS
AF&AM & El Korah Shrine of Idaho
SeaDog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2020, 12:13 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Posts: 7
Skid Wheels

Thanks Iíll measure and check.
Appreciate it.
Frank
FranksLife is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2020, 02:16 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Dodge Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 1,357
They will decrease your ground clearance. And make the issue worse. Then you’ll be stuck with tires spinning.
__________________
2012 Georgetown XL 350TS, Hellwig front/rear sway bars, Sumo Springs, Blue OX True Center steering damper
2013 Ford Explorer LTD toad, Roadmaster Stowmaster 5000, VIP><Tow Brake

Better to have a bad day of camping than a good day at work!
Dodge Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2020, 02:17 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 1,614
Skid Wheels

I did put some on my 2801QS, but try to avoid places where they make contact. I have to back into the driveway anyhow, to avoid scraping the leveling jacks. Actually, not sure if it is the jacks or the back end, but backing in solved it - no more dragging.
AbdRahim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2020, 03:28 PM   #8
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Posts: 7
Positive

Thanks for responding. So far people Iíve spoken to have not have any clearance issues. All the RV places recommend 4 in swivel. My driveway is steep so I need to put them on.
Thanks
FranksLife is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2020, 03:44 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
dbledan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: KS
Posts: 2,364
Looks like somone added them to this unit for sale. You could ask them how well they work but I think it is just a dealer.

https://www.texasrvguys.com/2018_For...X_36941347.veh

Maybe the picture will help you. Not sure I would want all the weight on the reciever.

Good luck.Click image for larger version

Name:	Screenshot_20200116-144047_Chrome.jpeg
Views:	105
Size:	46.8 KB
ID:	221951
dbledan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2020, 03:48 PM   #10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Posts: 7
Thumbs up Skids

Picture is great. That is what I need to do.
Thanks
FranksLife is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2020, 04:12 PM   #11
Kanadian Kamper
 
kenandterry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 4,463
Some entrance or exit driveways will NEVER NEVER be RV friendly.
You need to know what part of your rig is touching ground. Then review if thereís another approach angle to get better clearance. Depending on HOW HARD youíre hitting ground, thereís NO corrective measure. Adding skid wheels is not the answer if it will continuously lift the weight or your rig.

You may ultimately have to pick somewhere else to park your rig.
__________________

Ken and Terry
2018 Sunseeker 2430S
and might rarely get pushed by our 2017 GMC Terrain toad (4 wheels down)
Former Georgetown 330TS owner for 10 years with more mods than I can count.
kenandterry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2020, 05:08 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Chuck_S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Richmond VA
Posts: 1,624
Wheels and even the skids exert a bending motion to the trailer frame and can cause damage to the trailer's structure. Decreasing the ground clearance to add wheels and protect the driveway is counter productive.

A hassle I know but you need to raise the rear of the trailer so it doesn't drag at all on this slope. This can be done at the trailer tongue by lowering it. Often just removing any weight distribution will do it. Let the front of the trailer snag for in and out of your drive. Reconnect on the street -- yeah, a hassle but you're not stressing the trailer's frame.

-- Chuck
__________________
2006 Roo 23SS behind a 2017 Ford Expedition
Chuck_S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2020, 05:22 PM   #13
Kanadian Kamper
 
kenandterry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 4,463
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chuck_S View Post
Wheels and even the skids exert a bending motion to the trailer frame and can cause damage to the trailer's structure. Decreasing the ground clearance to add wheels and protect the driveway is counter productive.

A hassle I know but you need to raise the rear of the trailer so it doesn't drag at all on this slope. This can be done at the trailer tongue by lowering it. Often just removing any weight distribution will do it. Let the front of the trailer snag for in and out of your drive. Reconnect on the street -- yeah, a hassle but you're not stressing the trailer's frame.

-- Chuck
The OP has a motorhome......not a trailer.
__________________

Ken and Terry
2018 Sunseeker 2430S
and might rarely get pushed by our 2017 GMC Terrain toad (4 wheels down)
Former Georgetown 330TS owner for 10 years with more mods than I can count.
kenandterry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2020, 06:06 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: TEXAS
Posts: 3,354
I agree that some driveways are not ever going to be rv friendly. If you have a dip at the end of the driveway, sometimes putting wood planks down will help that. Someone makes a rubber curb ramps that hold up up 22,000 lbs.
We have to back ours into our steep driveway and angle it and inch it out to keep it from dragging.
__________________
2015 Dynamax REV 24TB class C
Reverse_snowbird is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2020, 10:13 AM   #15
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 387
Hi I have a 2860 and the back hangs very low. Thereís along over hang from rear wheels to bumper including piping for out door sink and gray/black tanks drains. I raised air pressure to 70 in bags. Still need to watch going in and out of gas stations . Just a poor Design
retired on a mountain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2020, 10:16 AM   #16
Senior Member
 
Chuck_S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Richmond VA
Posts: 1,624
Trailer or motorhome makes no difference in straining the chassis with wheels at the end of the frame. Home curbs can often be bypassed with 2x4 or 4x8 timber at the curb to to raise the chassis at the wheels.
__________________
2006 Roo 23SS behind a 2017 Ford Expedition
Chuck_S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2020, 03:46 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Central New York
Posts: 301
The back of our new FW dragged going in/out of our driveway. The driveway also had a 90 degree turn less than 50' from the road.

The solution was to greatly widen the driveway to allow a much more gradual approach.

I considered skids/wheels, briefly. Generally, the frame structures in the back of RV trailers are not very robust. So I deemed skids/wheels less than a great idea.
__________________
2017 Riverstone 38FB Legacy
2018 F450
LegacyFB38 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
wheel

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


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:55 PM.