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    Trailer fail pics

    Thought maybe a trailer fail thread might be good. Saw both of these today within a few miles of each other just west of Memphis on I-40. The first has 3500 lb axles which might explain the sagging.

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    The next is 2 3500 lb axles with 4" drop turned upside down and under the springs to get the trailer over the tires. LOL

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    Re: Trailer fail pics

    Yeah, about 8K for the Bobcat alone plus the grapple bucket. Then there's the 2K for the trailer. Assuming it is a 7K trailer not a 10K one he's over weight. Even at 10K he's borderline.

    He's also got it loaded way too far forward from the looks of the front tires. He needs the weight back about a foot or so farther to the rear at least to load the trailer equally. Grapple ought to be in the empty flat bed.



    Not sure how you put those axles at 3.5K vs 5K or 6K. Lug count? I've seen 7K , 10K, 12K and 14K trailers that all look almost exactly like that. The 12's and 14's around here are almost nonexistant since they started cracking down on drivers of stuff like that without a class A license around here. Everyone I knew who used to have them dumped them and went to 10K trailers so their guys didn't need to get the full class A license ( especially since the DOT won't let you take the class A test with a rig like what is shown even though you need the license for one..) If they needed a heavy trailer they usually just went up to bigger tagalongs in the 20K range and were done with it.
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    Re: Trailer fail pics

    I have towed/carried, ny own equipment up & down our hwy's. Regardless of the care you take, sh76 happens to the best of us. I don't cuss anyone if I don't know the full story.

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    That's the new, patent pending, extra articulation off road tow receiver!

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    Re: Trailer fail pics

    Anyone ever see a tow rig like this?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gxjetmech View Post
    Anyone ever see a tow rig like this?

    Those roof mount rigs were advertised back in the day when that car was new. I don't recall I ever saw one on the road.

    I did see a nearly identical bumper-pull combo that had skidded along the center guardrail 100+ ft upside down with Gramps and Gran still strapped into their seat belts and both white as ghosts. What an adventure!

    The VW version had to be a joke. Just adding A/C to a VW would shorten engine life down to less than 10k miles. The wind resistance of that rig would limit it to boulevard speeds at most - before the engine burned up.
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    Re: Trailer fail pics

    The VW Bug had an option like that...


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    Re: Trailer fail pics

    What do you call this kind of set up, a fourth wheel?
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    Re: Trailer fail pics

    At least the bobcat is chained down! Haha!
    What do you drive? Looking down on those cars like that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canadian Welding View Post
    What do you drive? Looking down on those cars like that!
    Judging by the wind sheild wipers in the second photo, and the mirror off to the far right, it must be a bus, since there is no hood out front. If it were a van, then the mirrors would be mounted out on the sides of the doors, not forward of the wind sheild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bistineau View Post
    Judging by the wind sheild wipers in the second photo, and the mirror off to the far right, it must be a bus, since there is no hood out front. If it were a van, then the mirrors would be mounted out on the sides of the doors, not forward of the wind sheild.
    Ya, there is very little hood on it. Its little things like this that keep me busy all day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canadian Welding View Post
    Ya, there is very little hood on it. Its little things like this that keep me busy all day!
    Wouldn't want ya to loose any sleep because of me so here's a pic of my truck. The pictures came from the dash cam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by welderj View Post
    Wouldn't want ya to loose any sleep because of me so here's a pic of my truck. The pictures came from the dash cam.

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    Oh...
    That counts as a van/bus thing right?
    Haaaa..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canadian Welding View Post
    At least the bobcat is chained down! Haha!
    What do you drive? Looking down on those cars like that!
    It's a wonder the meathead didn't anchor it with a blue 3/4 ratchet strap from Homeless Despot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burpee View Post
    It's a wonder the meathead didn't anchor it with a blue 3/4 ratchet strap from Homeless Despot.
    What? Bungee cords and bailing twine would be my strapping method!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burpee View Post
    It's a wonder the meathead didn't anchor it with a blue 3/4 ratchet strap from Homeless Despot.
    Sounds like your an "ave" fan! Me to bud! Friggen love that guy. Hahaha

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    Re: Trailer fail pics

    when I was doing research for my axle flip. (I just flipped the springs from the bottom to the top) I found out that it was actually pretty common practice for guys with travel trailers with drop axles to flip the axle over to get a 4" lift axle instead of a 4" drop axle. I didn't opt for that because of the added leverage on the springs and the axle itself is not meant to be upside down. but it's apparently not that uncommon to have drop axles set like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThorsHammer View Post
    when I was doing research for my axle flip. (I just flipped the springs from the bottom to the top) I found out that it was actually pretty common practice for guys with travel trailers with drop axles to flip the axle over to get a 4" lift axle instead of a 4" drop axle. I didn't opt for that because of the added leverage on the springs and the axle itself is not meant to be upside down. but it's apparently not that uncommon to have drop axles set like that.
    Well there's no ground clearance on those damn things... so if they take it off pavement they need to lift em!

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    Re: Trailer fail pics

    Just coincidentally, these trailers(lol) were at the truckstop tonight when I stopped. Been a good day for dumb drivers. I think the signs kinda put it all in perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by welderj View Post
    Just coincidentally, these trailers(lol) were at the truckstop tonight when I stopped. Been a good day for dumb drivers. I think the signs kinda put it all in perspective.

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    WOW. That is just awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by welderj View Post
    Just coincidentally, these trailers(lol) were at the truckstop tonight when I stopped. Been a good day for dumb drivers. I think the signs kinda put it all in perspective.

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    Haha! Thats great!

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