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Old 05-11-2021, 10:07 AM
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C’mon Doug, wake and smell the kippers, as if those parts are not made in China
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Old 05-11-2021, 10:58 AM
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So I’m curious as to the reason for this?


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Old 05-11-2021, 12:37 PM
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Jack, got room in the van for one of these?

https://www.harborfreight.com/600-lb...lly-60533.html

Or at least, a pair of these

https://www.harborfreight.com/magnet...kit-69778.html

The magnets on the second one aren't real strong, but would stay put OK when stuck on the SIDES of the trailer frame. (So you could WATCH it jack knife in the mirrors )

Still, a 10' tongue extension (temporarily clamped on) might be the least obnoxious... Steve
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Old 05-11-2021, 12:47 PM
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Jack, got room in the van for one of these?

https://www.harborfreight.com/600-lb...lly-60533.html

Or at least, a pair of these

https://www.harborfreight.com/magnet...kit-69778.html

The magnets on the second one aren't real strong, but would stay put OK when stuck on the SIDES of the trailer frame. (So you could WATCH it jack knife in the mirrors )

Still, a 10' tongue extension (temporarily clamped on) might be the least obnoxious... Steve
The alignment kit might let him know where the trailer is & easier hook-up, and let him watch the trailer jack-knife , but the trailer dolly will certainly be of aid.
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Old 05-11-2021, 01:58 PM
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Years ago we built a small trailer for a customer. He wanted it quite short so it would fit in a storage space he had. He was going to tow it with a good sized pickup and I told him it would be a bitch to back up (he had no previous experience with trailers). He insisted on sticking to his original design so I said: "OK."

About two weeks after he took delivery he brought it back to us with the tongue bent on a 45 degree angle. "Fix it" was all he said. I said: "OK."
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Old 05-11-2021, 02:17 PM
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I don't think it's all a matter of seeing it. It's so short coupled with the vehicle that the turning radius of the vehicle will not turn short enough to keep up with the trailer. They'll pull just fine, but they don't push worth a damn.

I have a couple of short trailers, and I ended up putting a ball & hitch on the front of my Polaris Ranger to push them back into the shed......and that's even chore sometimes.
I worked at a motorcycle/boat dealer in my youth. The boat mechanic had a little garden tractor with a ball on the back to run the boats on trailers inside to the test tank. He sat backwards on the hood and ran it in reverse, like a fork lift.
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Old 05-11-2021, 03:38 PM
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I worked at a motorcycle/boat dealer in my youth. The boat mechanic had a little garden tractor with a ball on the back to run the boats on trailers inside to the test tank. He sat backwards on the hood and ran it in reverse, like a fork lift.
LOL, and I've done that before too.

The only thing tougher than backing a short two wheel trailer is backing a short four wheel trailer.
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Old 05-11-2021, 05:03 PM
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I know very well the issues with a short trailer/tongue combination trailer, I’ve hauled around a similar company owned unit for years. I known the draw backs and also the benefits, I could have bought a bigger trailer, but I wanted a trailer of this kind, just big enough to hold the welder. It uses the same leads as the service van electric welders and all of the other necessary equipment used by all of the welders.
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Old 05-11-2021, 05:31 PM
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I know very well the issues with a short trailer/tongue combination trailer, I’ve hauled around a similar company owned unit for years. I known the draw backs and also the benefits, I could have bought a bigger trailer, but I wanted a trailer of this kind, just big enough to hold the welder. It uses the same leads as the service van electric welders and all of the other necessary equipment used by all of the welders.
You could slide a 5' chunk of tube steel over or inside the existing tongue and pin it in two places to the old one. that way you could back up a lot easier and remove the tongue extension when you are done for more compact storage. Did that with my boat trailer several years ago.
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Big trailers, small trailers, boat trailers, jet ski trailers, I can't back any of them up for shit. Man's got to know his limitations
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