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Old 07-21-2013, 08:18 AM   #1
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New tiny trailer blog

Check out livelaughroll.com

Quote from the author: "Elon Musk has disrupted the car industry - LiveLaughRoll can do it with tiny trailers. Lets reinvent Grandpa's trailer."

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Old 07-21-2013, 09:14 AM   #2
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Here is the link Live. Laugh. Roll.
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:19 PM   #3
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Thanks for the mention!

Hey thanks for mentioning the online magazine! I've been interested in these little lightweight trailers for a long time but only recently decided I was going to "just do it"! I was born in one apparently (but that was a while ago)!

I will be a solo traveler (except for when I get to bring my adorable granddaughter along!) so I don't want big - I want compact and efficient.

When I started looking for one last year, I really got a bit frustrated with what was out there. I started the online mag because I figured that if I was frustrated maybe others were too. As I started to talk about the idea of getting a tiny trailer to friends, I had some raised eyebrows and then ...interestingly, when I explained all the great things about them (and what they can do with them when they're not traveling), people started taking interest.

So, we'll see where this goes, but regardless...I continue my personal tiny trailer search! Saw the ParkLiner and Casita in person...so far.

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Old 07-21-2013, 12:36 PM   #4
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Welcome to FGRV, Debbi,
Hopefully you will find what you are looking for and need, if not we will certainly give you some advice!!
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:31 PM   #5
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to the Forum Debbiedear...........

Thanks Denny and Jim for posting her link. Will check it out.

I almost did what is in that picture at the factory when I was checking
them out. I stepped into one they didn't put there jack under and the
tongue began to raise. You should have seen Alan and his son scurry
to hold the back end up..........LOL.

And the wife and daughter did it here at home once when both of them
got in the trailer before I got the support under it.
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:03 PM   #6
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Now you're making me nervous!!

Now you're making me nervous!! When I was posting that one about tongue weight I was thinking "seriously, people figure this out with a bathroom scale"!!
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Debbi,
Single axle trailers will tilt back if the rear stabilizers are not extended.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:29 PM   #8
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Single axle trailers will tilt back if the rear stabilizers are not extended.
A 13' trailer can be a carnival ride!

Hi Debbie, to FiberglassRV!!!
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I had the water tanks in the scamp full, the gray tank full (doing leak checks on them), and I was in the back, and jumped on a piece…next thing I know, I hear the sound of the landing gear coming off the concrete blocks they were on. I scurried forward rather quickly. Luckily it was chocked, so it didnt go down the driveway and into the pickup.

I guess 78 gallons of water and me is ok, me jumping is not.
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I had the water tanks in the scamp full, the gray tank full (doing leak checks on them), and I was in the back, and jumped on a piece…next thing I know, I hear the sound of the landing gear coming off the concrete blocks they were on. I scurried forward rather quickly. Luckily it was chocked, so it didnt go down the driveway and into the pickup.

I guess 78 gallons of water and me is ok, me jumping is not.

I'll remember not to do that!

Any advise on the hitch? I have a Ford Explorer Sport with a hitch on it now but I've heard conflicting ideas on putting on an anti-sway hitch.
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A 13' trailer can be a carnival ride!

Hi Debbie, to FiberglassRV!!!
Thanks Donna! Good to know!
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I'll remember not to do that!

Any advise on the hitch? I have a Ford Explorer Sport with a hitch on it now but I've heard conflicting ideas on putting on an anti-sway hitch.
I would consult the manual. Some vehicles aren't rated for a weight distribution hitch, which is usually what sway control comes with, although I believe you can get them separately. I would think an explorer would be rated for it.

They certainly won't hurt, but depending on size/weight distribution of the trailer, it may not be needed, either.

I personally have never used one, and have mixed feelings about them. They have their purpose, but many people use them to overload a vehicle, or not load cargo for the correct tongue weight, and rely on the hitch to mask the problems. I'm of the opinion that if you NEED a wd hitch, then you should have a bigger tow vehicle, but you'll find the majority on here won't agree, and do it successfully. Weight distribution and sway control is never a bad idea (vehicle permitting) to combat weather/road conditions, but again, I feel it should tow ok without it under normal circumstances, or you're already pushing the envelope.

I know at least some of them need to be disconnected for backing up, or big dips also, I believe. I'm sure somebody that's used one will chime in.
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I'll remember not to do that!

Any advise on the hitch? I have a Ford Explorer Sport with a hitch on it now but I've heard conflicting ideas on putting on an anti-sway hitch.
Debbi, the receiver on your Explorer is probably fine as long as its not all rusty and is class III or IV. That means it accepts a 2" square ball mount. Part of the WDH goes on the trailer and part slides into your 2" receiver.

Your vehicle is a 'traditional' SUV built on a pick-up truck frame. It should pull any of the smaller trailers without breaking a sweat. As always, consult the owners manual, but there are many people towing small FG trailers with smaller, much lighter uni-body SUVs.

My personal experience with a RAV4 and the Snoozy, 2850#, almost 400# tongue weight (both figures much higher than stock due to my modifications) a simple ball hitch, no WDH or anti-sway, over 9,000 miles last winter was zero problems, zero sway incidents.

The higher percent of trailer weight carried on the tongue, the less tendency to sway (good) but the more weight carried by the tow vehicles rear suspension and resultant rear end sag (bad). A rule of thumb is that around 10% of the trailer weight should be on the tongue.
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Thanks for all that great advice Jared J and McDenny!

Someone told me the anti-sway can cause problems with turning, too. I have my manuals and will consult them and check on the class of hitch but it sounds like it will work.

I'm plan to take it easy on weather issues to start until I get used to towing... Fortunately, I'm out here in the west where there is a whole lot of "dry" going on.

thanks guys!



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Debbi, the receiver on your Explorer is probably fine as long as its not all rusty and is class III or IV. That means it accepts a 2" square ball mount. Part of the WDH goes on the trailer and part slides into your 2" receiver.

Your vehicle is a 'traditional' SUV built on a pick-up truck frame. It should pull any of the smaller trailers without breaking a sweat. As always, consult the owners manual, but there are many people towing small FG trailers with smaller, much lighter uni-body SUVs.

My personal experience with a RAV4 and the Snoozy, 2850#, almost 400# tongue weight (both figures much higher than stock due to my modifications) a simple ball hitch, no WDH or anti-sway, over 9,000 miles last winter was zero problems, zero sway incidents.

The higher percent of trailer weight carried on the tongue, the less tendency to sway (good) but the more weight carried by the tow vehicles rear suspension and resultant rear end sag (bad). A rule of thumb is that around 10% of the trailer weight should be on the tongue.
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