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Old 08-01-2015, 09:06 PM   #15
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We did follow this VW van and "hay wagon" trailer for several km on our way to Waterton. I was towing my Escape 19 with the Toyota FJ. They may have been going unusually slow due to stability concerns or maybe they were just enjoying the scenery. In any case, we got tired of following and eventually passed them. Saw them again later at the campground we were to stay at, and that was where I snapped the photo.
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Old 08-01-2015, 09:54 PM   #16
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"Going Unusually Slow" May have been because, if he was Swiss, or from most other European countries, they are used to driving 80 KPH/50 MPH, which is the speed limit for towing caravans in his home country.


That said, I'd be hard pressed to run that train much faster than 50 MPH either.
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Old 08-01-2015, 10:48 PM   #17
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It's good that you have already seen the "Rocks" instructional video.... LOL
BTW: Does your Lil'Bigfoot have a spare tire on the back? If NO, you need one, if YES, check the age date, it may be from 1988.....

Yes, there's a spare on the back with a cover on it. Ron pulled the cover off and checked the tire; it's new!
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Old 08-02-2015, 12:57 AM   #18
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Sounds good, now is it new based on appearance or on the stamped in mfg date?
We had a NEW spare on our then 10 y.o. Scamp..... not so good.
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Old 08-02-2015, 08:41 AM   #19
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Here are two links to the explanation of the date codes on tires:
How to Find Out How Old Your Tires Are

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete....jsp?techid=11

The DOT seems to think 10 years is the maximum, some people insist on considerably less. If you can believe that the tire cover was on all those years, the aging process is slower.

In its previous life my Scamp was parked most of the time, probably the same place and same orientation to the sun, and one side tire was checked and cracked, the other near perfect. The spare was only slightly graying, it had a cover all that time. That was about nine years.

A "new" looking tire from 1988 is only good as a flower planter.
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Old 08-02-2015, 10:36 AM   #20
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Sounds good, now is it new based on appearance or on the stamped in mfg date?
We had a NEW spare on our then 10 y.o. Scamp..... not so good.
Sounds familiar...

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Old 08-02-2015, 05:31 PM   #21
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You can correct the hayrack wander problem by simply increasing the tow-in. They have an easily accessible tierod.
Hey Floyd! I think you mean TOE-IN
Anyway, the picture shows a wagon style steering. The whole dolly turns with the tonque. There is no tie rod. tie rods are used with automobile style steering. Could this be a converted horse trailer that used to be a gooseneck style? In any case I doubt that it would be safe at highway speeds.
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Old 08-02-2015, 05:40 PM   #22
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I think that there is a nomenclature issue here.
I Believe that Tie-rod is the correct term for the tube, with adjustable ends, that connects the left and right wheels together to set tow-in and keep them tracking together. That set up is really no different that than that semi with doubles on the freeway. I'm sure it was factory built that way. High trailer weight, very low tongue weight.
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Hey Floyd! I think you mean TOE-IN
Anyway, the picture shows a wagon style steering. The whole dolly turns with the tonque. There is no tie rod. tie rods are used with automobile style steering. Could this be a converted horse trailer that used to be a gooseneck style? In any case I doubt that it would be safe at highway speeds.
I do mean toe-ln you are correct.
However I don't recall seeing a hayrack built as you describe(like a child's coaster wagon) since maybe they were horse drawn.

While I am sure some are made in that manner, every one I have used or bought for fleet use, had a stationary axle(frame member) with TIE-rods and a steering mechanism like this one...
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I have a wagon I built on running gear similar to Floyds picture. Backing up is an adventure. Backing my trailer is childs play by comparison. And mine has tie rods. Raz
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I have a wagon I built on running gear similar to Floyds picture. Backing up is an adventure. Backing my trailer is childs play by comparison. And mine has tie rods. Raz
That's when you want a hitch ball on the front bumper of your tow vehicle!
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Paul, that's cheating . l can do it with my tractor but it takes some work. I've seen a farmer back up two in tandem. Real skill there. Raz
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Old 08-03-2015, 04:03 PM   #27
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The exterior shape (high in the rear) was common in the 1980s for bunk house models with the bunk beds being in the rear of the trailer. It created a great rear bedroom isolated from the forward section of the living area....great when children went to bed before adults on a camping trip. Rear sleeping room most always had a door separating the two areas. They did have a standard hitch and not that "hay-wagon" look that this odd unit has.
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Old 08-03-2015, 05:39 PM   #28
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Elevated bunk areas are still common in what are called "Toy Boxes". The entire back becomes a ramp for, basically, a garage for Quads etc. The beds all fold up against the walls and ceiling.The one I occasionally work on across the street from me is soooo big that we could roll my 13' Hunter inside it and haul it off.
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