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Old 06-27-2018, 07:48 PM   #1
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Hauling a gutted trailer

Hello I am considering purchasing a 76' ventura that I recently looked at. I was hoping to buy a trailer I could renovate over the winter and this looks like it! The interior is already gutted with only a length of wood jammed in the middle for support. My concern is that I will be hauling this trailer around 800 km back to my home. Will this be an issue with the lack of support ? Is there anything I can or should do prior to make the trailer less susceptible to damage during transport ? It has a new roof vent and a brand new axle, includes the old stove, fridge, etc as well. Thanks for the help!
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Old 06-27-2018, 08:05 PM   #2
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I would add more support between floor and ceiling. I for example have temporarily reinforced the roof of my Boler 17 by wedging 4 vertical 2x2s. The vertical 2x2s are resting against pieces of 1/2" plywood both on the floor and ceiling to protect the floor and ceiling coverings. For towing 800 km, you might have to fasten the vertical supports to the floor and ceiling plywood pieces so that they don't slip out of place.
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Old 06-27-2018, 08:25 PM   #3
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Tie the door shut and brace where you think you should and you should do fine. I brought a gutted Scamp13 home from 600 miles away.
It was a bit of a "Pillar of Jello" but it suffered no harm.

Same was true of my Taurus Cadet only 700+ miles.(much thinner walls)
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Old 06-28-2018, 10:47 AM   #4
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I am assuming that you are able to hook up the lights in the rear and get them working. I had to use magnetic lights when I picked up my T4500. Make sure that the tires have lots of pressure and stop regularly to check the heat of the wheel bearings and that nothing that you used to prop up inside has moved. Keep your tool box and tire pump in your tow vehicle. Tow at a reasonable speed (below limit if possible). Make sure you have a valid license for trailer and or registration. Check the spare tire and safety chains.
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Old 06-28-2018, 12:35 PM   #5
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Nobody ever went wrong adding duct tape. I would secure the vertical support with it.
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