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Billieg2

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I thought a few of you would like to see a different swivel wheel design. I built this one like a lowboy trailer so it would be easy to get my Harley on and off. It can also be used for a golf cart or ATV. It uses 12" wheels instead of 8" and it's built like a tank.

I still have to put a gusset on the receiver arm and I'm going to put an alum. toolbox with a gen in it on the back. After seeing the cheaply made $6,400 ones I decided to build my own.

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* This post was edited 04/15/12 05:20pm by Billieg2 *


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Very nice work ,I sent this to a friend with the same dilema only he uses a BMW :-)


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Straight up your hitch weld to the cross piece at one point only makes me nervous Id have to add some angled pieces or reinforce it in some kind of manner Pushing that trailer around side to side seems like a lot of strain on that one joint


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Posted: 04/15/12 12:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had a double wheel swivel wheel trailer and it most definitely did not cost $6800 dollars, and was quality construction, not cheaply made. And a better looking unit than yours from what I can see.

Yours looks okay, just needs a bit more work.


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I don't think the single center connection to the TV is going to work well. Too much possibility of flex. You are going to need two connections to the back of the TV spaced apart about the distance between the frame rails.

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This tows fine. I have steering stabilizer shocks attached to arms I built on the front of the swivel assembly. Before I built them the wheels would get turned sideways when I went over a bump and the tire would come off of the road and would shock the whole thing straightening out. I made the connection for the stabilizers with a hitch pin so I could disconnect them If I needed to back up. My suspension units are the same as yours.

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Looks good! Have you pulled behind the fiver yet? We are looking to do the same for a golf cart.


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A nice looking unit, but I think you need to check the various state laws in regards to attachment points. IIRC, there are many states that specify 2 point attachment in order for it to be an extension, not a trailer. I have been pricing them and the only one with a $6K + price tag was the Idaho Tote, none of the others.


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Hey Billie,
You got one sweet fatboy. Can you slide the steering wheel chock over far enuff to get another Hog on the trailer? If so, you have a trailer that's better than most I've seen. Real nice work.
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The Texan wrote:

IIRC, there are many states that specify 2 point attachment in order for it to be an extension, not a trailer.


OP, you may know and not care or you may not know...Fla law prohibits double towing of non-commercial vehicles. That is, another trailer behind your 5er.

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.515.html

"Unless otherwise specifically provided for in this section, a combination of vehicles not qualifying as commercial motor vehicles may consist of no more than two units coupled together; such nonqualifying combination of vehicles may not exceed a total length of 65 feet, inclusive of the load carried thereon, but exclusive of safety and energy conservation devices approved by the department for use on vehicles using public roads."



Yes, I saw the text on your site that says it isn't a trailer. Did you verify with FDOT that they don't consider your trailer a double tow? With that said, if a second attachment point makes this trailer an extension and not a trailer, please let us know. There are several Fla members who would follow your lead on this method to take toys on trips. Hell, maybe you could start a business building these. I'd buy one!


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There are at least four companies that build these things. There are hundreds of them on the road legally every day. Washington is a no double tow state. They are legal here. They are classified as a load carrying vehicle extension.

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