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Old 04-21-2007, 08:42 PM   #11
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Stripping down an old trailer is not that hard, they are built pretty cheaply... when they call them sticks & staples that is no joke. I tore apart THIS PROWLER last summer for parts & pieces...

I'll tell you this much, you will need a #2 square drive bit, that's what they use on all these RV's is #2 square drive...
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Old 07-13-2007, 06:12 PM   #12
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Re: Trailer Towing, Braking, and Breaking

Got it home safe and sound!



I was a little worried about the hitch so I welded 1/4" steel plate on all surfaces so the reciever tube is now 1/2" thick and I added four 5/8" grade 5 bolts to hold it to the frame.

The brake controller went in fine, I had to run heavy gauge wire from the battery in the back, to the brake controller up front, and then back to the trailer connector. (tip: a 50' 20 Amp extension cord is cheaper then a 100' spool of 12 Ga THHN wire). The electric brakes on the trailer were surprisingly effective, I think I had a shorter stopping distance with the trailer then without. Acceleration (such as it is) was not effected AT ALL by the trailer. The only way I knew it was back there was 'cause I saw it on the backup camera.

I'll post pics of the demolition as it progresses!
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Old 07-13-2007, 11:12 PM   #13
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Re: Trailer Towing, Braking, and Breaking

What was your overall length from bumper to bumper with that rig? I bet you were close to the state maximum. It's 65' in my state....others vary between 55-75.

If you're looking for a thread or two on building a travel trailer into a car hauler you might want to look at pirate4x4.com now that their search function is open. Beware...it is not the most user friendly site and the people there are not the most friendly to new guys, but there is a wealth of good information there and that can't be denied.
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Old 07-14-2007, 12:49 AM   #14
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Re: Trailer Towing, Braking, and Breaking

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What was your overall length from bumper to bumper with that rig? I bet you were close to the state maximum. It's 65' in my state....others vary between 55-75.

If you're looking for a thread or two on building a travel trailer into a car hauler you might want to look at pirate4x4.com now that their search function is open. Beware...it is not the most user friendly site and the people there are not the most friendly to new guys, but there is a wealth of good information there and that can't be denied.
I was right at 65 feet, the max for Massachusetts!

Thanks for the pirate4x4.com link! If I survived Arky I'll be fine I think!

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Old 07-16-2007, 03:44 PM   #15
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Re: Trailer Towing, Braking, and Breaking

I've been looking for a trailer to do this as well. Where did you find yours? I Check Craig's List almost daily, but nothing cheap ever pops up, and if it does it's a truck camper or a very short single axle trailer.

Keep us posted on the teardown/rebuild into a flat bed. I'm excited to see how it turns out.
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Re: Trailer Towing, Braking, and Breaking

I'd seen several come up on Craigslist before I got mine from a guy at the office. I had mentioned that I was looking for one and he said his dad had one he'd been trying to get ride of for some time.

All of the ones I had seen previously on Craigslist were in the "Free" section and they often had to be removed from campgrounds by a certain date. My guess is that there'll be a spate in the fall and maybe another again in the spring.
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