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Old 08-15-2011, 09:28 AM
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Swivel Wheel Trailer

I made this to tow behind my 5er. It makes backing up a breeze. The trailer essentially follows the fifth wheel like it's an extension of the frame. Makes for a wide swing in the back end though. I did a ton of research on these before building one. Mine is the only one (that I've seen) to use airbag suspension on independent caster style assemblies. I made everything from scrap steel that I got at the local recycler for $0.28 a pound minus the pillow blocks and the hubs and spindles for the swivel action. I've got less than $400 into it and she rolls down the road at 75mph with no problems. It's not the prettiest trailer out there, but it's purpose built to do one thing.

For those of you who have never seen one, the frame of the trailer stays straight with whatever is pulling it and the two casters swivel to follow. When you back up, the casters swing around and follow you backwards. It attaches at two points on the tow vehicle. I made it for my RZR which is 1000lbs. With it on there the bags are at 55psi. It's got about 8" of travel.


I made this hitch just for my truck. It now has additional bracing on it so it doesn't twist as much.

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Old 08-15-2011, 09:36 AM
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thats pretty neat
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It doesn't get sketchy at 75?
Ya, not the prettiest. But a dang good job!
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Old 08-15-2011, 09:47 AM
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No its rock solid even at 85. I expected it to shimmy like a bad shopping cart at higher speeds but it doesn't. I hauled my RZR around all weekend and got a lot of guys asking about it and a bunch at the KOA where I live asking if they could buy it. I'm gonna put some front wheel catches on it and make a folding ramp fro the back of it so you can just drive right off instead of putting my ramps on it. Thanks for the feedback guys.

Here it is attached to my 5er.


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Old 08-15-2011, 06:37 PM
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Nice work! That's pretty slick!
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Pretty slick set up. Nicely done.
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Thats Awesome
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thats awesome, glad to hear it handles well. nice job on the construction too

Just hypothetically, what happens when towing it with the truck and the back end of the truck slides a little bit?
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Thats pretty cool.
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