Trailing behind

A couple of days ago, we bought a trailer from Featherlite in Reno. Its a 12′ x 6′ utility trailer for a gross towing weight of ~3000 lbs, and the basic trailer weight is ~980 lbs. so should be perfect for a 7 that measures 10′ x 5′ and weighs 1100 lbs. This will allow us to take the 7 with us on longer journeys = like Seattle  (Dot can go mushroom hunting with Maimun and I can do a track day with Bruce Beachman).

Had to install a heavy duty trailer hitch to my Chevy S10 truck. Took me about 90 minutes to install at the dealers. Then we towed the trailer home.

New trailer hooked onto my truck

New trailer hooked onto my truck

Cautiously driving on

Cautiously driving on

Today I decided to try out the trailer for size with the 7.

I drove it about half way on, then high centered it.

The back end of the transmission caught on the trailer as well as the muffler.

The tailgate of the trailer doubles as a  4′ ramp – which is too short, causing the 7 to bottom out.

I need ramps about 10′ long.

I called Dustin at Featherlite, he doesn’t have ramps that long but could fabricate some.

He suggested trying some 2″x6″s.

I’ll plan to get a couple of 2″ x 12″ s, 12′ long & some 2″x4″s for under bracing.

Postscript.

So, how did I get it off? At least 2 inquiring minds need to know:

With the trailer connected to the truck tow hook, the rear end of the trailer is 21″ above ground.

Trailer jack

Trailer jack

There is  a screwing device at the front of the trailer with an 8″ solid wheel – I had screwed that down until I could see the wheel mounting begin to stray from 90 degrees, indicating imminent failure by overload. It was connected to the truck and the truck rear suspension was way up (the little wheel taking the weight of truck & trailer). This lowered the back of the trailer to 18″ above ground – but the seven was still stuck.

Thinking of a disaster about to happen -> I’m vaguely reminded of a very dry description by WC Fields about raising a hay bale on a pulley when a rope got loose  – “…and as the bale came down…”

If I had disconnected the truck, then the weight of the 7 at the back, now being heavier than the front, would tilt the back to ground level in a hurry, the 7 at this point would not be held back by the stuck transmission and with a rear trailer incline, would roll off the trailer. Lightened of the load on the rear of the trailer and the fact that it is front heavy, makes the rear go up, hitting the nose of the seven & ripping it off. Consequently, as the back went up, the front tow end come down, hitting me squarely on the head (I’m not as good as WC).

Actually , I ended up jacking the car front up by 6″ and rolling the jack backwards being careful to not have it twist & collapse. Once the transmission was over the edge, I lowered the jack and gently let the seven roll down with one hand at the handbrake. Disaster averted!

Stuck

Stuck

Time to get out and figure out how to un-stick the 7

Time to get out and figure out how to un-stick the 7

Bottomed out, muffler stuckBottomed out, muffler stuck

Bottomed out

Bottomed out

Transmission makes contact

Transmission makes contact

Trying for size

Trying for size

Marks on the trailer where the transmission caught

Marks on the trailer where the transmission caught

Where the muffler caught

Where the muffler caught

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2 thoughts on “Trailing behind

  1. Looks very close… did you try using the front trailer jack to raise the front of the trailer a couple inches, which will reduce the high point? And maybe a couple boards under the rear wheels and you would be good.

  2. Tried that, the back dropped from 21″ to 18″” still not enough. I’ll get some 2″x12″‘s this weekend & try again. I’ll also add some more detail into the post.

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