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Old 11-20-2005, 02:27 PM   #1
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Default Casters or skids on back of TM?

My wife and I are making the plunge from wilderness canoeing (primarily Boundary Waters) to a TT. I am 67 and she is a cancer patient (in remission) and sleeping on the ground for days at the time (often in cold and wet) is becoming a challenge. I have a 2002 Tundra AC, TRD, 4x4. It is the sharpest p/u in these parts and I want something that I can pull with it. Started looking at Hi-Los but am now convinced that Trailmanor is for me. Lots of good info. from this site. I do have a question that I have not seen here yet. The transition from the street up my driveway is pretty steep. Is there an option to put caster wheels or skid pads on the back of a TM to take care of some limited dragging as I start up the driveway?

BTW, I've about determined that the 3124 is the one for us. Thanks for any help you veterans can offer.

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Old 11-20-2005, 02:49 PM   #2
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You are making a good choice in my opinion.
My 04 3326 has skids as standard equipment under the back bumper.
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Old 11-20-2005, 03:14 PM   #3
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I believe that all TMs have the skids Bob describes. I know my old '02 2720SL and my new '06 2720SL both came equipped with them. They are not very wide - maybe 2 inches - and I suppose they could gouge an asphalt surface if the skid force was high.

You might also consider backing up until the skids almost touch the pavement, then putting a couple boards behind/under the TM tires to raise it a bit as you back up further. And of course, release the springbars before you start, in order to lower the hitch and raise the rear bumper.

Heavy-duty casters could be added, but you would have to get someone to weld some mounting plates onto the rear ends of the frame members.

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Old 11-20-2005, 03:53 PM   #4
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We also have a farily sharp transition from our downward sloping driveway into our garage. Our 2004 2720 has skid bars on the back, just as Bill describes. When backing the trailer into the garage, the skid bars scraped on the concrete slightly gouging the concrete. I looked into attaching casters, but there is not a lot of room on the skid bar for the attachment. I finally built a 6 foot ramp out of 2 adjacnet 2x10's. I place these just in front of the garage door, and the extra height keeps the trailer from scraping the concrete.

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Old 11-20-2005, 04:25 PM   #5
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I recommend that you contact Ed at the TrailManor factory. I am sure that he has answered this question a few times. It would be my concern that the rear of the TM (bumper or frame) might not be strong enough to prevent damage to your TM should the casters get caught on a sidewalk or garage floor.

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Old 10-12-2010, 10:16 PM   #6
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I had the same problem with a steep drive way after I installed the Trailmanor bike hitch. The bike hitch contacted the concrete first rather than the factory installed skid plates. I installed some Paxtron swivel skid wheels which attach to the 2.5 inch hitch bar at either end and this works fine. I had to drill through the gavanized metal liner for my sewer pipes to attach the top plate of the assembly and cut a slot in the front side of the liner to allow it to deflect downward about 1/4 inch to the top of the hitch bar. Otherwise all went well and I know longer will here the scaping going up and down the driveway. I tried to attached a before and after photo but not sure they are attached but will send in any case.
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Old 10-12-2010, 10:34 PM   #7
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I used to have to "Drag" my TM across the sidewalk, exiting the driveway. I installed a 2.5" lift kit and no longer touch the sidewalk.
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Old 10-14-2010, 01:18 PM   #8
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Before backing, be sure to release the springbars. The tongue of the trailer will drop an inch or two, and the back will rise.

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