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nixt
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 3:45 pm    Post subject: trail riding with a trailer Reply with quote

My brother-in-law is shopping around for a trailer to tow to his hunting camp. He plans on hauling two ATV's and a bunch of assorted hunting and camping gear. The trails include some spots on steep inclines that can get really muddy. He asked me if he needed to buy a trailer with an off road package- but I've never towed a trailer off road. I can understand the reason for tall tires for ground clearance but does anyone know if there is any reason to pay the extra money for mud terrain tires? The trailer will be a tandem axle with an auxiliary braking system but as long as the tires are the proper load rating and have adequate ground clearance does the tread design really matter? If anyone has any experience taking a trailer with them when they go off road I'd appreciate any advice that you can offer.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as I know, everything you said makes perfect sense.

However, I can understand someone wanting off-road terrain tires if their trailer is equipped with trailer brakes. Reason being, if you are relying on the trailer for at least partial braking strength (downhill), the better grip you have, the less the trailer will slip when braking (especially on mud, when slippage is a problem).
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, a good all-terrain would probably do just as good a job without the mess of high-way driving (if applicable). A trailer rides harsh enough without the agressive tires.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2006 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most importantly. Trailer hitches are only meant to do about 15* or so lean.. So if you plan on any off camber driving Swap the tongue for a Pintle and put a pintle hook hitch on the towing vehicle..

Its what the army uses..
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nixt
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen an ad for Northern Tool and Equipment that lists a "military style hitch" but it looks like a normal hitch ball except that it has the top arc/loop/whateveryoucallit like a pintle hitch. What are these used for? Does it serve the same purpose as a pintle hitch? Which one is preferable?
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with 2" coil spacers for 3.5-3.75 total lift
235/85R16 Goodyear MTR's Measure a true 32"

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it will work the same as a pintle as long as the trailer has a pintle loop. that particular hitch is made so you can also use a standard hitch.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

if possible, get the trailer tires the same size as the tow rig tires, that way you can use them as spares, granted your trailer would be immobilized but at least you could get home
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