Posted 2017-07-13 7:57 PM (#170268) Subject: Loading height of trailers
Location: Gig Harbor, WA
So I've been trailer shopping today, and being rather vertically challenged I tend to look at trailers with ramps, but I noticed that the ones that are step-ins vary a lot in terms of the height off the ground. What's with that? EG, Logan, Featherlite kinds of trailers are hard for me to step up in, a Hawk I looked at was much easier (although it was sitting a bit high in front on the lot). Why are some trailers so much higher off the ground, and is it wheel size, tire size, something else?
Posted 2017-07-14 10:12 AM (#170269 - in reply to #170268) Subject: RE: Loading height of trailers
Location: Rayne, LA
Personally, I wouldn’t want it to be too low and possibly drag. I would suggest some sort of portable step assuming that you are referring to you entering the trailer and not the animals. I actually had mine lifted so it wouldn’t drag.
Posted 2017-07-19 9:49 PM (#170303 - in reply to #170268) Subject: RE: Loading height of trailers
Location: Harrisburg, OR
Wheel and tire size will make a difference, as will each manufacturer's specific build design but the main difference is what camber the axle has and whether the trailer has been blocked. Due to the increasing height of new trucks (and need for bed rail clearance and level towing) many manufacturers are going to a 22 deg down axle vs a 0 deg axle. This in effect raises the trailer 2-3 inches. If memory serves me I believe Hawk builds most of their trailers with a 22 deg up axle but they might just be a 0 deg.
Posted 2017-07-24 10:14 PM (#170327 - in reply to #170324) Subject: RE: Loading height of trailers
MLMcFadden - 2017-07-24 6:09 PM Thankgs for your thoughts on this topic. You are apparently not as vertically challenged as I am! I'm looking for lower. Dancing on and off a stool could be problematic.
I hear ya. We went with taller because I wanted all advantages to avoid potential scrubbing of water tank and lines on high spots. It's a real problem for my wife though at 5'3". Just reaching the fold down windows is an issue for her. Needs a step to get in the LQ.
Posted 2017-07-26 7:30 AM (#170331 - in reply to #170268) Subject: RE: Loading height of trailers
I'm vertically challenged as well....so our LQ (Sundowner) and non-lq (CM Legacy 3h gn) both have ramps. We recently had the non-lq axles blocked 4" due to lack of clearance with new to us truck...our old lq (Travalong Liberty) did not have a ramp...and it was a challenge for both me and the horse to step up/out. I had to use the 2 step mounting block to easily get it/out of the tack area (no swing out rack), horse area and lq area. New Sundowner has 2 steps at LQ and the rear ramp (full size) makes is easy to access tack area...swing out rack..and horse area. Oh, and the drop down window latches on the Sundowner are at the bottom of the window...making it possible for me to unlatch them....
Posted 2017-07-26 8:37 AM (#170332 - in reply to #170325) Subject: RE: Loading height of trailers
MLMcFadden - 2017-07-24 9:13 PM Can you explain further? What
does axle degree meam?
In order for you to realize more clearance under your trailer, using torsion axles with down degree angles will give you more clearance.
For example, on a trailer that has a 10 degree up axle, the center line of the spindle to the bottom of the trailer frame is approximately .96 inches. To convert to an axle with 10 degree down you would have a difference of 2.08 inches. For 22.5 degree down, the difference would be about 3-1/3 inches, and for a 45 degree down torsion axle, the difference could be 5.28 inches. If you know how much clearance you need for your trailer, you can use those numbers to give you the best fit for you. You should realize that raising the trailer for more clearance will introduce more trailer sway by raising the center of gravity.
Edited by PaulChristenson 2017-07-26 8:40 AM
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