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  1. Walking beam would be great, but since there arent any available, leaf also has built in anti roll bar characteristics, unlike torsion or IS.
  2. Thanks Darryl&Rita.. Can you tell me the advantage slipper springs have over shackle springs? Seems to me, the shackle adds side load strength because there are two bolts instead of one with slipper..
  3. Hello people! I was wondering if there is a better tandem set up then I'm about to mention, short of independent suspension. I want to install two 7k 8 lug straight axles (to use trailer spare for both trailer and truck) but use 4000# leaf springs because the trailer is only 7x16 and might weigh 8K wet. The reason is, I'm envisioning crossing many washed out ruts and gullies, creek crossings and baby head size boulder's along the way in colorado, so I need to prepare both axles to see the majority or all of the weight occasionally when one axle drops into a low spot. The equalizer will be important and the best Ive found so far is the morryde CRE3000, but I doubt any equalizer will prevent loading one axle with most of the weight traveling on forest service roads. And then venturing off to find a secluded camp spot could become very rough. I found another equalizer from Lippert called the Centerpoint equalizer.. It uses air bags instead of rubber. Ive also read I should consider slipper leaf springs.. Does this sound like a good plan? I know some of you would suggest torsion axles, but Ive read dirt gets into the rubber and tears it up and also, why do most of the serious off trailers use leaf spring? I'm guessing so that it can be repaired instead of replaced like torsion would require. Suggestions? Thanks!
  4. I'm going to mix and match 4k springs on 7k axles .. Ive heard I should consider slipper leaf springs..
  5. Thanks TLRam1. Can I double post like that?
  6. Ive read and seen how people reserve primitive sites.. They squat. I watched a site that looked like it was taken with a tent and a lawn chair, but no one was there for a few days but then they showed up on the weekend. Heck of a way to hold or reserve a primitive spot..
  7. Good morning people! I was wondering if there is a better tandem set up then I'm about to mention, short of independent suspension. I want to install 7k 8 lug straight axles (to use trailer spare for both trailer and truck) but use 4000# leaf springs because the trailer is only 7x16 and might weigh 8K wet. I'm envisioning crossing many washed out ruts and gullies, creek crossings and baby head size boulder's along the way in colorado, so I need to prepare both axles to see the majority of the weight when one axle drops into a low spot. The equalizer will be important and the best Ive found so far is the morryde CRE3000, but I doubt any equalizer will prevent loading one axle with most of the weight traveling on forest service roads. And then venturing off to find a secluded camp spot. Does this sound like a good plan? Suggestions? Thanks!
  8. I talked to pace setter who was going to make my narrow track live stock trailer. But using angle iron for most of the trailer leaves no space for tanks under it. Tom was very helpful until I asked if the ramp door could be raised 6" for a raised floor, or space for tanks etc.. Since then I found Jensen trailers, but I haven't heard anything after I asked about how much space between the frame rails for the tanks. This is how it goes when you ask to many questions I guess.
  9. Wow. Yeah with a vision and money anything is possible.. I called Jensen Trailers here in Iowa and Walter said they have no problem building exactly what I want. 7x16 narrow track with 7' ceiling, single axle extended tongue V nose with RV door/screen and two RV windows for $9750. Very tempting, since I'm only 3 hours away and can specify everything.. Like no silicone, special joist spacing for tanks etc etc
  10. Most of the shorter airstreams werent 8' wide but I cant remember how wide, maybe 7.5' ? But I need a ramp door. As far as a horse trailer, its not a bad idea but converting it, or swapping narrow track axles in would be a project requiring extensive modifications. Most horse trailers were less than 7' wide. But if I could find a worthwhile trailer under $2k, I would consider it mainly because of the roof.
  11. Ive visited colorado plenty of times, but the last three were with my 24' featherlite toyhauler towed by my old 1wd cummins E350. First time solo and stayed at pitkin campground the entire week. I kept scouting for better camp spots up cumberland and will use it as a benchmark goal road because I was wanting to tow the featherlite to the top lol as that was one of the few turn around spots for a 50' rig. Looked doable from google maps lol. Second time I ended up at almont cg and then a few nights at lottis creek cg. Last time was at clearcreek res cg. which is when I decided to sell and replace my rig after a mariachi band played next door one night. I'd visit again but was thinking about checking out mancos state park idk.. Problem is, I should have held onto the big featherlite because I have yet to find a trailer I feel could replace it and my new truck is 4wd. I take that back.. There have been a few narrow track enclosed trailers I found on CL, but couldn't talk the owner into holding them while I traveled or couldn't agree on price before I traveled. There was a closer one in des moines a couple hours away that sold hours after I questioned a hole in the roof.. So Ive let a few slip through my fingers, but now after reading your comment about clearance being on of your major hurdles, Im second guessing my decision to buy a cargo trailer tall enough to stand in..
  12. Thanks Randy. Great to hear from someone who has experience traveling to similar locations. Your comments validate that I need to continue looking for something narrow, as my trucks wheel track is 80". I just sold a 6bt 5spd E350 btw and bought the truck in my sig mainly because the van wouldn't fit in my garage especially if I converted it to 4x4. Anyway, as far as clearance. I have a ladder and saw. Seriously, sounds like I need a poptop enclosed trailer for colorado. because I want to haul all sorts of glamping gear as far in and up as I dare. But simply getting out of the campgrounds would be enough.
  13. No, I'm talking about the total width of your trailer. If there's two tree's 8' apart, the trailer wont fit through because total width including the fenders/wheels is 8'
  14. Thanks Carlos. That's a neat camper but specs say that the 170RK is 8' wide.. That's the thing with fenders.. For instance, someone buying a 7' wide enclosed may think its narrower than a 8' model, when actually it's the same width because they use the same axle..
  15. Thanks Chad. I have some colorado roads in mind I want to re-explore with my truck and trailer instead of the motorcycle, but wouldn't feel comfortable with a trailer wider than the truck on those. Its not the end of the world if I cant, but my luck as soon as I buy a 8' wide cargo, a narrow track will pop up for sale down the road. Iv found a few narrow tracks "over the years", but enclosed trailers sell fast and I couldn't talk any of the owners into holding them for me, or down to a price I could agree to. Or it had barn doors or the height was wrong. Always somethin.. Ive noticed some older short 5ers were 7' wide with wheel wells like a 99 trail lite bantam 5th wheel I found. But I don't think its constructed up to my standards. A camplite is another story.. But It would be difficult spending that kind of money on something I want to install a ramp door into, or in other words, a big project.
  16. Hello everyone. Ive been looking for a narrow camper or enclosed trailer to convert into a boondocking mini toyhauler. I'm reluctant to buy anything with a laminated wall and prefer a cargo trailer construction. Anyway, after owning and selling a 24x8.5 which was to big to pull up the mountain roads, Ive been set on something in the 16' length but no wider than 7'. Is this 7' width worth pursuing? Or is it more the length that prevents people from "Getting Lost" Thanks!
  17. That's amazing.. Thanks for that John. I'm learning that for every foot of fall of the drive pipe, you can get seven feet of lift. Brilliant! The river pump is neat also but big.
  18. I'll have to get a gas powered pump, as electrics can pull as much as 5 times the running amps during start up.
  19. I don't pay for campsites Linda and it would take maybe a 5" branch to hold 375 pounds. A smaller tree? Maybe pump the tank only half full? You may not be able to envision it, but I can.. Maybe its not if its practical, but more the challenge. Like my wood fired hot tub.
  20. It wouldn't be minimum pressure needed, but minimum gpm for the shower head. You could stop water supply with 0 psi and heater would shut off at its set temperature. At 40 psi you only need a 1/2 pipe to get the needed gpm. You can get the same gpm using 5 psi, but the pipe has to be bigger with no elbow or choke points. Yeah waste of time
  21. Thanks. I'll assume your saying 5 psi would be the minimum pressure needed? 12' sounds higher than its worth to not need the rv water pump
  22. I'm building a small toyhauler from a 16' narrow track enclosed trailer and have been thinking about what bothered me most about the water system on my old 24' toyhauler.. Mainly, it didn't have enough fresh water storage at 45 gallons. When I had company, we ran out in 3 days and weren't about to pack up our beautiful campsite just for more water so we pumped stream water into the tank for showers only which worked great! Second, was the noise the water pump made. Yes, I unscrewed it and set it on bubble wrap. But it was loud and annoying, period.. I want to pump stream water again next time I'm in colorado because I usually camp in the same spot all week. And since I'm already planning on buying a better Honda WX10 water pump with allot more head in case the stream is allot lower, why not pump the water to a elevated tank so that you could have enough pressure without needing to run that annoying RV water pump?? I know, sort of silly hoisting a tank from the tongue of my trailer into a tree and then filling it. Or not? So if I did that.. How much pressure would be the minimum needed to push the water through the water heater and to the shower? You get .43 psi per foot of rise. Or does it have more to do with the pipe size when dealing with gravity fed water? Thanks!
  23. Absolutely not. I checked off one of the things on my bucket list and then thanked god I made it home alive and well. Iv never felt so much feeling of accomplishment and self worth after finally concurring Monarch pass without catching on fire or almost rolling down it backwards with a engine I rebuild myself.
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