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Old 10-09-2009, 07:39 AM   #26 (permalink)
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great stuff in this thread...

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Lots of good ideas!
One bad one is using an extension cord for lighting.
It really doesn't weather well. Spend the money and get real trailer wiring, the good 4 wire stuff isn't that bad. Buy it at truck/trailer parts suppliers (Midwest Wheel, Redneck Trailer supply, etc.).
And the real trailer junction boxes are way handy!
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Tried several different "real trailer wiring" kits... wire was ok and at best matched the extension cord inner wires. The insulation on a extension cord is much better than the loom those kits' come with...

I've seen this stuff last a long time, so unless you've some photograph proof or can dive into a technical reason... next

I too have used the ext cord...

DID YOU KNOW that almost ALL the manufactured home haulers just have the lights on a 3 prong house cord? and a plugin sticking out of the truck..and a 100ft ext cord on a wind-up reel??...just plugger in and when yer done..unplug and wind-up!!

the cord will last MUCH longer than the standard wire..
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So the manufactured home haulers use HOW MANY extension cords?
You need a ground
left turn
right turn
tail/marker(and cheat and use this for the amber flashing light)
brake
So they are using two extension cords? Or are you going to try and tell me they are using multiplexing?
I would use 2 extension cords if I were transporting manufactured homes too, because I would always have a cord come loose and would DRAG it in two, so they need CHEAP, not good.
At least 1/2 their miles are pulling air.
That good 7 wire loom stuff aint cheap!
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Wire doesn't look that much better to me...
(I never did find a kit locally that looked as nice as the picture, and had 12g wire)

Is there anything better?


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Old 10-10-2009, 07:12 AM   #31 (permalink)
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on my old snowmobile trailer I used to run the wires through an old hose to keep the elements off
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On my low boy trailer, the previous ownder ran all of the wiring through conduit so that it wouldn't get ripped off when dirving through the brush (or anywhere other than a paved road).
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I copied something off our lowboys for my trailer, I added a 12V cigarette marine style plug on the back of the trailer (each side) and then I can plug in a flashing beacon should my load stick past my trailer or over the sides (102"). I keep a magnetic 12v LED strobe in my tool box and just slap it on the trailer when needed. I'll also use it if I'm going to be traveling in in climate weather you have more visibility.

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I copied something off our lowboys for my trailer, I added a 12V cigarette marine style plug on the back of the trailer
I like that idea, but just curious if there a reason you opted for the cigarette style plug over other options?
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I like that idea, but just curious if there a reason you opted for the cigarette style plug over other options?
prb because the lights come prewired w/coily cord and cig plug
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So the manufactured home haulers use HOW MANY extension cords?
You need a ground
left turn
right turn
tail/marker(and cheat and use this for the amber flashing light)
brake
So they are using two extension cords? Or are you going to try and tell me they are using multiplexing?
I would use 2 extension cords if I were transporting manufactured homes too, because I would always have a cord come loose and would DRAG it in two, so they need CHEAP, not good.
At least 1/2 their miles are pulling air.
That good 7 wire loom stuff aint cheap!
ok..ya cant transport at night...the trucks they use have intigraged brake-turnsignal lights...

brakes...yea right...

so you need a LEFT,RIGHT,ground...no low's no axle brakes..

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I copied something off our lowboys for my trailer, I added a 12V cigarette marine style plug on the back of the trailer (each side) and then I can plug in a flashing beacon should my load stick past my trailer or over the sides (102"). I keep a magnetic 12v LED strobe in my tool box and just slap it on the trailer when needed. I'll also use it if I'm going to be traveling in in climate weather you have more visibility.

just another idea.
had a neighbor buddy that did the EXACT same thing to his semi...made it EASY for beacons! and worklights when loading at night!
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they sure as hell do run electric brakes on those MH axles. I'm sure they don't put them on there for looks.

and yeah most oversize can't pull at night but last I checked running lights are needed in the rain. they stay home when it's wet out? that's a tough way to make money.

Maybe the sketchy fly by night crews get away with 3 wires but nobody who actually fills out a log book and has DOT numbers would dare go that sketchy.
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they sure as hell do run electric brakes on those MH axles. I'm sure they don't put them on there for looks.

and yeah most oversize can't pull at night but last I checked running lights are needed in the rain. they stay home when it's wet out? that's a tough way to make money.

Maybe the sketchy fly by night crews get away with 3 wires but nobody who actually fills out a log book and has DOT numbers would dare go that sketchy.
just tellin ya what Ive seen...

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Well, then get off your lazy butt an show me...
A link, a picture... something
(And I wasn't talking wally world trailer wiring)
Paging Harold Phipps, CSP, Travis Waldher, Never Monday, wanderer-RRORC, Mr. Mindless... please provide a picture or delete. This thread otherwise oozes excellence!

Back on topic, here's a double-wheel 1500#-rated swivel jack.

...for when you don't want to trust your heavy not-so-perfectly-balanced load to a spindly 750#-rated jack that just sinks its single wheel into the dirt.

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wheels are for people who can't park their trailer correctly before they disconnect

Actually, on a related note to your picture- one of the best things I did was put a side mount jack on that folds up instead of the POS "through the tongue right behind the coupler so you can't open your tailgate and so you can drag it on and off road through almost any dip" that came on it. Just say no to center tongue jacks

They come in bolt on or weld on, so ANYONE can do it if you have more than 3 fingers and at least 1 thumb


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The two best small things I did to my car/scrap hauling trailer that sees anywhere from 1-3 tons on it each month:

- a 7k lb square drop leg jack from TSC. The drop leg gives me lots of adjustability with height and it stores just a couple inches below the tongue height. Best of all, I don't have to worry about the jack folding or the swivel rings breaking no matter what the tongue weight may be. Cars load quickly- 3 ton of furnaces and brake rotors do not

-A good winch mount is pretty common, as is wiring the winch to a car battery that doubles as the break-away power source. But I put quick connectors on my winch line and ran power lines to the back of the truck for a more reliable power source. No matter what I tried, I just could not keep the trailer battery charged, mostly because there is little charging ability through the #7 wire and because the trailer may sit for weeks at a time being waiting for a full load. I've looked into solar panels for as trickle chargers, but the price for good ones that can withstand being mounted on the trailer just aren't worth it.

Great thread, I'm subscribed and am looking forward to more
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Paging Harold Phipps, CSP, Travis Waldher, Never Monday, wanderer-RRORC, Mr. Mindless... please provide a picture or delete.
I actually have a chunk of the good wire sitting on my workbench that I could take a picture of. The question is do I really care enough to make it a priority over all the other things I have to do when I'm not at work. Nope.
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I like that idea, but just curious if there a reason you opted for the cigarette style plug over other options?

Yes, I had easy access to the 12v cigarette style plug in strobes (pretty common in the equipment world). As mentioned I can also use my GoLight at night on the trailer to see what's going on.

You could wire it up any way but 12v is the way to go in my opinion.
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...do I really care enough to make it a priority over all the other things I have to do when I'm not at work. Nope.
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If ya all are too lazy to look it up on rednecktrailer.com, or waddle your ass into NAPA,,,,,,
Option B would be lovely then for you folks who keep cluttering up the best thread TR&T has seen in a while. ...or maybe if you're not gonna stay on-track with the topic, you could just stop posting?

Anyway, on with the good stuff... how 'bout corner storage, from: http://www.letstalksnow.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=15187




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I couldn't see my gooseneck ball with my quad cab and a tool box. Solution, I welded a tab onto the hitch of the gooseneck, mounted a mirror and angled it down so I could see where my ball was.

Now I can hit my ball first time, everytime.

I did this one too.
I used a 24inch security mirror because I can't see anything
I put it on a magnet mount so I just stick it on when I need it.
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those corner storage boxed are quite clever. i dig it
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those corner storage boxed are quite clever. i dig it
dido, I've been waiting for that idea!
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Forgot this one untill i slipped and bust my fawkin ass on my new trucks angle iron ramps in the rain today.

Serrated catwalk and some square tubing under it makes for super grippy and strong ramps.Rain sleet snow or hail these things will grip.. I have some 24" wide and 6' long ones from my old trailer.. When i rebuild the dove on my new truck i plan on cutting them shorter and using them again.The only pic i have is a catalog pic though.

Also i saw a equipment trailer a guy had that ran bags to support the load.. Rode smoother and he had it setup to dump the air and the dove hit the ground..Ie; no ramps needed to load the skid steer.
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