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Well,since it doesn't seem that my flat bed idea is working out I am wondering what is a good price on trailers and if there is anyone that has plans for one that I can go by, as I would rather just build it myself. Thanks. <IMG SRC="smilies/crybaby2.gif" border="0">
 

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hay Eric are you giving up on the truck so soon?
 

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Add a tag axle to that thing -- should be easy enough, and you could get an axle from the junkyard for next to nuthin... You'd get an extra set of brakes out of it (if you even wanted to hook them up -- I suppose you'd want to proportion-adjust it all, that would be the hardest part, probably) and a boatload more carrying capacity... a bit further back, too. Check your local laws, though, in CA you'd need a commercial driver's license for more than two axles.

Either that or put a wedge on the back of the truck (that's what I'd like to do). Stretch a pad over the top of the cab for the rear wheels (presumably the lighter end of the rig), and run a ramp down to the deck for the front wheels. You'd still want dual wheels, probably, but dually 14-bolts are cheap and easy...

...maybe a trailer is easier.... but it would be less creative. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

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Not sure whether or not to give up or trailer shop. I like the idea of just driving up on the truck, tieing it down and getting on my way. Back up is a ton easier and I need less room. The last 4 feet on my bed is a removeable extension so when I drive normally it has the 8 foot bed. Not sure what to think about a dummy axle in the back. I suppose it would work but I am wondering about legality as I am moving back to cali. soon. I guess I don't want to spend more money on something that is still questionable, ya know. So I guess if someone could show me how to make what I have work then I would be up for it. I would like the last 4 feet of the bed to be removeable though. I can't really move the back axle back more than about a foot and that wouldn't do much. Yes I could block down some springs off the extension and run some other axle, probably another 14 bolt but how would that drive and would it be legal in Cali? I guess I am just kinda disappointed right now.
 

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i was thinking along the same lines myself.. tow rig and trailer in one...what kinda problems are you having? i have a cdl myself so thats not an issue....is it scary driving it?
 

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After driving it down the freeway I wouldn't say it is scary driving it. I can't say I have any issues with the steering either. If I go around a sharp corner too fast then it leans and the metal on the bed hits the tire but other than that I think it is fine. I could fix that but adding bump stops or putting some air bags on the beast. Still looking into the trailer idea though I haven't given up on the flat bed either.
 

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i would recommend that you get a sway bar out of the back of a big ass motor home. the one in the rear of mine has to be about 1 1/2 in. diameter. it should really help in the corners. just another option. mike
 

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what were you trying to do with your tow rig?
What kind of truck is it, and what is the
wheelbase?

whatcha got there bro?

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