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Old 04-10-2017, 02:45 PM   #1
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Help With Swivel Wheel Trailer Fabrication

Has anybody built a swivel wheel trailer? Or does anybody have a swivel wheel trailer I can get some good pictures of? I'm a pipefitter/welder by trade and can build one, just interested in how they designed the hitching and the ability to lift up and out of the way when not in use. I'll be traveling to Iowa from Texas sometime this year and would like to take my golf cart on the back of my 377RLBH without breaking out $2k... It's got to be less than a thousand dollars worth of material. Thanks in advance!
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"Swivel Wheel" and "Trailer" strike me as a contradiction.

I know I would want the safety of fixed wheels on anything I'm towing down the road at double-nickels or better.

I use 3-point implements routinely to mow and keep the dirt road and driveways pleasant. Those implements require casters at the rear because of the way they hitch to the tractor.

What you are proposing would require a fixed attachment to the tow vehicle. The trailer's tongue would have to slide into the receiver with no possibility of left-right movement at the attaching point. But you would still have to provide up-and-down flexibility so that the rig wont break when traveling on non-level ground.

I guess there is a good reason that there are plenty of small utility trailers with a regular ball coupler and fixed axle?
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Old 04-10-2017, 03:13 PM   #3
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Not what you are asking about, but I just sold one of these. I wasn't using it anymore..

1090 lb. Capacity 40-1/2 in x 48 in Utility Trailer

Less than 300 bucks for the trailer a nice wood top and some anchor points. I towed extra camping gear on it when we had our SUV.

Mike makes some good points. The little trailer on that picture would scare the @@#$ out of me if I saw it on the interstate. Those back wheels would be flipping around like fish out of water wouldn't they?
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Old 04-10-2017, 03:21 PM   #4
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"Swivel Wheel" and "Trailer" strike me as a contradiction.

I know I would want the safety of fixed wheels on anything I'm towing down the road at double-nickels or better.

I guess there is a good reason that there are plenty of small utility trailers with a regular ball coupler and fixed axle?
Well I would have thought the same thing if there weren't plenty manufacturers of these swivel trailers. Here's a few.

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I saw one cruising down the road behind a fiver and I did a double take. It was tracking super straight and smooth at 60mph. I admit it gave me some ideas about getting one. It may have been an www.idahotote.com. I think I would be over legal length limit and have weight issues adding a UTV to the back of my fiver. I don' know though...
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I saw one cruising down the road behind a fiver and I did a double take. It was tracking super straight and smooth at 60mph. I admit it gave me some ideas about getting one. It may have been an www.idahotote.com. I think I would be over legal length limit and have weight issues adding a UTV to the back of my fiver. I don' know though...


I hear ya, I'm going to hitch up and measure sometime this week. Texas legal length is 65', the golf cart is about 800lbs and the trailer should weigh around 300lbs so I've got to take all that into consideration since I'm pulling with a 3/4 ton. I'm already piecing together the swivel wheel assembly for around $300. Way cheaper than some of the manufactured ones. I'll post links tomorrow when I narrow down the choices.


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I hear ya, I'm going to hitch up and measure sometime this week. Texas legal length is 65', the golf cart is about 800lbs and the trailer should weigh around 300lbs so I've got to take all that into consideration since I'm pulling with a 3/4 ton. I'm already piecing together the swivel wheel assembly for around $300. Way cheaper than some of the manufactured ones. I'll post links tomorrow when I narrow down the choices.


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Definitely put up some pics. I like this idea. Texas Class C license is up to 26k. Anything over need a Class B (pretty sure). Supposedly the way these little trailers are set up they don't have the severe sway that causes jackknifes. If you going to double tow this seems the way to go.
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Will do, unfortunately it will be a while before I can start fabrication because I won't be home for a while. Reason for this post is to get a brainstorm going amongst the forum and hopefully gain some wisdom from someone who may have attempted it already. All the other links to forums I find are around 2011 and the picture links are all broken.

I rough measured trailer (377RLBH) and 2011 2500HD short bed to be around 59' so I've got 6' to legally add on. Also already have the added rear bumper attachment for a trailer but I think I'll just weld attachments directly to the tubing to save room. That or I have to figure some kind of side to side swivel out of single hitch like motorcycle hitches do but I'm afraid it will add too much length.




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These are becoming more popular every year for several reasons; not considered double tow so legal in all states, shorter than a ball hitch trailer, you can still back up with it attached, brings an alternate means of transportation (motorcycle, golf cart, etc). The one thing I have heard as a problem is the up/down pivot for uneven ground. One couple had their GC too close to the RV when the swivel wheel pitched up the top of the GC impacted the back of the RV. So play with your angles and make sure you have clearance for the movement. Good luck and definitely post pics as you go along.

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Coming from my motorcycle background a lot of guys build trailers for them. The problem for them with a ball hitch is lean angle so they many times use a U Joint to give it flex. Now your application is a bit different but rather than think traditional trailer which connects at a hitch point at the centerline of the towing trailer, why not connect further out at two points? This isn't a traditional trailer so why hook it up like one. With two connection points it can't pivot.

As far as the casters spinning all over the place. With enough rake on the connection, the caster wheel will track true. It would be more of an issue when there is no load on the trailer than when you are using it to carry something. If you were really worried about it, you might be able to go with a tie rod between the two but that would interfere with backing up the rig. I have a commercial zero turn mower for cutting my yard. That has big casters on the front and they don't spin around going across the rough terrain of my yard or running down my driveway.
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