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craziecritter

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Posted: 06/09/09 09:11am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Got our new to us Gulfstream Innsbruck yesterday and when it was being backed into the driveway the bottom of the back bumper guards scraped up the concrete. From the road to the driveway is a dip (curb and gutter) then it starts going uphill. Is there some kind of portable speed bump that could be put at the end of the driveway for the TT to go over until it gets over the dip?


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just get your self some pressure treated planks from home depot and lay them along the curb so tires hit them.


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Posted: 06/09/09 05:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Using the casters will make the "hit" that much harder as they use up more of the clearance. I would go with using some boards at the street/driveway intersection.
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I agree, get yourself some boards, right before you start to drag, place them behind your tires, you will run into this alot.


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How about a couple shopping cart style wheels secured to the bottom of the frame at the back?


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The casters on the back of the rig are a better choice. If your trailer drags anywhere the casters will be there to roll right along with you no need for the boards. I had some on an enclosed trailer I used to have that would drag on everything.


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Dont use the casters !
You should avoid hitting or dragging the frame or bumper completely, there not made for that. Twisting the frame can cause ugly damage to the structure of you rv, buckle siding, crack corners and so on.
Use the boards whenever you can.

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BarneyS wrote:

Using the casters will make the "hit" that much harder as they use up more of the clearance. I would go with using some boards at the street/driveway intersection.
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Even if the casters are kept just slightly below the skid bars?

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Supporting a substantial weight on the end of the frame at its weakest point is not good. Sometimes it can't be avoided when on the road, but it's not wise to plan on it. Use the planks or something similar when you can.

Using rollers is not a good idea for travel trailers, since it's not the abrasions caused by scraping that's so damaging to the frame. It's the weight-supporting that causes the damage.

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I agree use planks....years ago I used the rollers and causes stress cracks in the frame

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