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Old 06-24-2010, 11:10 PM   #1
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Ever ridden in trailer while moving?

Provincial / State Trailer Regulations

(the link is originally introduced by Canlib:

Note that some mid-western (flat?) states allow people to ride in the trailer while traveling on highway. I didn't know this. Not sure if I advocate, but it's very interesting.

Imagine a leisurely picture of travelers enjoying a moving scenery while having one's favorite meal and drink, just like the aristocratic dining car of a train in some movie.

Do you have any stories?

What do you think?

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Old 06-25-2010, 12:06 AM   #2
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Remember the movie The Long Trailer? Lucy tried it.

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Old 06-25-2010, 01:00 AM   #3
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I wouldn't plan on moving around too much inside a moving TT - one small 'twitch' by the TV, and you're on your a$$ - those things bounce around a lot more than you think - take a quick ride around the block back there and you'll see what I mean!

Moho's and to some degree, 5th wheels are much more forgiving that TT's moving down the road!

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Old 06-25-2010, 01:47 AM   #4
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if you suspect your trailer has a harsh ride, then riding in the trailer is the best way to figure it out.
i wouldn't recommend doing that on a cross country trip. maybe just over some speed bumps in a parking lot.
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Old 06-25-2010, 04:41 AM   #5
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You know I have seen this question posed before and then just recently on the Good Sam site, although it may seem like an attractive idea (I have thought about it many times) and it would eliminate the TV & passenger problem, and most states dont have no real definative laws against it, there is one serious problem it does propose; What happens if the TT comes unhooked? From some of the accidents I have seen involving TT's from when I drove tow truck, it would not be a pretty site for those in the TT if they survived.

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I'd be green in 5 minutes if somebody put me back there. (yep, we're one of the flat states that don't restrict it) Couldn't even make it through the first half hour of watching Blair Witch Project.

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Old 06-25-2010, 08:50 AM   #7
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Another movie: A Perfect World

Check out A Perfect World with Kevin Costner -- KC is an escaped convict with a hostage, the FBI is chasing him in a moving Airstream that is the command center, towed by an automobile, I think. The interior is modified with communications, listening and recording equipment, the actors are standing around, not being jostled around at all. Looks like a real smooth ride!
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:42 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Bluto View Post
Remember the movie The Long Trailer? Lucy tried it.

Lesson learned: it's much harder to keeper yer balance in pumps....

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Old 06-25-2010, 10:33 AM   #9
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The only time I'd like to ride in my trailer would be for a brief diagnostic session. I think wheel balance, sound of the bearings, ride, etc. would be revealing.

I can't control the conditions so I don't do it for safety sake.
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excellent recollection

the HI-tek stream in that flick is hilarious...

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... the actors are standing around, not being jostled around at all. Looks like a real smooth ride!
yep, the ride looks MAGICALLY smooth and on gravel roads too...

oh wait it's hollywood right?

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... What happens if the TT comes unhooked?...
well as a matter of fiction, the trailer in THIS FLICK does come off the ball of the cool ol' bourbon that's pulling it.

and clintE n company have an exciting few minutes before it peacefully rolls to a stop.

riding IN a moho is nothing like riding in a trailer.

and the often advised "ride in yer trailer to evaluate the running gear/ride" is wacky...

without knowing what NORMAL is, how does one evaluate the ride inside a trailer ?

with axle placement as it is VERTICAL movement ANYPLACE other than directly over the tires is gonna be exaggerated.

even over the axle/s pitchnroll is gonna be significant.

one would need to spend a LOT of time riding inside to develop 'streamer-sea legs...

and that old red head may have the MOST experience riding in moving trailers of ne1 (even while they are ON FIRE)

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Old 06-25-2010, 10:57 AM   #11
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I think unusual wheel bearing sounds or wheel balance issues could be easily spotted.

Not advocating riding back there, just have a bit of curiosity. The Lucy segment is hilarious, but my guess it is not that violent back there. I've found eye glasses setting on the counter in the same place after 100 miles.
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Old 06-25-2010, 11:19 AM   #12
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My brother and I used to ride in the horse trailer all the time (the living quarters part) We had walkie talkies so we could talk to our parents. The thing to be careful about is carbon monoxide. A friend of ours let there son take a nap in the trailer and when they got there he had died. So keep the windows shut! As far as the laws go, Its only wrong if you get caught
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Old 06-25-2010, 12:13 PM   #13
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I did it quite a bit back in 1970 with a trip with my parents from NY to WA, then down to Calif & back. At the time, they had an 18-20 ft Concord trailer towed by a 1970 Chrysler Newport. Was even in it when it blew a tire. I held up a sign in the front window (marking pen on paper plate) that it had blown a tire. Took awhile to finally get someones attention. Riding in it was quiet but very jiggly, but nothing like in the movie, The Long, Long Trailer. Every movement inside was exaggerated for the movie. Wouldn't ride in one today for obvious safety reasons.
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We used to ride in my parents '76 Sovereign, when I was younger.
I remember it being loud as heck.. especially the pots and pans banging around.. wind noise, road noise..

It was fun 'surfing' in the front lounge area, until you took a header into the 8-track cabinet top edge...

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