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Old 03-12-2012, 11:33 PM   #15
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More Modern Day Slimpies I've found

Okay - here's the Tuff-Tow - which is like the old school Slimp Dolly in Jim's video:
https://www.shogunindustries.com/cgi...fftowintro.htm


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Which is remarkably similar to the original Slimp Dollies etc. - like these which Tino posted above with his link:


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And this Trailer Toad is similar to the Hitch Helper which I posted in my prior post:
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:::MaxChevy::: Tongue weight and tow vehicle structure 101 - 07/22/10


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If anyone has any experience in using any of these & the ones in my prior post - &/or similar hitch tongue wt. reduction units - on a unibody (not frame) small SUV, crossover, mini-van, car, etc. - I'd like to know if it might work for my purpose stated in the prior post

3400 lb car with 300 HP & TQ V8, 3500+ lb. towing wt. & 7650 lb.total GVWR capacity, but a 110 lb. tongue limitation ....
.... for towing a +/- 2500 lb (empty/dry) 20' 1960ish TT (Avion T20/Airstream 18-20'/etc.) with electric brakes & a +/- 250-300 lb. tongue wt.??

Will any or all of these work?
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:13 PM   #16
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These are really cool Jana! Thanks for posting all of this.

I really like the looks of the 2-wheel Hitch Helper. It looks like you could back up with it; it would just scrub a lot. But out on the highway it should do fine. I can't tell from the pictures but they might have it set up to actually caster a little bit. It looks like a good design.

I am sure a 928 would tow just fine with something like one of these. You'd have plenty of power. Like you said, if a VW Jetta can be set up to tow a trailer, a Porsche V8 should do it just fine. I have a buddy in Seattle that used to have a 928. He really liked it; called it his "German Corette". Parts were pretty high for it was the only negative. He wound up trading it on an M3.

I know both Youngbloods and Whisners. I'll have to PM you on some of them. Small world!
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These are really cool Jana! Thanks for posting all of this.

I really like the looks of the 2-wheel Hitch Helper. It looks like you could back up with it; it would just scrub a lot. But out on the highway it should do fine. I can't tell from the pictures but they might have it set up to actually caster a little bit. It looks like a good design.

I am sure a 928 would tow just fine with something like one of these. You'd have plenty of power. Like you said, if a VW Jetta can be set up to tow a trailer, a Porsche V8 should do it just fine. I have a buddy in Seattle that used to have a 928. He really liked it; called it his "German Corette". Parts were pretty high for it was the only negative. He wound up trading it on an M3.

I know both Youngbloods and Whisners. I'll have to PM you on some of them. Small world!
Actually it was Hubby Tom posting under Jana's nom de plume!
... and my matrilineal side of the family there in BS.

I know that the TrailerToad & another one casters with a locking hub device, but not sure about the Hitch Helper & haven't heard back from them to answer questions yet.

Those all use a 2" square tube insert into the hitch receiver, so even if they don't pivot/caster, they are still fixed to the TV & can be backed up.

The thing I like about those - over the WD hitch route - is htat there is a definitie 1-2 wheels to the ground to carry the tongue wt. - rather than relying on torsion bars to push the wt. around between the TV & TT/CT/VT.

If these units work out for the tongue wt. reduction, then the next question is whether Jana will like a 928 & driving it!

Cheers!
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Very interesting, keep us informed. jim
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I have an original Slimp on my 33 ft Spartan. Came without tires and couldn't find that size anyways.. No need with my pickup but would like to have it for restoration / display. The crank for height is nice to have.
Has a 2 inch hitch; iffy spec for the 5500 - 6000 lb loaded wt but I found a forged ball rated at 7500 lb.. woo hoo..
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Forgot to mention, the Slimp came with a coil spring, if I took to using it I.m thinking it would be great with a 'helper spring' type air bag instead, could almost double as a jack.
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Forgot to mention, the Slimp came with a coil spring, if I took to using it I.m thinking it would be great with a 'helper spring' type air bag instead, could almost double as a jack.
You have pictire?
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Forgot to mention, the Slimp came with a coil spring, if I took to using it I.m thinking it would be great with a 'helper spring' type air bag instead, could almost double as a jack.

Yes, please do post some pics of yours!


There is also one like I posted in the ad above, which is in the beginning of "The Long, Long Trailer" movie, where "Nickie" (Ricky Ricardo) is fitting out his new Mercury convertible to tow the humongous trailer.


Maybe yours is the same one or similar!?



I was considering a modern slimp dolly to help with hitch weight back when we were interested in using a classic 1986.5 - `92 Porsche Cayenne S/S4 for a fun TV (165 lbs HW limit), but we've since then been looking for a Cayenne S V8 because my wife wanted "real back seats & more cargo room for her art gear" etc.



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Hi Tom,
desmo.ca/pb/wp_c4226db8/images/img211424b9ed2f185e2e.JPG
Like the ad but the ad looks like bigger rims / tires. The trick would be to have them short enough that when taking some weight they wouldn't foul on the frame when turning. Like I said, couldn't find tires, and no need right now. Later as part of a restoration I want to have it on as a curiosity.. Like the Predicta TV etc. ;-) Isn't that part of the fun?
Apparently strange things happen when crossing a raised rail bed.. ;-0

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Hi Tom,
desmo.ca/pb/wp_c4226db8/images/img211424b9ed2f185e2e.JPG
Like the ad but the ad looks like bigger rims / tires. The trick would be to have them short enough that when taking some weight they wouldn't foul on the frame when turning. Like I said, couldn't find tires, and no need right now. Later as part of a restoration I want to have it on as a curiosity.. Like the Predicta TV etc. ;-) Isn't that part of the fun?
Apparently strange things happen when crossing a raised rail bed.. ;-0

Cheers,
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Rick,


When you're ready for tires, you can try Mini Sport USA online (USA/Can & UK divisions) for the road rated tires in 8", 10", 12" & other sizes. You may also have other micro & mini car tire suppliers up there in ONT.



I had to do that for 10" tires for our 1970 Eriba Puck vintage trailer's 10" wheels, & their prices were better than the USA suppliers.



As for the dollies - they just extend the A-frame, & don't add a 2nd pivot point/ball (AFAIK) - so treat it as a longer trailer.



Back in the 1960s our neighbor had a slimp dolly on his trailer, & had almost hung up once, so he had to be extra watchful when turning to not cut too tight. I have to do the same when backing with our Hensley Cub hitch because it will let me turn until I crunch the rear 3/4 corner of the rental truck TV!



So if you use your dolly, just be more careful turning.


Post some pix of your whenever it's ready to show.



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