The systems hitch mounting hardware installs and locks into the existing Class-III or Class-IV receiver hitch on the tow vehicle. There are two pivot mounting points that mount the system to the supplied hitch mount. This allows for variations in tow vehicle hitch heights.
While driving, the wheel will swivel to accommodate for the turns. As the vehicle turns, the wheel assembly rotates to allow for the system to track with the tow vehicle. Under some circumstances, you may not be able to see the system when driving. Be aware that the system is behind you at all times. When turning, keep to the inside corner as much as possible to allow the system to turn with you and also to allow for the slight additional length being turned.
The system can be tipped up and stored inside up against the garage wall if desired.
The system mounting hardware has adjustment holes to accommodate for the height in the receiver hitch on the tow vehicle. If the vehicle has had a lift kit installed, the system may not level properly.
How do I load my motorcycle, 4-wheel ATV, golf cart, lawn tractor, etc. onto the Swivel Wheel system?
With the swivel wheel in the backing position, the deck will lower slightly. When the loading ramps are in place, and the vehicle rides up onto the ramps, the deck will lower even more so, giving only a slight angle to maneuver. Once the vehicle is loaded and tied down, and the swivel wheel is returned to the traveling position, the deck raises to the traveling position.
The 8" wheel allows for the lowest deck to floor height for loading and traveling. If we were to add a 10" or 12" wheel, the deck height would increase significantly.
The system was designed to reduce the turning radius as much as possible when attached. If the 7 foot wide deck were straight back, the end of the system would add a 3 foot swing to the rear, which may into another lane. The Semi-V frame removes the majority of this additional swing. There might be a slightly wider swing. Keep to the inside corner when turning and be aware that the system is behind you especially in tight spaces such as parking lots.
Will the use of an 8 inch wheel increase my chances of bearing problems with the Swivel Wheel system?
No! Most people remember the 8" wheel associated with old boat trailers. These had specific problems due to hot bearings being dropped into cold water. This creates a vacuum allowing for water to enter the hub. That was only the beginning. Most people do not maintain their trailer bearings....ever! The bearings need to be inspected and repacked when necessary. Most trailer manufacturers recommend that the bearings be repacked every 10,000 miles or yearly. If the bearings are maintained and adjusted, you should not have any problems.
Originally, the system was designed in response to requests to transport a full sized motorcycle behind a fifth wheel travel trailer. The system can be used to transport numerous products such as 4-wheel ATV, golf cart, riding lawn mower, etc. Optional diamond plated locking storage boxes can be added for accessory storage. Just about anything can be moved with the system as long as it is within the 1000 pound weight limit and is contained within the deck perimeter.
The system has a load capacity of 1000 pounds. The load is distributed over the entire deck surface.
The tire must be replaced by a 5.70 x 8" "D" Rated, 8 Ply, Highway Speed Trailer Tire. Always maintain the proper tire inflation pressures. Most tire failures are due to over or under inflation. This tire is rated for 1075 pounds at 100 psi cold.
The Swivel Wheel system incorporates a Torsion axle suspension system.
Maintain the bearings and proper tire pressures at all times. This is no different than any other product with a wheel.
The frame is welded tubular steel. It is powder coated with black semi-gloss paint.
Yes! Any pick-up or automobile with a Class-III or Class-IV receiver hitch.
Yes! Any Class "A" or Class "C" motor coach with a Class-III or Class-IV receiver hitch.
Yes! If the trailer has a Class-III or Class-IV receiver hitch installed. The Swivel Wheel system does not act as a separate trailer behind the trailer. When backing up, the system will follow and track with the travel trailer.
No. At this time we are investigating this. We are not sure as to the added weight to the rear of the trailer which may take weight off of the hitch ball. We recently had two people inform us that they had added an extension to the rear of their travel trailers to haul generators and coolers. They stated that at a certain speed, the added weight to the rear caused the trailer to sway violently causing an out of control situation which in turn flipped the trailer.
Yes! The system has all necessary lights installed. There are running, right and left turn, and brake lights. There is a 4-wire flat connector for interfacing with the tow vehicle. If the vehicle does not have a 4-wire plug, adapters are available upon request.
Yes! The system has all necessary lights installed. There are running, right and left turn, and brake lights. There is a 4-wire flat connector for interfacing with the tow vehicle. If the vehicle does ve a 4-wire plug, adapters are available upon request.not ha
You need to check with your state DMV / DOT licensing office. Some states do not require trailer licensing if under a specific weight rating. For example, the state of Oregon does not require licenses since the system is under 1500 pounds gross.
Is the Swivel Wheel System in conjunction with my Fifth Wheel trailer considered a triple tow vehicle?
Yes! It appears that the Swivelwheel System is considered to be a triple tow. Currently, there are 22 states that do not allow triple towing. These states include all states from Florida to Maine along the east coast, Oregon, and Washington. California allows triple towing, but requires the driver to have a Class-A license. California will stop out of state rigs and inspect your drivers license.
NOTE: I have talked with a a lot of individuals that pull another trailer or tow vehicle behind their fifth wheel travel trailer. (This could be a boat trailer, cargo trailer, tow car, etc.) A significant number of people that I have spoken with did not realize that they were prohibited from triple towing within certain states. I would recommend checking with the state you are interested in visiting for any towing restrictions. There are a number of publications with this information at hand. The new Trailer Life Campground Guide has a chart with this information A web sites that may be useful is: www.freetrip.com/rules_fr1.html