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Old 03-04-2019, 06:53 PM   #1
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Question Casters on a 5.0TA

Casters on the 5.0TA landing gear. Anybody tried it? We have a nice spot on a large pad in front of the garage that would be ideal to park the trailer. Problem is not enough space to maneuver a trailer with a truck because of surrounding terrain. I still have from my Montana days a Polaris 700 Sportsman ATV on tracks. If this was a non-fifth wheel trailer I could easily maneuver it with the ATV. I need to come up with some way to support the fifth wheel front end while it's being maneuvered. The ATV/fifth wheel connection is another problem. Anybody have any ideas?
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Oh shoot. I captured a pic of an owner who added this so they could use a Power Mover to move a 5.0 around! Dang, I don't know who it was...
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Old 03-04-2019, 07:20 PM   #3
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Oh shoot. I captured a pic of an owner who added this so they could use a Power Mover to move a 5.0 around! Dang, I don't know who it was...
Thank you Donna I was certain it could be done. My thoughts are trailer casters on each landing gear with some sort of receiver in the center of the frame. To the receiver attach some workable connection to my ATV.
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Old 03-04-2019, 08:19 PM   #4
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Casters on the 5.0TA landing gear. Anybody tried it? We have a nice spot on a large pad in front of the garage that would be ideal to park the trailer. Problem is not enough space to maneuver a trailer with a truck because of surrounding terrain. I still have from my Montana days a Polaris 700 Sportsman ATV on tracks. If this was a non-fifth wheel trailer I could easily maneuver it with the ATV. I need to come up with some way to support the fifth wheel front end while it's being maneuvered. The ATV/fifth wheel connection is another problem. Anybody have any ideas?
ETI does it everyday, but keep in mind the trailer is sitting on a dolly around the axle area and they move the trailers sideways down the assembly line.

They make the caster wheels for this purpose search on Atwood caster wheel, the one pictured is by BAL. Just need to make sure you purchase for right Jack/diameter.
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Old 03-04-2019, 08:29 PM   #5
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ETI does it everyday, but keep in mind the trailer is sitting on a dolly around the axle area and they move the trailers sideways down the assembly line.

They make the caster wheels for this purpose search on Atwood caster wheel, the one pictured is by BAL. Just need to make sure you purchase for right Jack/diameter.
Thanks That looks great! I see they take the forward wheels off for ease of turning. You have a dry hitch weight shy of 700 lbs. I'm wondering how much weight is shifted forward by removing those forward wheels? Next problem is ATV
connection to trailer frame. Thanks again jn
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ETI does it everyday, but keep in mind the trailer is sitting on a dolly around the axle area and they move the trailers sideways down the assembly line.

Looks like a polished smooth concrete floor. If you have that, you could consider. I've found shifting my 17B using the jack wheel takes a lot of effort ( and a lot of effort to stop it, once it gets going ).
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Looks like a polished smooth concrete floor. If you have that, you could consider. I've found shifting my 17B using the jack wheel takes a lot of effort ( and a lot of effort to stop it, once it gets going ).
It's going to be moved with a Polaris 700 Sportsman on tracks. I use to attach a chain and drag large logs out of the mountains with that setup. The pad where the trailer will be located is concrete and level. I once pulled a truck stuck in a snow bank with the ATV. I agree trying to manhandle that beast would be a chore,

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It was Chris R. This thread might help:
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The distance from the axle centre to the landing gear jacks is about two-thirds of the distance from the axle centre to the pin, so the load on the jacks (if they are supporting the trailer level) will be about 50% greater than the pin weight (when a fifth-wheel is supporting the trailer level). That's fine for the jacks, but small casters on anything but a very smooth and flat surface will be challenging to roll.

If I were doing this, I would want to use the largest wheel possible, and preferably one with a tire (rubber or urethane, not hard plastic).
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The distance from the axle centre to the landing gear jacks is about two-thirds of the distance from the axle centre to the pin, so the load on the jacks (if they are supporting the trailer level) will be about 50% greater than the pin weight (when a fifth-wheel is supporting the trailer level). That's fine for the jacks, but small casters on anything but a very smooth and flat surface will be challenging to roll.

If I were doing this, I would want to use the largest wheel possible, and preferably one with a tire (rubber or urethane, not hard plastic).
Your right about some decent caster wheels. I'm going have to research the casters set up to attach to trailer jacks and see if they even make them that would be suitable for this application.

Later Did some searching and 6" seems like standard size for the jack wheels. Might get the jack caster and find suitable wheels sized to fit the caster. I saw some wheels with a 1200 lb rating with roller bearings
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