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Tips On Trailer Stability And Trailer Towing

Trailer Stability 

Why are some trailers stable while others wander all over the road?
There are dozens of factors related to towing stability.  No one factor is an absolute for making a trailer stable or not, but they all have an affect.  Here are a few of the most common things to look for:

Load distribution is the most common cause of stability concerns -- and the easiest to correct.  The trailer load should always be reasonably distributed from side to side.  Don't put a lot more weight on one side or the other.  Center the load as much as possible.

Second, load the trailer front to backwith at least 10% of the trailer weight on the hitch.  With typical trailers, more weight on the hitch is better for stability.  15% is usually a good number.  To illustrate, 5th wheel trailers have much more weight on the hitch, and they tend to be pretty stable.

Trailer Towing Tips 

Towing a trailer . . . 
        . . . is not as simple as just hooking up and going.  To be responsible and have a trouble free trip, there are a lot of things to think about. 
Here is a list of trailer towing tips -- hopefully as a gentle reminder:

Secure all bolts and fasteners in vibration resistant ways – use things like Nyloc nuts, Loc-tite, cotter keys or wired nuts.  Be sure 

the methods are appropriate for the situation.
Check bolts, fasteners, lights and brakes prior to towing.

Inspect the trailer regularly to assure there are no cracked welds, loose bolts, or other issues that can create problems.
Inspect the tires carefully – especially after storing for some time.  Dry rot is the # 1 failure mode for trailer tires.  (Keeping tires 
covered when stored will help reduce rot and cracking.)
Inspect the spare tire (if used) to be sure it is inflated properly and in good condition.
Double-check the hitch to be sure it is connected securely.
Use tow chains and secure them to a sturdy part of the hitch.
Use tow chains that are adequate for the job -- not wimpy, flimsy chain.
For stability, distribute the load on the trailer evenly – not disproportionate on one side or the other.
For stability, the trailer should be loaded such that 10% - 20% of the weight is on the tongue.
If you have a problem with swaying or instability, re-distribute the load.  Most instability issues come from improper trailer loading.  Other 
issues come from improper assembly (things not lined up or square) – so, take time and care when building a trailer.
Don't overload the trailer.  Also, be aware of the towing limits of the pulling vehicle and the hitch.
Don't overload the tires.  Tires on trailers often have a lower capacity than the axle they are mounted on.  This is a great way to have a blow-out.
Secure the load so it won't shift or move in transit.  Keeping a low center of gravity is also good.
If loads are tall, realize that wind loading can be very strong.  Make sure everything is securely fastened to the trailer.  You 
wouldn't want something to blow out or break off.

You are responsible for the load in your trailer.  Anything that blows out or falls off is your responsibility.  Not just as litter, 
but flying items can injure or kill others.  Be sure things are secure!!
Double check tie-downs, tarps, ropes, etc. to be sure nothing will be "flapping in the breeze" or dragging the ground.
It's a good idea to stop and double check the load, the tie-downs, and the overall situation after driving a few miles from the start.  The load 
will "settle in" with the vibrations and bumps of the road.
Set tire pressure appropriate for the load.  When is traveling empty, tire pressure may be reduced to 10 or 15 psi.  This will allow the 
tires to absorb bumps and other anomalies, keep the trailer from bouncing around, and shaking the tow vehicle.  Full tire inflation 
pressure is needed for a full load.
If the trailer has high sides or a tall load, avoid traveling when high cross winds are present.
Allow added distance for acceleration and braking.  Even if the trailer has brakes, it can take (sometimes) a lot more distance to stop.
Allow more girth around corners -- take the corners wide – to avoid hitting the trailer tires on a curb, because the trailer makes a shorter 
radius than the tow vehicle.  Also, the longer the trailer, the more space it takes.  Hitting curbs and posts may cause big damage and costs.
Drive with a greater awareness of what is happening around you on the road.  Any maneuvering on the road requires more time, more care 
and more space when a trailer is attached – and the larger the trailer, the more it takes.  Please drive carefully.
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Teardrop camp trailers first hit the road in the US in the 1930s but it wasn’t until after World War II that the phenomenon properly took off. The September 1947 edition of Mechanix Illustrated: The How-To-Do Magazine featured building instructions for a double bed on wheels in the shape of a teardrop.

Teardrops went hand in hand with Americans’ desire for a simpler life after years of wartime austerity. The backwoods and the water beckoned; what better way to experience the romance of the open road than in a trim caravan with fetching retro curves?

Early models were built from salvaged World War II Jeep axles and wheels. Exterior skins came from the wings of wartime bombers.

Americans’ love affair with the classic teardrop waned in the 1950s. They wanted bigger and better in their mobile homes, and over the years got what they wished for: chunky caravans featuring not only a kitchen sink but dishwashers, washing machines and dryers, top-end entertainment systems and more.

With this came high fuel costs, trouble finding a parking place etc. Soon people wanted something more fuel efficient and smaller, but not too small. Something they could easily and quickly hook up to and tow with the family car if they wish to. Our 5 x 8 and 5 x 10 teardrop plans give you room for a queen size bed. Plus over 60 pages of super easy to follow instructions. This is not our first rodeo. We have been building these trailers and creating plans for a number of years now. So if you are going to buy plans, you should buy plans from the guys with a lot of experience.
And our experience has made us the #1 seller of teardrop plans online!
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#1 Selling Teardrop Trailer Plans
How to build a teardrop trailer. From start to finish with over 60 pages.

We have two sets of teardrop plans available, our Classic 5 x 8 Teardrop Camp Trailer Plans and our Benroy Style 5 x 10 Teardrop Trailer Plans.

About Our Teardrop Trailer Plans:
We've sold thousands of our detailed plans and instructions for building our teardrop trailers all over the world, and our satisfied customers have been spreading the word that our teardrop camp trailer plans are the best teardrop trailer plans available and well worth the price. At less then $20 a set, our plans are still much cheaper then most all of our competitors.

We made our 5 x 8 and 5 x 10 teardrop trailers easy to build with time and money saving tips and tricks that will help you easily build this teardrop trailer in no time and for less cost.
(And we have now made our Teardrop Plans available for instant download!)
You will receive over 60 pages with the complete plans, instructions and materials list for building our teardrop camp trailers in high quality pdf format made available to you instantly!
One of the biggest problems people run into when building their teardrop trailer is when they get to the ceiling. The thin sheets of luan for the ceiling are first glued together and then after they dry you have one long sheet of luan that you run through and under the roof spars and then attach it to the spars once you get it into place. Sounds easy enough, however when you start trying to work and bend the long thin sheet of luan to the curves of the teardrop without cracking or breaking becomes a whole different story.  I would estimate that apx. 65 to 70 percent of the people building a teardrop for the first time end up cracking or breaking the luan during this process and have to go buy more luan and start the whole process over again.  Leading to more time and money, not to mention frustration.

Well we started researching the preparation and processes for wood in the manufacturing of just about every kind of wood products you can imagine until we finally....(one year later) ran across a guy who had found a process used to bend thin sheets of wood for the manufacturing of a totally unrelated product that is the best little trick that I have ever seen. It makes installing the luan for your ceiling so much easier, and so much less likely to crack or break. Less time,
less money and less stress! I like it! So of course we have passed this little known secret on to you in our plans. Plus other tips and tricks that will help you breeze through the building process of your trailer.

We also came up with a super easy way for you to draw the profile for you teardrop, you will have nice smooth curves drawn with very little effort. Even if you can't draw a straight line. lol

Both sets of teardrop plans come with complete instructions and materials list and consists of over 60 pages. Plus you get three other valuable files of information absolutely free as our way of saying thank you for purchasing your teardrop plans from us.  The plans and bonus files all come in high quality pdf format so they will open on any computer or device with a pdf reader. And you will be able to download the files individually for easier downloading.
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Teardrop trailers are very popular, probably because of its size, lightweight, slick looking profile and the fact that it can be towed by almost any four wheeled vehicle. Its one of the very few camp trailers that you can hook up to a Honda civic and tow it with no problem. Teardrop trailer owners share their passion for these little trailers with one another in teardrop trailer clubs, and camp-outs.
Teardrop trailers are different sizes, the most common size teardrop trailer is 4' x 8', and they are fine for some people but to me that’s just a little too cramped. I prefer the 5' x 8' teardrop trailer, you can at least fit a queen bed in it instead of a bed that’s not really big enough for two people to sleep comfortably. The kitchens of a teardrop (called the "Galley") are almost always outside at the back under a door you lift kind of like a hatchback of a car. Most people have a little stove in it, whether it be electric or gas, as well as an ice box or ice chest and some folks get really fancy and include a sink with a faucet and running water. And some teardrops are built with a place to attach a table right to the side of the trailer at the rear that folds down against the trailer when not in use so its out of the way.
Teardrop Trailers look cool, they don’t make your vehicle suck up a bunch of extra fuel and I love mine, but if you have kids, you will not be able to fit much more than two adults in it, so you would have to bring a tent for your kids. I guess they really are not for everyone, there are a lot of folks that would just be happier in a larger travel trailer. You set up your table and chairs outside usually around the back where your galley is because there is not room for a table or chairs inside the teardrop as most of them are only 4' tall by 4' wide by 8' long, so your bed is going to take up most of the space inside.
People always ask me what is the best kind of teardrop trailer to get, and I always answer "the kind you build yourself". There are so many advantages to building your own teardrop trailer, starting with the cost. With the right set of plans you really can save yourself hundreds of dollars by building your own teardrop trailer. And when you build your own teardrop trailer, you can customize it to fit your style and needs. But when you purchase a set of plans, make sure you know what you’re getting before you buy, because you can really get scammed or worse. For example there are a lot of guys out there that are selling out dated, incomplete, hard to read, difficult to understand and even down right unsafe teardrop plans. So if there isn’t enough information about the plans in their ad, contact the seller(s) of the plans first and ask any questions that you have before you make a purchase.
Another thing to look out for is a number of them are selling a blueprint image with no instructions and call them plans, and that is fine if you are an engineer or have some experience reading a blueprint, but most people do not and end up paying for a blueprint that they cannot use. One thing that always throws up a red flag for me is when the plans are too cheap, that is always a good sign that something is not right. A real good set of teardrop plans can run anywhere from $17 to $50 so if you see teardrop plans selling for $9.99 or less be extra cautious and try to make sure you know what you are getting.
If you do decide to build your own teardrop trailer, a couple things to keep in mind is that a lot of people use one of those little trailers sold by Northern Tools or Harbor Freight for the frame of the teardrop, this is a really good idea for a couple reasons. First, it just makes for a lot less work on the building side of things, your frame is complete and you can start working on the actual teardrop its self. And second, when you use one of those trailers you won’t have to do the DOT inspection just to be able to get it registered so that you can get plates for it. It’s not a big deal to pass the inspection its self, but if your like I am, every time I go to DMV I always think I must of showed up at the worst possible time because there will be at least 20 people a head of me.
The other thing to keep in mind in case you are going to build your own frame for the teardrop (which means you will have the trailer inspected), then you need to keep all of your receipts for anything you purchase to build it, most DOT offices in the U.S. will ask you for them when you have it inspected.
If you are interested in purchasing plans for a teardrop trailer, we have quality 5 x 8 and 5 x 10 teardrop trailer plans with instruction and materials list and both contain over 60 pages, plus you get free trailer frame plans and several valuable free bonus files. We now have the # 1 selling teardrop trailer plans online. Our teardrop plans are under $20.00. You can find those and many other trailer plans at Northwest Outdoors
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DATE: AUGUST 11-15 2015
at the Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center Bend, OR.
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For more information about this event, visit The International Federation Of Fly Fishers website at:
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