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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old May 26th, 13, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
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Safe towing?

I have not been on the site in months and I have a question. I did not know where to post so I will start here.
I want to pull a small trailer with my 68 to shows etc. Nothing big, just canopy, weekend stuff. I want something that is safe @ 70 MPH, many I have looked at are 45-60. I am making a trailer hitch for the Camaro that will attach with pins, no welding. The maximum I would tow would be no more than 500 # . Just wondering if anyone out there is doing something along this line that could give me some advise.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old May 26th, 13, 06:19 AM
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Re: Safe towing?

Tires on the trailer! Watch that you don't go with those puny smaller tires that sometimes goes with some models . The smaller diams are just too small to handle those higher speeds for long periods.

I used to pull the smaller pop ups, but nothing's worse than going down the highway, and have the bearings go on them.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old May 26th, 13, 06:56 AM
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Re: Safe towing?

X2, The tires are what regulate the speed the trailer can go move up to the larger 13" or 14" tire and you will be fine. I am in the beginning stage at designing a hitch for my 67. I do not want to use the bumper as an attaching point the way the factory hitches were. The trailer is so key to go on trips and not be forced in having to take 2 cars. (wife & 2 kids). We needed space for a cooler and a Tuff box (waterproof) for our bags. I bought a Home Depot fold up trailer and re enforced the frame and tongue with steel then put galvanized large trailer tires. Bearing buddies or oil bath caps are a must! I would love to se your ideas on the hitch.

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Re: Safe towing?

X2, The tires are what regulate the speed the trailer can go. Move up to the larger 13" or 14" tire and you will be fine. I am in the beginning stage at designing a hitch for my 67. I do not want to use the bumper as an attaching point the way the factory hitches were. The trailer is so key to go on trips and not be forced in having to take 2 cars. (wife & 2 kids). We needed space for a cooler and a Tuff box (waterproof) for our bags. I bought a Home Depot fold up trailer and re enforced the frame and tongue with steel then put galvanized rims & large trailer tires. Bearing buddies or oil bath caps are a must! I would love to se your ideas on the hitch.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old May 28th, 13, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Safe towing?

Will update you, I am struggling after knee replacement right now, trying to use my down time to do some thinking and design work. I want to come up with an easy on and off and have no visable signs of a hitch on the car when not towing. Thanks for the input.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old May 28th, 13, 10:14 PM
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Re: Safe towing?

Does your State DMV have any requirements for certification of towing attachments on vehicles? May not be an issue for you, and certainly not questioning your design/fabrication skills, but something to consider.

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