Skid wheels - Dutchmen Owners

Go Back   Dutchmen Owners > Dutchmen Brand RVs > Toy Hauler
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-14-2016, 05:06 AM   #1
New Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Redlands
Posts: 2
California
Skid wheels

Have a new Voltage 3200 and rear of rig just kissing my driveway with out any added weight. What set up have you guys used and height wheels. Recommend steel or neoprene type? I assume weld on is proper mounting? Thanks RV experts !
__________________

Kimbo W Palmer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2016, 01:21 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
hddecker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: kamloops
Posts: 2,152
British Columbia
I haven't had a need for skid wheels until our present trailer, but every camper I have seen with skid wheels, use a steel wheel about 4".

The more important consideration is the weight capacity of the wheels, they are going to take a beating.

I have been thinking of making a bracket to mount snowplow skid plates, no moving parts and no maintenance required. I doubt that you could ever wear a set of skid plates out.

The type of frame you have would dictate the method of install. If you have an I-beam frame, grade 8 bolts would be my choice. Much easier to replace a broken or worn out wheel.
__________________

hddecker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2016, 02:44 PM   #3
Site Team
 
wahoonc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Sprung Leak
Posts: 3,138
North Carolina
My biggest concern with skid wheels is the point loading of the frame where the wheel is attached. With a longer sacrificial skid you spread the load out over more of the frame. I have seen more than one frame crack when someone overloaded a skid wheel. I have never seen a frame crack when they used the longer skids. Replaced a few that had been worn out from dragging. YMMV

Aaron
__________________
There is madness to my methods
2015 Coleman CM16FBS(traded) 2016 Concord 300DS
2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid following along
wahoonc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2016, 02:57 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Helena, MT
Posts: 459
Montana
I had and axle flip done on our camper which raised the whole thing about 4 inches. No more skidding the back end unless I've taken the trailer somewhere it probably shouldn't be.
__________________
2012 Aspen Trail 2710BH | 280 watts of solar on the roof | 2x6V GC batteries | 100% LED lighting | 1500 & 300 watt PSW inverters | so far strictly boondocking
ewarnerusa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2016, 06:19 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
sundancer 87's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Tahlequah
Posts: 2,842
Oklahoma
Three axles 3200 and the last time I looked they are round and straight so I don't think a flip would work. I may be wrong since I haven't been under my 3800 for awhile.
What would work is a couple 2x4s at the entrance of the drive. The will give some lift to the rear. Might have to ramp it up a little but that's easier and cheaper than dealing with axles.
__________________
2013 Voltage 3800, 2012 Chevy 3500 HD
2010 Yamaha V Star 950
2009 Yamaha Raider
Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Caravanners
sundancer 87 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2016, 06:56 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Helena, MT
Posts: 459
Montana
An axle flip doesn't literally flip the axles, it moves them from above the springs to below them. But a ramp would certainly be much cheaper!
__________________
2012 Aspen Trail 2710BH | 280 watts of solar on the roof | 2x6V GC batteries | 100% LED lighting | 1500 & 300 watt PSW inverters | so far strictly boondocking
ewarnerusa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2016, 09:06 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
HornedToad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Midland
Posts: 606
Texas
Follow the link in post #6 in the thread below for the Skid Wheels I installed, however, I think the consensus was the skids in post #9 would be preferred.

3950 ground clearance
__________________

Mike & Helen
2014 Voltage 3895 EPIC III
2013 Ford F350 CC DRW FX4
HornedToad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2016, 09:28 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
sundancer 87's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Tahlequah
Posts: 2,842
Oklahoma
Quote:
Originally Posted by ewarnerusa View Post
An axle flip doesn't literally flip the axles, it moves them from above the springs to below them. But a ramp would certainly be much cheaper!
In this case understood, but I have flipped dropped axles to give more ground clearance on things that can be actually flipped. I did it on an old 60's TT that needed more ground clearance for the Mexican desert roads.
The round axle tube is mounted to the flex trac system or whatever it's called, no spring shackles per se.

I saw where a guy just made him two ramps that sat in the curb, against the sidewalk for his RV. Jacked him pretty good when backing into his yard.
__________________
2013 Voltage 3800, 2012 Chevy 3500 HD
2010 Yamaha V Star 950
2009 Yamaha Raider
Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Caravanners
sundancer 87 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2016, 08:37 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
donzinger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Memphis
Posts: 1,447
Michigan
Quote:
Originally Posted by HornedToad View Post
Follow the link in post #6 in the thread below for the Skid Wheels I installed, however, I think the consensus was the skids in post #9 would be preferred.

3950 ground clearance
I bought a set of the wheels and never got around to installing. Good thing because I saw the home built skidplates later and decided this was the way I was gonna go - now just need the time...
__________________
2014-3950, Full Paint, 17.5" tires, 370W solar, 3100W Magnum inverter w/ AGS, 7500w diesel generator, Micro-Air Easy Start 364 (x3)
2019 Ram 3500 Limited w/ Max Tow pkg
donzinger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2016, 05:31 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
07dmax360's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Seba beach
Posts: 105
Alberta
As far as axle flipping goes, my 3605 axles are already under the springs. I have in past taken my 5er's to a trailer shop and put blocks in between spring and axle. The largest I could go was 3", too much block and your springs really start to twist under sharp cornering. if you really need more lift, a sub frame needs to be constructed and spring hangers dropped down to the subframe. A friend of mine had to do the subframe, he had a 6" lift on his dodge, and trailer angle was way out!!! I would recommend a 2" block if you need that little bit of clearance, then you can drop the pin box down a hole or two or raise your hitch height, and that'll give you extra clearance between the tailgate and underside for those sharp angles too.
__________________

__________________
2007 GMC Sierra 2500HD 6.6L Duramax CC/SB
2015 Chevy Silverado 3500HD 6.6L Duramax CC/LB DRW
2014 Voltage V-3605 with trail-air pinbox
2012 Can-Am Commander XT 1000, 1998 golwing GL1500
07dmax360 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Dutchmen RV or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT. The time now is 10:15 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.
×