Drawbar Length (Offroad Camper Trailer)

Submitted: Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 15:42
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Hi All,
Just wanting to lengthen my drawbar on my offroad trailer and am wondering if anyone with a Kimberly or similar could tell me the length of their trailer.

Thanks Heaps !!!
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Reply By: Member - Kiwi B - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 16:01

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 16:01
Dan,

Pioneer Onyx:-
Drawbar (camper front to centre of treg pin)-----2.400mtrs.
Camper 2.350
Treg Centre- Axle Centre 3.400

Makes it very easy to get heaps of weight forward, or very difficult to keep a GU's butt from dragging on the deck.

Have never weighed drawbar loaded but I can't lift the mutha.

Hope this helps,
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Follow Up By: dan26aus - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 18:35

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 18:35
Thanks very much Bruce. Your measurements are much appreciated !!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi B - Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 10:43

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 10:43
Not sure if you want this info from me as well?

!50 x 50 Box section.
Stops just in front of suspension mount(Independent Susp.)
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Follow Up By: dan26aus - Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 15:11

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 15:11
Thank Heaps Bruce. Think i might go the same size !!
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Reply By: Member - Bruce and Anne - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 19:04

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 19:04
Our C/T draw bar measures 1.7m, its a 7x4 (500mm sides) semi off road trailer with" Robust" camper top. With the box, on the A frame, full of timber I can just lift the front. I need to have it weighed I would think, but it towes pretty good.
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Follow Up By: dan26aus - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 20:02

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 20:02
Hi Bruce & Ann, thank you very much for your measurement. Just out of curiosity do you know approx what size RHS or C section your drawbar is ?

Thanks Again
Dan
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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce and Anne - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:13

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:13
Hi Dan, well check that out in the morning and get back to you.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce and Anne - Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 12:17

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 12:17
Dan it is 75mm x 50mm RHS and is a full lenght chassis.
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Follow Up By: dan26aus - Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 16:47

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 16:47
Thanks Bruce, mine is 75 x 50 as well... I think i will run mine full length as well. Not really any harder than running diagonally from before the wheels, just an extra length of steel...
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 22:31

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 22:31
I checked out a few a while ago, i was thinking of lengthing the drawbar on my home made.. A lot of campertrailers are 3.2mtrs, centre of ball to axle. Having said that there seems to be no standard. Michael.
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Reply By: Shaker - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 23:14

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 23:14
Why do you want a longer drawbar?
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Follow Up By: dan26aus - Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 13:08

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 13:08
Hi Shaker,well believe it or not my drawbar from the front of the trailer only measures 1 metre to the centre of the cup for the ball. On top of that it is welded from the front of the trailer. It doesn't travel underneath the trailer whatsoever, I bought the trailer from a builder a while ago and it needed a few repairs, so to keep the story as short as i can, i lenghtened the trailer to 8 x 4, rather than 7 x 4 and turned it into an off- road trail bike trailer. But i came off my bike in Dec and crushed my wrist ( 3 operations later and another in 2 weeks time). So the only way for me to ever get my $ worth of use out of it is i want to deck it out for as a camper trailer, but i am thinking of running the rails under the complete trailer rather than diagonally in front of the wheels.
It will give me a job in exercising my wrist i spose, but with already owning a few cars, boat, and another campertrailer ( on road, that i will get rid of ),down sizing to the basics makes more sense ( too many regos!!! )

Thanks to all that replied

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 16:33

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 16:33
OK, good idea, mine goes all the way to the rear of the trailer, it is actually part of a complete chassis. It is a Track Desert Eagle, same chassis as a T-Van, if you would like, I can measure it up for you.
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Follow Up By: dan26aus - Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 16:42

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 16:42
Thankx Shaker, that'd be excellent !!!
Thanks Heaps...
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 16:56

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 16:56
1450mm from the front of the trailer to the coupling pin, & 2350 from the axle line to the coupling pin, the second measurement is close but not exact to the mm, as mine doesn't have a full width axle, it has the Track MC2 suspension.

I don't understand why so many camper trailer manufacturers fit such long drawbars, it only makes them hard to manouvre in the bush & they also drag over the culvert humps.
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Follow Up By: dan26aus - Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 18:26

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 18:26
Thanks Shaker, i was thinking of maybe going 1800. I agree with going too long. I think by the time i throw a box & a stone deflector on, then i got a little bit of room to play with if i decide to throw the spare there or not. I've got a fair bit of height to play with as my mate that owns a spring shop pressed the springs a bit higher to suit my GU patrol which had a 3 inch lift done( went from 3 in to 9 in on the patrol between tyre and wheel arch ) at the same time.

Thanks very much for all your help,,, much appreciated

Dan
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 18:30

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 18:30
Mine has 3 jerrycans, spare wheel & stone guard.
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