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  • How to Manually Move an 8,000 Pound Trailer
  • You are right on everything you have said. The manual dollies like # RA20 do not have the capacity for your 8,000 pound trailer. There is a manual crank type, # STC-V211, but its tongue weight capacity is 500 pounds. The motorized ones that you mentioned are not something that we carry but it is exactly what you need. If you will need to move the trailer around manually often then it would be a good investment. You might be able to find a used one by the usual means but remember that...
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  • Using E-Track to Make Bunk Beds Inside of an Enclosed Trailer
  • Sorry Jim but your wife already got to us and I'm afraid you'll have to go on the all-beet diet! I kid, I kid. The Rack'em shelf kit # RA-13 is great for shelves but to make some bunk beds I recommend going with E-Track # E19146. This single 4 foot long section is rated for 6,000 pounds (of course the way it is mounted and what it is mounted to also would have to be rated that high to get the full capacity). But if you used 6 of these (2 extra for added support) then you and your hunting...
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  • How to Manually Move Coleman Popup Camper Up a Driveway with a Grade
  • We offer several types of trailer dollies in addition to the Rack-Em unit you referenced, part # RA20. This Rack-Em dolly has a 1-7/8-inch hitch ball, 13-inch tires and a tongue weight capacity of 500-lbs. For the greatest ease and safety when moving your camper we offer the hand-crank-powered Trailer Valet Swivel Jack and Trailer Mover, part # STC-V211. The Trailer Valet bolts on to your camper frame and provides two speed operation through the hand crank. It will fit trailer frames...
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  • Recommended Trailer Ramp/Gate Lift Assist For Utility Trailer with Custom Solid Gate/Ramp
  • For a trailer gate that weighs more than 300 lbs, I recommend using two of the Rack'Em Double Barrel Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Chain - 200 lbs # RA-27C. If it is right at 300 lbs, I recommend the Gorilla-Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Cable - 300 lbs # GL1 as a more economical alternative for your custom made gate/ramp.
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  • Roof Racks Recommended for Use on Motor Home Roof to Hold Kayaks and Surfboards
  • We offer several types of water-sport carriers for kayaks and surfboards including both rack-mount types and foam block designs that require no roof rack at all. These are quite lightweight and cost-effective; this type can be seen on the link provided. Of course we also offer a range of rack-mount water-sport carriers as well. These rack-mount carriers are generally chosen based on the shape of the roof rack crossbars employed. I have linked two pages on our site, one for kayak carriers...
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  • Recommendation for Moving a Heavy Boat Trailer Short Distances on a Driveway
  • The Rackem trailer dolly, # RA20, would work well as long as the tongue weight of the trailer is something you would normally be able to handle by hand without the use of anything. If not then even though the dolly will make it easier, it may not be the best solution. What I recommend is the Trailer valet, # STC-V211. It kind of works like a winch. Cranking the handle moves the trailer much easier than doing it by hand or using a dolly. I have included a link to a video that shows how...
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  • How Many Racks Come With Rackem Fitz-All Enclosed Trailer Ladder Rack # RA-28
  • The Rackem Fitz-All Enclosed Trailer Ladder Rack, item # RA-28, comes with two rack pieces, to complete the rack. You will receive exactly what you see in the picture, except for the ladder. I have included a link to the installation details below.
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  • What is The Heaviest Duty Trailer Dolly Available
  • The Rackem Trailer Dolly, item # RA20, is the most heavy duty trailer dolly that I have seen and it has the largest tires making it easier to maneuver heavier trailers (within reason). Rackem does not specify a weight rating for this item. At this time we do not stock other trailer dollies.
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  • Can Trailer Wheel Locks be Easily Defeated
  • I can pass along your lock concerns to the manufacturers. Any lock can be defeated given enough time and persistence. A wheel lock such as # RA-25 is a deterrent, as all locks are. If a thief wants that trailer bad enough, they'll find a way. Thieves have a tendency to pick the low-hanging fruit; that is to say that the mere presence of a lock is likely to cause a would-be thief to move on to an easier target. Things that take time like removing a tire from a trailer are not worth the...
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  • Will Rack'em Fitz-All Enclosed Trailer Ladder Rack # RA-28 Mount to a Trailer Without Rain Gutters
  • This Rackem Fitz-All enclosed trailer ladder rack system is intended for use on enclosed trailers with rain gutters. However, you may be able to adapt the installation as follows. Our installers have experience doing this in a similar circumstance. Inspect the interior of your trailer roof near the top corners to see whether there are steel headers. These headers are essentially the support structure for the sheet metal roof. If your trailer does have these, they will serve as an effective...
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  • Ladder Racks For Trailers and Trailers with Crossbars
  • The Rack'em Fitz-All Enclosed Trailer Ladder Rack # RA-28 has the versatility to fit many of our trailers even though they are not enclosed. The Pack'Em Ladder Rack Bracket Kit for Enclosed Trailers # PK-28B would also work, but the sides are not as sturdy as if there were an enclosed roof frame already in place, so using these systems will have weight limits that aren't accurate for that custom application. I've attached a link to our trailers for you. If you don't specifically...
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  • Spare Tire Mount Recommendation for Trailers with Limited Frame Space
  • We do have a couple different spare tire mount options for you to check out. You could go with the Spare Tire Carrier for E-Track Systems, # RA-16HST, that you referenced, but you will also need an E-Track rail. For this I recommend the 4 ft Vertical E-Track, # E19146. The E-track system was primarily designed to be installed inside of an enclosed trailer, but you could install it on the outside of the trailer if you would like. I do not recommend installing it on the side of the trailer...
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  • Can Rackem Fitz-All Enclosed Trailer Ladder Rack # RA-28 Adjust for Height
  • The Rackem Fitz-All Enclosed Trailer Ladder Rack # RA-28 does adjust horizontally to allow it to fit trailer roofs from 4-feet to 8-1/2-feet wide but its height is fixed based on the position of the roof rain gutters, which are required in order to install this rack kit. It offers a 400-lb load capacity.
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  • How to Mount Bicycles to an Enclosed Trailer Wall
  • The Traffic Cone Holder, # RA-26, that you mentioned is designed to store cones that are 12" - 36" tall, and the arm of the holder is 22-3/8" long. The arm does not fold down a full 90 degrees, so this would not be the best option for mounting your bikes to the trailer wall. However, I do have a couple of alternate solutions for you. First, you could use the Single Hook Racks for Enclosed Trailers, # RA-8. These sturdy hooks can hold well over 60 lbs., so they should easily support...
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  • Slot Dimensions of the E-Track
  • The E-Track has slots that have a length of 2.45-inches and a width of .58 inches. See attached diagram. I couldn't find any information on the ANCOR brand so you would need to compare what you have to those dimensions to know if the accessories like part # RA-16 would fit.
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  • Can I Use The Rackem Trailer Dolly # RA20 To Move Enclosed Trailers
  • The item you selected, Rack'em Trailer Dolly, part # RA20, has a tongue weight capacity of 500 lbs. Tongue weight is usually 10 to 15 percent of the trailer weight. As long as you can physically pull the weight yourself and the tongue weight of any trailer you move is less than 500 pounds, part # RA20 will work for you. I have linked instructions for the Rack'em Trailer Dolly, part # RA20
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  • How to Determine if a Trailer has Rain Gutters to Install a Ladder Rack on the Roof
  • Rain gutters are a channel along the roof sides of a vehicle or trailer like in the picture I have included. You can still install the ladder rack # RA-28 provided that you have rain gutters or metal supports at the roof like the trailer in the video I have linked. The other option is to bolt a rack like # S80510 on the flat part of the roof. You would have to drill through the roof and use some silicone sealant to keep out water.
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  • Recommended Enclosed Trailer Ladder Rack for 6 x 12 Flat-Top Trailer
  • It is not difficult to cut down the height of the vertical struts on the Rack'em Fitz-All Enclosed Trailer Ladder Rack # RA-28. This rack features aluminum construction that makes it both lightweight and easier to cut to size than a steel rack. This system is great for flat-top enclosed trailers as long as they have a rain gutter installed at the roof line. In the install video our techs did trim off about 5-inches of height from the bottom of the strut's top half (they are a 2-piece assembly)....
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  • Can RackEm Trailer Dolly be Used to Move a Pop-Up Camper that Uses a 2 Inch Ball
  • You can use the trailer dolly, part #RA20, to move the pop-up camper that uses any size ball. Proper ball fit is necessary when towing, but for moving a trailer with this dolly it is not necessary.
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  • Comparison Between Rack'Em Double Barrel and Gorilla-Lift Tailgate Lift Assist Systems
  • Between the Rack'Em Double Barrel Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist # RA-27C and the Gorilla-Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist # GL1, we do in fact sell more of the Double Barrel # RA-27C. As far as quality of the product, the Double Barrel # RA-27C and the Gorilla-Lift # GL1 are both good quality. As you mentioned, when it comes to installation the Double Barrel # RA-27C will require about half of the Gorilla-Lift # GL1 since there is only 1 lift rather than 2. The Gorilla-Lift...
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  • How to Determine Enclosed Trailer Roof Weight Capacity
  • The maker of your trailer is really the only reliable source for its specifications and capacities. In my research on the Wells Cargo website I too was unable to find any roof details about your trailer other than that the aluminum roof on the 6 x 10 Fast Trac cargo trailer FT6121 is one-piece (to prevent leaks, a nice feature) and that this material has a thickness of .024-inches. No roof weight capacity is provided. I called Wells Cargo and spoke to a technician there and he advised...
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  • Can Shorter Hardware be Used to Install a Rackem Ladder Rack on a 5x8 Cargo Trailer
  • In the hardware you are using is too long then going with slightly shorter screws is permissible as long as they are the same style and grade as the original hardware. I would take some of the hardware with you to a hardware store and compare them to what the store has available so you are sure to get the right size.
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  • RackEm Trailer Dolly Recommendation for Maneuvering a Travel Trailer with 420 lbs Tongue Weight
  • This Rack em Trailer Dolly # RA20 is rated to handle 500 lbs of tongue weight. Since your trailer has 420 lbs of tongue weight it should work fine for you. The total trailer weight does not matter. You can pull as much as you are physically able to.
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  • Will the Ladder Rack for Enclosed Trailers Fit My 6 foot by 12 foot Haulmark Trailer
  • Yes, the Rackem Fitz-All Enclosed Trailer Ladder Rack, part number RA-28 will fit your 6 foot wide trailer. The rack installs easily to the trailers rain gutters and fits all trailer brands. These racks are sold as a set which includes 2 load bars and installation hardware. You may also want to consider the Rackem Load Stop for Ladder Rack, item # RA-28-S, to help secure loads on the ladder rack system.
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  • What Size Gas Can will the 5 Gallon Gas Can Rack # RA-1L Hold
  • I went out and measured the 5 Gallon Gas Can Rack for Enclosed Trailers, # RA-1L. I produced a short video also and used a gas can we have here for reference. I also posted a photo with the dimensions I got for you to review. The dimensions of the carrier are, 38 inches overall height, 18-1/2 inches overall width, 10-1/2 inches from the bottom to the top of the side rails and the opening is 15-3/4 inches wide by 12-1/2 inches deep, see photo for clarification. The 5 gallon gas...
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  • Dimensions and Weight Capacity of Tailgate the Rackem Trailer Tailgate Assist # RA-27C Will Work On
  • In order to determine if the Rackem Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist, part # RA-27C, will work with your trailer, you will need to measure the height and length of the trailer side rails. This unit will work on trailer side rails that are 10 to 15 inches tall, and the tailgate has to be at least 44 inches tall in the upright position. I spoke with my contact at Rackem and he said the maximum weight the tailgate assist can be used on is 200 lbs, and he said there was not a maximum...
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  • Does Rackem Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist, # RA-27C Use a Chain or Cable
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled a Rackem Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist, # RA-27C, to examine it. It does use a chain, like shown in the video linked below, and not a cable. I have also included a link to the installation details below.
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  • Will The Rackem Magnum Wheel Lock # RA-25 Prevent Wheel From Turning
  • It would be very hard for someone to move the trailer with the Rack'em Magnum Wheel Lock, part # RA-25, attached to your wheel. When the unit is locked the prongs will not move, but the prongs are designed to go through the wheel hole. The tire would have to drive over the lock unit each time the wheel rotated for the wheel to turn. With opportunity and time a determined thief will normally get the item they are after. Using the wheel lock will help deter theft and make your trailer...
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  • Recommended Trailer Dolly for Use on an Unpaved Surface
  • The best type of trailer dolly for your application of moving an 850-lb utility trailer is a 2-speed hand-crank dolly like the Trailer Valet 5X Swivel Jack and Trailer Mover # STC-V211. This is both a trailer-mounted tongue jack and a hand-crank-powered trailer mover that offers a choice of 2 operating speeds. Please click on the included video link to see this item in detail. Trailer Valet also offers a Trailer Dolly # TVXL2 that does not mount to the trailer frame like the jack style...
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  • How Can Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist # RA27C be Mounted on 24 inch Tall Trailer Side Rails
  • We have spoken with our contacts at Rack'Em before about this same issue you have and they told us that as long as you can attach the Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist # RA27C at a height of between 10-15 inches relative to the floor of the trailer you would be fine. You would most likely need to attach the unit to the either the inside or the outside of the trailer sides since overall yours are 24 inches tall. Rack'Em told me that when you have trailer sides that are taller than...
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