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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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Is the Rackem Trailer Cargo Control Ladder Rack # RA-28 sold Individually
  • If you order a quantity of 1 of these Rackem Trailer Cargo Control Ladder Rack # RA-28 you will both pieces of the rack like the picture shows.
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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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  • How Many RackEm Fitz-All Enclosed Trailer Ladder Racks Are Needed For 6 X 12 Aluminum Trailer
  • I called my contact at RackEm and asked about the Fitz-All Enclosed Trailer Ladder Rack, part # RA-28 and your all aluminum trailer. They told me that two sets would be ideal for your trailer since it is 12-ft long and the load capacity would be increased but how much more it can carry depends on the trailer construction. Many trailers have aluminum shells but have steel beams on the inside. They told me that per the instructions if you are installing this through aluminum only it is...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Trailer Dolly to Move a 2500 Pound Boat Trailer on a Flat Cement Surface
  • The trailer dolly # RA20 has a tongue weight capacity of 500 pounds and your 2,500 pound boat trailer likely has a tongue weight below that limit so you could use this dolly. If you are not sure what the tongue weight is of the boat and trailer you could use a tongue weight scale, # 5780, or use one of the methods explained in the help article I have linked for you. For a dolly with a little more capacity you could use MaxxTow dolly # MT70225. It is rated for 600 pounds tongue weight. For...
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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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  • Will RackEm Ladder Rack Part RA-28 Clear My 5 Inch Tall Vent on My 5 Foot by 8 Foot Trailer
  • This all depends on the shape of the trailer roof. The ladder rack mounts to the gutters around the trailer, if the curvature of the roof is significant it may not clear. RackEm has built these racks to accommodate virtually all manufactured trailers from 4 to 8-1/2 feet wide. The cross bar sits about 18 inches above the mounting points, so you will need to measure from the gutters up 8 inches and if that is enough to clear your vent, you should be good to go. Even if the vent is as...
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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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  • Dimensions of Rack'em Fitz-All Enclosed Trailer Ladder Rack RA-28
  • The cross bars on the Rack em Fitz-All Enclosed Trailer Ladder Rack, # RA-28 are telescopic meaning it can be as small as 4-1/2 feet across or slide out as wide as 8-1/2 feet across. There is no need to cut it. I have included a link to the instructions below.
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  • Is a 2 Inch Hitch Ball Available for the Rackem Trailer Dolly # RA20
  • The Rackem Trailer Dolly, # RA20, only comes with a 1-7/8 inch ball. A 2 inch ball is not available for this item. Proper ball fit is necessary when towing, but it is not necessary when moving a trailer with this dolly. This dolly can even be used with trailers that require a 2-5/16 inch hitch ball. As long as the tongue weight of your trailer does not exceed 500 lbs and you can physically pull the weight yourself, then this tow dolly will support your trailer with the 1-7/8 inch ball.
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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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  • Height of Rack em Fitz-All Ladder Rack for Enclosed Trailer
  • The Rack em Fitz-All Ladder Rack, part # RA-28 is 22-1/8 inches tall. As you mentioned, this rack installs on the rain gutters. To determine the height once installed, measure 22-1/8 inches upward from your rain gutter.
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  • Will Spare Tire Rack # RA-16 Hold Two 225/75-15 Tires in a 24ft Enclosed Trailer
  • Your 225/75-15 tires should be slightly over 28-9/32 inches in diameter, so combined you would be looking at about 56-19/32 inches in order to clear both tires. I spoke with my contact at Rack'Em, and the # RA-16 spare tire rack has an overall length of 49 inches, but the E-track portion of the rack is only 25-1/2 inches long. Even with one tire in the top slot and the other in the bottom slot, you would still be a few inches short of fitting both tires on the rack. If your trailer...
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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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  • How Tall is the Rackem Fitz-All Enclosed Trailer Ladder Rack, # RA-28
  • I went out to the warehouse, pulled a Rackem Fitz-All Enclosed Trailer Ladder Rack, # RA-28, and assembled it to take measurements. From the bottom of the rack to the very top in the shortest position it is 22-1/8 inches tall. From the bottom to the top of the cross bar it is 17-5/8 inches tall. It the highest position it measured 27 inches tall overall and 22-1/2 to the top of the cross bar.
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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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  • Truck Bed Rack System Recommendation for Carrying Trimmers and Blowers
  • The Rack'Em Rack for Truck Bed Side Rails # RA-36 should work well for you. This rack can be installed on virtually any truck that has stake pockets and since your blower is more like the dimensions of a trimmer this rack should do well to carry both your trimmer and your blower. The only way to order this kit is to order both sides of the rack. The other side of the rack you could either use to carry spool, a standard blower, or a cooler. Or, you could leave it off your truck.
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