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Race Trailers

24 ft race trailer

Not only do we have specialty trailers on site, we can get the special, specialty trailer that you need quicker than most any other dealer. Because we are one of the biggest purchasers of trailers for many manufacturers, when we need something, the manufacturers listen and help us out quickly.

Need something special? Give us a call, come check out what we already have or message us through our website. We would love to show you what we have and discuss what you need (or want 😉 ).

Meanwhile check out this beautiful race trailer.

It is 24 ft long, 8.5 wide, has rubber-button floor, ramp door, tandem 5,200 lbs axles, electric jack, extra wide RV-style side door, spider mag wheels, escape door, loading lights, interior LED strip lights, 30-amp service, inverter and two interior receptacles.

Come check out this beauty before someone else does and buys it! Meanwhile, take a peek here.

Rrrace trailer!

The Pieces and Parts Needed to Tow a Trailer

Triple ball and hook mount

Hitch it up and go.

That’s all it takes, right? Stick a ball through the back bumper, drop a trailer on to that ball and drive away. No worries…

Well, not quite.

A competent hitch system is made up of several components. Let’s explore what goes into having a tow system that will do the job and do it safely.

The components

To safely hitch a trailer to a vehicle, you need the following components:

On your vehicle you need:

The hitch

the hitch
This is the connection between the tow vehicle and he trailer.

The hitch is the component that enables and creates the connection between the trailer and your vehicle. It is bolted to the frame of the vehicle so that it forms a stable and strong connection. All the forces of towing, accelerating, braking, tilting, and more that act on the vehicle as a result of towing are carried and absorbed by the hitch. It is important to get the correct kind of hitch for the type (weight) of towing that you are going to do. Hitches are made grouped into five classes with 1 being the lightest and 5 being the heaviest. Most trucks are set up with a class 3 hitch.

The ball mount

Ball mount
As the word implies, this is the piece on which you mount the tow ball.

A ball mount–as the word strongly implies–is the piece to which you attache the trailer ball on which the trailer coupler is attached. Two important things are drop and weight capacity.

Drop refers to how many inches below the receiver the ball mount sits. Common distances are 2 -10 inches, and usually available in 2-inch increments.

Ball mount drop.
The “Drop” is the distance in inches between the receiver and the ball mount
From Straight to Extreme Drop
Select the correct drop to bridge the difference in height between the tow vehicle and the trailer.

The ball

The trailer ball fits in the trailer coupler and connects the vehicle and the trailer.

The ball is the connection between the trailer and the tow vehicle. Trailer balls come in three principal sizes or diameters:
1 7/8
2
2 5/16
Two and 2 5/16 are the most common sizes and pretty much all trailers 12 ft in length and over have couplers that require a 2 5/16 ball.
The ball is secured to the ball mount with with a large nut and a lock washer. A 2 5/16 ball with a 1 1/4-inch shank will have a nut that takes a
1 7/8-inch wrench and if it’s a 1-inch shank, the nut will require a 1 1/2-inch wrench.

At Load Runner Trailers in Orlando we can install hitches, swap out ball mounts and trailer balls, install brake controllers, hitch systems, and much more. Give us a call at (407) 258-3266 to find out what we can do to make your trailer experience easier and more profitable.

How to Tighten Lug Nuts

How to Tighten Lug Nuts

Trailer wheels come in three common configurations:

  • Five lug nuts: 3,500 lbs axles
  • Six lug nuts: 5,200 lbs axles
  • Eight lug nuts: 7,000 lbs axles and 10,000 lbs axles

The basic objective when attaching a wheel to a trailer axle is to ensure that it stays on. Watching one of your trailer wheels separate from the trailer and roll off into a ditch–or heaven forbid–into an oncoming car is both fascinating and terrifying at the same time (emphasis on terrifying for the gal/guy in the oncoming car).

So how difficult can that be?

Not very, but you should still do it the right way. Lug nuts should actually be tightened in a specific order to ensure that they stay snug to the wheel equally and securely.

So what is the right way?

Funny, you should ask… Here follow three easy-peasy diagrams that show you how to properly tighten lug nuts.

Eight Lug fastening pattern: for 7,000, 10,000, 12,000 lbs axles.
Graphic showing how to tighten a six lug wheel.
Six lugs fastening pattern: 5,200 lbs axle.
Five lug nut tightening pattern. This is for a 3,500 lbs axle.

Trailer Safety IQ Test

Trailer Safety IQ Test

Take this quick test of your trailer safey IQ.

Instructions: Read the question, think hard about your answer and then:

If your answer corresponds to option 1, slide the blue button to the left

If your answer corresponds to option 2, leave the blue button where it is.

If your answer corresponds to option 3, slide the blue button to the right.

Good luck, Einstein!

Check Your Trailer Safety IQ
2
1 for Never, 2 for sometimes, 3 for always
2
1 for not important, 2 for MEH, 3 for Super important.
2
1 for "of course it can; it has a hitch!", 2 for The dealer said it could 3 for, "I looked it up and I know it can."
2
1 for "of course it can; it has a hitch!", 2 for The dealer said it could 3 for, "I looked it up and I know it can."
2
1. Brakes are for sissies 2. Brakes are helpful. 3. Brakes are crucial.
2
1 Yeah, but they missed the mark. 2 Not sure why they're there...? 3 I won't use the trailer if the lights aren't working properly.
2
1 No, spare tires are silly. 2 I don't know how to change a tire, so no... 3 If you have a spare, you won't need it.
2
1 Why not, I will spend less time on the road if I do.. 2 I have to keep up with traffic. 3 Trailer tires are generally rated for a max of 75 mph.
2
1 I shouldn't have to; I bought a quality product. 2 Only when it becomes obvious that something is about to go haywire. 3 Prevention is the best cure.

How to Read a Tire

How to Read a Tire

How to Read a Tire

There is a lot of information to be found on a tire.  There is great value in knowing what the stuff means that is stamped on a tire.  To make it as simple as possible, we have created some graphics that show where the information is on the tire and what it means.  Check the graphic below for the most important information about your tires.  Of course, none of this information will be of any value unless it is followed and respected. 

Common sense required.  

Think about it; you are trusting a set of armored balloons with your valuable cargo and human lives.  Those balloons have a narrow set of specs, which when observed carry your trailer gracefully down the road.  If you ignore these specs, you will put undue stress on these balloons causing them to heat up or burst. 

Heat.

If a tire is under-inflated, the road surface friction against the tire will increase causing the tread to wear quicker.  Wear through the tread will expose the steel belts of a radial tire.  After that the tire will come apart in a spectacular and sudden way known as the blowout.  Make a habit of checking the tire pressure on your trailer tires, just like you should on your car or truck.

Overloading.

Squeeze a properly inflated balloon and it will burst.  Ditto for tires, except the squeezing is done by a load that exceeds the load range for those tires.  

Your trailer was designed and built to carry a certain load.  The frame is optimized to carry a max load that matches what the axle(s) can support.  Finally, the tires are selected to carry the weight of the trailer and its maximum cargo.  Given that, you can’t just throw any old tire on a trailer axle and expect it to do the job. 

Speed.

Not too long ago, trailer tires were only rated for 55 mph.  That was okay because 55 was also the speed limit.  Since then, speed limits have been raised and tire technology has developed to keep pace–almost.  Your trailer tires have a max speed rating, probably 75 mph or so.  That is more than enough for today’s posted speed limits, but perhaps not nearly enough if you feel like you have to keep up with the guy putting his new Porshe Cayenne through the paces.

Speed creates heat because the tires make more frequent contact with the ground becuase they spin more times per second at excessive speed than they do at speeds up to the tires’ speed rating. Heat causes air to expand,  expanding air increases tire pressure.  Excessive tire pressure puts untenable stress on the tire structures.  Do that long enough and you get a blowout. 

Below is a graphic that shows the most important information you need to know about your trailes tires.  Let us know what you think–or if you have questions, leave us a comment. 

Or better yet, come on in and see us at 5311 Young Pine Road in Orlando.  We will be happy to talk tires or show you your next trailer.  

We Have Your Next Trailer

We Have Your Next Trailer

Alaska or bust! What do you do when you find a once-in-a-lifetime deal on that helicopter that you have always wanted? You hop in your truck and go get it, right? That is what this customer did. He drove all 3,800 miles from Alaska to get his chopper. Once here, he also needed a trailer to bring the chopper home. So, he found Load Runner Trailers in Orlando and picked up this Load Trail 40-ft car hauler so that he can bring his new helo back to the land of Moose and Grizzlies. As we keep telling you, if we don’t have it, you probably don’t need it, and conversely, if you need it, chances are, we have it. Come  see us! We have excellent financing too! All the best.

Why Did My Trailer’s Axles Give Out?

Why Did My Trailer’s Axles Give Out?

Calculate Your Safe Cargo Weight

What could possibly have gone wrong here?

The trailer dealer clearly explained that your dump trailer could hold 13 cubic yards.

So…,

You filled it with 16 cubic yards of concrete.  That trip didn’t even last a quarter of a mile…

Why?

The answer is density.   Density = lbs/cubic ft.

Think concrete vs down feathers.  A trailer-full of concrete weighs way more than a trailer-full of down feathers.  Concrete weighs 150 lbs per cubic ft,

So, what to do?  You need to know how much a cubic yard weighs of the stuff you routinely haul.  The calculator below will help you figure out how much of that stuff you haul you can actually and safely put in your trailer.  Run your numbers here.

How much does a cu yd of this weigh?
15

Now, let’s do one more set of calculations.  Let’s figure out how much your trailer actually can carry safely.

The calculation goes like this:

Carrying capacity of axle(s) — weight of trailer =  safe cargo weight

So, now run the safe trailer towing numbers here:

Can My Truck Tow This?

Is the weight bueno or no bueno?  If your cargo weights are putting the trailer way over what it can safely tow, please don’t do it.  Make a second trip instead.

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