Originally Posted by Peter_C
Does anyone over "there" user a trailer tongue extension? Mine is around 15ft to keep the surge far away from my aluminum wheels.
They are not common but I've seen three approaches used:
(1) A scaffolding bar with a tow ball on one end and a trailer coupling on the other. I think this requires the jockey wheel down to keep the trailer nose up. It also isn't a "stiff" link at the trailer so is not good for steering when launching - but is probably better than a rope for recovery. It may be better than option 2 in tight turns.
(2) An 'extendable' tongue on the trailer. Essentially a long box section which can slide along the trailer's "spine" and be locked in place to give a second hitch. It is fixed so can steer / push etc for launching too. It also doesn't need the jockey wheel down, but a very long tongue on a low tow vehicle can ground out if there are big variations in slope.
(3) A bit like 1 but with a pair of small (8"?) wheels on the trailer end of the bar so that jockey wheel on trailer is not required. IIRC it was used with a special tow vehicle that had a second hitch offset from the first one and a linking bar that fixed that so the hitch at the vehicle end would not rotate. Both the vehicle and the 'dolly' live in one place so don't need to be transportable or road legal. They use it with front mounted tow balls - which I think would be my preference for a "perfect" set up as the vehicle driver has better visibility of the tow.