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    geronimo
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    Default Towing a Haul Master trailer?

    I bought a little 40x48 Haul Master trailer from Harbor Freight.
    Only problem with it is that it states that max speed is 45 MPH.
    Really? I wanted a trailer that I could use on the highways, at
    highway speed. Does anyone know if this is overly cautious? I mean
    what is going to happen if you go 65 mph with it? The tires are going
    to fly to pieces from the high RPMs?



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    James Sweet
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    "geronimo" <Jamesw@grandecom.net> wrote in message
    newsognu39pq5mm9cea5p149b02f92tk6b5di@4ax.com...
    > I bought a little 40x48 Haul Master trailer from Harbor Freight.
    > Only problem with it is that it states that max speed is 45 MPH.
    > Really? I wanted a trailer that I could use on the highways, at
    > highway speed. Does anyone know if this is overly cautious? I mean
    > what is going to happen if you go 65 mph with it? The tires are going
    > to fly to pieces from the high RPMs?


    Almost any utility trailer is rated 45-55 mph, I think most people pull them
    faster from time to time, but use caution.



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    ~^ beancounter ~^
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    " what is going to happen if you go 65 mph with it? "

    your 1st indications of "issues" will be a swaying back and fourth
    of the trailer...take your foot off the gas and slow down...you have
    just
    "hit" the max speed indicator......don't use brakes...unless you are
    GENTAL....slow down by foot off the gas, or dropping the tranny from
    drive to the next lower gear.....good luck!! don't put too much
    weight
    on it, or it will get "jiggy" on you as well........





    On Mar 27, 11:38*am, "James Sweet" <jamessw...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > "geronimo" <Jam...@grandecom.net> wrote in message
    >
    > newsognu39pq5mm9cea5p149b02f92tk6b5di@4ax.com...
    >
    > > * * I bought a little 40x48 Haul Master trailer from Harbor Freight.
    > > Only problem with it is that it states that max speed is 45 MPH.
    > > Really? *I wanted a trailer that I could use on the highways, at
    > > highway speed. *Does anyone know if this is overly cautious? *I mean
    > > what is going to happen if you go 65 mph with it? The tires are going
    > > to fly to pieces from the high RPMs?

    >
    > Almost any utility trailer is rated 45-55 mph, I think most people pull them
    > faster from time to time, but use caution.



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    Roadie
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    On Mar 27, 11:58*am, geronimo <Jam...@grandecom.net> wrote:
    > * * *I bought a little 40x48 Haul Master trailer from Harbor Freight..
    > Only problem with it is that it states that max speed is 45 MPH.
    > Really? *I wanted a trailer that I could use on the highways, at
    > highway speed. *Does anyone know if this is overly cautious? *I mean
    > what is going to happen if you go 65 mph with it? The tires are going
    > to fly to pieces from the high RPMs?


    Small wheels, short bouncy little trailer...yup 45mph sounds about
    right to me. Much faster and you are risking damage to cars and
    people around you.

    Sounds like you were enticed by the price and forgot everything else.

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    geronimo
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    What do you mean cheap, very little QA? I'll have you know that
    Harbor freight only sells the best of cheap chinese imports! ;-)

    Well it does have the largest (12") wheels. thanks!



    On Thu, 27 Mar 2008 18:08:59 -0700 (PDT), Roadie <hjsjms@cs.com>
    wrote:

    >On Mar 27, 11:58*am, geronimo <Jam...@grandecom.net> wrote:
    >> * * *I bought a little 40x48 Haul Master trailer from Harbor Freight.
    >> Only problem with it is that it states that max speed is 45 MPH.
    >> Really? *I wanted a trailer that I could use on the highways, at
    >> highway speed. *Does anyone know if this is overly cautious? *I mean
    >> what is going to happen if you go 65 mph with it? The tires are going
    >> to fly to pieces from the high RPMs?

    >
    >Small wheels, short bouncy little trailer...yup 45mph sounds about
    >right to me. Much faster and you are risking damage to cars and
    >people around you.
    >
    >Sounds like you were enticed by the price and forgot everything else.



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    Roadie
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    If you use the trailer as intended it will carry loads it was
    designed to. A friend bought a 4x8 trailer base from Harbor
    Freight. He had to build the sides and completely rewire it before
    the lights would work, but once complete it hauled household stuff
    for about 5 years. Ultimately the low price became apparent when the
    frame started rusting out.

    > On Mar 28, 10:35*am, geronimo <Jam...@grandecom.net> wrote:
    > What do you mean cheap, very little QA? * I'll have you know that
    > Harbor freight only sells the best of cheap chinese imports! ;-)
    >
    > Well it does have the largest (12") wheels. * * thanks!
    >
    > On Thu, 27 Mar 2008 18:08:59 -0700 (PDT), Roadie <hjs...@cs.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > >On Mar 27, 11:58*am, geronimo <Jam...@grandecom.net> wrote:
    > >> * * *I bought a little 40x48 Haul Master trailer from Harbor Freight.
    > >> Only problem with it is that it states that max speed is 45 MPH.
    > >> Really? *I wanted a trailer that I could use on the highways, at
    > >> highway speed. *Does anyone know if this is overly cautious? *I mean
    > >> what is going to happen if you go 65 mph with it? The tires are going
    > >> to fly to pieces from the high RPMs?

    >
    > >Small wheels, short bouncy little trailer...yup 45mph sounds about
    > >right to me. *Much faster and you are risking damage to cars and
    > >people around you.

    >
    > >Sounds like you were enticed by the price and forgot everything else.- Hide quoted text -

    >
    > - Show quoted text -



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    James Sweet
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    "geronimo" <Jamesw@grandecom.net> wrote in message
    news:bc0qu31cq5gi69m9ref6vinpmo2pvp0vrk@4ax.com...
    > What do you mean cheap, very little QA? I'll have you know that
    > Harbor freight only sells the best of cheap chinese imports! ;-)
    >
    > Well it does have the largest (12") wheels. thanks!
    >



    12" is pretty tiny. You're probably fine a bit over 45, but I don't think
    I'd exceed 55 or so with it, and even then it would be wise to pull over and
    check the hub temperature occasionally.



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    Exclamation Haul Master Trailer

    I too was concerned about the 45 mph limit in the manual and then noticed the 55 mph stamped directly on the 5 lug/12 in wheel ... went a step further, to a professional, stopped at a NYS Police Barracks adjacent to a heavily traveled highway (lots of commercial trailers, camping trailers, boat trailers and utility trailers). Asked what was the most common accident/incident they saw with utility trailers, reply was changing lanes too fast, trailer could flip when it hit the road seams. Asked about the speed they saw trailers being hauled, they said "normal highway speeds". All that into consideration, I bought a 1720 lb capacity utility trailer and don't haul it any faster than 60 mph, I'm cautious and careful. I also check tire pressure every time and make sure the wheel bearings are clean and fully packed. This is not an endorsement to ignore the written warnings in the manual and on the tires, WARNINGS ARE THERE FOR A REASON.

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    The Sarge is right. Trailer max speed is related to the tire rating. I bought the Haul Master model 90154 (4'x8" BED WITH 12" TIRES). Instructions stated the Max speed at 45 mph. The 12 inch tires were rated for 55 mph with a load of less than 1200 lbs. Dean

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    sounds good ot me
    smith

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