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Old 05-07-2019, 05:01 PM   #1
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Default 12,500 pound road train

When I first bought Brunnhilde I would not imagine someday down the road it would be used to tow a car trailer. This need arose when I started to drive on race track in earnest since 2 years ago. At first I would just drive the R53 Mini to the local track for a one day event. I would outgrow that and wanting to explore distant tracks. The thought of something break down and I would eventually entertain an open car trailer. Initially my thought is with just the 5-cylinder engine and 4 tons nominal weight when lightly laden towing a car trailer is very unlikely without exceeding the paper specs.

Most car trailers weigh more than 1500 lb and adding a circa 3200 lb of car and a few hundred pounds of accessories the 5000 lb of tow capacity and 500 lb of tongue weight can easily breached. Fortunately I found Trailex who makes the lightest and strongest trailer in the business. Like they say the rest is history after a lot of work to set up the trailer as well as the James Cook for this new application.







The nominal combined weight of the road train routinely comes in at circa 12,500 lb but would be more once I start to carry two set of spare wheels as well as more spare parts.

Brunnhilde tows the car and trailer amazingly well. As you are towing a substantial mass there is no room of complacency or distraction. Attentions to detail and abundance of caution are the passwords. The time that you really notice is winching up long inclines. It is just patience that you know once you arrive the amenities can be hard to match by any other motorhomes that are bigger and longer.

I am exceedingly pleased with the entire setup.

I just completed some updates and maintenance to Brunnhilde.
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Old 05-07-2019, 06:28 PM   #2
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Default Re: 12,500 pound road train

The third photograph looks great.

It's nice to see you posting about Brunnhilde on your blog. The food posts just make me hungry.

Can't tell from the photos whether you have reflective tape on the trailer. Some folks add reflective tape to the trailer along the sides all the way to the receiver. You can get in different colors.

For big truck trailers, the DOT has specified reflective red and white, called DOT-C2 Reflective Conspicuity Tape.

https://reflectivetapedirect.com/col...eflective-tape

https://reflective-tape.com/

For the rear, you can get the chevron lime yellow and red stickers for greater visibility like fire trucks use.
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The third photograph looks great.

It's nice to see you posting about Brunnhilde on your blog. The food posts just make me hungry.

Can't tell from the photos whether you have reflective tape on the trailer. Some folks add reflective tape to the trailer along the sides all the way to the receiver. You can get in different colors.

For big truck trailers, the DOT has specified reflective red and white, called DOT-C2 Reflective Conspicuity Tape.

https://reflectivetapedirect.com/col...eflective-tape

https://reflective-tape.com/

For the rear, you can get the chevron lime yellow and red stickers for greater visibility like fire trucks use.
We think alike that there are no shortage of morons on the road with distracted driving and over self-confidence. I bought a roll of reflective tape to put on the trailer to make it more visible short of glowing neon. My biggest fear is being side swiped by the typical moronic drivers only see 15 feet in front and do abrupt lane change seeing Burnnhilde just passed and not seeing there is a 18 feet trailer on tow.

reflective tape for the trailer


The trailer is very well illuminated at night due to the bright LED lightings.
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