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I see Harbor Freight has a class 1 "1720 lb. Capacity 48 in. x 96 in. Super Duty Folding Trailer" for around $400, sometimes they will sell at 20% off. this would make a great popup platform i would think. also selll smaller capacity and smaller platforms at even cheaper prices
 

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I wouldn't use a HF trailer as a pop-up platform without drastic modifications first. The wheel bearings and the tongue are weak spots on HF trailers and like to fail when towing a lot of weight.
 

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I wouldn't use a HF trailer as a pop-up platform without drastic modifications first. The wheel bearings and the tongue are weak spots on HF trailers and like to fail when towing a lot of weight.
Not true at all. I have a 4x8 trailer from HF that is rated for 1195 lbs. I've used this thing for literally everything. Many times I'm quite sure I've been overweight and it took it like a champ. Even had it loaded down with red clay, tires aired to the max(they were still squatting) and it worked great. I know that I've put at least 10k miles on it and no problem with the bearings failing or overheating. I check them after long drives. Here are a few pics of what I've done. Wish I had more to demonstrate.
 

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I wouldn't use a HF trailer as a pop-up platform without drastic modifications first. The wheel bearings and the tongue are weak spots on HF trailers and like to fail when towing a lot of weight.
I've had a HF 4X8 1195 lbs. Cap. for 4 years now haven't had a single problem towing it. I know I have overloaded at times too. It handled it well. The only thing I did extra when I assembled it was to hand pack the wheel bearings with syn. bearing grease. It has a few thousand miles on it now and other than needing new tires it's perfect.
Harbor Freight now has a heavy duty 4x8 model that has a capacity of over 1700 lbs.
 

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Hmmm, I've had members of other car groups I'm a member of have their HF trailers fail in spectacular fashion while on the road. It would seem then that my cases were simply laziness of the person who put the trailer together?
 

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Not true at all. I have a 4x8 trailer from HF that is rated for 1195 lbs. I've used this thing for literally everything. Many times I'm quite sure I've been overweight and it took it like a champ. Even had it loaded down with red clay, tires aired to the max(they were still squatting) and it worked great. I know that I've put at least 10k miles on it and no problem with the bearings failing or overheating. I check them after long drives. Here are a few pics of what I've done. Wish I had more to demonstrate.[/QUO

You live in the land of pickup trucks. I bet the good old boys, get a kick watching you haul everything, but the kitchen sink. Love the mattress photo. Yeeha!

 

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Nobody has noticed the obvious, He has a trailer hitch on a 453 model. :eek:

I tow my trailer behind my Chrysler Town & Country
 

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He's one of two or three on this forum who have a 453 hitch...and went about it the custom way. :D
 

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depends on the trailer, and the tires. The smaller tires spin at a higher speed, and the bearings used on some are not the best in quality, nor is the grease they use. Some 't get much grease in the bearings and they would fail. Best to play it safe and check the bearings, and grease them up before using the trailer the first time, and at least yearly after that. More often if you regularly run them in water (like a boat trailer)
 

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Not true at all. I have a 4x8 trailer from HF that is rated for 1195 lbs. I've used this thing for literally everything. Many times I'm quite sure I've been overweight and it took it like a champ. Even had it loaded down with red clay, tires aired to the max(they were still squatting) and it worked great. I know that I've put at least 10k miles on it and no problem with the bearings failing or overheating. I check them after long drives. Here are a few pics of what I've done. Wish I had more to demonstrate.

Where did you find your receiver (hitch)? Brand? We just bought a 2017 and need to put one on it. Our other two smarts each have a curt hitch but curt doesn't seem to list one for the 2017. We have two trailers that we pull behind them. One is a tent camper.
 

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Comebackkid has a Curt hitch that they took off their 451, modified, then welded onto the rear of the 453.
 

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Not true at all. I have a 4x8 trailer from HF that is rated for 1195 lbs. I've used this thing for literally everything. Many times I'm quite sure I've been overweight and it took it like a champ. Even had it loaded down with red clay, tires aired to the max(they were still squatting) and it worked great. I know that I've put at least 10k miles on it and no problem with the bearings failing or overheating. I check them after long drives. Here are a few pics of what I've done. Wish I had more to demonstrate.

Where did you find your receiver (hitch)? Brand? We just bought a 2017 and need to put one on it. Our other two smarts each have a curt hitch but curt doesn't seem to list one for the 2017. We have two trailers that we pull behind them. One is a tent camper.

Yea unfortunately no one makes a hitch for the 453... made this one in my brothers barn.
 

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I’m happy you’re the trailblazer showing the way for us with 453 towing heavy stuff. :3

I’d love to do what you did, but I don’t drive my 453 enough to warrant it towing things. Plus I promised to keep it as stock as possible. :) Maybe when I get a second 453..
 
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