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Unread 06-29-2013, 11:14 PM   #1
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Pulling a parade float question

I told our cub scout pack I would pull a float in a parade with my '56 CJ5, f-head, 31" tires. About 3/4 mile route and just creeping along.

It's a tandem axle aluminum snowmobile trailer, 14' long "V" front with ramps. I'll have about 10 bales of hay on it. Assorted "props" which might weigh about 100 lbs. There could be as many as 25-30 cub scouts riding on it also with an average weight of say 80 lbs to be on the heavy side. I think I'll be alright in 2wd low-range. Do you agree?

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Unread 06-30-2013, 05:13 AM   #2
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Yes.
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Unread 06-30-2013, 06:45 AM   #3
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That's what I do and it's almost perfect, 2low.

I REALY watch tongue weight. I do my best to have the people over the axels. Try to explain to one of the dads the issue. Have him police that.


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Unread 06-30-2013, 08:01 AM   #4
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I would go over your jeep hitch with a fine tooth comb. be sure it's tight and all it well. Brakes are in top condition.

also check with your insurance company and be sure you are covered.


local area, we had a family pulling a 16 ft. trailer with hay placed around so family members could set, Halloween family party.

grandpa was sitting beside 6 year old girl, someway she fell backwards out of the trailer and wheels of trailer ran over her,
I believe she died.

and they were just creeping through the back fields/woods on a family outing.

you want to help out, but in today's sue mentality, you have to protect yourself.
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Unread 06-30-2013, 08:09 AM   #5
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Yep,

Sad day when you can't throw candy anymore, same reason.


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Unread 06-30-2013, 08:15 AM   #6
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hey if your electric fan is on a temp switch you may want to consider putting a switch on it for now to keep it running all the time just for the parade watch hanging anything in front of the radiator signs and stay off the vehicle in front of you creep it along and she will be fine!!

Make sure that temp gauge works GOOD!!

and like previous post said check the insurance you think you know people till an accident happens then the evil comes out!!

good luck have fun and take some pics
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Unread 06-30-2013, 09:42 AM   #7
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Our Jeep club does a number of parades, most run 4 low with the front lockouts unlocked.
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I've pulled a few heavy mardi grass floats and yes, 4 lo rear only ( hubs unlocked) and toggle between 1st and second gear. Starting out from the dead stop is the hardest. Higher rpm and feather the clutch a bit as the drivetrain could start jumping or hopping under the load. Don't want to jerk the float out from under their feet
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Unread 06-30-2013, 04:05 PM   #9
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Since this will be on flat ground, I have seen people put a block of wood between the axle and the frame to keep the rear of the vehicle from sagging. Make sure they are secured so they wont fall out. Just make sure you take them out before you drive home....
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Unread 06-30-2013, 05:21 PM   #10
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parade

i was crushed in a 4th of july parade 2 years ago,have fun but be careful accidents happen when you think they wont
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Unread 06-30-2013, 06:48 PM   #11
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[QUOTE=Double8racer;15623898]hey if your electric fan is on a temp switch you may want to consider putting a switch on it for now to keep it running all the time just for the parade watch hanging anything in front of the radiator signs and stay off the vehicle in front of you creep it along and she will be fine!!

Make sure that temp gauge works GOOD!!

I have my fan set so it comes ON at 180. I can also turn it OFF for water crossings then I can also run it ON full time. Even though...I did still pull the fan and put my stock fan back on. I think it pulls more air. I'm also going to use the elec fan under a stack of wood with orange paper mache stapled to it. I'll be able to use my fan switch to turn the "campfire" on and off.

Umbrella policy here I come. I didn't even think of that.
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Unread 07-01-2013, 04:41 PM   #12
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Hooked onto my 4,550 lb minivan and I was surprised how easily she got her rolling. Pretty much just above idle to get her rolling then idle in low-low. She rolled at a pretty good pace at idle. Thanks.

Insurance co. will cover me but only because the policy doesn't exclude pulling parade floats. They wouldn't allow me to raise my coverage or get an umbrella policy until after the parade.
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