Fifth Wheel on wagons, what do you think?

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    12-05-2012, 09:16 AM
Question Fifth Wheel on wagons, what do you think?

I am looking into purchasing a wagon for my mare to pull. I have seen wagonettes with fifith wheels and short turn fifth wheels. I can see how they work, but I am reminded of my lil' red wagon as a kid...always getting dumped out when the front was turned 90 degrees!

I assume that the fifth wheels on horse drawn items are safe, but is it something I should be sure to have or can I get along with out it. I am purely driving for pleasure, only out on our dirt and gravel roads, or maybe down a two track or out in the field.

Please let me know what you know and how you feel about wagons with fifth wheels.


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    12-05-2012, 09:51 AM
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If you can afford one defiantly get a fifth wheel or at least a cut under carriage.
They are much safer than non cut under, with non cut under, when turning sharply, the wheels will hit the body of the carriage and flip it. With cut under the body is made such that the wheels can go under the body preventing a flip at low degree turns. That is not to say they are unflipable just less likely.

All fifth wheels are cut under, not all cut unders have fifth wheels.
    12-05-2012, 09:39 PM
OK, so what is a fifth wheel for those of us who are clueless.
    12-09-2012, 04:48 PM
fith wheel

Another abreatheation for a turn table or a dolly on a draw bar trailer.
Is the turn table for turning the frount axle.
    12-12-2012, 02:46 PM
fith wheel

Thay are very stable and well ballanced but like every cart is the point of ballance turning hard at speed but I can't think of any one who has had an accident with one so thay are ok to drive at speed.
    12-12-2012, 02:58 PM
fith wheel

I have 2 fith whell carts one is wood with rubber channel tyres that is a four wheel dog cart waggonett in green with block brakes and was made in 1892 and the other is made of box iron and steel tube and ply wood and has motor bike tyres and I perchased 2 brake callapers a brake disc off of ebay 2 flexable brake hoses and an equal t and a brake cilinder so I have hydrolic brakesim going to fit a small stop cock so it will act as a hand brake.
The funny thing is the fith wheel is made out of 2 brake discs if you want pictures I can supply them for you.

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