Steering for a mobile coop on large caster wheels?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by grandpabaker, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. grandpabaker

    grandpabaker Hatching

    Mar 27, 2012
    I have bought four 12" caster wheels (two swivel and two rigid) for my 5x8 coop. I plan on placing the two swivel on the front and the two rigid on the back. If I use this arrangement, and add a tongue to the front (one of the 5' ends), will the tongue need to move horizontally to steer the coop, or will a fixed tongue work because of the swivel casters? I have a compact size tractor (30 HP) to pull the coop. Sorry if this question is already answered here, but I couldn't find the exact answer.
  2. RonC

    RonC Songster

    Feb 28, 2012
    The fixed tongue should work ok. Just make sure it's sturdy. If the tongue can move horizontally it is possible it will not track correctly behind the tractor.

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