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09-08-2013 07:02 PM
DoctorD I'll add my 2c as well, forgive if I repeated something already said:

Springs..... they often wear in the shackles. The bolts are supposed to be pressed into the shackle flats. If they spin, they'll wear the shackles and fall apart.

Hubs: Carry a spare hub with bearings and dust cap. You'll be glad you did. Some folks buy a spindle and mount the tire on a complete hub assembly, so tire changes or hub issues are one nut instead of 5.

Tires: Trailer tires are NOT car tires. Make sure your tires are rated for trailer service.

hitches: Most reading this post need weight distributing hitches. Don't cheap out.

Spindles: If possible, spec your trailer out with the EZLube system (marine axles) Unlike bearing buddies, the EZLube spindles allow a complete repack of the bearings, whereas bearing buddies really only test your grease seals :P



07-23-2013 10:17 AM
Rand
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Originally Posted by desertfox1 View Post
I discovered that the brake circuit in the trailer plug apparently was wired in to the brake light circuit, so as soon as I hit the brakes, the trailer brakes were FULL ON.

A show on TV about fatal accidents had a couple guys hauling cattle, they had done this before many times, so the investigator wondered why they had been unable to stop at the T intersection where they were hit & killed.

After talking to people he found out that the guys had done some wiring work before they left. But when he inspected it found that they had wired the brakes to the turn signals instead of the brake lights.
11-17-2010 11:38 PM
rubichop
Re: Here's some tips for trailers of all types....

This is so true. This past summer while towing my lawn trailer to the dump, I could smell something burning. Sure enough, looking out of my passenger side mirror, I can see smoke coming from the right rear tow tire.

Didn't have a spare.( Do Now !!!)

Now when I travel, I have the extra lug group for the trailer.

What fun.
07-27-2010 10:02 AM
warsw
Re: Here's some tips for trailers of all types....

Good stuff, Thanks.

I personally donít like having brakes on all wheels of a trailer. If you don't have the brakes set up just prefect for the conditions and lock up the trailer brakes during a hard stop you will have absolutely no control over the trailer. With single axle brakes the trailing axle keeps the trailer in line.
04-16-2009 10:44 PM
desertfox1
Re: Here's some tips for trailers of all types....

Quote:
Originally Posted by jeffj78
Another tip:

Make sure your trailer's tires/wheels are properly balanced. The oscillation that starts can really wear the tires out quickly not to mention the shaking is annoying.
x100

My new trailer's tires and wheels FAILED the road test last week. I took them back to the dealer and traded them out, and got them balanced tonight.

Something worth noting, don't listen to the trailer dealers when they try to tell you "trailer tires don't need balanced". The dealer I described my problem to (which was the one I bought my flatbed trailer from), talked like it was a crime to balance trailer tires. One salesman actually cut me off mid sentence as I was trying to explain the problem and that I took them in to get 'em balanced to FIX the problem.

Story here:

https://www.rubiconownersforum.com/ph...704483#p704483
04-15-2009 02:45 AM
Mr. D
Re: Here's some tips for trailers of all types....

thanks for the excellent information
04-13-2009 02:35 PM
jeffj78
Re: Here's some tips for trailers of all types....

Another tip:

Make sure your trailer's tires/wheels are properly balanced. The oscillation that starts can really wear the tires out quickly not to mention the shaking is annoying.
04-13-2009 12:08 PM
Trigger
Re: Here's some tips for trailers of all types....

Speaking of tires, make sure whatever you're hauling has good tires that hold air, or if they don't, let all the air out of them prior to hauling. I've had a vehicle come loose off a trailer, because the left front tire lost air pressure and loosened the binders. Needless to say a vehicle coming off a trailer while driving up a hill is not a good thing. We were lucky nobody was hurt or killed.

Good info, thanks for the post.
04-07-2009 11:32 PM
Kate
Re: Here's some tips for trailers of all types....

Great post, I just learned a whole lot!

Thanks!

K.
04-07-2009 11:18 PM
'05TJLWBRUBY
Re: Here's some tips for trailers of all types....

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Originally Posted by desertfox1
Quote:
Originally Posted by '05TJLWBRUBY
... In Washington-I forget the exact ruling, but brakes are required either on both axles of a tandem, or on all axles of a trailer over 3000 GVW. I forget the exact wording of the law. I know all tandems we sold had to have brakes on both axles, so check laws in your state before purchasing...
here it is:

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=46.37.340

(3) Brakes on all wheels. Every vehicle shall be equipped with brakes acting on all wheels except:

(a) Trailers, semitrailers, or pole trailers of a gross weight not exceeding three thousand pounds.......
Thanks! Been looking all over for the actual verbage. Asked the WSP the other day when I was there for the airbag issues, was told basically the same thing-brakes on all wheels of multiple axles, single axles OK without if under 3000 lbs., over 3000 lbs. need brakes. Couldn't remember the exact ruling myself from when I sold them so long ago. We had several tandems come in with brakes on only one axle, always had to ship them back as we couldn't legally sell them without brakes on both. Was always a headache when that happened.

Your post is a good one for prospective trailer buyers-lots of things to be aware of, even on brand new trailers-sadly enough. Very sorry to see the trouble you had with your new tires-sucks when things like this occur. Glad you caught it before towing the Jeep-could have been disasterous!

Best of Luck,

Mike
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