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RE: Here we go, another EZ lube debate!

^^^^^^Do you pull the brakes on your car/truck yearly? They generally get a lot more use than the trailer. Some inspection ideas have merit, and others not so much. Uh, not always. When I got my Airstream I asked the mechanic about yearly inspections and he told me you should go by mileage more than just a calendar. He mentioned 10k miles. I have been averaging close to 8K a year so, no I don't do it yearly. Some years yes, other years it is more like a year and a half. Good catch.
aftermath 03/20/17 09:18pm Towing
RE: Here we go, another EZ lube debate!

It's a high likelihood that eventually the volume of grease pumped in to the zerk over several years will surpass the capacity of the bearing cavity, blowing out the rear seal. Previous owner of my cargo trailer followed the "there's a grease fitting, so I will shoot grease in it every year" maintenance regime. It blew out the rear seal: Upgrades to my trailer - 8.5x20 Haulmark This is it! When people see a zert they simply pump grease into it. Pretty easy to do the "right" thing. I personally know very little about the EZ lube set up. I do know how a bearing buddy works. The problem I have with both of these is that most (not all) folks out there know very little about how to properly use the fitting to avoid blowing out the seals. If you purchase a trailer from a second owner chances are that your brakes will look like those in the photos posted. With brakes, I believe they need to be inspected and adjusted yearly. If you are going to do this, then pack the bearings while you are in there.
aftermath 03/19/17 09:47am Towing
RE: Moving from Hybrid to TT

Bikendan, we went through this a few years back. Our Starcraft 21SSO was a great trailer but as retirement loomed we knew that we would be doing some long trips. While I loved my pop up and the hybrid, camping in the cold was not much fun nor was tearing down and setting up every day on the road. We left the hoses with the hybrid. I did notice a need for a second set of lynx levelers and an extension for the sewer hose. Bedding is also something that we had to add. We used our sleeping bags before but now have a nice queen bed just like home. Other than that, you will know what you need soon enough. This isn't your first rodeo. Have fun on the road. I highly recommend retirement.
aftermath 03/10/17 07:57am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer front wheels warmer, WDH the cause?

Wow, that sounds like my story. Got a tent trailer in '89 and the tires looked good. Within the first year after driving from Spokane to the California border I noticed a big chunk of tread missing. Replaced the tires and within a couple of years had a major failure which did a lot of damage to a wheel well. I figured it was a faulty tire. Went in and replaced these 12 inch tires again. About 4 years later another blowout. This time no damage but by the time I got it stopped it was so hot I feared a fire would break out any time. Finally, we to Les Schwab where a guy explained the problem with under inflating a tire. I had been asked if I "aired up the tires" before the trip and if I was "overloaded". I aired up the tires so there was no noticeable bulge never really paying attention to the 80lb. specs on the side of the tire. I went YEARS with under inflated tires and had three failures because of it. Learning the hard way is not the way to go.
aftermath 03/09/17 01:29pm Towing
RE: Trailer front wheels warmer, WDH the cause?

What kind of tires do you have? Are all 4 the same? If you are starting at 50 lbs inflation there might be a good chance that they are under inflated. An under inflated tire will flex more and build up heat faster. If all of your tires are the same and if all of them are aired up to the max on the sidewall then this shouldn't be an issue. Swapping the fronts and the rears sounds like a good problem solving option. Let us know when you do this.
aftermath 03/09/17 10:35am Towing
RE: Here we go, another EZ lube debate!

I am not a fan of bearing buddies, which I believe to be the same sort of thing we are talking about. I recently re-purchased an older tent trailer that I had owned from 1989 to 2005. One of the more recent owners installed bearing buddies and then began to pump grease into them. When I jacked up the trailer to grease and inspect the bearings I could not get the wheel off of the trailer. The new caps with zerts did not allow enough clearance between the axle and the body. I had to knock them off to get the wheel off. Upon inspection there was grease all over the brake shoes and everything else. I believe that the owner thought he was doing the right thing but pumping grease under pressure damaged the seals and let the stuff out. It was quite a sight. If you have a boat trailer that goes under water regularly the bearing buddy makes sense as long as you don't overdo it. On a regular trailer bearing and brake shoes need to be inspected every year, based on mileage of course.
aftermath 03/09/17 10:26am Towing
RE: Sway control

Whoops, again! I guess this link is dead. You can go to the Airstream forum and search steps for weighing. Sorry the technology got away from me. I will try again and let you know if I find a solution.
aftermath 03/07/17 12:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sway control

Whoops. Try this. www.airforums.com/forums/f464/weight-ratios-69739/html
aftermath 03/07/17 12:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sway control

Steps for weighing Here it is. I found this quite useful and was amazed at my calculated tongue weight.
aftermath 03/07/17 12:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sway control

This link is informative but does not provide any direction as to what you need to do to actually calculate your tongue weight from all the data. If someone does not chime in with help I will forward a nice description later today. First I have to find it.
aftermath 03/07/17 07:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Sway control

Whoops, gotta be honest. I did experience a small sway, more like a squishy feeling during a corner while heading downhill. Was driving my new to me, Airstream and didn't like the feeling. I was at the end of the life of my P radials which came with the Tundra. Changed over to LT LRE tires and that cured that. Propride hitches are GREAT hitches as are Hensleys. They do cost plenty so if you are in a position to shell out a big price, you might want to look at them. I like my Equalizer and it has served me well.
aftermath 03/06/17 03:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sway control

First of all, your TV is just fine for towing your trailer. Half tons make great tow vehicles for trailers like yours. I second a lot of the things mentioned here. Get your trailer weighed. Make sure it is level or slightly nose down and then get some sway control. Your hitch is a WD hitch only. I did read an add that said something like "help control sway". Well, I am sure they are stretching it a bit here. I am a fan of a hitch with built in sway control. Reese makes a good one and so does Equalizer. An add on sway bar is better than nothing and many use them safely. You are pulling a large wind sail down the road and sway is a real concern. Get the trailer set up properly, add some sway control and you should be fine. I have towed two different trailers over 55K miles with my Equalizer and have never experienced sway.
aftermath 03/06/17 03:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel trailer memories....

Married in '72 and camped out in a tent until '89. My wife loves camping and did not want to part with the tent. Daughter #1 came along and then D#2. We got caught in some serious rain when the kids were little so we picked up a used 1979 TT in '89 and camped out of it for 16 years. Daughters were gone by then so we got a hybrid. I just bought our old TT back this January. D#1 is married with a tent trailer for her family. D#2 has a family and is looking. I have been busy rebuilding the old trailer and she will be camping out of it soon. The old Starcraft is still in pretty good shape, has a HW system with a demand pump that I installed in the 90s. It doesn't have many other amenities but it is filled with a family history full of good times and memories of all the wonderful places we have been. We still camp together once or twice each year as schedules allow. Our girls are now passing their love of the out doors to their children. It is a great feeling to see the cycle continue.
aftermath 02/26/17 09:33am Travel Trailers
RE: What brake controller

I tow with the boost showing both lights lite. I have taken it to the. lower setting if any park was gravel. pull thru site to us means leave boost as it is when towing. chevman When setting up the controller you should turn off the boost and follow the directions provided to set the gain. You need to be able to stop while doing 20mph on level ground using just the trailer brakes. Adjust the gain until you can stop without locking up wheels nor taking too long to bring everything to a stop. If you set this correctly then you shouldn't have to run down the road with two light lit. But, and this is another nice thing about the Prodigy, you can set the boost between one and three to meet your needs. If the original setting is not strong enough then you can boost it to a level that you like better. Pretty flexible and easy to find that sweet spot.
aftermath 02/20/17 09:30pm Towing
RE: What brake controller

I think you guys are nitpicking this just a bit. Mr. Cummings, you obviously did not like your Prodigy. If it did to me what you claim it did to you I would be right there with you. The point is, I like mine and I have had to make one panic stop. Not bad for over 40k miles towed. I stomped on the pedal, the inertia thingy took over and stopped my trailer, and truck, in time. Using the boost feature is quite different. When going down long grades I do not want to stomp on my brake pedal. If I boost the controller then when I tap the brakes, the trailer brakes simply brake with a little more strength. If I had the boost on all the time I would lock them up when driving through town doing 25 mph. This is not a gimmick, and it is not a way to work around a non functioning controller. It is simply a nice feature to make adjustments easy on the go. Perhaps others might chime in and tell me that I am wrong if I am. Again, use what you want to use. I like my Prodigy as do tens of thousands of others. It works for me and I think the OP would be happy using one as well.
aftermath 02/20/17 09:20pm Towing
RE: Half-ton vs 3/4 Ton

Well, it didn't take long before the "get a one ton" crowd along with "get a HA or PP" folks gave you their idea of success. It is really too hard to answer your question because there are many variables. Not all 3/4 tons are rated the same as you know. Bigger engines, more HP, more torque and different payload capacities will all influence your decision. I am guessing that there are a number of trucks out there that will match up nicely with your new under 9K trailer. You say that you travel light. That should increase your options but pay attention to payload numbers. My trailer as a dry weight of 5200 with a GVW of 7300. We travel down the road close to 6500. I have weighed this more than once. They say it has a hitch weight of 720 but mine is very close to 1000 pounds. Two propane tanks, two batteries and a spare tire add up quickly. My Tundra leaves me little once I put the ball down and the wife and I get in. My experience has been very good with this combo but I am not going to tow anything larger. I also have an Equalizer hitch dialed in nicely and have never had any sway even in winds, rains and even a little snow. A good 3/4 ton will serve you well.
aftermath 02/20/17 09:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: What brake controller

Mr. Rightlane I used a P2 in my 4Runner when I towed a hybrid. NEVER had an ounce of trouble with it. When I got my Tundra it came with the plug in pigtail thing. I moved the P2 to the Tundra and hooked it up myself. It was quite easy. I am now towing a heavier trailer and it continues to work flawlessly. I really like the boost settings. When on the road and heading down hills I simply reach down and hit the boost button once. The added braking comes in nicely. It is easy to install, easy to set up and easy to adjust by using the boost. I would think that the P2 would cost less than a P3 but I am not sure.
aftermath 02/19/17 08:49pm Towing
RE: Maxxis M8008 or Carlisle Trail HD

I put a set of Maxxis 8008 LRD on my trailer and had no complaints. Around 4K miles I did develop a slow leak in one of the tires. Was going to replace them after 5 years but went ahead and put on a set of the Carlisle HDs, LRD again. No problems. I did read extensively about the Carlisles because of past problems I had with a set on my Starcraft hybrid. The tire has good reviews, they were less expensive than the Maxxis and were easier to obtain where I live. I wouldn't hesitate with either of your choices. Both are good tires IMO.
aftermath 02/15/17 04:30pm Towing
RE: So whose left making true "Pop Ups" with Hard roofs...

This post has been quite interesting. The OP doesn't like pop ups and wants to rant about poor quality among other things. Anyone who complains that a pop up doesn't have an adequate "entertainment center" is looking at the wrong trailer. Someone wrote that it is important to look at a pop up as basically a tent off the ground. In 1989 we purchased a 1979 Starcraft tent trailer and had it until 2005. Our two daughters grew up in the thing. I did add a HW unit with a demand pump but that was it. Ice box and thin mattresses and we loved every minute in it. We never expected ducted heating, indoor plumbing or a television. When the time came the wife and I purchased a Starcraft hybrid for all of those things. I can tell you that my 1979 was better built than the 2004 hybrid. Our "tent off the ground" served us well. Many nights playing games around the table along with many storms we rode out complete with high winds and driving rains. I do agree that the market for these tent trailers has dropped off over the years. People are more interested in watching their televisions when they go out in the woods. Pretty sad. I just found and bought back our old tent trailer. It remained here locally and is still in good shape. I have been fixing some issues due to neglect but it will be good to go soon. The youngest daughter is more than eager to put her family in it. Camping is a blast even when you don't have hookups, a 2 door fridge and a television.
aftermath 02/15/17 11:52am Folding Trailers
RE: 2011 Rockwood Freedom lift motor

Jeff, I feel for you. This is something I could easily do. If you have two fuses in the line check the one you said checked out OK. Replace both of them with new ones and then give it a try. Is there any sound from the motor at all? If there is then perhaps a shear pin or something similar might be broken. Reversing the polarity, reverses the direction the motor will turn. Reversing the polarity has no effect on the lights, they will work either way. Keep us posted here when you find the solution. Best wishes.
aftermath 02/13/17 09:55pm Folding Trailers
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