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RE: 10"/400# Axle - Brake Servicing Questions

Hey Baja...glad it is all working out for you! You should get lots of miles/use out of the OEM bearings/races, and brake components. Using good grease, doing a quality pack, you should be good for 3-5 years, without further service. If the brakes are all kept properly adjusted, so they work together, they will go a long time too, as you noted, not even close to worn out. Your picture of the magnets showed lots of service left there too. Good that Trailer Aid worked out for you! It is a comfort knowing that you can quickly, and safely, change a flat, when needed! Happy travels to you, Jerry
MFL 10/04/22 05:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Two blow outs in one day

Cummins12V98 said: "Heck I had a total spindle/bearing failure and aired from 50psi to 70 and towed home 60 miles at 55 on three tires with 117 degree tire temp checking them twice. Zero issue!" Wow, could have been a disaster for sure! Pretty gutsy move, towing home on three wheels! Airing up the remaining, good thought too! Many would have just unhooked leaving the boat stranded. Jerry
MFL 10/02/22 10:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Why not jack trailer under the spring plates?

I have seen a few cases, of people actually putting their floor jack in an obvious wrong part of the axle tube. One case, two floor jacks, one under each axle of a fifth wheel, landing legs down, and the jacks placed between wheels and axle centers. He was packing bearings, too late anyway, so I didn't comment on his placement of jacks, lifting the whole side, with landing legs down. There is quite a number of adapters for bottle jacks, that will cradle the axle tube, in the U-bolt area. I just made a wooden block, pictured in the recent travel trailer section, asking similar question. Works good for me! Jerry
MFL 10/02/22 09:53am Tech Issues
RE: Jacking/Lifting Trailer for Wheel Bearing/Brake Service?

I use the bottle jack at home, where my FW has it's own concrete pad, next to driveway. If I'm going to pull the hubs, that is best choice. To adjust brakes, or just using EZ-lube to grease, staying hooked up, using the TA-Plus is the bomb! Gets things done quickly, and nothing in way for brake adjusting. I changed one flat, on side of interstate, with truck traffic, using the TA-Plus. It paid for itself right there!! Job done quickly, and out of harms way in 20 minutes. No issue lifting flat tire. I read one review, stating the TA-P would not work. Always a nay sayer for everything! I could see a possible issue, if a tandam axle, and the wheels being WIDE spread??
MFL 09/30/22 03:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Upgrade to 5th wheel

Taxman2436 said: "Well, there was no evidence in the bed but it appears that I do have the rails under the bed." Well here is the evidence in a Ford truck bed. https://i.imgur.com/GhVzOScl.jpg Now take a look at the 3300 for Ford puck installation at etrailer. You won't be disappointed using this hitch!
MFL 09/30/22 12:20pm Towing
RE: How many of you own an EV?

Grit dog said: "Memory loss? D@mn man...I thought we were friends? LOL I'm young enough to be most of y'alls kid. I don't think CRS is setting in yet?" Hey, nothin wrong with just messin with ya a little!:) Of course we are friends, if anyone else is wondering! I've a number of friends on these forums, that I'd hate to see leave, and certainly you are one of them! Jerry
MFL 09/30/22 10:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: How many of you own an EV?

I gather from another thread that OP has sold his RV and moved on. I'm sure someone else will step up to perpetuate the EV panic. Who said I moved on? I'm still here for ya' bud. Lots of these GEEZERS are still here, even though they have no RV! Grit being an Icon here for many years!! Even with his sarcasm, and memory loss, still a good source of info, and entertaining too! Jerry
MFL 09/30/22 06:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Jacking/Lifting Trailer for Wheel Bearing/Brake Service?

No need to lift a bunch on frame. You only need to lift axle an inch, with a bottle jack, or floor jack. I have a 2x4 piece of oak, about 8"s long, with a da-do in center, that just cups a U-bolt. This works great at home, using a bottle jack under it. I also use my Trailer-Aid plus, which will lift front or rear tire high enough. Using some boards cut and stacked will work too, best if on solid surface. Hooking to vehicle is a good choice, adding stability! Jerry Do you have a pic of the wood piece you use with bottle jack? Thanks https://i.imgur.com/lGR7lVjl.jpg Here you go! Nutin fancy, just a heavy block, full two inches thick, that can be placed under either U-bolt.
MFL 09/30/22 06:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Jacking/Lifting Trailer for Wheel Bearing/Brake Service?

Hitch up , pull up on blocks , work on the two axles that are off the ground , repeat for next set of axles . Rolling up on blocks would be same as the Trailer Aid Plus plastic ramps. Only work on Torsion axles. Do the blocks you have used under one wheel actually raise the adjacent wheel? https://i.imgur.com/S8gawmPl.jpg While mine is a FW with 5,200 lb axles, the suspension looks similar to yours. I have used my TrailerAid plus to easily lift and service all four wheels. Jerry
MFL 09/30/22 05:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Jacking/Lifting Trailer for Wheel Bearing/Brake Service?

No need to lift a bunch on frame. You only need to lift axle an inch, with a bottle jack, or floor jack. I have a 2x4 piece of oak, about 8"s long, with a da-do in center, that just cups a U-bolt. This works great at home, using a bottle jack under it. I also use my Trailer-Aid plus, which will lift front or rear tire high enough. Using some boards cut and stacked will work too, best if on solid surface. Hooking to vehicle is a good choice, adding stability! Jerry
MFL 09/29/22 05:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: B&W Companion question

Due to the cam action of the jaws, the pin will keep them in the wrap around position, with pull/tension against them. In my experience, locking the handle open with pin, will still allow jaws to release, even though they are wrapped around yet. You just need to have landing gear down, pull ahead. Mine will open, and yours should too. Your Companion should allow hitching/unhitching at normal angles, and be MORE forgiving than most. Jerry
MFL 09/28/22 08:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New 2024 Chevy HD and Increased Dmax Power

I think ( JUST MY OPINION ) that this is a good looking upgrade for GM..... AND, I am curious how the GCW Alert will work out ?? https://i.imgur.com/Ju2ZPd2l.png Interesting feature. Can't help but wonder if the truck records these numbers while towing for future reference by the dealer or other motives in the event of an accident. My thought too, when I read that, just another spyware for warranty exemption, when drive line fails. Jerry
MFL 09/27/22 06:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Load Range F Tires

You don't say that your tires are ST235/80/16 E rated, but I am guessing they are STs. So at 80 psi, with the E-rated you have a 3,420 lbs of capacity. So times 4 tires makes it 13,680 lbs capacity. Then carrying 12-13 percent on hitch, means you have way more than enough tire capacity, you do not need F-rated. Even LT truck tires may have enough capacity, if you wanted to go that route. Jerry
MFL 09/27/22 06:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Two blow outs in one day

"1-I check the air before I start out and every time I stop and run 40psi of air" Not sure I understand this. Are you saying you run 40 pai tire pressure? I also noticed that 40 psi, thought maybe a typo? The 235/75 15 seems an unusual size, for triple axle trailer, but could be P rated car tire, which 40 psi may be near max? Jerry
MFL 09/26/22 10:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for a Good Men's Hair dressing

Just say no...to greasy hair! Just wash, lightly dry, comb...done.
MFL 09/25/22 12:16pm Around the Campfire
RE: Upgrade to 5th wheel

No, you don't need a heavy/expensive sliding hitch. The newer FWs are designed for the newer standard bed trucks, such as the Ford 6' 9" bed. If you can turn your TT short/ back it in tight spaces, a FW will be just as easy. If you mean a gooseneck adapter added to your pinbox, not a good choice. Jerry Jerry, I was thinking with the gooseneck I would not have to give up the truck bed. Is there another way? Many 2019 F250s will have the underbed puck system oem installed. If yours came with this system, rubber plugs in bed, the B&W 3300, is an easy in/easy out solution, allowing full use of bed, when removed. This hitch allows lots of space in front, and behind hitch while still installed. Do you have the fifth wheel prep option, factory installed on your truck?
MFL 09/25/22 09:58am Towing
RE: Possible delamination

^Agree, many front and rear sections are not laminated, and just use fiber insulation. In some cases, you may see waved areas on the rear section, when looking at the right angle. Jerry
MFL 09/25/22 09:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Two blow outs in one day

Hey Gary, sorry to hear of your tire trouble! As bad as that experience was, I'm hoping you did not have major damage to your FW, which can easily happen, as tires come apart. Glad you were able to find GYs, which is a great choice! In an emergency, choices can be limited, and of course more costly. Jerry
MFL 09/24/22 08:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Maxxis tires

While the Maxxis trailer tires have been better than most earlier St tires, there are more tire manufacturers that have stepped up their quality/dependability. I am curious what the speed rating is on the current version Maxxis 8008? Hope your new Maxxis serve you well! Always a good feeling to change out older tires for new! Jerry
MFL 09/24/22 10:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Why did my water pump stop pumping?

Open a faucet. If there is an air pocket, that will aid in bleeding the air out. If that doesn't work, open the kitchen sink faucet, and with the pump turned on, suck on the faucet. That will, as above, help bleed the air past the pump. I agree with the first part, but that sucking the faucet, should not be necessary, unless a roach is trapped in the line. Also don't be afraid to let the pump run dry for a bit, waiting for it to prime. It will not harm it. Jerry
MFL 09/22/22 12:12pm Tech Issues
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