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RE: Towing a Geo Pro 19bh

I currently towed an Innsbruck 199dd to Colorado from TX with my 2016 grand Cherokee 4x4 High Altitude. 3.6. Door placard says 6,500 tow capacity for my particular jeep. I weighed all of our stuff loading up the jeep before driving to pick up the rental trailer. 250 lbs of stuff. The Innsbruck is a super light no frills trailer. I had the water filled before leaving, so that added some weight, but was still under 4,500 lbs I estimate. Just two of us riding in the keep, me 220 lbs, her 130. Pulling power was no problem. Even from Durango to Ouray. But I had a minor white knuckle wind experience on I40 coming into Clovis NM from TX. Strong winds out of the south blew me around pretty good. I had just a ball hitch receiver, no special hitch or sway bars. Without wind it tows just fine. But what I've read about the short wheelbase on the GC is true. I was fighting the sway pretty hard. Never felt like it was dangerous enough to pull over, but it was work. In our RV park in Ouray there was a Geo Pro 19 with a grand Cherokee. I noticed it had a special hitch. I meant to chat them up as I'd like to keep my jeep and I've looked at the Geo Pro, but they left already so I wasn't able to get their feedback.
bravelion 08/15/19 10:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Wheel Bearing Repacking question

Ha, this is great discussion. For the record, I have no intention of towing above 65 mph pulling a rented trailer. Most likely will keep it 55-60 on this maiden voyage. FYI - There are GPS trackers that can attach to anything and track movement, or point-in-time location. Here is one for $59. This would allow the owner of the rented trailer to "spy" on the location and travel speed of the renter. Any spy shop sell these, or get it at Walmart. I guess it would keep honest people honest, regarding going to the beach, etc, but as a customer renting a trailer, still feels creepy.
bravelion 08/06/19 08:03am Tech Issues
RE: Wheel Bearing Repacking question

I would post his business and address and phone number to let Trailer owners know where they can get a Wheel bearing pack for $55. Wheel bearing packs are done once a year or every 5000 miles. You pull them once a year to check the bearing and races, not just to pack the bearings. Also to make sure you do not have a seal leak. Pack Fee and PREP fee? BOTH are a cost of doing business. To list them is just gouging. He should include them in his weekly/daily rate. I assume he is checking your mileage at rental/ How else would he know how many miles you put on the trailer. besides, YOUR mileage will not be towing the trailer as you will unhook and then use the truck for various excursions and trips. SO, HOW will he verify how many miles are on the Trailer? Doug One of the many rules was "The speed limit while trailering is 65mph and is enforced via GPS reporting.", so I guess there is some sort of GPS tracker on the rig? There was also a bunch of harsh penalties including deposit forfeiture for any of a number of listed infractions, such as taking it on a beach or to "Burning Man", whatever that is. Frankly I would have bypassed based on red flag radar and how paranoid the owner seemed with all the rules (as compared to what other private RV owners renting their rigs poast as their rules), but I was really interested in that particular trailer as it is a model I would consider buying if we liked traveling in it and we decide to keep the Jeep as the TV. I don't think there is any chance we'd want to buy the model I ended up renting, but it will serve us well nevertheless because a lot of the trip is just about being on the road, practicing arrival and departure from RV campgrounds, seeing how the Jeep GC does as a TV, etc.
bravelion 08/05/19 12:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Wheel Bearing Repacking question

Final Conclusion - I appreciate all the feedback. I ditched the trailer "dating" app, dealing with all sorts of individual people, and just went back to American Dream Vacations in Austin. I rented a trailer from them in 2015. I got this one to pull behind my Grand Cherokee. https://www.gulfstreamcoach.com/products/light-weight/innsbruck-lite/model/199ddhttps://www.gulfstreamcoach.com/products/light-weight/innsbruck-lite/model/199dd Not fancy, but it's brand new on their lot, and WAY below the GVWR for the jeep, and will do the job so we can see how we like pulling a trailer and staying in 4 or 5 places in 11 days. We'll be 5 nights in Ouray CO, the rest mostly overnights while traveling to and from.
bravelion 08/05/19 11:59am Tech Issues
RE: Wheel Bearing Repacking question

Your first post did not say he repacks the bearings every 500 miles. I am certain he does not. You did post he charges $55 for long trips. This compensates for the miles you put on the trailer vs someone that goes 100 miles and relaxes for a week or two before returning. I call legit. You are correct, a bit of a difference in semantics. I did post exactly what he said: "I am ok with it going on that long of a haul, but we do charge for a wheel bearing re-packing for any trip over 500 miles, which is $55". A bit different than "every 500 miles". But still, based on responses, seems like a bogus "title" for the charge, and many here doubt that it's actually done for every 500+ mile trip. Like I said, maybe I'm too picky, and there was another fee called the "prep fee"for $89 that I didn't even get into.
bravelion 08/05/19 11:55am Tech Issues
RE: Wheel Bearing Repacking question

Yeah, maybe I'm too picky, and I'm generally a trusting person, but when my BS radar goes off and I dig deeper like this, it makes me not want to do business with the person trying to BS me. If is was called a "BS Fee" and I was told "it's really just a junk fee to help defray misc costs not factored into the rent" then I can respect that and say "no problem, I get it". But to say the bearings are repacked every 500 miles .. uh, based on what I'm reading here, that's rubbish. Why not just tell the truth or call the fee a "general maintenance fee" or something else? Anyway, glad I have this resource to ask questions to. Thanks again.We're looking forward to our test trip. Just have to find a trailer to tow!
bravelion 08/05/19 10:49am Tech Issues
RE: Wheel Bearing Repacking question

Thanks y'all.
bravelion 08/05/19 09:14am Tech Issues
Wheel Bearing Repacking question

After how many miles should wheel bearings be repacked? What does that actually entail? I am renting a trailer from a private owner who is in the business of renting various trailers he owns. I want to test how well my Jeep Grand Cherokee tows a crtain size/weight trailer (well below my max GVWR) before I buy a trailer. I will take it 2,200 miles round trip over 11 days. This is my first time renting and dealing with private owners, and they all seem to have varying degrees of fear, rules, and requirements. This owner says "I am ok with it going on that long of a haul, but we do charge for a wheel bearing re-packing for any trip over 500 miles, which is $55". A couple of other trailers I am considering made no mention at all of this, knowing the same distance. I'm NOT against paying the extra $55 fee, and just want to know if it's a BS fee or legit. This helps me form an opinion of who I'm doing business with as there are a lot of other strict rules. When I buy a trailer and hit the road for months on end, will I need to repack the bearings every 500 miles?
bravelion 08/05/19 08:34am Tech Issues
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