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RE: Flipping Axle

Some axles are made with camber (or caster, can't remember which) built in. The tires tip out on the top. The axles are bent upwards a little in the middle. Some axles are straight.
tewitt1949 09/05/20 06:57pm Tech Issues
RE: question about trailer brakes.

The trailer in question has 12 inch drums. 8500lbs empty, double axle. I think they are 3500 lbs axles and are 8 lug hubs. I'm 71 and have been a mechanic all my life so I have worked on many drum brakes. I realize if you get them adjusted with slight drag they will work better and may lock the tires easier. But over the last 71 years there have been a couple of times I adjusted them too tight and after a few miles they got too hot. (on cars). So I probably tend to leave them a looser than some people. On my trailer it has drop axles and the drop part of the axle is right in front of the little adjusting slot which leaves maybe 2 inches to get that little brake tool in there. All most impossible. So, if I remember correct when I put the new brakes on, I think I adjust the shoes out as far as I could and still get the drum on. There was no worn area where the shoes rode so I'm guessing they are fairly close to being adjusted close enough. One thing that will affect lock up is the height of the tire. The trailer came with Goodyear 235/85R16 which is a good size tire. The taller the tire the more force it takes to stop it.
tewitt1949 09/05/20 06:37pm Tech Issues
RE: 12 volt Refrigerators

I had nothing but problems for 20 years with the OEM refrigerator. I finally threw it out and put a small house 120v fridge in. So much nicer since we are always have full hook up. We leave it closed until we get to where we are camping.
tewitt1949 09/05/20 06:39am Travel Trailers
RE: TT Tire Recommendation

My trailer came with 10 ply Goodyears, and they lasted 16 years and still looked like new. Finally the tread came off one so I figured it was time for new tires. So my tire dealer had 10 ply tires but I asked if he had any thing heavier duty? He said he had some 14 ply tires used on equipment trailers for $20 per tire more. I said go for it. After 3 radical blow outs with in 5000 miles, and finding out they were made in china, I said enough is enough. I then went to 10 ply Michlin. I've never heard anything bad about Mishlin but we will see. Only had them 1 year, so far so good.
tewitt1949 09/05/20 06:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer brake advice

I would tow it home with out brakes or plug in and see if they work. If the brakes and don't lock up the tires it shouldn't hurt anything. Many trailers brakes won't lock up even with max voltage. With out a controller, your brakes will either be on or off.
tewitt1949 09/05/20 06:08am Travel Trailers
RE: question about trailer brakes.

Thanks for your relys. I understand you don't want the brakes to lock up under normal or emergency conditions. I would prefer that they would lock up them have to dial down the voltage going to them. Since I can have max voltage to them without them locking up, it almost seems as though they are under sized for my trailer.
tewitt1949 09/05/20 05:53am Tech Issues
question about trailer brakes.

I have an older 32 ft pull behind trailer which I bought new. When new I could feel the trailer breaks working but I could not get them to lock up and slide the tires. On a gravel road they might sort of slide a tire but not 100% lock up. I put all new magnets, shoes, backing plates etc in it a couple years ago. Still won't lock up. The trailer weighs 8500 empty which is not all that heavy, or is it heavier than the normal trailer? Maybe I should have questioned it when it was under warranty but it too late for that now. With max voltage going back to the brakes, will your lock up the tires? I'm curious if some do and some don't.
tewitt1949 09/04/20 07:01pm Tech Issues
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