theCryptofishist wrote:Just so long as no one's father invented a carborater that ran on water.
bud buddah wrote:OK, so if I can get bigger wheels and new bearings I might be ok. The trailer is supposed to be highway legal. The last owner had it on the highway and didn't have problems, for whatever that's worth.
Truthfully, I would have loved to rent a trailer from UHaul. But the damn 5x8 is a bit under 8 on the inside, and I have 4x8 sheets to move. And the damn trailers weigh about 1200 lbs.I'm sure they are much more robust than the trailer I bought, but lugging around an extra 800 pounds of trailer is not enticing. There is a local trailer shop that is supposed to be damn good. I'll bring it by there and ask them to replace the wheel bearings and see if they can fit larger wheels.
rodiponer wrote:Hi Guys,
We now have a 7x12 tandem axle enclosed trailer with electric brakes. It has a maximum weight (itself and the cargo inside) of something like 8000 pounds, and we plan to load it lightly with about 1000 to 1500 pounds of stuff. I think empty the trailer weighs a little under 2000 pounds. Aluminipede weighs a hair under 500 pounds, then we have bikes, water, and our shade thing.
sounds like a nice setup. good for you.
We are towing it with a Ford E250 Econoline van.
seems a good tow rig.
Do I need a brake controller? I drove the trailer around and I think I can feel it's brakes engaging, without a brake controller, but am not sure. We seem to stop straight if we brake hard.
Are you testing it loaded or empty? Something has to be telling the brakes to engage, so, if you don't have a controller, is there a direct wire from brake lights to brake circuit? if so, it's not ok. They need a controller to work properly.
Feeling the brakes engaging, may just be it bouncing, too.
I've read that the struts that come out of the trailer should be completely level. That I should adjust the tow hitch ball thing until it is level. Do I need to get this in the ballpark of level (+- 15 degrees-ish) or should I try to get this spot on with a bubble level in a flat parking lot?
by struts, do you mean the anti-sway bars? I'd think as close as you can get it is good, and, your ground has to be level, if you're going to get the trailer right by using a level. it's more to do with the trailer frame being parallel with the ground, so, the tires are loaded evenly, IIRC.
Also, this is my first experience towing. The ride on the freeway feels 'surge-y'. There are little forward and aftward accelerations on most kinds of roads. It's fine, the van never feels like it's being pushed around or hard to control or anything, it's just not as smooth as not towing. Is this normal, or do I have something wrong with the setup?
be cautious, if it's your first "tow". things are different. Turning, stopping and acceleration. The trailer bouncing behind you, lack of tongue weight, or, slop in the hitch system. I'm assuming it's a ball type hitch?
check your bolts in the towing system, to make sure all is tight.
and, if loaded, make sure you have enough tongue weight.
As long as you don't feel you're being "pushed around" it's probably ok. it'll just take some getting used to, towing a trailer.
rodiponer wrote:I don't need no steenking anti-sway bars, right?
I am dismayed by how primitive most trailer suspensions are.
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