OK, need to talk Trailer stuff

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by jrsride2002, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. japako

    japako Been here awhile

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    I would first check your axle and see if you have brake flanges.
    I have put on electric brakes and hydraulic surge brakes and for your trailer I would go with the surge disk brakes. Here is a link and the cost.
    http://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Brakes/Titan/T4843100.html

    This is a good unit and will cost less and work as well in my opinion.. lol'

    If you have the flanges, and you probably do, you won't need a new axle.

    I really like this much better than drum e brakes.

    The first thing you may want to do, is weigh the trailer and then weigh the hitch. This will tell you exactly what you have. and as you add weight( bikes, gas, ect. you will have a better idea of where to put it and keep the tongue weight at 10% of total trailer and gear weight. When you first weigh the hitch it should be 10% of empty trailer.

    I don't have E track on mine and use chain links welded to the frame for my tie downs. Then I marked where I wanted the rear tie downs and mounted thru the deck with steel backing plate.
    Take your bike, and move it to where you want it(center of trailer and forward). Then move it to where you would place the next bike and mark for each tie down.
    You may want to do this differently. Whatever works for you.

    Put your lights where they won't get knocked off and use a good bracket.

    Have fun..
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  2. jrsride2002

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    Yea at first, my issue was the big handfuls. Didn't care how slow I was going. I do notice that I am super focused on the trailer not the fender, thanks for that one! And thanks for the super secret wheel positioning, I think im going to hit up the stadium again

    Sadly, 100% sure, no brake plates :cry

    As for the weighing bit.....hhhmmmm might have to get cleaver to figure that on out. The only place I know of that has something like that is the dump, or the border check points.. But it makes sense as to keep the tongue weight right where you want it...

    As for the e-track, I think I am going to special order some 8' tracks. All I have locally is 5' tracks and those will/are leaving gaps. Not that I mind to much, but for aesthetics I would recommend to someone/anyone start with some 8' tracks.

    Thanks for the insight guys,
    ~Junior
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  3. japako

    japako Been here awhile

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    You could find a scale at a large farm fertilizer store, stone quarry or place that sells large amounts. Truck stop... The girls there will usually let you disconnect so you can get the trailer weight, as long as there are no big rigs in line. Be creative.:freaky Now to weigh the tongue, use a bathroom scale. I use whatever is handy. A 2x4 laid across the scale and one under the ball. Most scales will go to 300#

    I would still go with the disk brake option, even if you have to buy a new axle..

    You were talking about moving the axle. If you do, you will need to make sure you don't mess up the tongue weight.
    Most will be 60/40. 60% from the front of the bed and 40% from the rear of the bed. This can change for special purpose trailers.
    Sorry for talking so much..:rofl
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  4. SnowMule

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    If you want brakes on the trailer, get a trailer with brakes. For a two-place open like that, I honestly wouldn't worry about it.

    Modify your driving - The "O/D Off" button gets a -lot- of work on my truck when i'm pulling. There's also a "2" and "1" gear besides the usual "D" ... use those when going downhills or you will smoke your tow vehicle's brakes.

    The 4-pin connector is for lights and lights only. Brake, LT, RT. There's a few varieties of other connectors mostly seen on horse trailers, I'd avoid these and skip right to a 7-pin RV connector. That adds a 12V aux line, ground, reverse, and electric brakes. I replaced the connector on my truck with a dual-connector dealie, has the 7-pin RV and the 4-pin next to it. Between those two, I can hook up just about anything to the truck.

    And if you do go with brakes on the trailer, spend the money for a decent controller. Tekonsha's the only ones worth getting, I have a Primus in my truck I got on sale and it works well. Other benefit to a better controller is some built-in diagnostics - Mine tells me that the trailer's not only connected, but that the brakes are indeed working and not shorted out. The digital readout's nice so you can go back to a point you liked rather than just guessing.

    For the trailer you're looking at, you'll be fine. I wouldn't want to put more than my loaded trailer behind my truck, but it gets the job done.

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  5. jrsride2002

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    No. PLEASE talk some more! Not thinking of moving the axle, just a full replacement.

    As for disk brakes, I've heard that drum is better for weighted stuff(trailers, trucks, etc..) and disk is more for commuter and small car's... What I heard

    Never would have thought of stone quarry....:huh


    Already got the trailer, so buying one with is out of the question. My Uncle said I should worry about it either, but being a new 'Tower'(is that even right??) I scares the hell out of me. Totally knew it would happen, evenone said it would, and I listened.. Just doing it is different...

    When down a hill in "2" already. Also was told that one, still makes a huge difference.

    Planning on doing the 7-pin just because of the aux line and the break line built in. Dont care about the signals as much..

    Thanks for the heads up on the Tekonsh. Been looking at Napa but they have some other brand that I didn't reconize

    The thing with me, is that when I load up... I REALLY load up also. I carry about 500#s of wood, 100#'s of food/drink, 400# bike, and gas & gear worth about another 100... ON A VAN! I feel good when I make to where ever im going because of all those numbers, and the swaying with all that weight, makes feel like I got my "Man Pants" on when I am done driving. So adding an extra 1500# trailer is why I am a little sketchy... Mainly cause I dont know how well or how bad it will go, and I dont want to find out the hard way. "Hope for the best, Plan for the worst" kinda motto is where I sit on the subject...

    Again. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!! Keep it going, take all I can get,
    ~Junior
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  6. Hurricane Bob

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  7. jrsride2002

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    HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :eek1:eek1:eek1:huh:huh:huh

    Skills i sure as hell aint got nor going for... Just a small amount of that would make me happy!!!!!

    Thanks for that video dude. Think it should be seen by all just to be seen,
    ~Junior
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