Questions relating to trailers, caravans and other unpowered, towed vehicles

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Cause of double trailer dump truck brake lockup

Earlier today I was driving behind a double-trailer dump truck configured something like this: As we approached a red light, the driver obviously applied the brakes, and for the last 50 or so feet ...
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Troubleshooting Trailer Lights

I have checked the connection on the truck and all are working fine but when the trailer is hooked up I have turn signals and running lights but no brake lights and with the running lights on I press ...
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Why is there a “DO NOT PUSH” sign on the back of some trucks?

I often see a "DO NOT PUSH" sign on the back of trucks (I believe they have all been large semi-trailer dump trucks). I've even seen "YOU PUSH IT YOU OWN IT" signs on a few. This raises two questions ...
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Why do many hybrids have little or no trailer towing capacity?

I have noticed that many hybrid vehicles have little or no trailer towing capacity. For example, the Toyota Auris Touring Sports hybrid model has 375 kg trailer towing capacity (unbraked + braked) ...
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Hauling a motorcycle cross country — more or less wrong ways to do it.

I need to haul a 425 lb KLR650 motorcycle from Hoboken NJ to Oakland CA. I'm on a budget so I'd like to do this as cheap as possible (under $200 is great, maybe $500 max). I have a 1996 B4V VW TDI ...
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Utility trailer lights issue

My small utility trailer has sit here for more than a year. Now I found its lights don't work anymore. I used my multimeter to test the four wire harness and find the following: Connect any other ...
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where to buy the tool for this special hex nut?

I am trying to install a trailer hitch on my 2011 Toyota Camry. I have to lower the exhaust. All bolts (14mm or 9/16") are removed except the one with a special hex nut (not sure is a hex or not but ...
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what vehicle disk brake diameter 220 mm tickness 10 mm

I have a caravan with unknown disk brakes. The disk is 220 mm in diameter and 10 mm tick. What vehicle are these from?
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Cars pulling trailers [closed]

My current car is a 2004 Honda Civic. I put a ball and electric for lights for a trailer on it right after I got it and have been pulling stuff with it for ~9 years. My car has been through the ...
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Wheel and tire clearance to trailer chassis

I have a trailer with a rubber-torsion axle (axle is fixed to chassis, hubs are mounted to swing arms that are embedded in the ends of the rubber-filled tube axle). Since the swing arms move only in ...
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Rear blinker failure on camper trailer

My right rear blinker on camper trailer does not work but every thing else does. I have a test light to test fuses and relays on truck to see if that may be an issue. It has camper tow package. Where ...
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How should the lights for a trailer be hooked up?

I have a tent trailer and the lights don't work right. It has a 4 wire connector to my car but one of the wires on the trailer connector was worn out and probably not working. So I got a new 4 prong ...
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What wheel bearings in this trailer?

I purchased this old (1979) trailer. I need to get new bearings in, but have no idea the size. How do I define what size/type bearings would be used? The tires are 12 inch.
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Trailer Safety Checklist

I'm new to towing and I am working on a trailer safety checklist to go through before we ride. Any additions are welcome and appreciated. Check receiver - ensure it is secure to vehicle Check hitch ...
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Stuck Lug Nuts on Trailer

I have a light-duty trailer that has sat in my driveway for too long. Both tires have rotted and I need to replace them. Unfortunately the lug nuts are rusted and don't want to come off for love or ...
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Have tow ball but not electricity for a trailer

I have a Toyota Camry 2004. When I just bought it, I have noticed that it has a tow ball. I didn't really intend to use it but now it could really help me to move few things around with a trailer I ...
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Trailer wiring corrosion

Every couple of years I find that the trailer wiring connector (7 pin) on the back of my truck doesn't work properly, causing the brake or turn signals on the trailer to not function. This is caused ...