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Questions tagged [trailer]

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

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How to get torque on frozen lug nuts on trailer?

I have an old trailer that needs a tire replaced. I've looked at all the answers on how to unstick lug nuts, but they all assume that the wheel can be locked so when you apply torque to the lug nut ...
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Is there an equivalent website to TireRack that reviews long haul truck tires?

I wonder is there an equivalent website to Tirerack that reviews long haul truck tires? This is not very important but I would prefer to look at websites that review tires that are being sold in ...
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No voltage to 2010 Toyota 4Runner trailer electric brakes

When I step on the brakes in my 2010 Toyota 4Runner, I do not get any DC voltage to the "electric brakes" pin of the 7-pin trailer socket (factory installed). (I measure this by touching the probes on ...
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What exactly does the brake switch wire output and is there an easier way to get to it?

I'm working on adding a 7 pin trailer hitch to an existing 4 pin on a 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe. The last step of the process is connecting to the brake switch wire that is wedged way up on the brake ...
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Trailer tire gone — use spare or replace pair?

Some rebar popped a tire (ST205/75R14) on my dual axle 3500lb 26ft camping trailer. I'm not sure the year or mileage (bought the trailer used last year), but wear suggests the 4 tires have 60% of ...
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Should I over- or under-inflate my tires when towing?

We're about to take a trip across the country towing 5000lb (2300kg) with our SUV. It's rated for 9k, so I'm not worried about that, but I'd like to know how much to inflate my tires. Advice on the ...
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How to troubleshoot a specific trailer brake light issue

Friend of mine is having trouble with her trailer's brake lights lighting up only on one side: In the above photo, the key is in the ignition, and the vehicle is in park. Not sure, this is an ...
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How to prevent automatic transmission damage when towing a heavy load without the towing package

Automatic transmissions without an oil cooler and no transmission fluid high temperature warning indicator can be damaged towing heavy trailers. What can be done to get around needing the towing ...
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Understanding Trailer Electrics - changing from 7 pin to 13 pin

I have a horse trailer which needs the wiring and lighting replaced due to corrosion over time. I have a mechanic who has offered to help me but I have been left with the task of purchasing what I ...
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Are the axles on a cargo trailer supposed to be visibly bent?

Looking forward to buy a new cargo trailer so I could convert it to a camper. I was wondering, when I check the axles should I see them perfectly straight with the naked eye? Is there a way I could ...
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Trailer tail lights won't work, but everything else does

I have a 4x8 trailer with a frustrating light problem. Everything, brake lights, directional so, emergency flashers, works except for the running tail lights. I just had a new wire harness installed ...
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What is a weight distributing hitch versus a weight carrying ball mount?

There is a U-Haul hitch on my Toyota Sienna and I was going to rent a travel trailer for the first time. There are two specifications, one for a weight distributing hitch, and one for a weight ...
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Best lubricant for trailer hinges

I bought a small cage trailer without a roof about a year ago -- used but in good condition. What is the best lubricant for the hinges of the trailer cage door? (Perhaps graphite or white lithium ...
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What kind of trailer hitch do i need for my Econoline 250 Extended

I have a 1990 Ford Econoline Extended ( the back is about 2 feet longer ). I want to put a hitch on the back so I can tow a small utility trailer, but I'm not sure what kind I need. Not looking for ...
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Tyres with a lower ply rating as replacements on trailer?

I'm fixing up my box trailer (a Lynton Loadtrekker), which is now 9 years old. I want to replace the rusted wheels and aging tyres, as I was advised in this answer. Now I'm trying to work out what ...
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When does a towed trailer need brakes?

Is there a definable standard, or a rule-of-thumb for how much weight you can tow on a trailer before you should consider having brakes on that trailer? I'm sure the individual vehicle plays into ...
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What to do about this rust on trailer wheel, suspension and part of axle?

I'm working on my 9 year old box trailer (a Lynton Loadtrekker), replacing the rotten plywood floor. There is some rust - see the pictures below. I think this is a torsion bar suspension system (...
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Why do LEDs go out on (boat) trailer tail-lights?

Everyone knows that LED tail-lights are very bright and are not supposed to "burn out" like incandescent bulbs. In automotive tail-lights things seem to be going according to plan. However, on (boat)...
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Trailer AFC converter turn signals blink together

I have a Nissan Murano 2009 (made in Japan for US market). I installed a trailer towing hitch and now I want to install a towing harness. Since I live in Europe I bought Brink Wiring Kit (732614) ...
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Cheapest way to transport a non-functioning motorbike across town [closed]

(Disclaimer: I considered putting this on Lifehacks but it's so specific to motor vehicles that I thought it might be better here; Do let me know otherwise if it should be migrated) What would be ...
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13 “ to 14” rims on lightweight 3x5ft trailer

Can I change my 13" rims on my trailer to 14" rims with same stud pattern without having to change axel or wheel bearings Trailer is lightweight 3 x 5 ft Thanks
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4-way car connector to 7-way trailer connector

I bought a CURT custom wiring harness that plugs into vehicle tail light assembly to provide a 4-way flat socket. It has a simple plug & play design that eliminates the need for cutting and ...
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How to replace a broken knob in my old trailer

This knob in an old trailer of mind broke off. Is it possible to replace it? I'm curious if the aluminum "thread" that inserts into the knob has a name or standard. You can see what I mean in the ...
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1984 BMW 733i Trailer Attachment?

I have a 1984 BMW 733i. I am curious if it is possible to attach a trailer hitch to it for connecting a light motorcycle trailer. It seems there is no connection for it but I am not totally sure just ...
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Trailer socket problems

I have a tow bar and a seven pin plug to operate the lights, fitted on my car. I recently took my boat for repair and when they brought it out of the workshop they dropped it from a forklift truck ...
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Will towing a trailer hurt my 2008 Subaru Forester?

I'm getting some mixed advice about towing with a Forester. We are considering buying a small popup camper, and also maybe a small utility trailer. The camper would be for there-and-back trips, not ...
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Should I apply grease to my trailer hook?

I have never applied grease to my trailer hook. As a result, it looks like this : I have been told that I should not grease it (something to do with the friction being important for... something?). ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...