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Old 08-01-2019, 04:01 PM   #15
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. . . I'd spend some quality time poking around to see what's what ....
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Well said in your entire post.

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Old 08-01-2019, 04:06 PM   #16
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Old 08-01-2019, 04:22 PM   #17
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Click and CLack had geat advise

Click and Clack the car guys had great advise when talking about people trying to get some old car running.

to paraphrase them:

It is not important if it Starts........It is important if it Stops...Then worry about if it starts.

And then they went on to talk about all the super important aspects of suspension, tie rods, ball joints and brakes.
Of course they were talking about cars, but similar concept applies.

So if the law requires the breaks to be working for a trailer of that wieight class, and a working breakawy switch to activate the brakes, traveling without them could have a huge impact on your life's savings once a lawyer gets ahold of any prior knowledge that working breaks were required and a person chooses to tow anyway. Lawyers have a nasty alchemy of turning your Nuts into their Cash!

So sounds like you will definitley get the breaks working.

I have run across an interesting instance of when registering a Trailer, the State DMV required a state inspection for the first issue of the license tag but not for annual renewal. I bet Everyone Hates state inspections, but I guess they call them State Safety Inspections for a reason.

And for a cross-country trip of that nature, so many jurisdictions could apply, that when you left West Virginia, you thought you were in total compliance only to get a rude awakening in an intermediate state.

What a great vacation.
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Old 08-01-2019, 08:35 PM   #18
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Okay more questions:

What size bearings do I need? is it something most shops will stock or is it something I need to order?

what size rivets should I buy for quick repairs that will later be done correctly ?

We have a new cummins 3500 so im not terribly worried about brakes (regularly tow 10K+ with no trailer brakes)

If the floor is bad, what are some quick fixes? ratchet strap the whole body down?

I pick up the truck in Pittsburgh on Tuesday morning (the 6th) and have to be back in CA for the first day of classes by Monday the 12th.

Thanks y'all for the advice! be ready for trip updates starting on the 5th
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Old 08-01-2019, 10:28 PM   #19
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Okay more questions:

What size bearings do I need? is it something most shops will stock or is it something I need to order?

Depends on who did what when on the trailer, chances are you’ll be able to get replacements at a quality parts store.

what size rivets should I buy for quick repairs that will later be done correctly ?

1/8” and 5/16” all aluminum pop rivets.

We have a new cummins 3500 so im not terribly worried about brakes (regularly tow 10K+ with no trailer brakes)

A big ol truck is a plus, granted, however it is illegal in most if not all states to tow a trailer this size without working brakes and a breakaway brake system. Your call, but just let us know your routes so we can steer clear.

If the floor is bad, what are some quick fixes? ratchet strap the whole body down?

Sure. A little crosshatch type deal on the interior would help.

I pick up the truck in Pittsburgh on Tuesday morning (the 6th) and have to be back in CA for the first day of classes by Monday the 12th.

Thanks y'all for the advice! be ready for trip updates starting on the 5th
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Old 08-01-2019, 10:39 PM   #20
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You know you'll spend as much on this one as you would a new one off a dealers lot right?
You would be rolling and sleeping in a new one tomorrow.

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Old 08-02-2019, 01:59 AM   #21
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I pick up the truck in Pittsburgh on Tuesday morning (the 6th) and have to be back in CA for the first day of classes by Monday the 12th.
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Hmm . . . Pittsburgh to West Virginia . . . prepare trailer tires, bearings, brakes . . . back in California in 6 days . . .



I mean . . . what could go wrong?

Looking forward to your updates.

Safe home.

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Old 08-02-2019, 06:51 AM   #22
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Yes, breakaway switch required by law, as well as trailerbrakes. And you are responsible for any critters or parts that fall off ir out of the trailer! It canbe done!!!
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Old 08-02-2019, 07:51 AM   #23
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We just drove through West Virginia on our way to and from International Rally. You'll want trailer brakes in those mountains.
We towed our '72 home from Mississippi to Minnesota (1100 miles) with bad axles, not the best tires, and a rotted out rear floor with few problems. Lost 2 ft of rear belly pan in a bad road work area, but nothing else.
Be careful and keep your speed down, and you will be fine.
Good luck!

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Old 08-02-2019, 08:14 AM   #24
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You know you'll spend as much on this one as you would a new one off a dealers lot right?
You would be rolling and sleeping in a new one tomorrow.

You have been warned!❤
I bet you're correct, but then I wouldn't have the adventure of pulling an airstream that hasn't moved in years all the way across the US with one of my best friends and that to me is worth every Bejamin Franklin were gonna blow on this trip. go home and find your sense of adventure again
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Thats the kind of good news I like to hear. I don't see us getting much over 60 for the next 2800 miles
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Old 08-02-2019, 08:18 AM   #26
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Can you elaborate some on the cross hatches in the interior? this is my biggest worry for the whole trip.
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Old 08-02-2019, 08:19 AM   #27
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I’ve towed two back to central Texas, one from upper Ca and the other from upper Michigan. What was useful for me other than what is listed was various sizes of rope, duct tape, aluminum tape, a roll of tie wire, battery operated drill with bits, a manual riveter with various sized rivets and a tool box full of tools. On the 55 I had part of the belly pan come down outside of Little Rock. I had packed a few strips of .032 aluminum and tin snips so was able to patch things back to get us home. It was an adventure. Tie door shut and tape windows if latches are loose. Tie down Hehr vents on the inside. Good luck and slow and easy wins the race.
I think the lead character from HBO's Dexter kept this same equipment in his car.
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Old 08-02-2019, 08:38 AM   #28
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Does anyone know the distance from the rear tire to the tongue? trying to figure out how long of a trailer I might need is fit hits the shan and I have to flat bed this puppy home
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