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Old 04-27-2017, 05:00 AM   #1
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Trailer Towing Break-in?

Friends of ours just bought their first trailer brand new and the salesman told them not to exceed 80km/h for the first 500km.

Now they're trying to plan a trip that will get them 250km from home without driving on the highway

I've never heard of a towing break in period for a trailer, and wouldn't it have already been pulled at speed on the trip from the factory?

It's not a tow vehicle issue, they're truck is almost 2 years old.

The dealer is about an hour from their house so I said check the lug nuts and any bolts in the hitch when they get it home but otherwise they're good to go.
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Old 04-27-2017, 05:07 AM   #2
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Never heard of that, and I would ask the salesman to put it in writing in an email, and to quote from the owner's manual. As you said, most AS are towed to the dealer from Jackson Center, and it is unlikely that the speed limit was followed then IMO!

Also advise checking the lug nuts with an accurate torque wrench before departing, after 50 miles, after 100 miles, and at every stop for gas, food or rest. It only takes a minute or two to do this!

After the initial tow home, checking the lug nuts can be done per the owner's manual. We do it quite often out of habit. Why not take the brief time, especially on our single axle trailer?



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Many salesmen just like to hear themselves talk. Others just don't know when to shut up, run out of facts, and start spewing nonsense.
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Old 04-27-2017, 05:42 AM   #4
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I was not told anything like that. Picked up ours in New Jersey and towed it home to Maine. Highway all the way. Not sure what your "breaking" in? There's no engine or transmission, gears, ect. Like a car or truck would have.

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Old 04-27-2017, 05:53 AM   #5
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Cut him a bit of slack, guys...perhaps he is looking out for the customer. Not all trailers are flat towed to the dealer, so maybe he is referring to breaking in new brake shoes. And more importantly, OP says this was their friends' first trailer. Maybe this is a way for the salesman to "encourage" slow travel until a virgin tow-er gets the feel of a trailer's handling without offending them. After all, dissatisfied customers rarely come back...and dead ones NEVER come back.
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Old 04-27-2017, 06:16 AM   #6
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It has nothing to do with the speed, BUT, it takes around 500 miles for the Electric Brakes to adjust. I had to move the Brake Controller up to setting 8 until the Brakes adjusted themselves...
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Old 04-27-2017, 06:48 AM   #7
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Rich, if the salesman had such benign paternalistic motives, it might have been nice to handle it differently IMO, as he created more stress for the new buyers by forcing them to find a slow-speed route home.

Poor communication IMO, whatever the motive . . .



PS -- The implication he might have wanted to save them from killing themselves? Well . . .
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Rich, if the salesman had such benign paternalistic motives, it might have been nice to handle it differently IMO, as he created more stress for the new buyers by forcing them to find a slow-speed route home.

Poor communication IMO, whatever the motive . . .



PS -- The implication he might have wanted to save them from killing themselves? Well . . .
It's all supposition anyway.

The only mechanical reason I can fathom is new brake break-in and wheel lug seating/loosening.
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Was it delivered to the dealer on a flatbed or towed on its own running gear?
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Old 04-27-2017, 11:12 AM   #10
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Our 2015 23D International Serenity was trucked on a long flat bed trailer along with a second 23D to the selling dealership. We towed it 2,000 miles to the modification center we used (A&P Vintage Trailer Works in Paradise, TX). Just for grins I suggested to check the wheelbearings. One set was completely scored and the others were low on grease.

When converting to auto-adjusting brakes, we installed new USA made Timken bearing sets on all four hubs.

No one at the New Jersey dealership even mentioned breaking in the brakes or even checking the wheel torque values as I left their lot with the new trailer. Based upon all of the issues with our unit, I can not believe a dealer PDI was even done with hands on the trailer.
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FWIW, my Chevy Colorado has a 500 mile towing break in period that is separate from the normal break in... according to the manual. Maybe that is what he is referring to.
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Your break-in period is for a tow vehicle. The OP was talking about his friend's trailer.
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Your break-in period is for a tow vehicle. The OP was talking about his friend's trailer.
Thanks, I realize that. There could be some confusion between the dealer and the OP's friend regarding the break in period and which vehicle it applies to. The OP even mentioned the tow vehicle and that it is two years old, so there should be no break in period. I'm simply stating that MY tow vehicle has a break in period for towing, irrespective of the standard vehicle break in period. And that could be where the dealer recommendation is coming from.
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"Friends of ours just bought their first trailer brand new and the salesman told them not to exceed 80km/h for the first 500km."

Great advice for first time trailer drivers!
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