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Old 10-01-2013, 10:39 AM   #43
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We did it! We bought a 1969 25' Tradewind. We saw the posting on CL with no pictures, had a lengthy telephone discussion with the seller, and jumped right on it. The seller wanted to get rid of it within a week, so the price was right for what we wanted to do.

The exterior is in great shape; the interior is not great.

First order of business is figuring out how to get it home 120 miles. Then I'm assuming we'll start with taking things out and trying to restore as much as possible - stove/oven, fridge, tub, toilet... not sure if we'll build new frames for the beds/sofas or salvage the ones already there.... until we get down to the subfloor.

So question for you knowledgeable folks - the PO said he had the bearings packed and towed it about 100 miles to his property. Then is sat for 5-6 yrs until now. We need to move it 120 miles to our home to being the work. In your experience, how likely is it that the breaks would be frozen and the bearings dry enough that we would not be able to make the 120-mile tow? What do you expect or recommend that we would have to do on the spot before towing?

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Old 10-01-2013, 10:52 AM   #44
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when I went to bring our 60 overlander home pulled each wheel and checked the bearings and brakes. the grease was a fresh as the day it was put in there. This trailer had not had the bearings repacked for 15 years.
I check to see that the brake magnets worked. Then off we went to home over 500 miles.

If you have the know how you should check them before you go.
there are threads here that talk about how to check and pack bearings. do a search.
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So question for you knowledgeable folks - the PO said he had the bearings packed and towed it about 100 miles to his property. Then is sat for 5-6 yrs until now. We need to move it 120 miles to our home to being the work. In your experience, how likely is it that the breaks would be frozen and the bearings dry enough that we would not be able to make the 120-mile tow? What do you expect or recommend that we would have to do on the spot before towing?

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Start with the easy things first. Tires. Look for dry rot and other damage. No matter the condition of anything else, you won't get far on bad tires.

Assuming the tires are okay, jack up one wheel at a time and spin the tire to verify that it turns freely, and hook up the umbilical cable to get power to the brakes. While a wheel is spinning apply the brakes and see if the wheel stops spinning quickly. If the tire doesn't spin freely or stop spinning quickly when you apply the brake, you know that you'll have to start taking the wheel off to look more closely.

These aren't substitutes for full-on checks, but as troubleshooting techniques to get you started, they should do well enough.
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