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Old 05-29-2004, 12:36 AM   #1
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A/S trailer mileage

Is there any simple (automatic) way to track of actual mileage put on an A/S trailer (other than using trip mileage on tow vehicle)? I just purchased a 22' International CCD, and would like to keep track of the mileage traveled. Are there any mileage meters one could put on the trailer wheel/axle to keep this information?
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Old 05-29-2004, 06:02 AM   #2
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You could install a "Hubometer". You see them on tractor trailer rigs. They mount across two lug nuts. You may not be able to use a hubcap on that wheel if one is installed. Do a google search for "hub odometer" or "hubometer".
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Old 03-20-2007, 06:41 AM   #3
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Hubodometer?

I'm also looking for a convenient way to track trailer mileage. Hubodometers look like a good way to do this. Has anyone used a hubodometer? Any comments are appreciated.

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Old 03-20-2007, 08:20 AM   #4
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I'm also looking for a convenient way to track trailer mileage. Hubodometers look like a good way to do this. Has anyone used a hubodometer? Any comments are appreciated.

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I have, but only on larger (40' semi) trailers. It shouldn't take much to install one on your trailer, just make sure you get one for the correct size tire/wheel assembly so it will be accurate.
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Old 03-20-2007, 08:31 AM   #5
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When we first got our Airstream, we looked into a mileage recording device. We found they they were kind of expensive for what you got. We decided to go to a trailer log where we keep track of the mileage, nights spent out and where, and other maintenance items.

We don't use the TV trip odometer to record mileage. We determine the miles traveled between points using Microsoft Streets and Trips or Yahoo maps if we are online. This system has worked out well for us. We have already logged 12,000 miles and gone through one 10,000 mile maintenance session.
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Old 03-20-2007, 08:57 AM   #6
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Shortly after I bought my trailer 12 years ago I installed a Stemco Hub Odometer. It has recorded over 106,000 miles to date.

Odometers cost about $50.00 and can be mounted to an Airstream hub cap by having a center hole drilled in the cap. The hole should be done on a lathe to insure it is centered and thus the hub is balanced to the wheel.

The only short coming is when mounting a tire you have to remove the odometer to get the hub cap off the wheel. Small price to pay.

When ordering you have to give them you tire size to calibrate the unit.
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Old 03-20-2007, 11:13 AM   #7
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Ditto Moosetags. We also keep a simple log in our TV and document mileage, sites, things to see/do, maintenance etc. Works for us.
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Old 03-20-2007, 12:47 PM   #8
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Stemco for $42

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I installed a Stemco Hub Odometer.
Stemco corporate indicated I must purchase the part through a distributor. I called the local Stemco supplier and they can get the appropriate hub odometer in less than 1 week for $42. If I decide to go this route I'll simply drill a hole in the chrome center cap. My wheels and center cap look just like yours.

Thanks for the suggestion.

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See the attached picture for the Abbot Hubodometer I purchased and installed for my Bambi. It has worked fine for me. Find them at: Abbott Enterprises - hubodometer. I recall it cost me $24. with $4 shipping in 2001.
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You know, when I first started keeping track of my mileage on the Safari by keeping a log, then entering it into the computer, I though man, I'm not gonna share this one cause folks will think that I'm even more excessive compulsive that I really am, then I read this post and was pleased to find there are folks doing what I do or doing it even more accurately than I am!

Thanks all, you just validated my compulsions! Admitting it is half the road to recovery!
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Double ditto with Moosetags.

Streets and Trips is about as pain free as you can get - we record the information on a simple spreadsheet which calculates for us:

- daily mileage
- trip mileage
- yearly mileage
- cumulative mileage

.... and also serves as a complete journal of camping days, dates, locations and associated notes.


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I realize this is an old thread but wanted to provide an update... We've been using the Stemco hub odometer for several years. As mentioned in various posts above we drilled a hole in the center of the chrome hub cap and installed the hub odometer.

No more guessing, no more forgetting to log trips, no more estimates. I realize this method isn't for everyone but it sure works for us.

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Old 06-24-2012, 04:11 PM   #13
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Double ditto with Moosetags.

Streets and Trips is about as pain free as you can get - we record the information on a simple spreadsheet which calculates for us:

- daily mileage
- trip mileage
- yearly mileage
- cumulative mileage

.... and also serves as a complete journal of camping days, dates, locations and associated notes.


Jay
I do the same Excel travel log and also use this same log to keep maintenance records of everything I do or anyone else does. (since I have a hard time remembering anything)
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:01 PM   #14
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hub-o-meter

I wonder if airstream has every thought about either., A. putting one on each unit leaving the factory or ., B. have it as option the owner can have installed at factory.. bet a bunch of owners would love to have on..

that should would make lifer easier for the next guy. with a car you have a mileage meter that is mostly accurate to figure some of its life history.
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