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Old 09-27-2008, 09:14 PM   #15
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Wow, is this the weekend? Have you seen it in person yet? Looks like a fun project, tell us more about the recovery!
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Old 09-28-2008, 02:21 AM   #16
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I posted this on another thread, then discovered it wasn't yours, so here it is again.. sorry for the repeat.

Sue - some thoughts on the recovery that I learned from my 63 Tradewind that I bought in Granite Falls -

Assume the lights won't work. Either get some trailer lights to use (a long cord with just two lights on the ends. They use magnets to attach to the bumper... bring duct tape incase the bumper is aluminum). The trailer umbilical cord is probably a 7 round pin vs. today's more common 7 blade style.. so it probably won't just plug in. This means no brakes. Take it slow, the trailer will be light enough for the truck, but be careful! The CYB sentence - I in no way endorse this, but it can be done.... : )

No lights during the day is less noticable....

Bring a floor jack to lift the trailer tongue if the tongue jack doesn't work.

Bring some way to inflate those tires if you intend to use them to get home... 12v or floor pump, your choice. IF you use the tires, then go slow... If you aren't repacking the hubs, stop after about 5 miles and check the hubs (touch the centers softly), they shouldn't be hot. Then check again after a few miles.

MOST IMPORTANT.. go to a licence renewal center and get a three day trip pass. That trailer hasn't been tagged in awhile.. don't want a ticket on your way home. My trailer was last tagged in 1975!! If you have a title, you need a bill of sale to complete the transaction when you get to the licence place. The Bill of sale needs a price, vin#, parties involved, and sigs of everybody. If no title, get a signed, notorized form from the Licence place with the sellers notorized sig.

Remember - 2" ball.
Find some way (bunge cords from the inside works), make the deadbolt close, to keep that door shut. The suicide doors may spring open from the wind.. that's not fun!

Have fun! Let us know how it goes!
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Old 09-28-2008, 05:52 AM   #17
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Old 09-28-2008, 07:53 AM   #18
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Good luck SUEHOWIE,these trailers are very addicting,at least for me,and a lot of fun.I just got the shell off mine yesterday and will start getting the floor off today.Its been a big job but we are looking forward to being able to use it in the spring.I had a lot of fun just cleaning it out the first day.If your tires are only 12 years old I would not worry to much,I towed my 50s trailers much farther,I did stop every 10-15 miles to check it over and feel the hubs to see if anything was overheating.New tires are a safe bet if you are not sure.Just a note I have read on here with duels if you have a flat tire you can take 1 tire off and run on 1 for short distances to get a repair,the advantage of duels.
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Old 10-18-2008, 11:15 PM   #19
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i was just looking at your new project it looks like the one that i brought home last month. I think that we are both in for alot of work, but we have both took the right first step by joining this forum. I look forward to seeing your progress
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:31 PM   #20
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A quick update: we moved her home this weekend, or should I say, 3ms75Argosy towed her home and we followed behind. The tires and everything else were fine, and it towed very well. All that worry! She is now parked in my carport and waiting what is going to be a TON of work, but I am really excited about it. I posted pics of the trip home...if you want to check it out.
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:40 PM   #21
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Hey will be great to see your progress.. I'm working on mine too... Lived in Kent of 5 years. Grew up in Spanaway, and my wife is from Newcastle... Still got family there, but I don't miss the rain.... Bet your floor has some soft spots...
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:29 PM   #22
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Hey will be great to see your progress.. I'm working on mine too... Lived in Kent of 5 years. Grew up in Spanaway, and my wife is from Newcastle... Still got family there, but I don't miss the rain.... Bet your floor has some soft spots...
Was just out in Peyton Colorado just two weeks ago, and will be back again in mid November. My best friend and her husband live out there, and they are expecting twins. The baby shower is in November. How far are you guys from Colorado Springs?

And yes, you are right...there are two soft spots in the front end of the trailer and I haven't even gotten to that part yet...will start the basic cleaning and inspecting this week. We got her home Saturday and to be honest, I am almost nervous to start cleaning....if I start I wonder if I will be able to stop at a decent hour. LOL. I have so many plans for her!

My boyfriend and I are both originally from Massachusetts and transplants here. He moved here some 6 years ago, and I moved her a year ago July. No plans of ever returning to New England to live!

So many thoughts...and so many plans!! I can't WAIT to get started!
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Old 10-21-2008, 12:05 AM   #23
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Hi Sue - just start washing the outside.. the rest will come as you "ponder.."

Sue makes the recovery sound easy! I never knew a coupler hitch could rust and freeze up the way her trailer did... but it sure was fun to see the trailer move again... I could almost hear the sighs of contentment as she rolled to her new home.

Amazingly... the hubs stayed cool even after all those years... and yes... miracles of miracles.. the tires kept air and didn't blow on the way... I think those old bias ply tires were made of real steel... I think there are alot of those rolling around still.

It was a fun trip... glad to help!

Pics after the washing! I think you might find the ghost outline of WBCI numbers above the front window after you wash it... I think I saw an outline before I left... (which are different than a serial number... and researchable).
Have fun! - I think the next steps after the outside, is strip back the front cabinet... linolieum, and take a look at that floor. I think from the step front will need to be replaced... then... look at the rear.
Read Franks "annaluminum" blog.. he has a great blog of what it takes to do the rear (which.. minus the bathroom, is the same as the front).
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Old 10-21-2008, 01:35 PM   #24
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So many thoughts...and so many plans!! I can't WAIT to get started!
Let the games begin. Sue, you will find that there are obvious things that need immediate attention and other things that can wait until you are more comfortable with tackling the job at hand. Immediate areas to confirm are safe and secure are the electrical and the propane. The propane should be checked over before you do too much. I'm nervous with propane as my father was an inspector and saw way too many accidents happen. It ingrained in me a firm commitment that unless a gas appliance is checked it should not be used. But thats just me.....

The suggestion of washing the outside first is a good way to learn a lot about your trailer. And the shinier it is the more motivated one becomes at making sure the rest of it is up to snuff. It sure worked for me.

Take care and have fun with it.

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Old 10-21-2008, 02:16 PM   #25
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We're doing a longer tow of a '67 Overlander but here's the rough checklist.

1. Replace the tires. This is relatively easy (though not inexpensive). I would throw in a pair of ramps to make the change easier. Of course, don't forget your lug wrench. If you want a picture of my ramps, check my Yahoo360 blog. It didn't take long to cobble them together.

2. You might be able to tow it 50 miles without checking the bearings, but if you have the time and inclination, repacking the bearings onsite is an option. If you are pulling the tires, why not pop off the hubs and take a look. Even if you have some bearing wear, it's still a chance to get fresh grease in.

3. There's not much you can do about the axles, but the experts tell me that a true catastrophic failure is rare.

4. Bring your own lights. You can pick up a set of temporary, magnetic trailer lights at a place like Tractor Supply. This gives you the chance to test the lights with the TV. Sure, the lights on the trailer may work, and they may not. I have problems in the running lights for my Overlander that are still eluding me. My solution... replace all of the wiring when the shell is off... but that's not something you can do in someone else's driveway.

5. Bring the standard emergency stuff... just in case. Go slow. Make sure the TV has trailer mirrors. (Vision is important). As noted frequently herein, "stow for sea." Stop after you go a mile or so and do a walk around.

6. Ride with pride... you're one of us now.
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Ride with pride...I like that! I am also a motorcyle rider (or was, back east-I had a Yamaha VStar 650 and I would love another bike...one toy at a time, I suppose). I really appreciate all the help and advice, and I am sure I will need more as time goes on...and I get hip wader deep into my project!
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