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Old 06-15-2016, 02:35 PM   #15
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I installed a Stemco hub odometer nearly 15 years ago and find it to be very helpful. I don't use it for any sort of trip mileage - that's better handled by the tow vehicle odometer IMO. We tow with two different vehicles so using the vehicle odometer to monitor trailer maintenance gets complicated in a hurry.

For tracking trailer tire wear/life, checking brakes, re-packing bearings, etc. the hub odometer on the trailer is very useful.
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Old 06-16-2016, 08:31 AM   #16
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Hey, waitaminit!
As an engineer, I love complicated solutions. If it's too simple, the solution doesn't need engineering, and that is an "officially bad thing" (tm) if you are an engineer.

I use a three-ring binder trip book that has lined paper in it for data, and print-outs of the campground reservations. The kid in the back seat pencil-whips the data. If I get real enthusiastic, I have her put it in a spreadsheet to do the computing. Haven't managed that level of enthusiasm yet, BTW.

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This is more or less what I'm trying to avoid. I don't have kids in the back seat, and my wife has no interest in tracking trailer mileage, so the task falls to me. I'm not organized enough to print out reservations, or write down stop/start mileage on a daily basis. It sounds like a good method of tracking, but the accuracy definitely depends on how consistent you are in tracking. Sounds like the kind of thing an engineer would excel at.

Curious - what happens if/when you lose track of your binder?

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I installed a Stemco hub odometer nearly 15 years ago and find it to be very helpful. I don't use it for any sort of trip mileage - that's better handled by the tow vehicle odometer IMO. We tow with two different vehicles so using the vehicle odometer to monitor trailer maintenance gets complicated in a hurry.

For tracking trailer tire wear/life, checking brakes, re-packing bearings, etc. the hub odometer on the trailer is very useful.
Both great reasons. We only have one TV, but I'm looking for a way of keeping track of trailer mileage for maintenance purposes. In addition to tires/brakes/bearings, we have a Hensley hitch which also needs to follow a lubrication schedule based on miles towed.

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Hi, this is my opinion and also meant to be sarcastic at the same time.

Putting a wheel odometer on my trailer would be like putting a counter on my toaster. Or putting an hour meter on my television. Or a tachometer on my blender. Maybe, [old saying] we should go to Pep Boys, buy and install, every accessory in stock.

If these things were really necessary they would come from the factory that way.
Couldn't agree more... Things like upgraded solar and battery systems, tires, wheels, tire pressure monitoring systems, backup cameras...
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Old 06-16-2016, 11:27 AM   #17
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Anyone using a Hubodometer?

The binder stays in the TV at all times. Contact data and reservation is backed up in the cell phone I use for navigation. If I lose the binder, no biggie. The cell phone has become grafted to my body, it seems. 😀

Why wouldn't you have an hour meter on a television? 😀


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Old 06-16-2016, 12:22 PM   #18
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I installed a Stemco hub odometer nearly 15 years ago and find it to be very helpful. I don't use it for any sort of trip mileage - that's better handled by the tow vehicle odometer IMO. We tow with two different vehicles so using the vehicle odometer to monitor trailer maintenance gets complicated in a hurry.

For tracking trailer tire wear/life, checking brakes, re-packing bearings, etc. the hub odometer on the trailer is very useful.

I'm with you. This would be good for me. I'm terrible at keeping notebooks and records of minutia. I can handle the jiffy lube sticker on my windshield. One of theses woukd be great for doing routine maintenance.


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Old 06-16-2016, 10:08 PM   #19
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I recently switched from a Ford with the "trailer odometer"--a great idea in my opinion, to a GMC without. At about this time I changed to 16" Michelin LT tires on Ultra trailer wheels--the only kind Tire Rack sells. The Ultras have plastic hub caps that are held on with 1/4-20 screws. This made it possible to fabricate a stainless steel and aluminum bracket for a Stemco DataTrac digital hub odometer. See image, I'm sorry for the blur it was available light.

I bought the DataTrac from a commercial trailer service company who programmed it for the correct revs/mile for the Michelins (719) and the current trailer miles (12,209, est.) when I bought it ($61.15 plus tax). This model also has a "trip odometer" feature that can be easily reset. All the programming and control is done by blocking the light to a port on its face--pretty ingenious.

The dealer told me to check the mileage against the truck and bring it back if it needed adjustment. It's reporting 4.3% less than the truck and I'm going to get it adjusted tomorrow.
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Old 06-17-2016, 10:49 AM   #20
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Why wouldn't you have an hour meter on a television? 😀
I would, but I'm not sure where to put the grease...
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See image, I'm sorry for the blur it was available light.

I bought the DataTrac from a commercial trailer service company who programmed it for the correct revs/mile for the Michelins (719) and the current trailer miles (12,209, est.) when I bought it ($61.15 plus tax). This model also has a "trip odometer" feature that can be easily reset. All the programming and control is done by blocking the light to a port on its face--pretty ingenious.

The dealer told me to check the mileage against the truck and bring it back if it needed adjustment. It's reporting 4.3% less than the truck and I'm going to get it adjusted tomorrow.
Thanks for sharing, BillfromWI.

The Stemco hubs I've seen so far have all been mechanical. The programmable DataTrac you have looks like a good idea. Not sure I'd use the trip odometer - perhaps resetting it every time the wheels were rotated would make sense - or more likely, every time I greased my hensley.
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Old 06-17-2016, 11:40 AM   #22
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Why wouldn't you have an hour meter on a television? 😀
Not on my TV but I do have one on my frig. The Dometic has never cooled to satisfaction so I wanted to see what the duty cycle was and if it was less than 100% when it was not up to snuff. The Dometic just can't cut it.
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