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Old 07-26-2009, 01:48 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by cycletahoe View Post
inside pics....not bad considering it has been sitting for over 20 years
This is an awesome find. Are you still planning on brining it home in another couple weeks? I saw you were planning on a new axle, tires and wheels for the trip. I did not replace my axle before bringing our trailer home (a slightly shorter distance than what you are contemplating and not over the Rockies), but did get a set of new wheels and tires. From your pics, it looks like you have a five lug split rim that I have seen pictured on another 53 Flying Cloud. You should absolutely replace them for the trip home, but don't thrown them away!

If your looking for a simple wheel to just get you home at low cost, I bought 15 x 6 inch Dexstar conventional wheels at Redneck Trailer Supply for $26.29 each on sale (regular price is $45.00 each). They come in both five and six bolt patterns and meet the specs (2,600 pound weight rating) required for these trailers. At least if you end up going with another wheel later, you won't have a ton of money sunk into these.

Good luck with your recovery. Please post more pics along the way and give us an update on your planning. Recovery stories are great to read and I found everyone here was very helpful with the planning and execution of my recovery.


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Old 09-07-2009, 11:18 PM   #30
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We made it! Thanks to all for the advice and encourgement. Big thanks to maccamper for the courtesy inspection!!

Picked the trailer up from a shop where it had a new coupler installed and the hubs inspected, greased, and broken brake spring replaced. Hubs were in good shape - bearings looked like new and brakes engaged once spring was replaced. From there we towed it to my brother's house where we had a couple of days to shore up things before we hit the road again.

Inside had been a mouse motel for some time. Armed with gloves and masks we cleaned out all the nests (batting from the rear mattress), even a birds nest. They got in through the refrigerator vent and pretty much destroyed that cabinet area. Afterwards we cautiously plugged it in and every interior light worked - including porch light. Good sign for the exterior lights - purchased a new pigtail for them. Through process of elimination we managed to get all of these synced and going too! Few of the marker lights had to be re-grounded due to rust - other than that we were good. Brakes had been wired seperately with romex - cleaned up the connections and eliminated a short that was showing on the trailer brake controler in the truck (turned out that we had the romex wired backwards - took more time than desired to figure this out).

We put on new wheels and tires, new safety chains, new door lock to eliminate that from blowing open and off we went. First stop was the Iowa 80 truck wash - years of sitting on a friends farm had built up a pretty heavy coating of gunk on the outside. Couldn't bring it home to the wife looking like that. It towed perfect, no sway and hubs ran cool. All and all it was a long, but uneventful trip home - just as we'd hoped. Now the real fun part begins. Floor is rotted and will have to be replaced - most if not all of the cabinets too. Hopefully I can make some progress before winter hits.

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