utility trailer thread?

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Isaac Carlson

Minister of Fire
Nov 19, 2012
813
NW Wisconsin
Also gear down so you barely need the brakes in the first place.
Yep. You can go up as fast as you want, it's the other side that you need to worry about. Good gearing and understanding how to shift is a good thing. I've never been in a hurry to get to the top, and I'm sure not in a hurry to get down.
 

xman23

Minister of Fire
Oct 7, 2008
2,447
Lackawaxen PA
I have a 1200 GVWR, no brakes. It doesn't get used much, but when you need it you need it. After 25 years I did some maintenance, new tires and greased the wheel bearings.
 

Ashful

Minister of Fire
Mar 7, 2012
17,076
Philadelphia
I have a 1200 GVWR, no brakes. It doesn't get used much, but when you need it you need it. After 25 years I did some maintenance, new tires and greased the wheel bearings.
I give each of mine one pump each year. For boat trailers, it’s at end of season, hoping the fresh shot of grease will expel any water remaining in the hub. For utility trailers, it’s not as religious, but I don’t think I’ve ever left a hub more than two years, on any trailer.

If you count every greased trailer or wagon hub I own, right down to the blower buggy and wheelbarrow, it’s only 17 hubs and perhaps as many minutes if work, per year.
 

salecker

Minister of Fire
Aug 22, 2010
1,834
Northern Canada
My tandem car hauler hasn't had the bearings touched since i rebuilt it when i got it 20+ years ago.
I know cars and 2wd pickups that went 100,000 miles and over without front wheel bearing ever being done.All on factory grease.
Hubs run cool on the trailer even when over loaded. Thats the first thing i check when pulling a trailer drive 20 miles and check the temp of the hubs.I check the hub temps every time i stop,a lesson i learned driving Semi Trucks.
 
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