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  • How is Trailer Tongue Weight for Weight Distribution Determined
  • Since you are asking about tongue weight in the context of a weight distribution system, the answer is a flat yes, the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle does count towards your Total Tongue Weight (TTW). Overall, trailer tongue weight is the downward force that is applied to the trailer hitch, so it would be the weight applied to the hitch. In order to truly determine your tongue weight you do need a scale, and you can do so very easily with the Sherline Trailer...
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  • Is Travel Trailer Being Slightly Off Level Normal
  • It seems like you are attempting to get your 2019 Forest River Cherokee absolutely level, though you should be focusing on simply getting as level as possible, which is going to depend on various factors like the terrain and your trailer's load, so being slightly off level is normal. For example, you mention it gets more off level when you extend the slide out, which makes sense because the weight is being distributed differently in the trailer compared to when the slide out is not...
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  • Recommended Tire Pressure Monitor System for Rubber Valve Stem with Brass Threads
  • The TST TPMS for RVs - Color Display - Signal Booster - 4 Flow Through Tire Sensors # TST-507-FT-4-C as our product page states is brass construction designed for use on steel, chrome, or nickel valve stems. These flow through sensors are larger and require that metal stem for support like # AM20906. The TST TPMS for RVs - Color Display - Signal Booster - 4 Tire Sensors # TST-507-RV-4-C on the other hand is brass construction designed for use on rubber, steel, chrome, or nickel valve...
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  • How to Determine Wire Functions on Trailer to Install Furrion Vision S Side Cameras
  • You can determine which black wire on your trailer is ground by hooking your trailer up to your tow vehicle and turning your running lights on. This will cause one of the wires to have power. You can determine which is which using a circuit tester like part # PTW2992 or a multimeter like part # PTW1714. Once you know which wire carries which function you can attach the wiring of the Furrion Vision S Side Cameras # FCE48TASL. The black is ground, the brown is running lights, and the red...
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  • Recommended Truck Camper Dual Battery Charging System
  • The NOCO Genius Mini On-Board Battery Charger - AC to DC - 2-Bank - 8 Amp # 329-GENM2 will work for a shore power to batter power charger for batteries up to 120 amp hours. If your batteries are larger then you will need the NOCO Genius On-Board Battery Charger - AC to DC - 4-Bank - 40 Amp - 12V # 329-GEN4 to charge batteries up to 230 amp hours. Most truck campers will instead use a DC to DC charger for the camper batteries. If your batteries are under 200 amp hours, I recommend the...
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  • Recommended Solar Panel and Charging Connection for Vilano 320GK with Prewire Furrion Solar Input
  • The Furrion Solar port # FSPINS-BS only fits with the male connector that comes on their solar suitcase. We had issues with that product so we don't carry it and they don't have a connector available as a separate part. I reached out to them directly to confirm this. The best solar panel in my opinion we carry for cost to function is the Go Power Portable Solar Kit w/ Digital Solar Controller # 34282730 and then you can simply use the 7-Pin Trailer Adapter for Go Power Portable Solar...
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  • Recommended Jack for Changing Tire on 8,200 Pound Tandem Axle Trailer
  • The Powerbuilt Unijack # ALL620470 referenced in your question has a weight capacity of 4,000 pounds. This is likely enough for your 8,200 pound trailer, but I recommend going up a bit with the Unijack # ALL620471 that is rated for 6,000 pounds. This will give you more of a safety margin for jacking up the trailer to change a tire. This bottle jack features a lift range of 11 to 21 inches and the safety bar locks the jack into place removing the need for jack stands. I have attached...
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  • Wiring a Trailer With Dual Batteries and Solar Charger
  • Let's try and take this one at a time to make things easier; to start with the black wire from the 7-way plug (the 12V) should be run to the pair of 12V batteries you already have in the battery box. In terms of grounding they will be grounded through your charger, such as in the accompanying diagram of the CTEK D250S Dual Battery Charger # CTEK40186, which you would want to use with the SmartPass CTEK56676. The LED lights each need to be grounded to the frame of your trailer; they...
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  • Recommended Vehicle to Trailer Battery Charger for Trailer Battery
  • Without hesitation, I recommend using a 7-way trailer connector and using the 12V charge line you find at the 1 o'clock position to run to a battery charger and then your trailer battery. Most charge lines only take whatever amperage is not being used by the vehicle and sends it to the trailer battery providing a maintenance charge. Your trailer clearance lights will run without issue using either plug and drawing power from your vehicle, so the 7-way will serve you well for that function...
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  • Are Redarc Battery Chargers # BCDC1225D and # BCDC1240D Compatible with AGM and Lithium Batteries
  • Yes, both of the BCDC Redarc batteries, part # 331-BCDC1225D and part # 331-BCDC1240D, are compatible with AGM, gel, standard lead acid, calcium, and Lithium ion (LiFePO4) batteries. The wiring configuration will be very similar between the two. You will just need a low voltage disconnect when using the Lithium Ion battery as you can see in the attached photos. To get the proper fuses you will need the 40-Amp MIDI Fuse Kit # 331-FK40 for part # 331-BCDC1225D, or the 60-Amp MIDI Fuse...
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  • Recommended Tire Pressure Monitoring System for 35 Foot Travel Trailer
  • There is a great option for a tire pressure monitoring system on your 35' travel trailer, although the TireMinder TPMS for Dual Axle Trailers # TPMS-TRAILER is only designed to work on trailers that are up to 25' in length and would not be the right system for you. Instead I strongly recommend the TireMinder TPMS for RVs # TM-A1A-4 because it is a very effective and easy to use system that has a 50' transmission range, allowing it to be used on a 35' travel trailer like yours. The...
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  • How To Measure A Trailer Spindle To Find Replacement Hubs And Bearings
  • To make sure you find the right replacement hubs you can do a couple of things. First check out the bearing and see if you can find the numbers for the bearings either etched or stamped on the side of the bearing. If you can not find the numbers you will need to measure the spindle. I have attached a drawing that shows where you need to measure the spindle to find the right replacements. The drawing also shows where to measure for a seal as well. You will also need to measure the inside...
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  • Comparing TireMinder Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems TPMS-APP-4 and TM-A1A-4
  • TireMinder part # TM-A1A-4 is a complete pressure monitoring system that includes the 4 tire sensors/transmitters, the monitor, signal booster and other parts including batteries for the sensors. TireMinder part # TPMS-APP-4 is a similar system that instead uses your smartphone as the monitor. This model requires Bluetooth 4.0 and an iPad or iPhone with iOS7 or Android with KitKat 4.4+. The two linked review videos will highlight the details on these products.
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  • Recommended Mounting Location for Redarc DC to DC Battery Charger # BCDC1225D
  • It is advised to install the Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1240D or # 331-BCDC1225D in your trailer and not your truck. I've attached videos of this installation to assist. Specifically we put this product in the front storage compartment of the RV to be close to the wiring that connects to the vehicle and also the trailer battery because the unit installs between those two components. The In-Vehicle refers to the trailer and not the tow vehicle so you can use the...
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  • Trailer Brake Controller Installation in 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500
  • There is no plug-and-play brake controller harness for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 so brake controller installation will be a hard-wire process. Under the driver's seat there should be a green plug. The wires to this plug can be tested with a circuit tester like # ALL640595 to confirm their function since vehicle wire colors are not always consistent. A brake controller like the Prodigy P2 # 90885 has 4 wires that require connection to the Sprinter. The black wire is...
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  • Safe Grease Gun Pressure for Filling Hubs with Grease on EZ Lube Spindles
  • Care should be taken when loading grease into a hub that is installed on an EZ-Lube spindle. It is very easy to over-fill the hub and apply too much pressure and blow out the grease seals. Even the double-lip seals like # 34823 used with EZ-Lube hubs can be blown out from excess grease pressure. The standard grease guns we offer top out at a maximum pressure of 7000-psi, but many are rated for lower pressure, such as # ALL940798 (4500-psi) and # L30132-11399 (3600-psi). That said, we...
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  • Rack'em Grass Catcher Compatible with Toro Zero Turn Mower
  • The Rack'em Grass Catcher for Toro Lawn Mower with Z-Cut Deck # RCMMS4-EXS1-TORO will fit your 52 inch Toro Z mower deck if it has the Z-cut deck. If you have the regular deck then you will use # RCMMS4-EXS1 instead. The best way to determine that fit is to look at the discharge on your deck. The Z-cut will have little cutouts on the front and middle directly on the lip that is raised about 1-1/2 inches. If that lip does not have any cutouts then it is the regular deck. I've attached...
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  • Weight Distribution Hitch for 24-Foot Enclosed Trailer with Limited Frame Clearance
  • You could use a friction sway control device like # 83660 to help control the sway effects caused by passing trucks, but with a 24-foot enclosed trailer that has a lot of surface area for wind to push on, you will get much better results with a weight distribution system that has built-in sway prevention. These perform much better, and they also allow you back up the trailer without having to disconnect the sway arm. All friction arm units must be disengaged before you try to back up the...
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  • TPMS to Use with Wheel Masters Airless 4-Hose Inflation Kit
  • I reached out to my contact at TireMinder who said that their Smart TPMS # TPMS-APP-6 is only compatible with valve extensions if they are solid steel and not braided. Since the Wheel Masters Airless 4-Hose Inflation Kit # WM82082 uses braided hoses you'll need to use a different system. I reached out to my contact at TST who said that their sensors are compatible as long as the end of the valve is secured with a bracket like what comes with the Wheels Masters kit. Since this is the...
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  • How to Install 7-Way on 2020 Hyundai Palisade for Brake Controller
  • The best option we have right now (August 2019) is for you to install the 4-way on your 2020 Hyundai Palisade from Hyundai as we don't have an option yet, and then convert it to a 7-way with the part # ETBC7 which comes with everything needed to install a brake controller and convert the 4-way to a 7-way. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P3 Brake Controller part # 90195. This is our best selling brake controller because of how well it works and how easy it is to setup....
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  • Installing a Brake Controller on a 2015 Ford Transit T250 with Factory Tow Package
  • To the best of our knowledge there is no plug-in adapter that will work on your 2015 Ford Transit T250. There should be a bundle of wires under the driver side dash that you can connect the adapter that you have picture to. Simply cut off the end that doesn't connect to your brake controller and use a circuit tester like part # 40376 to test for the following functions that you can splice your harness to: Blue - Brake Controller Output Black - 12V Power White - Ground Red - COLD Side...
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  • Recommendation For TPMS Option For Trailers
  • I understand your concerns and most of the reliable TPMS options include a booster component. Depending on your tire setup, I recommend the TireMinder RV TPMS for Smartphone, Item # TPMS-APP-6. The TireMinder system, Item # TPMS-APP-6, comes with 6 brass transmitters that check tire pressure and temperature. The sensors easily install onto your tire's valve stems, have a pressure range of 0-232 PSI, and the system can be expanded up to 22 tires. This system requires Bluetooth and...
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  • Solar Panel Recommendation for 2018 Keystone Sprinter
  • So typically trailers like yours will have a battery that the inverter can draw power from when the generator isn't running. What the solar panel can do is help keep that battery topped off. If your 2018 Keystone Sprinter is already wired for a solar panel this should already all be taken care of and all you need to do is pick out the best panel for your needs/budget. One great option is the Go Power Retreat Solar Charging System with Digital Solar Controller # 34272635 which was designed...
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  • Recommended Trailer Wiring for Solar and Vehicle Charged Trailer Batteries with Inverter
  • I can absolutely help you with this trailer. First, I recommend using the Epicord 7-Way Molded Trailer Plug with Junction Box - 10' Long # 277-000141 along with ring terminals # 44-5310A. This will easily allow you to convert your 4-way wiring and also add your trailer brakes using # 10-1-1. Then you can use the 10 inch # AKEBRK-35-SA for the 4 hole mounting flange or 12 inch # AKEBRK-7-SA brake assemblies for the 5 bolt mounting flange. For your charging your trailer batteries from...
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  • Can Trailer Battery Be Charged from Vehicle, Solar Panel, and Wall Outlet Charger
  • Basically you'd want the CTEK D250S Dual Battery Charger # CTEK40186 to cover the solar panel and alternator charging of the battery and then when wanting to charge the battery from shore power you'd want a charger designed for that like the # CTEK56158. You can install the quick connects of this kit to the battery and easily connect the charger when needed. This would not require the removal of the D250S either. Basically it would just be a matter of letting the trailer charger setup charge...
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  • Best Weight Distribution System for I-Beam Trailers with GTW up to 20,000 Lbs
  • In order to choose the correct weight distribution system, you will need to find the total tongue weight (TTW) of your towing setup by adding the tongue weight (TW) of both your loaded ready to tow trailer and any cargo stored behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. The average TW rating of a trailer is typically 10-15% of the gross trailer weight (GTW). An easy way to find this would involve using a tongue weight scale like the Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale part # 5780. When...
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  • Is there a TireMinder Monitoring System that Comes with 10 Sensors
  • We have TireMinder systems with 6 sensors and additional sensors can be added. For 6 sensor systems we have # TM-A1A-6 which is the regular system and # TPMS-APP-6 which uses a smartphone as the monitor (smartphone is of course sold separately). Additional sensors are available is 2-packs. For aluminum use # TM-2ALUM. For brass use # TM-2BRASS. The sensors included with the 6-sensors sets are all brass.
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  • Electric Brake Controller Installation on a 2017 Cutaway Chevrolet 4500 RV
  • We haven't had the chance to install a brake controller on a 2017 Chevy 4500 Cutaway but it's very likely to be the same. The first difference I would be careful of though is the wiring coloring. Before assuming the wire color is all the same use a circuit tester, like part # 40376, to test each wire you find for function. Vehicle manufacturers aren't very consitent on wire colors; especially from year to year. If you need other components, like a trailer hitch or 7-way connector...
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  • Recommendation for Wireless Tire PSI Monitors.
  • For your application I recommend going with the TireMinder TPMS for RVs # TM-A1A-6 which comes with a signal booster and 6 tire sensors with the brass construction (for use on rubber, steel, chrome, or nickel valve stems). This system falls under your price point and refreshes automatically to give you new tire info every 4 minutes. It also includes a USB charger to power the monitor through your vehicle's 12V accessory outlet. The only time this will exceed your budget is if you are...
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  • Reese Revolution Pin Box Grease Maintenance
  • Yes, you will need to grease the skid plate and around the wedge on the Sidewinder/Revolution. I have included a picture from the instructions for Sidewinder # RP61410 showing where the grease needs to go. You can use grease # L11390.
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  • How to Charge Trailer Batteries with the Vehicle's Alternator and Shore Power
  • I do have options for you but the Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger part # 331-BCDC1240D would not accept AC current from shore power and then use that to charge your two AGM batteries while disconnected from the tow vehicle. The Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger would still be needed while driving but when parked you would need to install a power converter to charge the batteries using shore power. The correct power converter will vary depending on the A/h of your batteries...
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  • Installing a Towed Vehicle Battery Switched Charging Line on 2016 Ford F53 Chassis Motorhome
  • For your 2016 Coachmen Mirada 35LS, to find a switched power line I recommend using a circuit tester like # 40376. Then you will use the Roadmaster Battery Charge Line Kit for Motorhomes # RM-156-75 with solenoid # TR118665 after the circuit breaker with the center post connected to your switched power line. This with make sure that power is only drawn from the motorhome when the ignition switch of your Coachmen is turned on. Then on the towed vehicle (toad) side you can use the Roadmaster...
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  • Recommended Replacement Electric Brakes for 7,000 lb Tandem Axles
  • For a pair of 7,000 lb tandem axles I recommend the Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit # 23-464-465. These brakes are 12" diameter x 2" wide and will work with your 5 bolt mounting flange and 16" wheels. These brake assemblies are rated specifically for use with 7,000 lb axles instead of some brakes which can work with axles that have a wide range of capacity, such as between 5,200 lbs and 7,000 lbs. The only thing you need in addition to these brakes is Mounting Bolts...
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  • Troubleshooting 7-Way Trailer Connection Wiring on 2017 Nissan Frontier
  • In your 2017 Nissan Frontier, the Curt brake controller should be installed using the custom wiring adapter # C51382. This should work correctly to give you the proper wiring within your cab. Then you will use the Curt # C56226 or the Tekonsha # 118266 to get the correct 7-way. If you have done this even using the previous relays, check your trailer connection for functions using the attached photo and a circuit tester like # PTW2993. It sounds like the trailer may be mis-wired...
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  • Is Weight Distribution Needed for a 2018 Forest River Cherokee Wolf Pup 16BHS
  • The general rule of thumb is that if the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the trailer is more than 50% of the GVWR of the vehicle, a weight distribution system is recommended. Since the 3877 GVWR of your trailer will in fact be more than 50% of the GVWR for both your 2017 Chevrolet Silverado and 2005 GMC Yukon, I would recommend you use a weight distribution system. In order to choose the correct weight distribution system, you will need to find the total tongue weight (TTW) of...
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  • Troubleshooting Constant Power on Drivers Side Tail Light of Trailer Connector
  • It sounds like you have a crossed wire after the fuse panel. Sometimes this happens inside the trailer connector, so I recommend removing your trailer connector and using a circuit tester like # PTW2993 to test each of the wire functions at the US Car Connection locations like you see on this harness # 20147. If this connection works correctly then you will want to replace the 7-way connector on your vehicle because it has an internal issue. If this is the case, I recommend the Hopkins...
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  • Difference Between Rack Em Grass Catcher # RCMMS4-EXS1 and # RCMMS4-EXS15
  • Measure the discharge opening of your Exmark Viking Hydro and you'll know which of the two grass catchers is what you need. If you have a 4 inch discharge opening you need the part # RCMMS4-EXS1 or if you have a 5 inch opening you'd want the part # RCMMS4-EXS15.
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  • Recommended Trailer Battery Charging System for Enclosed Motorcycle Trailer for Tools and Mattress
  • You can absolutely use a battery in your trailer to do all the things you desire. You will simply want to get a deep cycle battery and get the amp hour rating you desire. The CTEK D250S Dual Battery Charger 12V- 20a, 5 step, Heavy Duty# CTEK40186 along with the discontinued CTEK SmartPass Energy Management Unit for CTEK D250S DUAL Battery Charger CTEK56676 are a great combination for that as the D250S alone will not work well on the high-capacity deep cell batteries. Instead...
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  • Installation Kit and Wiring for Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger 331-BCDC1225D
  • To install your Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1225D you can use the matching installation kit # 331-FK40 which includes fuse holders, fuses and cable crimps. Based on the 40-amp value of the fuses supplied in the kit you will be fine with 8-gauge wire for a 12-foot run.
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  • Replacement Bearing Kit for Pop-Up Camper
  • The best way to determine the replacement bearings needed on your 2011 StarCraft 1019 pop-up camper is to remove one of the wheels and then the hub and look for the number printed on the inner and outer bearing as well as the seal of that hub. Those 3 numbers will help determine the bearing and seal replacements needed. If you can't determine the numbers printed on the bearings due to bearing failure, you can use the 4" Carbon Fiber Digital Caliper # PTW80157 to measure your trailer...
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  • Is TireMinder Smart TPMS Compatible with Sync 3 Bluetooth in 2018 Ford F-250
  • From what I could find it doesn't look like the Sync 3 system from Ford will support the TireMinder App just yet. You may still be able to use the TireMinder # TPMS-APP-4 that uses the Smartphone display but I don't think you'll be able to utilize it with your 2018 Ford F-250 unless you are somehow able to install the app on your truck. If you can't download the app and/or it doesn't work with the Sync 3 then we have the TST System # TST-507-RV-4-C which uses the standard sensors or...
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  • Weight Distribution and Brake Controller for 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with Tow Package
  • A weight distribution hitch will do more for your towing ride quality than the Load-Leveling system in your 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Each does slightly different things to the vehicle. The Quadra-Lift air suspension system allows you to adjust ride height based on speed, road conditions and your preferences but it is not a substitute for a properly-rated and correctly-installed weight distribution hitch that will shift trailer weight forward to your front axle, where you need it for...
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  • Types of Battery Chargers for Auxiliary Battery on Dump Truck/Trailer
  • We do offer battery chargers, including AC-powered unit like NOCO Genius # 329-GEN2 and DC-powered types like Redarc # 331-BCDC1225D, as well as Solar panel chargers like # PTW2997 that help maintain your auxiliary battery whenever sunlight is available. The vehicle wiring kits we sell are generally limited to passenger vehicles to allow them to tow recreational trailers. If you are looking for a heavy-duty wiring kit to deliver power to your dump bed motor this would best be sourced...
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  • No Power at 12 Volt Pin In 7-Way on a 2008 Toyota Tundra
  • The first step I would take would be to check the 30 amp trailer brake controller fuse which is located in the # 10 slot on the fuse box under the hood of your 2008 Toyota Tundra. If the fuse is still intact then you will want to move to the 7-way trailer connector. Using a circuit tester like part # 40376, check the black wire on the back of the 7-way way while the vehicle is running. If you are getting power here then the problem is in the trailer connector and it will need to be replaced...
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  • Grease Recommendation and Schedule for Dexter EZ Lube Spindles
  • Standard tapered trailer wheel bearings are recommended to be re-packed with fresh bearing grease about every year or every 12,000 miles under normal use. In certain conditions this interval could be shorter, such as if you routinely tow the trailer under conditions of extreme heat or near its maximum load capacity. This and other recommended trailer maintenance procedures are outlined in the linked article, which may interest you. The best grease around for trailer hubs is the "Red"...
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  • Recommended Trailer Battery Charging To Allow AC, Refrigerator, and Landing Gear To Function
  • When your trailer battery is properly charged, you should not need your vehicle connected or shore power to un your landing gear. Your trailer battery is most likely not getting the charge it needs. From your 14.28V you are getting from your 7-way connection, that will only provide a small maintenance charge to your battery and won't allow it to get over 80 charged. You would need to use a battery charger when not towing to get it up to full power to run your landing gear, fridge, and...
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  • Grass Catcher and Mounting Bracket for Toro Grandstand 36 Mower
  • We have grass catchers for several brands of mower including Toro. For your Grandstand 36 the Toro catcher model to use is # RCMMS4-EXS1 along with Toro bracket kit # RBTORO.
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  • Recommended Trailer Level That Does Not Require Drilling
  • We do have trailer levels that do not require drilling into your camper, but the Camco AccuLevel Trailer Bubble Level # CAM25563 does require drilling to mount it. Since you (understandably) do not want to drill a hole in your camper I recommend the Hopkins Electronic LED Smart Level # HM08201 which mounts onto your camper with adhesive backing. It can be used for side-to-side or front-to-back leveling, is easy to use with the press of its on/off button and is weatherproof to keep it...
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  • Tools for Carrying a Weight Distribution System with a 2 Inch Hitch Ball Attached
  • The HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball # 303-HG-712 is not available for a 2 inch hitch ball. There is not another carrier that utilizes the hitch ball for the carrying of the unit. You may however be interested in using the Classic Accessories Tow Bar and Weight Distribution Tote - 36" x 11" Wide x 8" Tall - # CA80113 to lift and transport your system. The handles of this tote are obviously made to be strong enough to lift and maneuver the system.
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  • Best Weight Distribution System for a Jayco Hummingbird 17 RK
  • In order to choose the correct weight distribution system, you will need to find the total tongue weight (TTW) of your towing setup by adding the tongue weight (TW) of both your loaded ready to tow trailer and any cargo stored behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. An easy way to find this would involve using a tongue weight scale like the Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale part # 5780. When choosing a weight distribution system, you will want your total tongue weight to fall in...
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  • Replacement Vent Cover for 2003 Keystone Sprinter
  • For your vent covers, there are four different hinge types that you might have. In order to know which replacement cover you need, the hinge style is very important. The sizes are all compatible, but the hinges are not. I've attached a photo to assist. For your seals, I need to know the dimensions. If you are looking for grease seals for your hubs, I need a number printed on it or need you to measure it with digital calipers like # PTW80157.
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  • Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors for a 2-1/4 Inch Pilot Hole
  • The correct tool to use for measuring the pilot hole opening of a trailer hub is a digital caliper like part # PTW80157 to the nearest thousandth. However, based on the 2-1/4" measurement you provided you will want to use the Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors part # BB2240SS for stainless or part # BB2240 for chrome. The stainless will resist corrosion better than the chrome. I have attached a review video of both options for you.
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution For 2007 Weekend Warrior Toy Hauler
  • The best way to determine what system will work for you is to know what your total tongue weight is. The total tongue weight is the tongue weight of your fully-loaded-ready-to-tow trailer added to the weight of any cargo you place behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. You will then want to find a system where your total tongue weight falls near the middle of the tongue weight range for the system. Getting a system that is too small will be useless, but getting a system that is too big...
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  • Replacement Wheel Stud for a 2013 Ice Castle Trailer
  • I would love to help but in order to make sure we get the exact wheel stud you need for your 2013 Ice Castle Trailer we are going to need a bit more precise measurements. In order to find these precise measurements you will need a digital caliper like part # PTW80157. I have attached a photo of the measurements I will need to make sure you get the correct replacement wheel stud. Judging from the photo you have attached it should be either part # 7-223 for 9/16" diameter or part # K12WB2...
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  • Recommended Vehicle to Trailer Battery Charger with Solar Power Option
  • The CTEK battery charger # CTEK56353 is a great charger for when you have shore power, but will not work for a vehicle to trailer battery charger. To charge your trailer battery from your Outback 2.5i, you will need a different type of charger. If you are a fan of the CTEK brand, then you would want the CTEK D250S Dual Battery Charger 12V- 20a, 5 step, Heavy Duty # CTEK40186. This will allow you to use your vehicle battery to charge your trailer battery without draining your vehicle...
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  • Wiring Tester Kit for Both Vehicle Side and Trailer Side Connectors
  • I do have options for you but we do not have an all inclusive tester kit that will test flat and round trailer connectors on both the trailer and vehicle. Instead you will want to use part # HM50928 for the trailer end and part # HM50918 for the vehicle end. Both kits have the ability to test 4-flat, 6-round, and 7-way connectors. I have attached a review video on both the vehicle side and trailer side tester kit for you as well.
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  • Weight Distribution for 2018 F-150 Towing Travel Trailer with 1000-lbs Loaded Tongue Weight
  • The key to picking out the right weight distribution system for your travel trailer is to load the trailer a few times and measure the actual fully-loaded and road-ready tongue weight with scale # 5780. Of course the loaded TW will be higher than the specified dry hitch weight but it is important to know the actual tongue weight of the trailer as you will actually be loading/using it. You also need to add the weight of any cargo in the bed of the F-150 that sits behind the rear axle,...
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  • Is the Signal Booster Required On the TST TPMS for RV Part TST-507-RV-4-C
  • It is recommended to install the signal booster that is included with the TST TPMS for RV part # TST-507-RV-4-C. This does help when used with longer trailers yes but its main purpose is to improve the quality of the signal even if not being used over a long distance. The signal booster only has two wires so it's easy to install and it only draws milliamps of power so you don't have to worry about it draining the battery. For your 5th wheel, I recommend you install it in the house battery...
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Lights Not Working with Curt T-Connector Harness Installed on Ram ProMaster
  • Since all of the trailer lights worked fine when using a different vehicle, it does seem like you have narrowed down the issue to the wiring on your 2018 Ram ProMaster 1500. To further verify this I do still recommend testing the 4-Way connector on the vehicle with a circuit tester like # PTW2993. Test the pins on the connector while you have a buddy activate the signals in the van. If you aren't getting power to all the pins then I recommend testing the wires both before the converter...
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  • Recommended Solar Panel Connection for Furrion Prewired Solar Connection on Trailer
  • The 2.5-Watt Solar Battery Charger # PTW2997 is a great option for your solar charging needs on the go. This product will not completely supply the needs of your Furrion camera system but can be used along with a battery to charge the battery so the battery can power the unit. I recommend the Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger - Dual Input - DC to DC - 12V/24V - 25 Amp # 331-BCDC1225D which will allow you to have power from a solar panel amplified and will amplify the trailer battery...
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  • Compatibility of DC to DC Charging Trailer Batteries While Operating Refrigerator Off Inverter
  • Yes. The Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1225D is designed to allow you to run your inverter and other components while towing. If you need more than the 25 amps and 375 watts for your application, then I recommend the 40 amp # 331-BCDC1240D which will give you 600 watts.
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  • Can I Charge the Battery for a Winch On My Trailer From My 2016 Ford F-150 While Driving
  • I do have a few different options for you, but charging your trailer battery from the battery on your 2016 Ford F-150 while driving is not what I recommend doing. The 7-Way on your F-150 does not have the capability to charge a large enough battery to run your winch. The only kind of battery that it can charge is something like a small breakaway battery. You would have to find wiring that is big enough to carry that much power and run it straight to the battery on your trailer. The first...
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  • Is HaulGauge Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale Compatible with Toyota Vehicles
  • I reached out to my contact at HaulGauge and he said that the pairing issue with Toyotas has indeed been fixed. In fact my contact was the very person who worked on this. As of May 2019 there are no longer any problems between the HaulGauge # HG103 and the computer systems on Toyota vehicles.
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  • Charging Dump Trailer Battery Recommendations
  • The CTEK MULTI US 3300 12-Volt Universal Battery Charger w/ Pulse Maintenance # CTEK56158 is a charger that you'd use when the trailer is parked. It plugs into a wall outlet and will charge your dump trailer battery all the way up quickly. It would not be a charger that could charge the trailer battery as the truck and trailer are travelling down the road. I attached a review video for the charger for you to check out as well. If you wanted to directly charge the winch off your truck...
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  • Does TireMinder # TM-A1A-4 Work with Nitrogen Filled Tires
  • A tire pressure system like the TireMinder # TM-A1A-4 works exactly the same regardless of whether the tires are filled with air or nitrogen.
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  • Recommended Wiring for RedArc BCDC Charger Used for Auxiliary Battery to Power Inverter
  • To connect your Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger - Dual Input - DC to DC - 12V/24V - 40 Amp # 331-BCDC1240D, you will need the 60-Amp MIDI Fuse Kit for Redarc In-Vehicle 40-Amp BCDC Battery Charger # 331-FK60. This will protect your vehicle and battery from potentially damaging overcurrent from short circuits or overloads. You will run the Red Wire from your RedArc unit to the fuse, and then from the fuse to the positive battery terminal on your vehicle start battery. I've...
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  • Brake Controller Not Getting Power on a 2010 Ford E350 Van
  • The first place that I recommend checking when you lose power to something would be your fuse box. A blown fuse can cause the power to not reach your brake controller. If your fuses look okay then it might be easier to find a wire that is connected to your battery and trace it back to your brake controller. If you can find the right wire this way, then you can check for any signs of corrosion, exposed, or damaged wiring. As for the connector in the picture that you sent, there are no...
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  • Troubleshooting Lippert Ground Control 2.0 Leveling System Error Code
  • There are a couple of things as I talked with my contact at Lippert. You will need to follow this system perfectly of the error will not clear. You need to extend the front jacks 6 inches, then the rear jacks 6 inches, and then press and hold the retract button until the jacks are all retracted. This should clear the error. If it does not, then use a multimeter like # ALL648349 check to make sure that left front jack is getting the proper battery voltage. If it is under 12V then...
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  • Can Leads on NOCO Genius On-Board Battery Charger be Extended?
  • The leads on the NOCO Genius On-Board Battery Charger # 329-GEN4 can be extended up to 10' but only after the inline fuse. The manufacturer does not recommend extending the AC cord or modifications between the inline fuse and the charger. To add protection you should add another inline fuse closer to the battery with fuse holder # SWC9538 and 15 amp fuse part # C58450-1. This charger will work with the NOCO Genius AC Port Plug with Extension Cord # 329-GCP1 which is 16" long and that...
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  • High Capacity Oil Drain Container for Motorhome that Will Drain 21 Quarts of Oil
  • The best solution we have would be the FloTool Super Drain part # FT42008 which can hold up to 58 quarts and would easily contain all 21 quarts of the oil your motorhome drains. The # FT42004 would have some oil above the red drain plug like you said wouldn't work for you.
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  • Running Wiring For Tail Lights With Active Reverse Lights
  • You will need a circuit tester, like part # 40376, to make sure the c enter pin on the vehicle 7-way trailer connector is active for the reverse lights. Then make sure the wiring for the lights that are designated for the back-up function on the trailer are run to the correct corresponding pin on the trailer 7-way. An example for one of our tail light assemblies # STL161RB there are 4-wires at the back of the light. The White wire is for the ground, Black is for the running light,...
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  • Recommendation for Freeing Seized Lock Cylinder on Ball Mount
  • Of your key operated hitch similar to the Fastway ball mount # DTALBM6625, you are wise not to use leverage as the primary tool as it could damage your key, lock cylinder or both. I recommend you use the UltraLube Biobased Spray Lubricant and Penetrant - 12-oz Aerosol with Straw # L10444 on the lock cylinder and then use a rubber mallet to allow vibration to help it work into the cylinder locking mechanism. Allow it to sit and repeat as necessary until the key is able to be used to free...
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  • Best Fastway E2 Weight Distribution System For A Loaded Trailer Weight Of 5000 Lbs.
  • In order to determine the correct weight distribution system for your towing setup, you will need to calculate the tongue weight of your loaded ready to tow trailer and any weight stored behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle. This will give you the total tongue weight needed to find the best weight distribution system. I recommend using a tongue weight scale such as the Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale part # 5780 to find this. For a total tongue weight of 400-800 lbs. I recommend...
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  • Testing To See If Brake Magnets Are Bad
  • It is not normal to have 12 volts on both wires of your magnet. One side should be hot and the other should be ground. I recommend checking your magnets for amperage using a multimeter like # ALL648349. I've attached an article on how to use this meter to test your brake magnets. If you find that the magnets are bad, I recommend # BP01-180 for 12 inch assemblies and # AKBRKR-M10 for 10 inch assemblies.
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  • Can a CTEK Battery Charger be Used to Charge a Battery Through 7-Way on Trailer
  • The CTEK D250S Dual Battery Charger # CTEK40186 can be spliced into the 12V Power wire from the 7-Way on your trailer. It then connects to your trailer battery and provides a maintenance charge. This basically just help to keep your battery from draining, it will not necessarily charge it. To charge your battery you will also need to add a solar panel like part # PTW2997 and connect it to the CTEK battery charger as well. The CTEK charger will then from the solar panel and your 12V power...
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  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System That can be Submerged in Water on Boat Trailer
  • The TireMinder RV Tire Pressure Monitoring System # TM-A1A-6 is weatherproof which means it can withstand the elements, but should not be fully submerged in water. I contacted a representative of Tuson who said their Towable Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems can be submerged in salt water because like you said, they are mounted inside your trailer tires. The correct monitoring system with 6 sensors will depend on the size of your valve stems. You will need part # TPMS6WIVS which works...
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  • When Using HaulGauge For Multiple Vehicles Does It Need to be Calibrated Every Time
  • I reached out to my contact at HaulGauge regarding the Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale # HG103. The first thing he wanted me to note is that while there is a better chance that pre-2008 model vehicles will need to be manually calibrated when plugging in the unit it's certainly not guaranteed. There's still a decent chance that the HaulGauge will be able to automatically pull vehicle information as soon as it's plugged into the OBD II port on both your 2001 Ranger and 2008 Lincoln...
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  • How to Grease the Bearings on My Trailer
  • Greasing the bearings is actually a fairly easy process. It does take a little bit of time to complete, but after you are done you won't have to worry about greasing the bearings again for a few years. I do have some recommendations to help make this process a bit easier for you. When it comes to packing the bearings with grease you do have a few different options. You can either do it by hand or you can use a grease packer. Although doing it by hand is definitely the most cost efficient...
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  • Wheel Bearing Grease Recommendation for 7k Lippert Axle
  • The RED grease is the best grease for trailer hubs. It's marine grade and the most heavy-duty grease around so its what we recommend the most. For that you would want # L11390. This grease also happens to be the most universal. You are going to need to measure your current spindle to determine whether or not you need a 2-1/8 inch seal like # RG06-090 or if you need a 2-1/4 inch seal like # RG06-070. You will need to take the measurement of the spindle where the grease seal rides....
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  • Will HaulGauge Tongue Weight Scale Work on Motorhome and How Does It Receive Information
  • Yes, the HaulGauge Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale # HG103 will work on a motorhome that's towing a vehicle. This unit plugs into the vehicle's OBD II port and does indeed gather information based on its VIN. With that being said you can also manually calibrate the system if the vehicle you are using it on is equipped with aftermarket components that affect the stock numbers or if you simply know that the listed stock numbers aren't quite accurate for whatever reason. The system...
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  • Troubleshooting No Running Light Signal on Factory 7-Way on 2013 Dodge Ram 2500
  • If the 7-way trailer socket pin for running lights on your Dodge 2500, the one at the 11:00 position as you look at the socket, has no signal and you have already checked the related vehicle fuse 29 (a 20-amp yellow) for that function then I suggest you test the wiring leading to it to find the point where the signal is lost. Apply your tester, one like # 40376, to the wiring that leads to the connector and move forward until you find the point where the running light signal is present....
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  • Can HaulGauge Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale for OBD II Be Used on More than One Vehicle
  • Yes, you can use the Haulgauge part # HG103 on more than one vehicle. It requires programming the phone you use it with to the vehicle so if you plan to switch between vehicles frequently it will be easiest if you use two phones or devices so that you aren't reprogramming the VIN info etc.
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  • Troubleshooting the Electric Trailer Brake Controller on 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
  • For your 2011 Chevy Silverado 2500 with integrated brake controller, the brake output wire will run directly from your controller to the 7-way. You can test the 5 o'clock pin of your connector for braking function using an incandescent tester like # PTW2993. An incandescent tester will draw power like a connected trailer would to give the unit signal that a trailer is connected to allow function. You can then use the manual override feature to test function. The light should get brighter...
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  • Will RedArc Battery Charger Work With Solar Panel and 7-Way to Charge Camper Battery
  • I reached out to a representative of Redarc who told me that the Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1240D is the correct charger for your application and there will be no interference or conflict with the charges the battery is getting from the solar set up. The input to the BCDC Charger will be sourced from your F-250's start battery (which is going to be on the passenger's side of your 2-battery set-up) with the 60-Amp MIDI Fuse Kit for Redarc In-Vehicle 40-Amp BCDC Battery...
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  • Charging Trailer When Truck Engine Is Running
  • You're correct that the 12 volt power circuit from your truck will not effectively charge a trailer battery that is being used to power hungry electrical loads such as a fridge, lights, inverter, etc. The best way to charge a trailer battery is by using the Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1225D (25A model) or # 331-BCDC1240D (40A model). These products also have an inbuilt MPPT solar regulator and battery isolator function. The solar regulator will allow you to charge the...
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  • Is a Solar Controller Needed to Install Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger
  • A solar controller is not required to install the Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1225D, the solar panel does get connected to the charger directly via the yellow wire. As for fuses you will need the 40-Amp MIDI Fuse Kit for Redarc In-Vehicle 25-Amp BCDC Battery Charger # 331-FK40 which gets installed as per the accompanying photos; it will depend on the type of battery (lead acid or Lithium ion) you are using. I have added a link to a video review of this charger...
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  • Troubleshooting Curt Trailer Wiring Harness # C56124 for 2012 Nissan Juke
  • There are a couple things to check before replacing the unit, which may be the answer. First, check your vehicle fuses as listed in your owners manual. There are specific fuses for trailer use on your vehicle. The second thing to check is the ground wire on your wiring harness. If the ground is bad and isn't getting the bare metal to metal contact it could have worked and then suddenly stopped working as you stated. Use a circuit tester like # PTW2993 to check functions. If all...
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  • Replacement Grease Seal for AF3531G
  • I did a bit of searching online and called a few grease seal manufacturers but was not able to reference "AF3531G" to any particular product. Therefore, the only way you are going to be able to find the correct replacement would involve measuring the inner and outer diameter using a digital caliper like part # PTW80157. If the inner diameter measures 2.25" and the outer diameter measures 3.376" then part # XLPROLUBE2440SEAL would be correct for you. If you have different measurements...
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  • What Parts Are Needed to Add Electric Brakes to a Trailer with a 2,000 Lb Axle
  • In order to install electric brakes on your trailer you will need a brake mounting flange, brake assembly, hub/drum, trailer wiring, breakaway kit, and brake controller. I have attached my recommendations on each of the following for you below: Brake Mounting Flange: part # 4-34 (2) Brake Assembly: part # AKEBRK-2 Hub/Drum: part # AKHD-545-2-EZ-2K (2) Trailer Wiring: part # ET7WK Breakaway System part # 20099 Brake Controller: part # 90885 In order to be sure the above...
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  • Finding the Stop Light Switch Wire on a 2014 Volvo S60
  • Typically the location of the stop light switch is up and behind the brake pedal but you would need to use a circuit tester like part # PTW2979 to verify which one it is. The wire you are looking for will show power only when the brake pedal is pressed. If you check out the installation video (23:40 mark) that I attached you can see this testing being done on a 2012 Volvo XC90. If you don't already have a brake controller then I recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 # 90195. This is...
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  • Trouble Removing Lug Nuts on the Kenda Karrier S-Trail w/ 12" Aluminum Wheel # AM31215
  • Thank you for the picture! The problem you are running into has more to do with the lug nuts you are using than the tire wrenches like part # PTW1 that you referenced. Since the Kenda Karrier S-Trail # AM31215 is a little more recessed where the lug nuts sit you need to swap out your shorter lug nuts, like part # CE11051, and replace them with taller lug nuts like part # 12CLN. Changing out the lug nuts to taller ones will allow you to easily fit a lug wrench over the lug nuts so you...
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  • Does Camco RV Battery Powered Level CAM25505 Require Recalibration
  • The Camco RV Battery Powered Level # CAM25505 is factory-calibrated, but may need to be recalibrated from time to time to insure accuracy. If the EzLevel seems to be acting irrationally making it difficult to level the RV, please refer to the instructions below. 1. Place the EzLevel on a flat surface like a dinning table, oriented so that the EzLevel logo is on top (it does not have to be a level surface). 2. Push the power button to activate EzLevel 3. Push and hold power button for...
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  • Lightweight Portable Step for Use with Thule Force Rooftop Cargo Box on Tall SUV
  • You are correct that the size and weight of heavy-duty steps like # S-150 and # SASXLA-09C-G make them less than ideal for transport inside a rooftop cargo box like the Thule Force XT # TH6356B. Odds are if you are using a roof box you do not have space in the vehicle to store one of these steps. Handy as they are their best application is as an entry step for folks towing a large trailer such as a 5th wheel that has substantial cargo storage space built-in. But anyone using a rooftop...
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  • RV Trailer Step With Wider Platform
  • I reached out to my contacts at Lippert and they only have stairs without a landing. I reached out to my contact at Stromberg Carlson and they have the landing with two steps in their Econo Porch Trailer Step with Handrail and Landing - Double - 7" Drop/Rise, 20-1/2" Tall, # EHS-102-R, but they do not have a landing with a single step. Depending on the height of your RV, you may be intereset in the Safety Step Adjustable Height, Folding Platform Step - Aluminum - 24" x 16" - 1,000 lbs,...
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  • Can the HaulGauge Monitor Different Functions of Tow Vehicle
  • I do have a solution for you to keep an eye on various stats for your 2008 Chevy Tahoe while you're towing but the HaulGauge Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale # HG103 is only designed to determine weight ratings for your towing setup and it doesn't have the ability to sense and display anything else. If you are only wanting to monitor those things then I recommend using the Edge Insight CTS2 # EP84130 which is a monitor system with a touch screen for easy navigation. This product...
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  • Can Battery be Charged and Discharged at Same Time
  • While you can't have a battery being charged and discharged at the same time if you were to charge a battery at 1 amp and have a 3 amp accessory attached to it (like an inverter powering something) basically you'd be discharging the battery at 2 amps instead since the charger would be supplying one of the amps for the accessory.
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  • Weight Distribution Hitch for Towing 8000-lb Travel Trailer with 2018 Ford F-150
  • The towing capacity for the 2018 Ford F-150 depends on the specific drivetrain and chassis components - engine, rear differential, cab style and wheelbase. Some models will have plenty of towing capacity but not all so I suggest checking the online Ford Towing Guide. As an example, the 2018 F-150 4 x 2 regular cab with 3.5L V6 and 3.55 axle ratio and 141-inch wheelbase can tow 10,700-lbs. Some other combinations of equipment mean lower or higher trailer towing capacity. The length and...
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  • Grease Caps and Light Parts for 2004 Mac-Lander 16T FSWS Utility Trailer
  • We can help you with grease caps and light parts for your trailer. To select correct grease caps you will need to measure the inside bore of your hubs using a precision digital caliper like # PTW80157. These dimensions need to be very precise, such as 2.30-inches as an example. The simply select the size to match, such as # F001601, using the grease cap page I linked for you. For the lights we offer both lenses only and complete trailer lights of all kinds. Links to both types of...
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  • Installing a Trailer Hitch Receiver to Proper Manufacturer Torque Specifications
  • There really isn't a way to torque your bolts to specs without using a torque wrench. Not using this will void your warranty because it wasn't installed properly. I recommend getting the Powerbuilt Dual Drive Torque Wrench - 3/8" and 1/2" - 10 to 150 ft-lb # ALL944001 or the Powerbuilt Digital Torque Adapter - 1/2" Drive # ALL940962 to convert your traditional ratchet into a torque wrench.
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  • Can Trailer Axle Hubs Replace Mobile Home Hubs
  • Generally, mobile home axles, hubs, and their parts are designed for one time use applications. They do not normally follow standard sizes and it is very difficult to find replacement parts or other trailer axles, hubs, and parts that are compatible. To determine if you can change your mobile home hubs with trailer hubs, you will need to find out if a trailer hub will fit your spindle. To find this out, you will need either the bearing and seal part numbers from the bearings and...
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