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  • Do Mobile Home Axles Have Weight Capacity Rating
  • Mobile home axles are designed for a one time use and do not have a load rating. You may be able to find hubs and drums and other hub components for the specific spindles you have on the axles but that can be very difficult as mobile home axles typically have non-standard sizes. I have attached a drawing that shows where you would need to measure on your spindle for the replacement components. You will want to measure the spindle in the places where the bearing ride and also the inside...
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  • Selecting Replacement Grease Caps for Harbor Freight Folding Trailer
  • I reviewed the online parts list for the Harbor Freight folding trailer 62647 but no specifics are provided for the grease caps required. This is not uncommon for bargain trailers, which often use unusual parts combinations. You will want to measure the hubs' outer bore to determine the size of grease cap you need. This measurement needs to be very precise to ensure a good fit. You'll need a precision caliper like # PTW80157 to measure to the nearest thousandth, e.g. 1.234-inches. Then,...
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  • Recommended 12V Jump Starters
  • We have several 12V jump starters to choose from. When choosing a jump starter you will need to have an idea what you might use it for. If you are needing a starter to use on medium or larger cars or trucks I recommend a starter like part # PTW16751. This includes a USB port to charge a phone or a tablet. For a more versatile system I recommend the 12V Jump Starter Power Bank, part # PTW1677. This charger will jump start a vehicle up to 20 times, or can charge multiple devices like...
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  • Using Brake Adjustment Tool on Drop Axle
  • The # W80630 brake adjustment tool we offer is two sided. One side has a 90 degree bend in it that makes accessing the brake adjuster on a drop spindle much easier. The # W80630 tool will work just fine for you.
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  • Is a Solar Powered Battery Charger Good for Charging a Trailer Battery that Powers a Winch
  • A solar powered charger such as # PTW2997 is a great option but can take a long time to charge a battery; especially a battery large enough to power a winch. If you go solar make sure that the battery is fully charged before winching so that the charge (hopefully) lasts the whole time you need the winch. That way you aren't relying on a charger to charge up the battery since it will take a while. Another option is a DC to DC charger that you can keep mounted on the trailer and attach...
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  • Will The Performance Tool 600 Peak AMP Jump Starter Work With Diesel Vehicles?
  • Yes. The 600 Peak AMP Jump Starter, # PTW16751, will work with Diesel vehicles. Diesel vehicles may require more power to start, so the requirement of 50 percent battery life to start a car may have to be increased to start a diesel vehicle. This is confirmed to work on vehicles with up to 7.0 L engines.
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  • What Does the Brake Spoon # W80630 Do
  • The brake spoon part # W80630 that you referenced is designed to adjust the tightness of brake assemblies so that they operate as they should. As long as you have drum brakes on the axle you are referring to this product should work well for you. Check out the video (see link). Beginning at the 4:23 mark, our installer shows how to adjust your trailer brakes.
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  • Solar Battery Charger Availability for Coleman Lantern on Trailer
  • It really just depends on the application. But the 2.5-Watt Solar Battery Charger # PTW2997 will put up to a 2.5 watt charge on the circuit it is installed on. The Goal Zero part # 287-32202 can do up to a 10 watt charge in ideal situations.
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  • Recommended Solar Power Battery Charger for Vehicle Stored for Long Periods
  • For your application with a truck that will sit unattended for long periods I suggest the Goal Zero Maintainer Solar Powered Trickle Charger # 287-32202. Unlike the 2.5-Watt Solar Battery Charger # PTW2997 the 10-watt Goal Zero has a built-in regulator that prevents over-charging of your truck's battery, plus the Goal Zero has weatherproof construction. Alligator clips are included.
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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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  • Recommended Jack Stands For Long-Term Trailer Storage To Protect Tires
  • The best way to preserve your tires is to put the trailer up on jack stands, partially deflate the tires and protect them from UV rays which shouldn't be an issue in garage storage. As a general rule of thumb, trailer tires should be replaced every 6 to 8 years regardless of wear. Even though an older tire might appear to have plenty of tread left on it, dry rot and cracking can cause tire failure. You mentioned age not being the issue, so the only cause of separation is misuse or manufacturer...
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  • Initial Adjustment Of Electric Self-Adjusting Brakes On Trailer
  • We find that at times the self-adjusting brakes need to be manually adjusted the first time when they are installed. You can do this by going to a parking lot with the trailer attached. Then drive the trailer in an empty parking lot and apply the brake a number of times to get the proper adjustment. To initially adjust the brakes, you will need to raise the trailer and secure it on adequate capacity jack stands. Check that the wheel and drum rotate freely. Do not lift or support trailer...
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  • Jump Starter Recommendation for Jumping ATV and Truck Battery
  • You would want the part # PTW16751 as it has the higher amperage rating which will be needed for jump starting a diesel engine. They typically require higher amperage rating batteries. In most cases they actually have two batteries.
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  • How to Select Replacement Grease Seals for Boat Trailers
  • Thank you for the grease seal part numbers you provided. I was not able to find a seal cross reference for these so to select replacements your best bet is to measure your spindle diameters and hub bores to get the required inner and outer seal diameters. Use a precision digital caliper like # PTW80157. Then use the linked page and simply click on the filters for your inner and outer seal diameters to see the options in that size. You can also click on your preference for single- or...
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  • Will Performance Tool 600 Peak AMP Jump Starter PTW16751 Work with AGM Batteries
  • The Performance Tool 600 Peak AMP Jump Starter # PTW16751 is usable to jump start the absorbed glass mat (AGM) type batteries and other types in engine sizes up to 7.0 liters. My contact at Performance Tool confirmed it will work fine so long as the amperage rating of the battery being jump started does not exceed the 600-amp-peak-current output rating of the jump starter. This jump starter fully charges from an AC power source in 6 hours.
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  • Would 2.5-Watt Solar Battery Charger # PTW2997 Overcharge Battery
  • The size of the solar panel on the 2.5-Watt Solar Battery Charger # PTW2997 is small enough that you wouldn't have to worry about it overcharging a battery. If the battery is a car size battery like these are typically used with you'd never have to worry about it overcharging anything.
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  • Adding Electric Brakes To ShoreLandr Boat Trailer
  • I did some research on your ShoreLandr trailer and found it has a weight capacity of just under 3,000-lbs. To add electric brakes to your trailer I recommend part # AKEBRK-35R-SA for the right hand and part # AKEBRK-35L-SA for the left side of the trailer. These assemblies have a 4-bolt brake mounting flange pattern. For a hub and drum I recommend part # AKHD-550-35-K. This hub and drum assembly includes Inner bearing (L68149) and race, outer bearing (L44649) and race, grease seal,...
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  • Does 2.5-Watt Solar Battery Charger Item # PTW2997 have Battery Monitoring Capabilities
  • The 2.5-Watt Solar Battery Charger Item # PTW2997 has built in blocking circuitry to prevent reverse discharge. That is pretty much the only type of failsafe this panel has. If you plan to use it with CTEK D250S DUAL Universal 12-Volt Battery Charger - Multiple 12-Volt DC Power Sources Item # CTEKD250S then the charger itself will prevent overcharge.
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  • Will Bearing and Race Driver Kit part # PTW83020 Work on Races of 7k Trailer Axle
  • Yes, the 7-Piece Installation Set for Bearings, Races, and Seals # PTW83020 that you referenced will work with the races you mentioned as they are very common races found on trailer axles which is what this kit is designed to fit.
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  • How Many Watts Does 12 Volt Heater PTW5009 Draw and is it Ceramic
  • Heater # PTW5009 draws 13 amps at 12 volts which equals out to about 156 watts. I did a little research and from what I could find it is not ceramic.
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  • Will 7-Piece Installation Set for Bearings # PTW83020 Work On Race L44610
  • Yes, the disc of the 7-Piece Installation Set for Bearings # PTW83020 that measures 1.965 inches would be the correct one to use with a race part # L44610. I attached a review video for this that shows how it works as well.
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  • Can the Peak Jump Starter # PTW16751 Jump Start a Battery in a 7.3 Liter Diesel Motor
  • The Peak Jump Starter # PTW16751 when fully charged has a max current rating of 600 amps at 12 volts and an 11 amp hour capacity. For most batteries this is plenty of power to jump start a vehicle. This unit is designed to be used on vehicles with a battery size of 600 cold cranking amps or less.
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  • Converting Grease Hubs To Oil Bath On Skeeter Dual Axle Boat Trailer
  • The best way to find the correct bearings and hubs for your Skeeter boat trailer is to remove the hub from one of the wheels and check out the numbers on the bearings you have. I have attached a photo that shows where you can usually find the numbers on the hub components. If you are unable to find the numbers you can use a digital caliper like part # PTW80157, and measure the spindle in the locations noted on the attached photo. Some hubs can be converted to an oil bath but they must...
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  • Tools for Installation of New Bearings, Races and Seals
  • Yes, the Performance Tool 7-Piece Installation Set for Bearings, Races, and Seals # PTW83020 will help you seat the bearings races and seals you purchased. This kit includes 7 discs of different diameters that are suited to the majority of the most popular trailer bearings in use, such as those you referenced. You may also be interested in a bearing packer # ALL648594 that will make it easier and less messy to fill the new bearings with grease. I also linked three helpful articles...
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  • How To Find Right Replacement Bearings And Seals For EZ Loader Boat Trailer
  • If you can give me a little more information about your trailer such as the VIN or model number I may be able to do some more checking to see what hub components you have on your trailer. We may have the replacement hub parts you need for your trailer but there is an easier way to determine what parts you need. If you remove the wheel and hub on your trailer and then pull your old bearings off you can check for the number on the parts. I have attached a drawing that shows where the part...
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  • Recommended 12 x 2 Electric Trailer Brake Assemblies for 28 Foot Car Hauler
  • If you are wanting your brakes to act a little more aggressively you might just simply need to adjust them. This can easily be done using the Brake Adjustment Spoon for Drum Brakes # W80630. I have attached a demonstration video for you to use as a reference. If, in fact, your brakes are needing to be replaced, I highly recommend going with our Electric Trailer Brake Kit # AKEBRK-7-SA. After the initial setup, these self-adjusting brakes will do the work for you so that you don't have...
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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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  • How to Measure to Determine Replacement Grease Seal for Vintage Trailer
  • I linked our main page for trailer grease seals which has filters that allow you to select parts based on dimensions and other features, such as single-lip or double-lip types. We do not offer any seals with your exact inner and outer dimensions. If you can, re-check those dimensions using a precision digital caliper like # PTW80157. It is best to measure the spindle and the hub bore rather than the original seal part since the seal can become distorted with age and wear. The seal...
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  • How to Measure Hub Bore to Find Correct Size Bearing Buddy Bearing Protector
  • To find the correct Bearing Buddy grease cap for your Rockwood camper trailer you can measure either the hub's bore (please see linked photo), where the grease cap installs, or you can measure the existing grease cap's outer diameter. The hub is a more reliable place to measure since a grease cap can be deformed when it is pulled from the hub. This measurement needs to be very precise - to three one-thousandths of an inch, such as 1.234-inches as an example. We offer a cost-effective...
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  • Can You Find Bearing Sizes Needed Based On Vin Number?
  • Unfortunately most manufacturers of trailers like your EZ Load do not keep the complete list of parts based on VIN. The best way for us to ensure we get you the correct bearings are to pull your hubs and look at the bearing numbers printed on the face of the bearing. The next best way is to have you measure your spindle where the bearings sit with a digital caliper like # PTW80157 and take some pictures for us. The sizes are very precise, so that is the best way for us to help you get...
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