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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Replacement Hubs and Springs for a Continental WC7E20 Boat Trailer
  • I called Continental and they informed me that your Continental WC7E20 boat trailer had three different spindle sizes. I have listed the spindle options for your below along with the corresponding replacement hubs. In order to determine which ones you have you will need to measure the inner and outer bearing seats on the spindle using a digital caliper like part # PTW80157. There may also be a sequences of 7 characters starting with "22-" that is stamped into the axle which can be used...
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  • How to Measure Hub Bore to Select Correct Bearing Buddy Grease Caps
  • Bearing Buddy grease caps are selected based on the hub's bore diameter. Please see the linked photo. This measurement needs to be taken using a precision caliper like # PTW80157 to the nearest thousandth of an inch, e.g. 1.234-inches. (We have about 60 different hubs for 3500-lb axles so this is why you'll need to measure). Once you know your hub bore diameter you can use the linked page to select the Bearing Buddy grease caps to fit them. Note that some hubs have a threaded bore while...
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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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  • 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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  • Hub and Parts Replacement for Dexter Axle
  • You can use a different bolt pattern as long as the bearing numbers are the same. The easiest way for you to identify the replacement parts you are going to need for the hub is by identifying the inner and outer bearing numbers on your old hubs, which will be stamped directly on the bearings themselves. You would also be able to do this by measuring the spindle to the thousandths of an inch by using a digital caliper such as # PTW80157; you can use the attached photo as a guide for what...
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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.
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  • Recommended Jack Stands to Elevate Boat and Trailer for Storage with Weight Off Tires
  • For your boat trailer, to keep the weight off the tires for storage, I recommend the 2-Ton Jack Stands - Qty 2 # PTW41021. Each jack can hold 4,000 lbs, but I recommend using 4 of these spaced as evenly as possible to keep the weight off the wheels and then just use the trailer jack for a 5th point of support and balance.
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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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  • Locating Replacement Bearings for Yacht Club Utility Trailer
  • The easiest and most accurate way to determine which bearings are used on your trailer axle is to take the hub off and check for the numbers that should be stamped into the bearings themselves. If you cannot locate the numbers, you can also measure the trailer spindle at various locations where the bearings sit. I have attached an image that shows where these measurements should be taken. You will want to use a digital caliper like # PTW80157, as the measurements will need to be exact....
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  • Which Axle Should Electric Brakes be Installed on with Tandem Axle Trailer
  • When installing electric brake assemblies on just one axle of a tandem axle trailer, you will essentially want to choose the axle that is going to be seeing more weight. Typically on utility trailers, most of the weight will be in front of the axles so the brake assemblies will be installed on the front axle. For boat trailers, where the motors are at the rear, you will usually see brakes on the rear axle. I have attached a great article that details everything you will need to install...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Information Needed to Choose the Correct Replacement Hub for a Trailer
  • To determine what replacement hub assembly that you need there is some information that you will need to get off of your trailer. Since we do not have the part 9606003R1 that you referenced you will need to remove your current hub assembly and find the part numbers for the inner and outer bearings and the grease (or oil) seal. If your parts do not have the numbers on them then you can measure your spindle to find out what the inner and outer diameter is plus the diameter of where the...
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  • How To Determine Replacement Hubs And Brakes For Boat Trailer
  • Unfortunately, just the outer bearing is not quite enough to figure out what you need for replacement hubs and bearings. For a trailer with that much weight it sounds like you have a tandem trailer. I recommend replacing the bearings and seals on all of the wheels at the same time, even if you are only replacing the brakes on one axle. If you remove the inner and outer bearing and can find the numbers, that will really help. Or you can use digital calipers like part # PTW80157 and take...
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  • How to Pick Out Replacement Grease Cap for Keystone Trailer
  • You will want to use a dial caliper or micrometer like part # PTW80157 to measure the inner diameter of the hub you have on your trailer to determine what size cap would be needed. Check out the picture I attached that shows this measurement being taken on a hub. I attached a link to all the grease caps we offer, once you know what size you need check out the link I attached to see all the sizes we offer.
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  • Brake Adjustment Tool Compatible With 12K Quality Axles Brake Assemblies
  • The Performance Tool Brake Adjustment Spoon for Drum Brakes # W80630 is a universal tool compatible with nearly all drum brake assemblies. This tool allows you to move the star shaped adjuster so you will have greater or less distance as your brake shoes require for proper use. You may also be interested in the Adjuster Plugs for 7", 10", and 12" Brake Assemblies - Qty 4 # BP10-220 to keep dirt and grime out of your brake assemblies to keep them functioning correctly in between adjustments.
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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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  • Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors Compatibility with Hub Measurement
  • To know the proper diameter Bearing Buddy caps you need, you will need to use a caliper like # PTW80157 to give us the inner diameter of that hub where the cap will meet within a hundred or thousandth of an inch. Since you already have the 1.98 inch Bearing Buddy Bearing Protectors like # BB1980A, you will need a larger size. They however do not come in 2 inch. We have fits for 2.047 inches and 2.080 inches which is the next size up. There are some hubs that the Bearing Buddies do...
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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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