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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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  • Torque Settings For Wheel Lug Nuts For Boat Trailer And utility Trailer
  • I have attached a chart you can check out that describes the torque needed per wheel size, wheel stud size and material. For an 8-inch wheel with a 1/2-inch wheel stud the torque is 75 to 86 ft-lbs. For a 15 inch steel wheel with 1/2 inch wheel studs the torque is 90 to 120 ft-lbs and if you have an aluminum wheel the torque needed is 90 to 100 ft-lbs. If you do not have a torque wrench I recommend the Powerbuilt Dual Drive Torque Wrench, part # ALL944001. This has 3/8 and 1/2...
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  • Torque Range for Powerbuilt Digital Torque Adapter # ALL940962
  • The torque range for the Powerbuilt Digital Torque Adapter # ALL940962 that you referenced is 29-147 ft lbs of torque.
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  • Recommended Tire Setup for a 13.5 Inch Wide Tire
  • I do have an option for you but the Powerbuilt Adjustable Tire Step part # ALL647596 only fits tires up to 13" wide like you mentioned. Since your tires are 13.5" wide, it will not work for you as there will be too much surface area for the arm on the step to properly grip the tire and provide adequate support. Instead, I recommend part # TH2100 which uses an adjustable strap to secure around the tire and will allow for a much wider range of fitment like your 13.5" wide tire. It also offers...
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  • What is the Correct Way to Jack Up a Boat Trailer to Change a Tire
  • It is not recommend to jack up a trailer by the axle. This may cause damage to the axle itself. It also puts too much stress on the leaf springs. Instead, you will want to place the jack under part of the trailer frame preferably next to the leaf spring hangers. This will give you more room to use a jack like the Powerbuilt Unijack part # ALL620470 which has a 4,000 lb capacity and offer up to an 18-3/8" lift. The jack also has a built in stand for safety as most jacks are not designed...
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  • Is a Thin-Walled Socket Required to Install a Ball on Blue Ox Sway Pro Weight Distribution Systems
  • We have not heard that there is limited space to get a socket into the head to tighten the ball on a Blue Ox Sway Pro weight distribution system so given that information socket # ALL643216 could be used. We do have thin-walled socket # EQ70-00-4800 which is also a 1-7/8" socket and designed for tight spaces. If you wanted to err on the side of caution I recommend using the thin-walled socket.
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  • Wheel Step That Works With 2017 Ram 3500
  • The Powerbuilt Adjustable Tire Step # ALL647596 may be an option as it is a universal mount which is going to fit any tire that is 13" wide or less. It is 21-1/2" long and has a weight capacity of 300 lbs. I also recommend taking a look at the Thule Step-Up Wheel Step # TH232 which is a universal mount that uses a strap so it is going to fit on most tires. I've added links to video reviews of both steps for you to take a look at.
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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 Socket ALL643216 Be Used with Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System EQ37140ET
  • Yes, you can use the thin-walled socket # ALL643216 for hitch ball installation on the Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System # EQ37140ET.
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  • Could the Powerbuilt Tire Step ALL647596 fit on a Semi Truck Tire
  • That will depend on the width of your tires. The part # ALL647596 will fit basically any tire diameter as long as the width of it is less than 13 inches. If the width of your tires are less than 13 inches this part would work well for you.
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  • Recommendation for Packing Bearing With Grease Prior to Using Grease Gun on an EZ-Lube Axle
  • I highly recommend packing the bearings with grease prior installing them on your new axle and then continue to fill up the remaining space with the EZ-Lube feature. You would want to do this because it's important to make sure they are all lubed up before taking off. The EZ-Lube feature is typically to help maintain the amount of grease within the axle between trips. If you pre pack the bearings you can be worry-free that your new bearing won't be damaged that first trip. If you...
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  • Troubleshooting Tekonsha Prodigy Brake Controller With Drag At Setting B3
  • The button on the right on the Tekonsha Prodigy is the Boost button. The boost levels are pre-set based on how much the trailer weighs in comparison to the tow vehicle. For example, by pressing the button once, it will display what the current boost level is. If you see ".c" that means the boost is off. If you see ".c." (with the second dot) that means it is on. Every press of the button changes the boost level up to b.3. A boost setting of b.1 is for trailers that weigh less than the...
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  • Troubleshooting a Trailer Electric Jack That Will Not When the Switch is Engaged
  • There could be a few things that could be causing your electric trailer jack to malfunction. I will give a few starting points to begin to troubleshoot the problem. On some electric jacks there will may be an inline fuse on the power wire going from the battery or power source to the jack. Check to see if the fuse has blown. You can use a tester like # ALL640595 to test the fuse will it is still connected to the power wire. Also inspect the wiring between the battery and the jack for...
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  • Bottle Jack and Safety Stands for Use During Trailer Maintenance
  • A bottle jack like the 6-ton Powerbuilt # ALL640407 is the right type of jack to use for changing and rotating tires and other trailer maintenance work. But using wood blocks will reduce the stability of the jack and affect the safety of that process. Any trailer work is best done with wheels chocked on both sides. We offer rubber wheel chock products like # MT70073 and # MT70072 to steady the trailer while you work on it. If you like the Powerbuilt jack for its size you can use it...
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  • Jack Recommendation for Travel Trailer for Changing Flats
  • Going with a bottle jack like the Powerbuilt Unijack Bottle Jack with Built-In Jack Stand # ALL620471 would be what I would recommend. Since it doubles as a jack stand it gives you the ability to jack up the trailer and safely hold it at the height you want when changing the tire.
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  • Will Powerbuilt 1-7/8 Inch Socket # ALL643216 Work with Fastway Weight Distribution System
  • Yes, the Powerbuilt 1-7/8 Inch 12pt Socket # ALL643216 referenced in your question will work perfectly with the Fastway e2 Weight Distribution System # FA94-00-0600 to help with installation. For this system, you will also just need to add a compatible hitch ball like the 2 inch # EQ91-00-6080 or the 2-5/16 inch # EQ91-00-6100. I have attached the written installation instructions for this weight distribution system, along with a video demonstration that you can check out.
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  • Recommended Jack for Trailer to Change a Flat Tire
  • For a jack to use in an emergency to change a flat tire I recommend using the Powerbuilt Bottle Jack # ALL640407. This jack has a lift range of 7-7/8" to 15-1/2" and a 6-ton capacity which is more than enough for your camper trailer; it also comes with a handy storage and carrying case. I've added links to a pair of video reviews for you to take a look at.
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  • Troubleshooting a Trailer Dome Light On a 2015 Ford Super Duty
  • You'll want to start by using a circuit tester like part # ALL640595 or a probe tester like part # 3808 to check that there is power actually reaching your 7 way plug. Start with the plugs themselves, clean their contacts and rewrap them with new electrical tape and dielectric grease. Sometimes reconnecting this point can fix the entire system. Then, work backwards, following the wires and checking them for kinks, damage, dirt or broken or loose connections. Repair and replace the wiring...
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  • Can Powerbuilt Unijack Bottle Jack Be Used As Stabilizer For 24-Ft Travel Trailer
  • The Powerbuilt Unijack Bottle Jack, part # ALL620471 is designed to be use when you need to work on a trailer or change a tire, but is not designed to be used as a stabilizer. If you need stabilizers for your travel trailer I recommend Scissor Stabilizer Jacks like part # TJSCHD-24. When collapsed these jacks are 5-inches tall, and when extended the height is 23-3/4 inches. These have a capacity of 2,500-lbs per jack.
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  • How To Use Powerbuilt ALL648594 Bearing Packer
  • I called my contact at Powerbuilt about the Deluxe Bearing Packer # ALL648594. Here is the response about the construction of the bearing packer: The reason for the spring on this bearing packer is because the purpose of the tool is to pack grease into the bearing and in doing so the entire chamber is filled with grease and the bearing is pressed by hang using the cap cover to create compression. Once pressed down the spring presses the bearing ledge back up separating it from excess...
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Brakes Getting Only 8 Volts Of Power
  • If you are only getting the 8 volts when you pull the pin using a meter like # ALL648349, that has nothing to do with your brake controller as the breakaway battery is powering that from the trailer itself. You can confirm your brake controller is working properly by checking the 5 o'clock pin on your 7 way with your meter when the trailer is disconnected while having someone hit the manual override on your brake controller. You most likely have a bad ground in your wiring on your trailer....
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  • Wiring Diagram for the 7-Way Trailer Connection
  • If you are needing to wire the 7-way end of your adapter connection the attached wiring diagram can help with the wire locations. The wiring for the 7-way will be this: 1 o'clock position - Black wire auxiliary power 3 o'clock - Brown Right Turn & Brake 5 o'clock - Blue Electric Brake( if applicable) 7 o'clock - White Ground 9 o'clock - Red Left turn & Stop 11 o'clock - Yellow Taillights Center - Reverse Lights (may not be used) Using a circuit tester, like # ALL640595,...
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  • Troubleshooting Heating Element on Water Heater
  • To test your heating element you will need a multimeter like # ALL648349. You will set your meter to the lowest ohm setting and put one probe on each of the screws on the heating element. You should get something between 10 and 16 ohms. When one is all rusted or corroded you would get no reading to show there is no continuity and it would most likely throw your breaker. Since your water is really how, you most likely have a failed heating element. If you need another replacement,...
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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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  • Weight of Powerbuilt Unijack # ALL620470
  • The Powerbuilt Unijack # ALL620470 that you referenced weighs 15 lbs.
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  • How to Trim 2015 Ram 1500 Plastic Bed Rail Cover to Make Space for Stake Pocket Anchor
  • The front stake pocket on your 2015 Ram 1500 is hidden under the plastic rail cap but there should be an outline or slight indentation in the plastic to show you where to make your cutout. I read some online comments from owners who said that slipping a plastic trim tool like those in # ALL647989 under the cap makes it easier to cut out the part that covers the stake pocket. You can use a utility knife or a small rotary tool if you have one. I also found and linked a photo showing the...
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  • Torque Range of the Powerbuilt Digital Torque Adapter Part # ALL940962 (1/2")
  • The Powerbuilt Digital Torque Adapter part # ALL940962 is a digital torque adapter with a 1/2" drive that has a torque range from 29-147 ft/lbs. The Powerbuilt Digital Torque Adapter part # ALL940963 is a digital torque adapter with a 3/8" drive that has a torque range from 20-99 ft/lbs. I have attched a review video of the 1/2" driver digital torque adapter for you as well.
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  • Troubleshooting No Power to 12v Terminal of 7-Way Connector on Truck
  • It sounds like the trailer tow fuse may be blown or missing on your 2011 Ram 3500. It is located in cavity J01 in the under hood fuse box (Totally Integrated Power Module). It is a pink 30 amp cartridge fuse. The other trailer tow fuses are related to the lights or brake controller and would not affect the 12 volt circuit on the 7-Way connector.
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  • Troubleshooting Powerbuilt Digital Torque Adapter Blinking Red Light and Intermittent Display
  • Hows the battery life? What you described sounds like a weak battery. My contact at Powerbuilt recommended you replace the battery and it will start working again.
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  • Will Powerbuilt 1-7/8 Inch 12pt Socket Work with Equal-I-zer Weight Distribution System
  • The Powerbuilt 1-7/8 Inch 12pt Socket # ALL643216 that you referenced will fit in the Equal-I-zer weight distribution hitch, like # EQ37120ET, # EQ37140ET, # EQ37040ET, # EQ37060ET and # EQ37100ET, to torque down the hitch ball. In the review video on the # ALL643216 socket, we found we were able to torque down the hitch ball in the Equal-I-zer hitch just fine with the socket. I have attached the review video of this socket for you.
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