Post by trailertrash63 on May 29, 2011 11:51:35 GMT -5
Again, trying to work this site for the 1st time and trying to learn the sysem. Hope Im in the right place. After having my shasta for over a year and never used it I decided to look at the brakes, bearings and condition. Honsetly I didnt even know the trailer had brakes. The result after removing the hubs was to put it back together and have a trailer shop look at it. Im new to the machanics of a trailers wheel system and would rather be safe. The trailer itself was a great find in the FREE section of craigslist about two years ago. I've cleaned it up and worked on the interior on and off for the last two years never used the trailer yet. Heres a pic of what I found under the hub. Any input or info is welcomed. Thanks
Outside of a clean-up, everything looks fine. The round thing at the bottom is a magnet that is activated when power is applied from a brake controller in the tow vehicle. If you want these brakes to work, you will need a controller installed. It will involve pulling wire from your battery into the cabin area, connecting to a controller and to the brake light switch and then running more wires to the rear of the vehilce to hitch harness.
If you don't feel comfortable with this the above or what was in your picture, getting a pro to do it is smart - this is not something to short-cut or make you feel uneasy your whole trip.
When you put the hub back together be sure to not overtighten the hub nut.
Tip - if your bearings are the same as mine, they are not standard trailer wheel bearings by modern standards. I suggest getting a spare set of inners and outters to keep in your tool box so if you have problems away from home any garage mechanic could put the bearings in for you. Similarly, the round magnets are no longer the standard and not likely to be instock at a random trailer supply place unless they have old stock.