Trailer maintanance thread

Discussion in 'The Choo-Choo shop' started by Mike Kamm, Sep 23, 2005.

  1. Keith Seymore

    Keith Seymore Well-Known Member

    Done! (I like the thread you chose for an example).... :TU:

    As soon as it quits raining I'll get out there and get to work!

  2. slowride66

    slowride66 "TAKE IT EASY"


    I knew I would be graded on that!

    I just happened to save that from a few months ago LOL :bglasses:

    Move to Florida It NEVER rains here ,Its Liquid Sunshine!


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  3. Eric Schmelzer

    Eric Schmelzer Well-Known Member

    I noticed on my trailer that it would leave a mark on the ground from one of the tires on the left side. I took it in to a trailer dealer to get it seviced and they found the bearings were dry. Not to the point that they needed replaced but dry non the less. They cleaned them and repacked and put it back together. They also found a couple of broken ground wires for the brakes. Only 2 of the 4 brakes were working and one tire was dragging, but I'm good to go now.
  4. slowride66

    slowride66 "TAKE IT EASY"

    :grin: it was just marking its territory!! :pp

    How do you mean it was leaving a mark on the ground?
    was the tire scuffing the pavement? :confused:

    SR66 :TU:
  5. Eric Schmelzer

    Eric Schmelzer Well-Known Member

    One of the tires was dragging slightly and it was leaving a light black stripe on the pavement for about 50'. I'm not sure if a brake was dragging or if the dry bearings were causing it. It quit doing it after the service was done.
  6. SharpSabre455

    SharpSabre455 Sloan says "It's Rare!"

    What a great thread - lots of info. Wish I'd found it sooner... :(
  7. rallye bob

    rallye bob Well-Known Member

    How about some tips on cleaning those nasty, "black streaks" off the sides of your enclosed trailers (i.e.; products, methods).:mad:
  8. GoldBoattail455

    GoldBoattail455 462 -> TH400 -> Posi

    I use ZEP RV-BRITE RTU (ready to use) on all our trailers. It works but you need to be patient. Do't expect it to pressure wash off, you need a brush with soft bristles, hard might be better but I've never tried it. It takes alot of scrubbing and depending on the size of your trailer you sometimes need to empty the bucket and refill with fresh soap. Any bathroom cleaner with bleach in a spray bottle is good too, spray on and wipe off with a rag.
  9. Jeff Peoples

    Jeff Peoples Platinum Level Contributor

    How 'bout the tires?

    I had a trailer tire blowout (entire tread separated from the carcass) back in time going to the Nats in Columbus, OH. They were the Goodyear Marathon trailer radials, only about 2 years old and very little miles. I pulled into a nearby Goodyear dealer and he told me those tires had a recall from Goodyear and gave me a toll free number to call them. I did and he was right. They bought me 5 new Marathon tires and sent me a check to cover the cost of repairs to the trailer. How do you tell the old design from the new? The new ones have an "S" inside a circle on the sidewall near the word Marathon. I would hope than over the last few years all the old have been replaced for other reasons, but it wouldn't hurt to check if you have these tires.
  10. Keith Seymore

    Keith Seymore Well-Known Member

    Do you still have that toll free number?

    I have the Marathons on my car trailer; I had one come apart but my Goodyear dealer didn't say anything about a recall.

    Thanks -

  11. Jeff Peoples

    Jeff Peoples Platinum Level Contributor

    Sorry, but it is long gone. :Do No: You may want to try your local dealer, or look on Goodyear's website.

  12. evil16v

    evil16v Midwest Buick Mafia

    Those have a huge history of failure. and he is right.. god year will take care of you... he wasn't the first one to come across that.
  13. slowride66

    slowride66 "TAKE IT EASY"

    Re: Trailer maintenance thread

    I have a local detailing supply

    Brite & Rite
    Ocala , Florida.

    352-572-7343 ~Mobile

    ask for the "Dreaded Red":gp:

    This stuff kicks arse!

    It is best if you have some one to work the hose to keep it wet,because it works best if you put it on dry{do it in the shade}

    I use a 1 Gallon pump up sprayer
    mix it about 50~40 & use a soft long handles brush.
    spray it on & work it in & KEEP IT WET make sure you put it on in a uniform spray or it will not get all the gunk out of the finish.
    simply keep moving it around try real hard to not miss a spot for about 5 to 10 minuets & rinse it off

    it makes it SO easy
    it will dull your aluminum trim if you don't wax or protect it

    You can use flitz

    to polish every thing if you like.

    I have detailed stuff off & on for 25 years & this is 2 of my most powerful tools.

    Now to all that have read this I must kill you



    Lemme know how you made out OK?

  14. Well-Known Member

    Great information...!

    I know this is a waaay old thread but I just wanted to say I enjoyed it and learned alot from it.

    Thanks again...:TU:
  15. Mike Kamm

    Mike Kamm Well-Known Member

    Thanks John,

    It's funny you gave this old thread a bump, because now it's six years later and time to replace all of my shackles, bolts, and bushings once again. They are just as worn out as they were back in '05, but now that I oil the shackles occasionally, they lasted 6 years instead of three this time.

    Well at least I know what has to be done and where to get the parts. I no longer use the trailer in the winter so salt is no longer an issue.

  16. rodrun36

    rodrun36 Well-Known Member

    The best cleaner that I have found for cleaning those nasty black streaks is believe it or not, "Awesome Cleaner" from the Dollar Tree store. The stuff is great and only costs a buck. Try it you'll like it.
  17. 73-462GS

    73-462GS GS Mike

    The best stuff I have found for cleaning black streaks off our trailers is a product called "Black Streak Remover" made by Bio-Kleen in Kalamazoo Mich. You can get it at RV Centers. It is a little pricey @ $15.00/Quart but works EXTREMELY well. You spray it on full strength and wipe it off. No rinsing required. They have a website -
    I have not used the stuff from the Dollar Store so I can't comment on it. I'll have to get some and try it.
    I have used Simple Green and if your trailer isn't too bad it works kinda. The BioKleen stuff is at least 3 times better.

    Update, I bought some of the cleaner mentioned above (LA's Totally Awesome) from the Dollar Tree Store and tried it, it works essentially as good as the expensive stuff so because it is only $1/bottle and it works the same I would recommend it. Hat Tip to rodrun36!!
    Mike D.
    Last edited: May 18, 2011

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