trailer electric brakes maintenance

Submitted: Monday, May 30, 2005 at 22:43
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We have an off road "outback" tent trailer. We need the bearings done, electric brakes checked and the trailer eletricals checked and added to. Does anyone have a recommendation on where to take it ? We are inner city Melbourne. I have had such a variation in quotes for the bearings. Any pricing gestimate would assist.
Thank you
Ony
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Reply By: cokeaddict - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 08:48

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 08:48
Ony,
Are you mechanically minded at all? Can you manage to remove the bearings without killing someone? If you can, my suggestion to you is this....
Remove 1 side inner / outer brgs and the seal, clean them and check the numbers they have on them. Let your fingers do the walking as they say and look up some bearing retailers in your yellow pages and get some prices. You will be amazed how much you can save on part prices.
As for the electrics, well, again its not that hard to check but thats easy for me to say as i come from a mechanical background. But in most cases "common Sence" is all it takes.
Also I would suggest for future references, when you find out your part numbers, keep them handy for future references incase one day you need to replace one while on the road. Always easier to ring places than having to drive there with parts in your hand.
Hope this helps. Your welcome to email me if you want more info.
cokeaddict@optusnet.com.au
Angelo
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Reply By: AT4WD ADVENTURES - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 09:08

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 09:08
Hey Ony,

If you go to the Camprtrailers.org site you will have step by step info to do what you ask. Go to this page and under maintenance section select "servicing wheel bearings" and away you go.

http://www.campertrailers.org/tech_tips.htm

Regards,

Stuart M
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Reply By: Member - Banjo (SA) - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 14:51

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 14:51
Yep.....I pulled the hubs off my new camper just to learn about structure, parts and servicing etc, for those possible roadside maintenance sessions in the bush. As said above, once you have the part numbers written down, you can scoot along to the trade places and get some spares etc. I went to a place in SA that specialises in building trailers and chassis of all sorts, for a host of uses - they have the lot - most parts are either cheap or reasonably priced at worst. With bearings though, it might pay to get some quality brand jobs from a bearing house - the same numbers can of course be found on disgustlingly cheap junk from India et-al (or maybe the Chinese ones are crap and the indian ones are good).
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Reply By: cmilton54 - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 19:15

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 19:15
Proberly pay about $30 to $35 dollars for a set of Timken with good seal per hub. Would not touch cheap chinese one`s myself
Cheers
Charlie Milton
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Reply By: Ony - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 22:44

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 22:44
Thank you for your responses. Some good advice and I will check out the web site. I should have mentioned I am a complete nuff nuff mechanically. Yes I can winch and change a tyre but electrics and wheel bearings - aaaaagh. I need someone competent and trustworthy to do this work for me, but also want to know if I am getting rolled. I have no experience in this area and prefer unbiased advice from fellow travellers and I need to learn.
Any more suggestions please.
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Reply By: muzzgit (WA) - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 23:26

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 23:26
If you use a local mechanic for servicing your vehicles, ask him to do the work.

He won't rip off a good customer and should be willing to impart technical information. Plus he'll probably welcome not being stuck under the bonnet of another damn car for a little while.

Cheers,

Muzz
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