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#1 TAHOE OFFLINE  

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Posted March 27, 2017 - 07:29 AM

I knew this needed done a couple years ago, but kept putting it off. Planning on going to plow day at Daniel's so had to be done. Parts cost me $60 and I spent a good solid 6 hours on it. The bolts all had knurled shoulders so they were tight in the brackets. I cut off most of bolt heads and nuts, some slid out, most required the use of the air chisel, some required some heat and the chisel.

It was a rough day for my body too, rose up hit the jack I was using and now have a bruised forehead. Then using hammer/punch to drive out a bolt...of course we all know what happens there, I am hoping my knuckle is not broken. Finally, right after cutting off a nut, I laid my hand on the ground, right were the nut fell, got a nice burn on my pinky. I'm not including all the rust in my eyes in ears and the small scratch on my phone screen when I dropped it taking pics. :( :( :(

 

You can see from the pics, it was plum worn out. I've had trailer for 10 yrs, pulling some heavy stuff. Most holes were oblong and the bolts on the shackles all had grooves in them about half diameter of the bolts. Even the equalizers had oblong holes.

My cousin owned it for 6-10 yrs and it was always loaded with heavy concrete form stuff. Who knows what previous owner(s) did will it. It was rode hard and put away wet. I even had the hitch replace

3 yrs ago as the ball had worn through the cup, never seen that before.

Anyway, suspension is back in good shape and I'll just need to repack bearings/check brakes before my trip.

 

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Posted March 27, 2017 - 07:59 AM

I'll bet she ride much smoother now! 


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Posted March 27, 2017 - 08:09 AM

I need to do that with mine. Neighbor needs to do his as well.


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Posted March 27, 2017 - 08:14 AM

Always a good feeling getting things back up to snuff. :thumbs:


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Posted March 27, 2017 - 09:01 AM

I'll bet she ride much smoother now! 

 

Probably, I was dog tired when I was done so haven't taken on the road yet. It used to rattle, bang, and creak something awful.

The front eye of the rear leaves would almost touch trailer when tongue was raised cause everything was so worn.


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Posted March 27, 2017 - 09:37 AM

I have to replace the springs on mine. I was hauling rolls of hay, hit a bump, and suddenly one side was much lower than the other! It broke right at the rear shackle, fortunately the front eye held the axle in place. Just have to find the time to get this done. Should be right after fixing everything else! 


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Posted March 27, 2017 - 09:41 AM

You guys should do like me. Decide to rewire your entire trailer and add lights at 930 the night before. Then leave at 5am the next morning. Makes for a good challenge haha. Mines probably due for all this.

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Posted March 27, 2017 - 09:45 AM

You guys should do like me. Decide to rewire your entire trailer and add lights at 930 the night before. Then leave at 5am the next morning. Makes for a good challenge haha. Mines probably due for all this.

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I usually save that method for tractors!


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Posted March 27, 2017 - 09:52 AM

I have to finish replacing the brakes on my '03 bri Mar, have to literally cut the old backing plates off, getting to crunch time as well for me, mother nature has been less than helpful.
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Posted March 27, 2017 - 04:03 PM

Better late than never!  I got extra 15 years out of my old worn trailer springs and hanger, 400 lbs would level my springs prior to replacement.  :thumbs:


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Posted March 27, 2017 - 04:33 PM

It was a rough day for my body too, rose up hit the jack I was using and now have a bruised forehead. Then using hammer/punch to drive out a bolt...of course we all know what happens there, I am hoping my knuckle is not broken. Finally, right after cutting off a nut, I laid my hand on the ground, right were the nut fell, got a nice burn on my pinky. I'm not including all the rust in my eyes in ears and the small scratch on my phone screen when I dropped it taking pics.

 

This sounds like every job I get into!

I feel your pain!


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Posted March 27, 2017 - 06:05 PM

Pains and cuts, yep!  Older I get, more of these problems. Sometimes I just take things to a shop, too tired of working on junk that bites back now. Wonder sometimes why I even start things I don't really want to do. :smilewink:


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Posted March 28, 2017 - 10:31 AM

I bet she tows like a dream

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Posted March 28, 2017 - 10:45 AM

I bet she pulls alot better now.

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Posted March 28, 2017 - 05:47 PM

Ive redone a couple of trailers over the years. I usually drag it home, jack it up, and start throwing money at it lol. New wires, new lights, new jack, new shackles, new paint, new brakes if needed, even new U bolts if seen as necessary. Hard work, but well worth it.
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