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  1. Raspy, thank you for the detailed tire information. what do you use to put air back in the tires after airing down for rough off roads?
  2. Raspy, thank you for the detailed tire information. one question. what do you use to put air bak in the tires after airing down for rough off roads?
  3. Thanks to all for sharing your knowledge and coaching. In case you are interested, I have found a company that will make up customized water tanks. They will install the ports to your liking (type of port and locations) in a selection of various tanks. The turnaround time is 7-10 days and the cost including freight is very reasonable. Zach is the tank expert and a great guy. https://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/water-tanks-s/218.htm
  4. I'm investigating putting together a vented fresh water tank to carry boondocking water in the bed of my truck instead of carrying multiple 5-gallon water cans. The bottom of the truck tank will be above the top of the trailer tank with the goal to use gravity instead of a pump to refill the trailer tank with a hose connection. To do this the trailer tank needs to fill unobstructed into the top of the trailer tank. The Legacy II trailer tank fill hose input nozzle is located below the trailer tank. Does anyone know how/where the fresh water tank fill line is plumbed from the input point and where it enters the freshwater tank? Does the input plumbing tap into the bottom of the tank and fill from the bottom? Does the input pluming tap into the top of the tank and fill from the top? Does the input plumbing have a check value or a device that prevents back flow between the tank and hose nozzle? My first desire would be to empty the truck tank into the trailer and be done with moving water. If the above proves to be problematic, would it be possible to use the boondocking freshwater input nozzle / pump to “draw” water directly from the truck tank with a short hose connection? If this method valid, is my assumption correct that the truck tank will not fill the trailer tank but would supply water to the trailer system as long as the truck tank is linked by a hose to the boondocking input? In this case, I suppose the shorter the hose the better. Your knowledge and thoughts will be appreciated
  5. Hello all, Thanks for sharing your expertise and the coaching. The ride is much better but seem more room for improvement. Actions taken: tire pressure now at 55/trailer 60/truck repacked bearings Ground tested good Installed Heavy Duty Dexter suspension kit with grease-able bushings and better shackles the old nylon bushings were toast but but the other parts such as the bolts had only modest wear all other suspension parts such as shocks, springs and attachments to frame are in good shape bulldog hitch solid on frame trailer tongue about 1/2" down from level standard 2" ball hitch Trailer tows much better and tugs less but still more than I think it should when towing with an F250. Took a 30 mile test drive with the new Dexter Hd kit installed, about 500-600 lbs load in the truck bed and put weight in the trailer 's closet to insure good tongue weight. All this and we still experience a more than subtle tugging up and down when traveling over dips and rises in the road on a normal country highway. We do have an improved ride that we can live with as long as all is safe. When towing I feel like i'm having to "work a little to drive the load vs just towing a load". On completely smooth sections of road we don't know we are pulling a trailer. Towing still does not seem right based on towing a few other trailers and driving a truck that weighs 8,000 lbs. Any thoughts?
  6. Hello guys, One last question. The link you have given me for the Dexter parts is https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Leaf-Spring-Suspension/Dexter-Axle/K71-359-00.html this kit has brass bushing but not the kit that has the equalizers with the shock system. What kit would do the best job. I want to fix this and put in the rear view mirror. If you think the kit with the shock is best can you please be so kind as to give me a link so I get the correct parts the first time. best
  7. ok guys.. I'm bought into the following: I will test the ground first Lower the pressure on both rigs. hopefully the truck's nanny alarm will not be a pain Upgrade the old Dexter with the HD Dexter kit even if the grounding turns out to be problematic likely will replace the truck's rear shocks with something adjustable as the truck's rear is very light and stiff (3,120 lbs vs front at 4,880 lbs) I have never done suspension work. I'm not a pro with tools but reasonably handy, have a shop and a good assortment of tools. Do the parts go together easily or will I have to wrestle them onto place? Is this work something I can do if I'm prepared to skin my knuckles and some grunt work or should I sign up to pay a shop? Thanks so much for all the coaching. Your collective experience is amazing. Hopefully this will make the trailer agile and my truck a better ride. Best to all, Chris Chadwick (All my friends call me Chad) <table id="table-6644" class="pp-table-59f89d0644ff2 pp-table-content tablesaw tablesaw-stack" style="height: 5px;" width="5" data-tablesaw-mode="stack" data-tablesaw-minimap=""> <tbody> <tr class="pp-table-row odd"> <td></td> <td></td> </tr> </tbody> </table>
  8. Wow, You guys are really good. lots of great ideas... after digesting your coaching, let me give you more information. facts: 2" factory bulldog / all hitch bolts tight/solid tires are inflated hard on the trailer (70 lbs) and truck (70 front / 65 rear).. i plan to make adjustment going forward per your coaching trailer is very near level in all applications all hitch parts of solid on the trailer F250 has stock springs with towing package and no air bags or helper springs the current drop is 2" and the f250 has stock 18" wheels I will not toss out the issue is to do with the truck entirely but i think our focus needs to be on the trailer. I'm choose to focus here because I have now towed the trailer with two trucks. One is a Tundra and the other is the f250. The surging /tugging is much more evident with the Tundra (with Anderson hitch) than the F250 but is clearly present with both trucks. The Tundra had a tight fit with the 2" receiver / ball insert. The f250 (no Anderson hitch) has a 2.5" receiver and using spacer to shim to fit a 2" ball tongue. the f250 does have some "play". So let's talk about the trailer's history. The trailer has been towed across the country on a couple of long trips plus a few regional trips. The trailer sit on the original factory Michelins that have almost all of the the original tread depth. It was mostly towed from RV park to RV park with very little if any off-pavement action. The trailer has been in mothballs in a barn for the last two years (wife did not care for the trailer travel much). Evidence of this was antifreeze in the water systems and dry / dead battery cells. The trailer is incredibly clean (body glass and throughout the inside). All of this said, when the owner prepped the trailer for a 600 mile trip for him to deliver the trailer to me, he discover the rubber bushings at the bottom of the shocks had been installed from the factory without washers between the bottom of the shocks and top of lower bushings. The shocks had wedged themselves almost the way through the lower bushings. I promptly took the trailer to a suspension shop to have the bushing replaced/installed correctly and the shock checked for damage. The shocks were deemed to be good shape and all of the bushings were replaced plus the bearings were repacked. At this time we did not know about surging/tugging and did not have concern about the suspension and did not call out for a full inspection. This said, the tech that did the work to replace the bushings had his hands all over the other suspension components when replacing the bushings. I would think he would have noticed if anything was damaged or not normal. I don't know much about suspension but I just went out and put my hand on all of the suspension parts. All are solid and in apparent good condition. The springs are properly sprung and solid. The shackles have not flipped. One observation was both equalizes are tilted forward with then front of the triangle lower than the back making the shackle angels less than a 90 degree angle to one set of axle springs and more than 90 degrees on the other set of axle springs. I'm assuming they move dynamically and this position is normal based on the trailer sitting on a forward sloping slab with the front jack up high to level the trailer. The springs and shackles do have some modest corrosion but nothing that would be of concern. The suspension looks like it could use some grease but i don't see any grease zerks My equalizers are just metal triangles w/three bolt holes without any bushings and no apparent place to grease or service them. They do not look like the image of the equalizers that have rubber bushings that on the Oliver website.. regarding the brake grounding. I had an auto electric shop review all the wiring including the ground as the next stop for after the shock work. this said i will double check the ground wire per the link that was shared. Nothing appears to be damaged or loose and all seems to be in good shape and the wiring has been inspected. The trailer has been towed with by two trucks/ two brake controllers with basically the same poor towing experience. I have yet to tow with lower the tire pressure and double check the ground wiring. Aside from this, do you have other ideas or do you think i have wrongly overlook any of your suggestions? Montana is calling and I might get sea sick towing this tub.
  9. This is my first post. I recently purchased hull #124, a gently used 2016 Legacy ll. We took a short 300-mile two day round trip as s shake down first outing. The advice i seek is to improve the towing ride. I’m towing with a 2019 F250 diesel 4×4 short box, standard 18″ wheels/rubber with a tow package. The dry empty trailer hitched to the empty truck sits with the rear of the trailer about 1/4 – 1/2 inch lower than the hitch. I attempted to set up the hitch to be slightly lower that the rear with a variety of different combinations of drop balls but this always resulted in the hitch being two or more inches below the rear. Thus, decided upon the before mentioned set up of the hitch 1/4 – 1/2 inch higher than the rear of a dry trailer/empty truck. I’m towing with a standard hitch although tried to use an Anderson weight distribution hitch. The truck’s anti-sway automatically “defaulted to on” every time the truck is turned off and re-started. Each time the “on” default needed to be manually turned off. This is a pain and a possible safety issue when the truck’s anti-sway corrections are fighting the hitch’s corrections. Now that you know the background and set-up: The issue I’m experiencing with both the Anderson and the standard hitch is the trailer bucks more than I think it should with a truck this size. The bucking does not push the truck around but is a noticeable and annoying up and down “tugging” on a frequent basis when traveling over dips and rises in the road. I don’t know the hitch weight but the hitch’s weight makes my truck squat an inch+ when dropping the trailer on t0 the ball. Additionally, I moved most everything heavy that was in the trailer into the closet midway through the trip thinking the hitch might be too light. Moving the weight forward did not improve the “tugging”. The trailer wet and loaded for the trip weighed 5,200 lbs (trailer hitched to truck with just the trailer wheels on the scales). After reading how well Olivers tow, I was under the impression that we would hardly know we were towing a trailer with truck the size of an F250. Clearly, we know the trailer is attached every time it makes an annoying “tug”. This feel a lot like too much weight behind the axle or exceeding the GCWR or payload. I’m sure the load is well within the truck’s capabilities and 95% certain the hitch weight is ok but have not actually weighed the hitch. Is this normal or are my expectations too high? Have I missed something on the set up? Your input will be greatly appreciated
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