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Old 06-09-2010, 10:23 AM   #21 (permalink)
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i like seeing people take ~5 mintues to do a walk around on their rigs.

lazy and complacent get people hurt/killed.

on TT and GN dont forget to put some grease on the coupling... this will help prevent you balls to loosen and your rig to become "darty" when changeing lanes form metal on metal in the hitch coupling.

when i was driving/hauling stuff i have a little IR tmep gun shoot each tire.. if there was more then 10-15* diff between side to side i start looking more closely.

crossing safety chains.. if they are not peiced togehter they will never catch and pull each other.. they alos should be strong enough to indiviually carry your tongue wieght... same with you hooks.. no point in haveing a 2000lb test chain with a 500lb hook holding it on. one should have enough chain to be able to jackknife then trailer with out pulling the chains taunght.. and stay 3-4" off the ground so they are not draging nor get dragged
I haven't heard to put grease on the coupling of a travel trailer... It certainly makes sense.

Do you just put some grease up inside the coupler on the tongue?

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Old 06-09-2010, 10:28 AM   #22 (permalink)
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That will work, or you can put some on the ball, either way.

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Great feedback and ideas from all. Besides checking tire condition (looking for possible tread and side wall tears and deterioration), it is very important to make sure that tire pressures are up to the max tire recommendations. This is especially important with heavy loaded trailers and fifth wheel/ goose neck trailers. The only other thing I can maybe suggest is making sure that your trailer is evenly loaded and is as level as possible when properly hitched up.
Keep this going, safety is a primary concern
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Great feedback and ideas from all. Besides checking tire condition (looking for possible tread and side wall tears and deterioration), it is very important to make sure that tire pressures are up to the max tire recommendations. This is especially important with heavy loaded trailers and fifth wheel/ goose neck trailers. The only other thing I can maybe suggest is making sure that your trailer is evenly loaded and is as level as possible when properly hitched up.
Keep this going, safety is a primary concern
I was wondering when someone was going to bring up tire pressure on the truck and trailer. I check both of these vehicles before any loading and first thing in the morning when it's cold for an accurate reading. All of the other things are very important but I feel this is very important..many people I've talked to that pull trailers more often than not answer "no" when I ask them if they check their tires prior to either loading or even leaving for the trip. I think this is even more important for the toyhaulers carrying all their toys and a full tank of water. Pre-trip walk-around is done every time and the wife stands at the back for a brake/tail light check before we pull away from the curb. I also do a trailer brake check as I pull out of my neighborhood. My .02
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X3 on the tires. The leading cause of tire failure is under inflation. If you can imagine bending a wire coat hanger back and forth until it breaks, then feel the heat you have generated. This is the same effect an under inflated tire has, the side walls flex much more and at highway speeds very rapidly, which leads to excess heat and failure.

Somebody else mention using a laser thermometer. I do this as well. Bought one for 29 bucks and almost every gas stop I zap both the tires and bearings. While perhaps a little overkill it does offer a great piece of mind and a fun toy to have for $29. Great entertainment on a long drive, ever wonder how cold it is inside your AC vents? How about the wifes beverage glass?
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Somebody else mention using a laser thermometer. I do this as well. Bought one for 29 bucks and almost every gas stop I zap both the tires and bearings. While perhaps a little overkill it does offer a great piece of mind and a fun toy to have for $29. Great entertainment on a long drive, ever wonder how cold it is inside your AC vents? How about the wifes beverage glass?
yes IMO they should be mandatour isn a compatent mech tool box..

i have seen -14*f out of my AC vents on my old dmax

avg was 25-39*f
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Lots of good common sense things guys.My fiver hitch has a latch to close after hooking up that I padlock so no one can tamper with it if parked at a truck stop or rest area.
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Patience

Develop a routine for hook up and disconnecting.

Tire pressure and tire inspection on regular basis. Check tire pressure cold before moving or long periods of direct sunlight.

For Fifthwheel. Verify PIN is coupled properly -visual and a pull test every time!

Don't shoot the breeze with anyone while hooking up or disconnecting -SHI* will happen and it is usually expensive.....

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