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Old 01-17-2013, 09:46 PM   #11
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So Kim (Chuck), you figure that 3590 is probably an accurate weight? That would be nice. I would not have to borrow my brother's rig to go get it.

Rick, I expect that my in-laws are testing me in any way they can. They think that people who wear cowboy hats and boots are not to be trusted. Whereas I am of the opinion that those people are to be especially trusted. But my new in-laws are good folks, despite their unfortunate geography.

I'm getting pretty fired up about our new trailer. My wife is rolling her eyes.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:17 AM   #12
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Hello Zach: You should look at it as an "adventure". The weight should be pretty accurate assuming that it is not carrying full water, lp, rocks etc. The air conditioner and awning might add another 200# or so. You should be most impressed by the way it tows since it does not have the wind drag of a traditional travel trailer.
It's a bargain for $100. You'd spend more than that for beer at a Cowboy's game.

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Old 01-18-2013, 08:28 AM   #13
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Make sure you get the title or what ever necessary papers that are required to gain proper ownership.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:37 AM   #14
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I know. A hundred bucks is just too cool. And I don't usually drive six hours to Dallas to throw money at Jerry Jones (though the Cowboys ARE America's Team...and mine). I'm more of a Texas Tech Red Raiders fan, anyway. I live just down the road from the stadium.

You know, Kim, I was considering picking up several thousand pounds of assorted rocks on the way home. Do you think that is a bad idea?

I'll be certain to get all my legal ducks in a row. The County Tax Assessor/Collector gets her proverbial panties in a wad when she doesn't get her cut.

I did order a weight distribution hitch from eTrailer.com, at the suggestion of some other folks' posts I have read here. I suppose my last question is...does anyone have a clue as to what kind of wiring harness this trailer is gonna have? I have a flat-four on my Land Cruiser, for horse trailers and whatnot. I'll go get an adapter if need be.

Thanks again, everyone. My sincere thanks for your words of wisdom.
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I did order a weight distribution hitch from eTrailer.com, at the suggestion of some other folks' posts I have read here. I suppose my last question is...does anyone have a clue as to what kind of wiring harness this trailer is gonna have? I have a flat-four on my Land Cruiser, for horse trailers and whatnot. I'll go get an adapter if need be.

Thanks again, everyone. My sincere thanks for your words of wisdom.
If the wiring harness is like most it is a bargman trailer plug. You will need more than a adapter if you want to use the brakes (Don't know what the laws are without brakes in your neck of the woods) you will also need to wire up a brake controller, look up Tekonsha.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:23 AM   #16
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You will need the round 7 wire plug setup that provides wires for your brakes and 12V power for charging the RV battery. You said that your TV has the tow package. Because of the age of your TV the following info may not be correct for your vehicle. Most tow packages include a larger transmission cooler if the transmission is auto. The package also normally includes pre wired harness for the 7 pin plug, and maybe the brake controller. Some also include a larger alternator. Check your owners manual or the dealer to see what the tow package would have included. The 12V power wire for the Trailer harness has to come off of a 30 amp fuse on the TV and be a #10 size wire.
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If you know who was pulling it around before why not ask them what they were using for wiring harness? You seemed to suggest that it was your In laws. They should know when they last had bearings packed etc ---- we're they using the electric brakes???

Again on weight, I would almost guarantee it is MORE than the listed 3500+ lbs. still, it should be under your rated 5500 for the land cruiser. Be sure to calculate tongue weight into your gvwr on your tow vehicle. My guess tongue weight ( tw) is in 5oo to 650 range.

As a veteran of various schemes over my lifetime of going and getting something I haven't seen yet and hauling it somewhere, I strongly suggest you build in extra contingency time into what you already have planned.....just sayin. After all, Lubbock to Utah and back has got to include a couple of mountain passes. Nothing makes a person re-think their mechanical readiness etc on a vehicle like crawling up a mountain pass and then making note of the " run outs" while going down the other side. So check your tv brakes before you go, too.

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I looked at your pic, and I have a 1985 funchaser, and other than the color of the window/door frames and the small door on the front passenger side it looks identical.
7 blade round plug is what I have. Brakes were not ever hooked up when I bought my trlr. Tekonsha brake controller works great. The brakes were there with all of the parts, just never hooked up. Now works great.
Was traveling through your neck of the woods on my way back home to NV from FL last May.
Great trip and the hi-lo tows well.
I have a toyota, 1997 t-100, 6 cyl 3.4, with >200k miles, no factory tow package and had no problems. But DO have a WDH.
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Okie dokie. I got my harness wired up correctly (thanks, everyone). And again thanks for the sage advice. I'm listening.

My rig does have a huge alternator (not OEM), and an external transmission cooler (aftermarket). So, I think we've done all the prep we can do...except maybe some invocation of The Almighty.

If the excrement hits the air conditioning, as Pappy always says, we can stand a few days more vacation.
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DO keep us informed on how the trip goes and what things look like once you get back. Many of us here live vicariously through other people's adventures and projects. Good luck and take it easy. In fact, that looks like it has potential for a GREAT camping trip except for snow in the elevations this time of year. Take pictures!

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