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Old 07-11-2012, 10:56 AM   #51
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If your wheel/axle is like mine the plastic cover is just a dust cover and you do have to remove the wheel which holds the dust cover in place. You will then find the metal end cap on the axle.
I second that. Our 1705T had those covers as well.
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:59 PM   #52
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Hello All--

A bit of an update. Thanks to your input, I decided to put off the wheel bearings until tomorrow when I have more time. In the process of crawling around inspecting the axles and wheels, I discovered that my tires have a 2009 manufacture date, rather than 2006 as I thought at first. Most likely the bearings were repacked when the tires were put on, and according to the seller, he didn't use the trailer much. I probably could put off the repacking to a later time, but I want to be certain, so I'll do it.

When I asked the seller whether the refrigerator worked in all modes, he kind of side-stepped the answer by saying that he only used propane, even when on-the-road. I didn't press him about it, but now see why he moved past that point: the 12 volt mode doesn't work. If I can't fix it in time to leave on Tuesday, I will just have to load up on dry ice before we leave, use propane when we stop, and fix it when we get home. I'm not sure I will have time to re-wire anything, so I hope I find an easy-fix problem.

We are down to the final few days. Will stop by Camping World tomorrow for the final needs, then do the final prep before we head out. You all have been so helpful, I don't know what I would have done without you--stumbled around banging into stuff, I suspect.

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Old 07-12-2012, 05:38 PM   #53
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I don't how you know it doesn't work---but if it makes you feel any better I'm not sure mine works, either. I've only used it while driving, once, and it did not seem to hold a decent cold temperature. There are a bunch of threads on this issue- and one problem is people forgetting about it, leaving their vehicle for a bit, and coming back to find their trailer and vehicle batterey dead because it draws so much DC. I haven't tried running diagnostics on mine, yet, and I don't know how I would go about it if I did.

I like to carry a cooler for on the road, anyway,----ice is cheap and I use one of those Coleman ultimate 5 day coolers---I just don't drain the water and keep stuff that gets soggy in tupperware type containers. I keep it to bag every couple of days that way. But dry ice works, too.

Hope you have a good trip. The heat is moving back in this weekend in southern WI-----so stay cool and take it easy.

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Maybe you'll luck out and it will only be a bad fuse. Don't know what model fridge you have, but check out the back of it for a black plastic box. This would be covering the power board. Pull the cover off and check the 12v fuses on the board. Hope this helps.

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Old 07-12-2012, 07:09 PM   #55
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Have your trailer level then run your ref .on propane at your home for two days.You will have all your food cold from your ref.at home and your freezer. Transfer food to HiLo ref. shut your propane off and your food will still be cold when you arrive at your destination. Level trailer and put ref. on propane. I too have the igloo five day cooler and it really does keep things cool as advertised. The lid is very thick with insulation. Got mine at sams club. I think that any store that sells coolers would have them.
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Today was a good day! Well, every day can be a good day, I guess, but today was exceptional. Started out pulling the wheels and hubs to pack the bearings--turned out to be unnecessary. The previous owner said he didn't do a thing to the trailer, but the owner before that was meticulous, and today I saw the evidence. The bearings and grease were pristine. I cut my work short on that project and moved on to the next one.

I decided to track down the cause of the non-running refrigerator on 12v, so crawled around on my belly looking at fuses, pulled off the outside vent and inspected wiring and the fuse, all to no avail: found nothing out of order. Then I decided to try the 12v setting again and just let it run while I was running errands and working on other projects. Much to my amazement, when I returned in the late afternoon, the refrigerator was cold and the freezer registered 0 degrees. Outstanding!

Then I turned on the propane and checked the stove; again perfect. I decided to wait to test the propane mode of the refrigerator until it had warmed up, so I can see what it can do. I'll test the water heater and furnace at the same time.

We made our final trip to Camping World for the plug adapters and the odds n' ends we need. The little tatooed girl behind the counter knows us by name by now, and wants to sell us the Sam's Club trip insurance. I told her I had AAA Premium, but she is convinced Sam's Club is better. Anyone have any ideas on this subject? I could buy Sam's Club as a backup, since it has unlimited towing, but not sure how the rest matches up. Anyone done a comparison between AAA and Sam's Club?

Then, this evening my oldest son dropped by for dinner, and asked if I needed to go to Harbor Freight for anything. Did I? You bet! So off we went. As he said when I was complaining about the money I was spending, "Dad, you're helping stimulate the economy." We all know the economy needs help, so I am happy to do my patriotic part. It is truly amazing how much of that stuff I needed. Well, just doing my part.

We are nearly ready for blastoff, and everything is coming together nicely. I can't imagine how I would have gotten everything done without you all. Thanks!

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Old 07-14-2012, 06:44 AM   #57
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Have a wonderful Maiden Voyage. You will be just fine,relax and enjoy. Good sam has a road service plan(which is from what I read is good) then they sell a trip interruption service. This is if you have a medical emergency and end up in the hospital and have to be stabilized,airflighted to a hospital closer to your home. They would get a pro. driver to bring your rig home and fly your wife home. I don'tthink you need this. The odds are slim.
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rgcronk, I know this is short notice, but I haven't read anything about having wheel chocks for you wheels. Forgive if I missed it while reading 6 pages of posts. If you have time and don't have chocks get your sons to make you something like this. Homemade Wheel Chocks
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Thanks for all your replies. Gary, I'll have to wait on those fancy wheel chocks; instead I have the Camping World yellow plastic variety. I like your's better.

Well, the countdown is at 1, and the clock is ticking. We expect to hit the road tomorrow and point the nose east. It has been 33 years since I last crossed country towing a trailer. In that case, the tongue snapped as we pulled off the freeway in Seattle.

We have done everything we could think of, plus all of your suggestions. I am astounded by the amount of stuff we have loaded in the back of the pickup. I am starting to wonder whether we will have room to bring back the furniture we are going there for! Christine said she doubted that the wagon trains heading west spent more effort preparing for the trip than we have. In the olden days, when we crossed back and forth on a whim, it seemed the only preparation was "Let's go to Seattle. Okay!"

Now that everything is loaded, I will make a final adjustment on the weight distributing hitch before we hit the road, and hopefully, things will work the way they are designed.

Again, many thanks for your generous help. I will try to post updates as we head east, depending upon the vagaries of the highway.

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Houston, we have ignition--we have lift-off--we have attained orbit.

The trailer has performed amazingly well. We ran into a bodacious thunder, lightning, and gulley-washer rain storm just west of Butte, MT, that forced us off the road for a few minutes. When I checked for damage from the wind or leaks from the rain, I found a little water puddled inside under the front window and the front window shield screws has worked out on one side. I'm not sure what to do about the screws--maybe I'll stop in an RV place and see what they can do. Any suggestions?

Not a bad first day. We made 620 miles, averaging 60 MPH--Pretty astounding! The Allstays Camp & RV iPad app has been really useful. I can't imagine how we could have gone from complete dunderheads to trailer travelers in two weeks without you. Thanks.

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