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Some little tricks that will save you time and money

Discussion in 'Trucks, Trailers, & RV's' started by Rhoda Mule, Sep 30, 2019.

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  1. Rhoda Mule

    Rhoda Mule Gary SXS Nation Regular

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    I am not overly smart but to quote Farmers Ins. "I know a thing or two because I have seen a thing or two." In my other life Read (younger life) I fished bass tournaments. It does not matter if you have the fastest boat, best electronics, best tackle, or the most lake knowledge, IF you do not make it to sign-in on time. So this is all about the trailer and tow vehicle.

    Wheel bearings. Grease a little is better than too much or not at all. Find out what the grease was used in building your trailer and stick with it. Not all greases play well together. In my other life I carried a clean wax can filled with grease and in the grease a set of wheel bearings. A good habit to get into is to touch each hub when you fill up with gas, if one is hot you have time to deal with it. Bearing Buddies in my time, not sure what they are called now, cup with a spring to keep grease in and dirt and water out cause failures of inboard bearing nine times out of ten. This is due to fresh grease passes through the outboard bearing and carries finds to the inboard bearing. Even so the Bearing Buddies are well worth the investment. Just plan to have your bearings cleaned and repacked every 15,000 miles.

    Gray Never-Seez The anti seize grease is the best thing you can put on electrical connectors. Use it in the fall on the trailer and tow vehicle plug contacts and in the spring you will be good to go. Make sure it is GRAY.

    Extend by LockTite is the best thing I have found to combat rust on black trailers. When the rust is bark red this product is at its best. Rusted areas turn dark black and are all but invisible.

    Chrome wheels will not rust if sprayed with pledge furniture wax two or three times a year.

    Your trailer needs brakes. There is a child who's life was saved due to brakes on my boat trailer. RM IMG_0479.JPG
     
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    Jaybey Joe SXS Nation Expert

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    Good info Gary.
     
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    I think trailers are one thing that gets overlooked when it comes to maintenance for a lot of people just not thought about.
    Wheel bearings and tires are a big item in the summer for my tow drivers! Tires that dry rot from setting in the sun and wheel bearings running dry and seizing almost every weekend we get at least one it seems. And lights they worked the last time we used it :mad:
     
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    Silver anti seize is not good for electrical connections. Use copper, it has more electrical continuity, works great on all fasteners especially exhaust bolts.
     
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    Rhoda Mule Gary SXS Nation Regular

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    Greg You may be wright on copper never seize, It may be better than grey. I never tried it on electrical connectors. Have not had a reason to as the gray has worked for me in truck, car, bass boat, trailer, 4x4, and Rhoda. I have been using it in some form dating back to the 80's. The newer gray may not be as good as the new cooper. If this is the case then I am sorry to have mislead our members. RM
     
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    I would be very carefull using copper on the plugs which I believe is what Gary was refering to. Copper conducts electricity so if you get the copper never sieze across terminals you might create a short. In that case the gray might be a better choice. I use silicone dielectric grease on my plugs.
     
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    Rhoda Mule Gary SXS Nation Regular

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    Kin you give me too much credit, I am not that smart! Grey never-seez will conduct electricity. You do need to be mindful of this. I ran a test of this as the picture show. A reading of conductivity, 1 is no conductivity and 0 is full. R M upload_2020-3-28_15-17-50.jpeg upload_2020-3-28_15-17-12.jpeg

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    airshot Ken SXS Nation Expert

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    Apparently the metal particles are conducting the electricity, never thought about them in the gray stuff!! I will continue to use the silicone grease, it does collect dirt so you need to clean the connectors once in a while, but no shorts...
     
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