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Finally got me a trailer to haul my lawn tractor around if need be. It's a tilt bed but got foldable ramps with it. All the sides are also removable if need be. I want to get a spare tire for it, and need to learn about maintenance of a trailer. Haven't hauled my tractor around with it yet but hauled some scrap to the scrapyard.


Now I can bring home a JD garden tractor no problem lol
 

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A trailer is one of those items that isnt needed daily by most but when its needed, its really needed! Maintenance is fairly low. Keep dust caps in place on the hubs (amazes me at how many trailers I see on the road missing a cap), keep wheel bearings packed in grease, and keep an eye out for the coupler getting loose and sloppy is pretty much it with the exception of the obvious such as tires and lights.
 

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A trailer is one of those items that isnt needed daily by most but when its needed, its really needed! Maintenance is fairly low. Keep dust caps in place on the hubs (amazes me at how many trailers I see on the road missing a cap), keep wheel bearings packed in grease, and keep an eye out for the coupler getting loose and sloppy is pretty much it with the exception of the obvious such as tires and lights.
Are you talking about the stuff inside the coupler or the actual coupler getting loose on the tongue?
 

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If the coupler was welded on, you don't have to worry about that... If it was bolted on, find someone with a welder and have them make it permanent! It is a pretty rare thing (in my experience) for the latching hardware inside the coupler to loosen up, but if you make it part of your yearly check of the bearings then you shouldn't have much to worry about.
 

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If the coupler was welded on, you don't have to worry about that... If it was bolted on, find someone with a welder and have them make it permanent! It is a pretty rare thing (in my experience) for the latching hardware inside the coupler to loosen up, but if you make it part of your yearly check of the bearings then you shouldn't have much to worry about.
Rock on, yeah the coupler is welded on and seems pretty solid. Thanks for all the tips guys!
 

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I was referring to the insides of the coupler. It has been my experience that some single axle trailers don't weigh much and a good portion of roads in our great nation SUCK so they really take a beating/banging around on the ball. With all the beating and banging around I have certainly had couplers get loose/sloppy when sitting on the ball. Had one get bad enough even with coupler in the latched position you could pick up the tongue of trailer and wiggle it around a bit and get it to pop right off the hitch.
 

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Tha main thing with a trailer with that type of tire/wheel. KEEP the bearing greased. With the small wide tires they make so many more revulations per mile and faster than a normel size tire.
 

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I was referring to the insides of the coupler. It has been my experience that some single axle trailers don't weigh much and a good portion of roads in our great nation SUCK so they really take a beating/banging around on the ball. With all the beating and banging around I have certainly had couplers get loose/sloppy when sitting on the ball. Had one get bad enough even with coupler in the latched position you could pick up the tongue of trailer and wiggle it around a bit and get it to pop right off the hitch.
Yeah when it's empty, she does clang around a lot due to bumpy roads. I will make note of that man, thank you. That was something that crossed my mind.
 

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I took little green out for a test run on the trailer for the first time. Figured I would go get a couple cheese burgers like tractor time with Tim. Everything went pretty good, though I think I'm gonna have to rethink a different way to strap it down, the back strap stayed tight but rode up under the seat and into the transmission shifter and deck adjuster lever.
 

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When I haul my Garden Tractor I generally tie down the front axle, and the rear I tie down by the hitch. This has worked for me and normally stays tight bouncing down the road.:good2:
 

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Yeah I have axle straps and stuff I used on my jeep when I would haul it around, actually that's what I originally used on the tractor to bring it home. But that was on a 16 foot car hauler trailer. This trailer is a lot smaller, I will have to play around with it.

It didn't move around at all, just didn't like the strap hitting my levers lol


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I like that trailer; it looks really handy and well made.
Although it's obvious, be sure to periodically check your trailer's tire pressure as well.

It might be nit picking but it looks like you could use a slightly greater drop in your receiver to help level out the trailer a bit more. I think it's fine as-is but you might want to grab a lower receiver if they go on sale. I have two trucks and two trailers along with a collection of receivers because I'm a little paranoid about keeping the trailer deck as level as possible.
 

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I greased up the bearings and what not a couple months ago. Does anyone use those ez lube hubs on trailers like these? What’s your experience with them? Good, bad?

 

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Had a trailer similar 20 some years ago. Didn't use it to much but I would just pop the dust cover off and grease it. Don't remember that I had it long enough to worry about it much. Mine had smaller tires on it.
 

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The EZ lubes are fine but I don't really use them. The ez lube is supposed to let you basically pump in all new grease without taking anything apart. You can still blow the seal out though so I just assume take it apart so I know what I have.

My bearing experience is on boat trailers and I do my own servicing and do it my own way because of the axle getting submerged. I fill the hub so it's full of grease so there is no need to use the zerk unless the rear seal is blown. Obviously at that point I need to service it and replace the seal. I follow a similar thing with the non-boat trailers I have. Ever since I started doing my own work, I've never had an issue. Like on boat trailer, I replace the seal with the double lipped/spring seal for that extra bit of protection.

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I took little green out for a test run on the trailer for the first time. Figured I would go get a couple cheese burgers like tractor time with Tim. Everything went pretty good, though I think I'm gonna have to rethink a different way to strap it down, the back strap stayed tight but rode up under the seat and into the transmission shifter and deck adjuster lever.

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Cool cool guys, I was just curious. It really wasn’t that bad of a job to pull stuff apart and grease everything. The ez lube hubs was just something I ran across while googling and wondered if any of you used them.
 

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I took little green out for a test run on the trailer for the first time. Figured I would go get a couple cheese burgers like tractor time with Tim. Everything went pretty good, though I think I'm gonna have to rethink a different way to strap it down, the back strap stayed tight but rode up under the seat and into the transmission shifter and deck adjuster lever.
No report on the cheeseburgers?? :)
 
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