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Old 10-10-2017, 08:42 PM
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Default Rescuing a Dual-Axle Car Hauler... What would you bring?

Rescuing a Dual-Axle Car Hauler... What would you bring?

My daughter's coach hauls surfboards and other stuff as a part-time gig. On a run someone flagged him down and said a wheel was smoking. Apparently he smoked a bearing. 8-lug 5700lb axles on a Homesteader enclosed trailer. I'm not sure of the length or GVW. He pulled over in a WM parking lot about 2 hours away, unhooked and drove to practice.

Would it be a standard size bearing set (for that size axle) I could pick up and bring to the trailer to fix in the parking lot? What else might I need? Torches? Pullers? Chisels? Extra hub? Maybe a brake was dragging?

He is going to see about having it towed closer as he has AAA RV and that would help all involved, especially me. Hard to diagnose from 140mi away...
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Old 10-10-2017, 09:28 PM
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I'd get a axle nut and washer and axle grease.
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Old 10-10-2017, 09:35 PM
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Well here's to hoping it's just bearings but I really doubt it if it was smoking. Get it apart an asses the damage. At worst off load some weight, pull the hub and backing plate and drive home on one tire on that side.
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Old 10-10-2017, 10:28 PM
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Quite a few years ago got stuck with a bad wheel bearing (tapered bearing)
in this case the only thing that held the wheel on was the rotor, the large washer was also bent to hell.

a AAA tow to a local gas station, they were closing in about 30 min not much help but some tools.
purchased a new bearing at a parts place, went to replace the bearing and found out the old race was not going to move, noticed the race was blue from heat.
Ended up borrowing a hacksaw from the gas station and was able to saw through the race and remove it.

I would suggest.
hacksaw
cordless drill with some slitting wheels.
hammers
Likely large water pump-pliers.
maybe some files to cleanup the axle.
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Old 10-11-2017, 01:23 AM
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Lightbulb UPDATE: Road Trip!

UPDATE: Road Trip!

I decided it would be best for me to go and look at the trailer. Apparently AAA RV only covers 100 miles and it is about 140mi away. He is in-between paychecks so I figure I am certainly capable of helping him out. There IS something in it for me because there is a car about 45min away a little bit out of the way going home that we will be picking up. Either way it is a 2-1/2 hour drive...

I'm thinking maybe a tire was rubbing the fender and smoking from a loose/bad bearing so I'll have to lay eyes on it to see what's up. Worst case scenario, and as suggested, I'll pull the wheel and backing plate and we'll 3 wheel it home but that would mean it would have to be empty... So it is in my best interest to get it roadworthy. (ie: get my car!)

There are at least 4 "trailer" places including a TSC in the town it is broken down in so I don't think parts will be a problem. I'll be bringing: floor jack, jackstand, 4.5 grinder with cutting disk to cut slots in a stuck race and flap disk to clean any scoring (as well as files and emery cloth), propane torch if needed but I'm hoping cutting slots heats the race hot enough, bearing race drivers, punches and chisels, sledgehammer, big wrenches and my travel box with includes just about any hand tools needed and a box of cotter pins. Rags, gloves and cardboard to sit on round out the outfit. About the only thing I'll be lacking is my O/A torches...

Thanks for the suggestions, gentlemen! I'll try to take some pics of the "adventure"...

PS: also have ratcheting tie-downs and a bunch of other stuff I probably forgot to mention... Oh, 18v impact and the grinder is also 18v.

PPS: the trailer was empty except for a lone surfboard.
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:12 AM
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Where is the trailer stranded? I'm near Cocoa Beach if it is nearby, holler.

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Old 10-11-2017, 10:18 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions, gentlemen! I'll try to take some pics of the "adventure"...
Getting the popcorn made, please post pictures!!!
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Well.... don't we get an update...
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Old 10-13-2017, 07:56 AM
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Well.... don't we get an update...
What, did you run out of popcorn???
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Old 10-13-2017, 08:00 AM
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Well.... don't we get an update...
He's waiting to get the pictures developed................
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