I just bought my fist travel trailer today, a 1984 Scamp
13. Woohoo. I have a lot to learn. My first concern is towing safety as this is a family affair. It has become apparent to me that the suspension is extremely low and that an axle
replacement may be in order(?). The torsion arms are tilted up, not down at 22.5 degrees, which I believe is how they left the factory. I noticed this while replacing the tires
before I towed it home. I have also learned that electric brakes
are considered a good idea and I'm inclined to agree.
Here are a few questions:
1. Maybe it's fine just the way it is? Is low riding really a bad thing? What are the consequences? Does it need to be replaced?
2. I believe a Drexel #9 Torflex will work ( I found another post with this specified). I can get it with 4 on 4 hubs with electric brakes
and use stock rims and tires
Is that a good idea or should I get new rims and tires
. I like the stock moon hubcap look.
3. I have a flat four pin electrical
connection on my car. Do I need to replace my car wiring harness to something else? Do I just add something to it. I have no idea how electric brakes
work. I have a small utility trailer that works fine with the 4-pin and I want to keep that. Do I need two different connections, one for each trailer? What other equipment is necessary for electric brakes? Controllers?
4. Can this be done by a moderate DIY person like myself? I can assemble and bolt but not weld...Should I take it to a trailer repair place? I assembled and wired my 4x8 Chinese DIY folding utility trailer! So, I know a little.
Any help/advice here would be most appreciated. I love that little thing and want to use the heck out of it, but also want to feel like it's safe to tow 3500 miles next summer. BTW, I'm using a 2003 Honda CRV EX to tow it.