Made a quick trip home for lunch and snapped some pics, spindle is definately not okay :P
See what used to be the bearing? Yeah, not so awesome
Harder to see because of the sun, but the underside of the spindle is worn away and metal has been pushed over the crown nut, making removal impossible without some grinding away of material (I didn't even try, obviously).
uneven tire wear - the other side is very similar, but not quite as worn down
I wouldn't say that the PO was upfront about the axle
condition, more like blissfully ignorant. They told me that they had it checked when they got it 2 1/2 years before and everything was "great", but then everything they described was basically to the letter of what you'd expect when the axle
is worn out (trailer bouncy when towing unless LOTS of weight
is put on the tongue, and obvious to me it was sitting VERY low, and the arms are at about a 20˚ up angle). So based on that I expected to replace it the near future, I just didn't really expect the mess that I have on my hands now
I didn't tow this trailer home since my husband's truck was in the shop for an airbag issue, but the PO towed it about 55 miles in this condition - we have only moved it (by hand) a few feet to make access to the side marker lights
easier since we had parked it between our house and a shed.. but we discovered when I went to replace two broken side marker lights
(the old housings had been smashed) that none of the lights
worked as we received it, and only one of the new side marker lights worked (old/corroded wiring was to blame for the other, when tested with a battery
it lit up just fine). I decided at that point and a lack of continuity in the wires I checked that I would just replace all of the trailer wiring as well as the other 4 lights, I just haven't gotten around to tackling that job yet.