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Old 08-23-2013, 12:39 AM   #15
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just passing through with comments on our PL#35... tire rub with the new tires is still an issue.

And for what its worth... a trailer, any brand, should be able to handle highway roads and dips/bumps and such without rub...our PL is unable to do so at this time & we are awaiting a reply from Parkliner for ideas on how they will fix the issue.

I would keep a very close eye on that fiberglass rub. Ours had ~2.5K highway miles during the delivery out here to Oregon and had gone through at least one full layer of glass cloth at that point. I repaired the damage per Chandler's recommendation after new tires were put on, and it is through the new epoxy paint coat and down to about 1/2 the depth of first damage.

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Old 08-25-2013, 02:14 PM   #16
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Thom, I recognize this would be an added expense ($$ and time) on your part, but if you're the investigative type, it might be interesting to get one of those little helmet action cameras with integrated digital video recorder that mountain bikers attach to their helmets to record their riding adventures, then use PVC tubing, suction cups, duct tape or whatever to construct a bracket you can mount on the side of the ParkLiner around the wheel well so you can point the camera at the area where the tire rubs. Then start the camera and take off for a ride - smooth road, bumpy road, high speed, hard left and right turns at various speeds, etc. Then view the recordings to see if you can figure out what specific driving maneuver(s) causes the tire to rub. I think the cameras usually put a "real time" time stamp on the video to keep track of what time you're looking at to match how you were driving at the time. Otherwise you'll have to come up with some other way to match how you were driving at the same time you see the tire rubbing on the video. May be a crazy idea, but something to think about trying if you're game....
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Old 08-25-2013, 02:29 PM   #17
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May be a crazy idea, but something to think about trying if you're game....
I think it's a great idea. Although the well-known Point Of View action cameras are not cheap, I saw an ad yesterday for someone selling an off-brand high definition (although only 720P) unit for $70.

The ideal setup would be to synch the video with GPS data, for speed, cornering, and the location of notable bumps.
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:54 PM   #18
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Great idea W.E. and my wife already has one that will work...and i get to play with PVC

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Old 08-25-2013, 09:17 PM   #19
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Thom, if you'd prefer real-time viewing, I know someone makes a small video camera (12V or dry cell battery powered?) and wireless transmitter that can be mounted inside a horse trailer along with a 12V wireless receiver and small monitor that can be mounted on the vehicle's dash so that people transporting horses can keep an eye on the horse while in transit. I recall it was fairly expensive - but probably because it was being marketed to horse owners. But the technology is out there, so it's likely that some company offers a less expensive model (RadioShack?, BestBuy?). That would let you drive while your wife keeps an eye on the monitor (or visa versa) to watch the monitor real-time for tire-rubbing. And that would also give you an excuse to buy a nifty new gadget rather than borrow your wife's helmet cam. Just another something to think about trying, and you still get to play with PVC for the camera mounting bracket...
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I am a little bit skeptical about the value in using a video camera to try to catch the tire rubbing. Unless you have a very high quality camera with a large number of frames per second, it is unlikely that you will even be able to see rubbing happening on the recorded images. Since you already know that rubbing is happening, even if the camera does record the rubbing, the best that the camera will do for you is tell you on which bump the wheels rubbed. How can that information be used. Surely, you would not take the approach that you will solve the rubbing issues by avoiding those bumps in the road! The only two feasible (to me) solutions that I have heard so far regarding the tire rub issue is to lower the axle or re-work the fiberglass on the wheel wells. I personally would lower the axle.
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Curisoity and adventure - and in this case a contrived excuse to fabricate something out of PVC - are reasons enough for many of us! And if a problem should accidently happen to get solved along the way, that's just icing on the cake!
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Curiosity and adventure - and in this case a contrived excuse to fabricate something out of PVC - are reasons enough for many of us! And if a problem should accidentally happen to get solved along the way, that's just icing on the cake!
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I too agree that the likelihood of actually seeing an impact with high-def enough information is unlikely... BUT, as others have said, curiosity and silly-PVC-tweaking is OK too especially since we have both live and recording versions of cameras to doodle with : ) and even some PVC from another project!
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Seems this would be in the interest of the manufacturer to assess and correct the issue before the consumer has to.
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Hi Elli, Please note that the date of the previous post on this thread (August 26) was nearly three months ago. There has been a LOT of water under the bridge on this topic since then. Just not posted on this thread. But from your other recent posts on other threads, I think you have discovered the jist of what's been going on - or not going on - during the intervening months. Enjoy the forum. Contributors here are brutally honest, which makes their insightful posts very helpful. Dale
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Hi Deryk, I know somewhere there is a thread with your info on the Weight Distribution Hitch....but since this is towing I'll ask my question here. What kind of WDH did you get? Do you like it and would recommend it? Any other brand suggestions? My neighbor has one that is top of the line - not sure I need that.

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Hi Jane, this is the one I bought Amazon.com: Camco 48051 RV 600 lbs Eaz-Lift Elite Bent Bar Weight Distributing Hitch with Adjustable Ball Mount and Shank: Automotive

It works fine, I think I should have spent the $400 and got the anderson wdh and anti sway and looks kinda cool.
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...It works fine, I think I should have spent the $400 and got the anderson wdh and anti sway and looks kinda cool.
Don't second guess yourself Deryk. The WDH you purchased is a very dependable and proven design. It will work well for you with minimal upkeep for many years. The Anderson system is quite new and has no long term experience. Who knows what issues may arise with that system after a few years of use.
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