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Old 03-02-2014, 12:18 PM   #1
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...a new Trail Mite owner!

Hiya,

My name is Myke. We just picked up a 72 Trail Mite here in the Seattle area. I've only had it a few days and already love it. Any other Trail Mite owners out there?

The previous owner replaced the floor with 3/4 exterior treated plywood and resealed most of the windows, but otherwise it's pretty much stock. It has the bench seat/bunk beds in the front and the table/bed in the back. A water tank with a pump sink, electric hookup, and a propane stove, but that's about it.

The previous owner was restoring it in a garage. He claimed there are no leaks, but we'll soon see. He never used the water or propane either. We've freezing weather since I picked it up and unfortunately didn't get a chance to put antifreeze in the water tank.

I'll probably be looking to do the following soon:
-first check out the water tank and hopefully no damage has been done due to the freezing weather.
-possibly gut and rewire the electrical. Previous owner said that the breaker would pop if any more than 15 amps were thrown at it. Any suggestions on this stuff would be awesome. I'd also like to hook up a battery as well.
-test and replace propane lines.
-possibly replace the propane burner
-replace the ice box with a fridge
-replace the top vent

The previous owner claimed it to be around 900 lbs. I towed it home with my Subaru Forester and it seemed to do fine. I know they recommend electric braking assistance for anything over 1000 lbs on my car, but the Mite doesn't have electric brakes. Anybody recommendations on this? I've been reading up in the forums on this stuff, but there doesn't seem to be much consensus. I'll continue reading but if anybody wants to throw any recommendations my way, I'd be much obliged.

I'm really enjoying reading people's experiences and checking out other's campers. This seems like a cool community and I'm happy to be a part of it.
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Old 03-02-2014, 03:20 PM   #2
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Hi Myke, Welcome to the Forum

that's a sweet looking trailer you've got there. It looks to be well taken care of. I'm sure there are some other Trail Mite owners here.

Brakes are definitely a good idea. You'll probably find that's a consensus here. New breaks are about the same as a new axle w/brakes included. It looks like your trailer is sitting pretty well though so the axle should be ok. Electric brakes need a flange on the axle to mount too. They should be visible if you take a look under the trailer. Like in this thread. Brake mounting flange?

The weight of your trailer is most likely more. Get it weighed or weigh it yourself. Check out this thread. Trailer Weights in the Real World
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Old 03-02-2014, 04:12 PM   #3
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no axle?

Looking underneath, I don't think there actually is an axle on the Trail Mite. I didn't get a good look but it seems to be similar to this one:

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...I'm not sure brakes are going to be possible on this.
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Old 03-02-2014, 04:21 PM   #4
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Actually the good news is if it has an a real axle and leaf springs you have two possible choices:

1. Pull off a wheel and look to see if it has a mounting flange with "Ears" in place to take a set of backing plates. If so you should be able to get a set of brakes from any of the larger trailer supply houses and/or etrailer.com.

2. If not, an entire new axle with brakes installed isn't all that expensive or difficult to install and can be bought from the same sources.

If it doesn't have leaf springs and an axle, get back to us for more ideas.

But YES, get some brakes, it WILL weigh a lot more when you get some stuff inside.
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Old 03-02-2014, 07:33 PM   #5
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Hi Myke, Welcome to the Forum
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:38 PM   #6
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The Trail Mite should have leaf springs. At least if it's like the three others I've seen.
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I was just going by the pics of a Trail Mite frame that is linked to in Joe's Post #3, it has leaf springs, variations may/must exist?

But, if his Trail Mite does have a torsion axle, it looks like it's time for a new one anyway.
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Myke,

Your trailer's a rarer brand. Perhaps some pics will help us help you. We also love to see pics inside too.

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Old 03-04-2014, 01:01 PM   #9
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Thanks everybody. I haven't had much time to get into checking out the camper as we've had some serious freezing whether and torrential rain. I'll get some photos of the inside and underneath and post them in the next few days. Thanks again!
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Old 03-05-2014, 02:59 PM   #10
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I took a couple pictures of the frame. They're the best I could do on my phone in the pouring rain without crawling under. Kinda blurry.





I still can't really tell how these wheels mount or if there is any place to mount brakes. I'll have to take the wheel off when the whether lets up. It doesn't look like there is an axle though.

I posted more pics here for those that are curious. I'll post some more probably over the weekend.
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That looks like a simple square tube axle with spindle ends welded in
You may have to start from scratch to add brakes and add a few leaves or a whole new spring set while you are at it. I am guessing that there are two shackled ends to the springs and that the axle can move up and down.... right??? It kinda looks like the axle is welded to the frame, but that must just be the pic.
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That's just a hub on a spindle with no place to mount brakes. It's funky looking with a small leaf spring with a u-bolt cross wise behind spindle on what looks like to me a torsion axel set up.Click image for larger version

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Pic of torsion axel u can see where bakes would mount (if u had that) and how it looks a lot like what u have. It almost looks like it has an torsion with an after thought leaf spring installed. Strange.
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The pics are somewhat confusticating.
Maybe if her posts a pic (hint) with a wheel removed we will have a better understanding of what he has.
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Old 03-07-2014, 06:01 PM   #14
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Yeah, I'm going to try to get it jacked up and pull the wheel off this weekend to get some better pics. The current pictures are confusing to me as well.
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