not sure if you remember me, it's been a while since i was actively posting here but i had a lovely time with a lot of you when i was considering buying my baby. You can read that journey here...
I am finally able to get some work done on the trailer so first thing was halling her off to the shop for a look see. I got her for a steal of a deal so i was prepared, almost expecting there to be some $$$ needed to go back into her. My guess was the axle
was buggered. It sits low, like real low but after searching and chatting here with some other Lil Bigfoot
owners I realize that is the norm. Low ground clearance!!
to have a visual of how low here are some measurements:
- ground to top middle of wheel well = 20.5"
- ground to bottom of door frame (not actual door) = 9.5"
- ground to bottom of skid plate = 2.5" <---WOW!!!!!! no wonder it scrapes over our driveway curb. I am shocked it doesnt scrape a lot more!
after two days i have my trailer back, for a bit anyways. I hate feeling like because i am a girl, a girl who is not educated in the mechanics of trailers and such, that i get taken advantage of. it is a sad feeling but such is life.
here is a detail of my bill from trailer shop#1,
- customer complaint
= check lights
, appliances, tires
etc. unit has been sitting for three years
- corrections done
: rewired unit, added correct plug, new propane
hose, checked all systems in unit.
hose = $14.95
7way/plastic = $9.95 <--- assume that to be the 7pin plug??
= repack wheel bearings, if inspection reveals they are ok dont do them. (i did not state this but my mother may have when she dropped off trailer for me. GRR!!)
- remove and replace wheel bearings and races. repacked. measurements done on axle/inspection/ordered axle
- they only listed parts numbers but upon googling found
bearing cup qty 2 = $18.76
bearing qty 2 = $ 35.98
= check tire condition and report
are not bad, need recessed rims
- customer complain
t = rear undercarrage seems to be low. are springs ok?let customer know if any repairs are reccomended. (again i am assuming my mother was chatting up the shop guys as i never mentioned springs, i asked for the axle
to be inspected)
- inspected axle. needs replacement did measurements for replacement of axle/called co.#2 to order part
labour cost = $28.75
there was a lot of phone conversations throughout the two days. I wish i wrote it all down now
i remember being told some form of the following:
- rubbing on wheel well. i forget why else he said axle needed replacing, sigh, but will ask again on monday.
- tires are 13" and 15" might be better???
- one bearing was broken off completly, the part was to take 4 weeks arrival, were willing to store trailer in their lot if i wanted. i asked if i could use it to go camping at end of month with the current axle. got back to me after talking to lead mechanics, was told if we avoided all big bumps and potholes, drove nicely and didnt load up the trailer to full it would be fine to drive the 1/2 hr to the provincial park and back. That they would fix the bearings that needed fixing and leave the others to be replaced with axle??
- i remember being told about a 7pin plug being installed to replace wrong or broken one. I looked at my original post on forum when i was considering buying and i wrote there that it had a 7pin but that previous wner stated it did NOT have brakes. I do not understand why a 7pin with no brakes unless it has brakes and they just never knew??? will ask monday when i call the shop with my load of questions lol.
company#1 ordered the new axle immediately but has told me they do not feel confident in doing the job as it is a unique and unusal fix so they have basicly given me to company#2, a bigger trailer company that #1 feels is better equipped to do the job. All of this was decided on friday and i have no way to respond or reply until monday when stores open again. Frustrating lol but i appreciate the honesty about their abilities or lack of.
- i was told this trailer does not have brakes so why a 7pin?
- detailed list of why axle needs replacing
- why recessed rims? could not having recessed rims have caused the wheel well rubbing they stated, instead of axle?
- will new axle raise the ground clearance? and if not how do we go about doing that because only being able to go over 2" or less without skid plate scraping is nuts.
- will company#2 have any issues/problems with company #1 measurement/axle order? #1 ordered the axle through #2.
This is not a simple fix and its especially confusing and troublesome and costly for a newbie who knows nothing!