Tire or Brake Trouble

Lesson learned. No one should tow on their birthday. Towing itself was fine. Though after our lunch stop, as we pulled away we heard a crazy squeaking sound coming from behind us. It only lasted a few seconds and then it stopped. When we arrived at our campground, as Brian was backing up I heard a noise from the opposite side of the trailer. As he backed up I could see the front tire shaking and making noise as though the brakes were being applied while he was trying to drive. (I’m totally guessing).

Anyway – we have no idea what the problem is, so I texted Tiffani and Laura to see what they thought. Tiffani suggested the breakaway switch, an idea I’m really a fan of. The breakaway switch (pictured above) has a wire that you attach to the tow vehicle. If by chance you become separated from your trailer the wire would then pull the pin from the box and lock up the brakes on the trailer. So I check the brakeaway switch and everything looks ok.

Another thing to note is the one tire was very hot.

So I went on Airforums and didn’t find anything. I also checked the manual. I learned something interesting:

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THIS PIN SHOULD BE PULLED OUT, LUBRICATED WITH LIGHT HOUSEHOLD OIL, AND REPLACED EVERY 90 DAYS.
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Well obviously we’re reading the manual as we go, so this is new to us. I’m realllly hoping this is our issue. Laura texted back suggesting we try hooking up without plugging in our brake controller.

**UPDATE** Our Airstream Life friend Rich called first thing this morning after reading this post and gave us a few suggestions. He said to put the good tire up on blocks and see if we can spin the bad tire. He said it might be a problem with our bearings.

More to come. Crossing fingers.

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7 Comments

  • Reply Matthew August 27, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Hot wheel = frozen caliper in most cases. Glad you guys are ok!

  • Reply Rich August 27, 2012 at 7:34 am

    The breakaway switch will activate all four brakes at once, so that’s not likely to be the problem if only one wheel is affected. You have either a dragging brake shoe or a bad wheel bearing. Either way, it’s a field repair because you can’t tow it far like that. I’ll be on standby until we go out of cell phone range later today.

  • Reply terrie August 27, 2012 at 9:28 am

    we will be interested to see what the problem is…wonder how you could have a bad wheel bearing so early…if that is it…wishing you the best …..

  • Reply Jim August 28, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    We hope no big problem. After smoke clears and if you have a minute, see our recent blog about the manuals, http://dreamstreamr.wordpress.com/2012/07/09/dont-you-read-the-manuals-first/

    We, you’ll surely note, don’t read the manuals unless and until we must…

    Jim

    • Reply Leigh August 29, 2012 at 7:25 am

      Hopefully everything is resolved today. Our problem wouldn’t have been avoided had we read a particular part of the manual. Though it would be nice to have a 1 page list of every maintenance item an owner should do and the time period it should be done in.

      • Reply Rich August 30, 2012 at 9:07 pm

        I’m working on that …

    • Reply Jim September 1, 2012 at 10:32 am

      And even when we do read the manuals, usually because something went wrong, we don’t find the needed info. Hey Rich, if you want some help I’d be happy to pitch in on the one to two page must-have info sheet

      Jim

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