Yo- how do I connect this trailer plug to this car plug…
Here are the questions from the owner of a new camper;
Easy answer here is to buy a converter. You can probably find something local or go to Etrailer.
We have found Etrailer shipping to be quick and the online documentation is outstanding. We have ordered everything from basic wiring kits to specialty spindles and bearing packs and had no issues.
The long answer. 4 pin flat to 7 blade. The vehicle is the 4 pin flat which only powers your basic lights. 7 blade can receive signals for trailer brakes, battery charging and more. So if your trailer requires brakes the converter may not power them and will certainly not charge the house battery. In this specific case we are talking about a 1500 pound camping trailer that does not require brakes and the owners are not concerned with the house battery so a converter got them home with the new trailer.
Hey tires on this camper say max load 1045 lbs but trailer is 1500. 2000 loaded. That gonna be an issue? 😬
Good question, the max load is per tire and so with 2 tires the max load is 2090 (1045 x 2). So these tires are in spec for the trailer however not by much. If the tires were in good condition they would be fine.
Not a question but photos of the tires so the implied question, “Are these tires ok”?
The first tire is worn in the center. On trailers of this size that typically indicates an over inflated tire. Since the tire is worn flat in the center it needs to be replaced. The second tire is not so bad but definitely getting there. Both tires look a little old and were run improperly in the past. We would replace both tires and actually go up a rating if possible so that instead of a capacity of 2090 pounds and operating near max (2000 of 2090 pounds) we would try to get a 2500 pound or more combined rating to give us a bigger margin.
(A note: at 2090 pound weight rating for both tires with a trailer weight of 2000 loaded seems pretty close to max. It’s actually not. Remember 5-10% of the weight will go on the trailer hitch (tongue). So the weight on the tires at speed is going to be 1800-1900 pounds. That means you have a margin of 190-290 pounds which it plenty. So why do we suggest going up a rating?
Driving with family in the summer is not a time to take chances. A trailer tire blowing at speed is a safety concern. Changing a tire on the side of the road is also a safety issue. We always try to limp off the highway to change a tire but it is frequently not possible. This means you are changing a tire feet from 70 mph traffic. We recommend doing everything possible to avoid this scenario.
We also recommend a minimum of one spare (we often carry 2 or more). In the case of this camper the included spare actually looks pretty good. Recommend confirm it is properly inflated before headed out. Spares will slowly lose air sitting. It’s a real bummer when you pull out a spare only to find it’s nearly flat.
One last note on tires, specifically tire pressure. PSI is actually based on weight. If you are running near the max load then you should run the max PSI. This means when the tire is cold it should be at the max PSI written on the side of the tire or on the trailer sticker. This should cover most campers and travel trailers.
Now slow down and take your time. Happy trails this summer.
Have a question about towing your new or used travel trailer? Let us know in the comments and we will try to answer it for you.