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Old 06-25-2012, 09:39 AM   #1
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Loud squeaking/shrieking noise- 2012 26BHXL Trailer

I have a brand new trailer, have probably put 1200 miles on it this year, pull it with a 2011 F-150 with an equilizer hitch.

I just returned from a weekend trip, as I was pulling down my neighborhood road going about 20 camper started making an absolutely horrid LOUD squeaking/shrieking sound. Sounded like metal on metal somewhere. I thought maybe the breaks had locked up or something, but it was not pulling any harder than normal. Could a bearing go out this quickly, or is there something that possibly already needs to be oiled? I had been on some gravel/dirt roads for a few miles in the weekend, is is possible it's just from dust or perhaps a rock got caught in somewhere? It pulled fine for the 180 miles home, and didnt notice the noise til I got almost home. As a side note, the noise did go away when I backed up into my yard....if maybe that is a sign of something.

I have another trip planned in 4 days....but this noise worries me that something is wrong as it's extremely loud and sounds painful.

Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated!

I should also note I am aware that these type of TT with double axels do make regular squeaks and noise, and that has been the case. But times that noise by 50 and that's the noise that I am referring to was constant, going straight down road at slow speed.

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Old 06-25-2012, 09:48 AM   #2
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Since it quit when you backed up, it was probably a small a small gravel got caught in the drum or te brakes. It rolled out when you backed up. If you have been reading these forums for some years now, you will find very little bearing trouble with campers. I would get it and tow it around the block before I headed on a long trip.

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Old 06-25-2012, 10:24 PM   #3
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:13 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info. Last night I took it around the block a few times......the first time, the noise started again about half way around, but not as loud. A minute later, I heard a couple of clanks and then it went away. It sounded almost like a rock got loose or finally broke/split, made a couple bangs and fell out. The noise then went away and it was back to normal. It certainly doesnt pull any different or feel like anything is wrong mechanically. I think I will test it out this weekend with a camping trip just an hour away....and if it comes back, then will have it further checked out.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:08 AM   #5
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You may have a brake hardware spring that broke in one of the wheels. I would check it out. I've had it happen many times on trailers at work.
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