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Old 03-16-2014, 08:05 AM
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Ok hooked up the Tahoe and even in4WD can't get it to budge - just spinning truck tires and making a hole. Throwing some sand down... (4) Trailer Wheels move a bit and not in very deep ruts. Tires around 45 gonna blow them up to 80 to see if that will help.

Wanna move it to driveway while ground is frozen so don't dig up lawn too bad . And get to my new steering lines and helm in. My son has better tires on his 350 so may try that ...

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Old 03-16-2014, 08:13 AM
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Can you put a floor jack under each side and lift enough to slide some 2x6 under the tires?
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Does the trailer have drum brakes? They may be frozen up.
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Brakes frozen? Get a bit of water in there and it freezes, you ain't going no where till it warms up.
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Originally Posted by bamaboy473 View Post
Can you put a floor jack under each side and lift enough to slide some 2x6 under the tires?
Yes - thanks it may be a pita but that should work I have a 3 ton boat and trailer and 21/2 tonlift - I wll do that if the higher air doesn't work. trying it again now..

Damn, Man yes it does have drum brakes and we had a bad winter - not sure I have ever tried moving it this early before...
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:21 AM
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Yep, guaranteed brakes are frozen. You aint moving that thing anywhere! If you really have to, jack it up, pull the wheel, and start heating with a propane torch while tapping with a hammer until you can spin it. Repeat on other side!
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Not gonna help you know but that's why I jack my trailer up and put it on blocks every fall with something like 3/4x1.5x1.5 ply under the wheels. Gotta keep that stuff outta the muck and mud.
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Not gonna help you know but that's why I jack my trailer up and put it on blocks every fall with something like 3/4x1.5x1.5 ply under the wheels. Gotta keep that stuff outta the muck and mud.
Now, you tell me.... I suppose should do that just under the frame just for the tires sake anyway...
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Get a heat gun from the paint department at home depot and thaw out the brakes. They're cheap and they thaw things out pretty quickly.
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Get a heat gun from the paint department at home depot and thaw out the brakes. They're cheap and they thaw things out pretty quickly.
That or just give the brakes a good whack.
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hell yeah - ya can fix any thing by hitting it real hard with a big ass hammer--
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hell yeah - ya can fix any thing by hitting it real hard with a big ass hammer--
I wouldn't tell your wife that.
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Hot water around the wheels to melt the ground/ice and a tug with the truck.
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hell yeah - ya can fix any thing by hitting it real hard with a big ass hammer--
Yeah, if you can't fix it with a hammer.........it must be electrical !

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Yeah, if you can't fix it with a hammer.........it must be electrical !


...and if it's electrical, just ask me
( inside joke from another thread that some pro sparkers decided to crucify me on )


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Originally Posted by Muffler Bearing View Post
Yeah, if you can't fix it with a hammer.........it must be electrical !

A buddy in the Navy....working electronics, said his best tool was a ball peen hammer.

True story.
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Old 03-16-2014, 02:57 PM
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Drum brakes, shoes rusted to the drums. Pull forward then back up a few times to break them loose Still not loose spray some wd40 in the adjuster hole. Last step is take off wheel and rap the brake drum a few times. Tandem wheel, remove brake tires and pull out of grass then onto solid ground and put tires back on and drive forward and back to break them loose.
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They're not frozen from cold, they're frozen with rust.

The hammer will work, but you'll need to do it directly on the drums.

Typically this happens on unloaded trailers. With the load on the trailer the brakes usually break free.

When the trailer sits, the inside of the drums build enough rust to "freeze" to the shoes.
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Originally Posted by ReelNauti View Post
They're not frozen from cold, they're frozen with rust.

The hammer will work, but you'll need to do it directly on the drums.

Typically this happens on unloaded trailers. With the load on the trailer the brakes usually break free.

When the trailer sits, the inside of the drums build enough rust to "freeze" to the shoes.
This.
Happened to me last Spring, had to rebuild brakes.
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Trailer problems are always a bad ground.

You northern guys are funny.
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