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Old 04-12-2013, 08:03 PM   #1
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possible Escape 19 wheel problem

On our way home from last year's fall fishing trip to the eastern Sierras, I noticed a sound coming from what aperared to be the curb side trailer wheels, or at least the curb side of the trailer, on our Escape 19...metallic sound, like a chain dragging on pavement. I pulled over at first chance and checked everything: safety chains (in place and secure), brake away brake cable (in place and secure), wheel hubs (cool to the touch), trailer brakes (working fine, no problem there). I walked around the truck and trailer and found nothing on either vehicle that might be loose or dragging on the ground.
Finding no obvious problem, I continued home without mishap and stored the trailer for the winter, thinking I'd get to it before spring...didn't happen. I'm getting ready for our "season opener" trip to central California and need to convince myself there is no problem or find and fix the problem. Any input would be much appreciated...

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Old 04-12-2013, 08:12 PM   #2
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What year is your trailer. I know a few brakes in '09 had problematic magnets. Reace got me a set still under warranty, and I changed them out when I did my bearings. They had a bit of a squeal sound to them beforehand.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:14 PM   #3
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Is it kind of a rusty low-pitched squeakish-rattlish set of sounds? On our 19 and a number of other 19s produced in the middle of 09, Reace got a shipment of axles with defective brake magnets from Dexter. He heard the noise from ours and other 19s in Bandon at the 2010 gathering, and was all over it. The shoes and clips were dragging on the drum, that will cause damage over time. At his urging, we had our local shop replace the magnets, sending the bill for repayment to Reace, who dealt with Dexter directly. However, if that's your problem and yours is an 09, you're out of warranty....

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However, if that's your problem and yours is an 09, you're out of warranty....
Fortunately, Dexter brake assemblies don't cost very much. I would pull of the wheel and hub/drum and look... and replace the backing plate assembly (which has all the moving bits) if required.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:00 PM   #5
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Escape 19 wheel problem

We picked up our Escape 19 in Chilliwack early in July, 2010. I had the wheel bearings and brakes serviced early in June, 2012. It was about two months later that I started hearing the "dragging chain" sound. What I'm hearing isn't a squeak or squeal, it's the sound of metal banging against a hard surface, like a chain dragging on pavement. I don't hear it when I back up, I hear it when I'm moving forward at low speed. It could be a constant sound with road noise drowning it out at higher speeds, I don't know. My wife has told me she hears a squeal when I back into a camping spot. I'll have to look into that...I doubt the brakes are still under warranty. If I were on the road with a flat tire, I'd call AAA or Good Sam. That not being the case, what's the best way to lift the wheels off the ground for inspection at home...trailer aid or floor jack? Thanks for the input...

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Old 04-15-2013, 08:35 PM   #6
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The cool thing bout the tandem axle arrangement on the 19 is that you can drive a wheel on one side up blocks or a ramp and the other will go airborne. I believe you'll nee about 4"of lift to do so. I've also lifted mine with a floor jack, set on the frame right next to the axle.

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Rich, have you gone to a big parking lot and had one person drive while the other looks on both sides, and then switch places and look some more until you know exactly where it is coming from. And whether just when going forward.

You can use blocks as Bruce says. We have a Trailer Aid which is a little ramp for one wheel to go up onto.
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You could use Cathy's method and ride a bike alongside the trailer which might be easier to keep up with if you have to go faster than a walking pace to hear the noise?
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Or better yet, hang on to a rope tied to the trailer/tow while on the bike so you can hear the sounds at highway speeds.
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Or better yet, hang on to a rope tied to the trailer/tow while on the bike so you can hear the sounds at highway speeds.
Yeah! Just remember, Rich, it was Jim's idea!
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