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Old 07-21-2017, 06:30 PM   #11
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Valinda, does your trailer look like the one in the photo on the banner? If so, we have virtually the same trailer.
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Old 07-21-2017, 06:38 PM   #12
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Yes! Here's a picture I took just a min. ago. It's been really well taken care of but it does look like it was stored outside for a time as the decals are cracking. Other than that it looks brand new.
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Old 07-21-2017, 06:45 PM   #13
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Yep. That's an X-139. They don't make them anymore. We go the darndest places in ours.

Here is a link to our blog about the trailer:

The LMIC (Look Mom I'm Camping)

And this is our blog about our trips:

Look, Mom, We're Camping!
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Old 07-21-2017, 06:50 PM   #14
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Wow! Thanks for that!! I'll read every word. I just glanced at it and I'm intrigued! I've only put that table down once but it's terribly awkward and overly heavy I think. That first topic looks very interesting!
Also we were thinking of getting LED light bulbs for the trailer right away. Have you seen those? They're supposed to be better on the battery and last for 30 some odd years. You may have mentioned that in your blog but I didn't read it all yet.
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Yes -- there might be a discussion of LEDs in there. And yes, we have gone to all-LED -- a huge savings on electricity. Be sure to get warm color, not cool. Very cheap on ebay.
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Old 07-22-2017, 10:17 AM   #16
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As for the battery, we don't have an electric brake controller on our car so it wouldn't matter anyway. We're looking into getting that installed but it might not be a problem as we're towing a 14ft. Fun Finder behind a minivan.
Most states require that trailers over 3000 lbs (or less depending on the state) have trailer brakes. Some also require that those brakes be capable of being applied by the driver independently of tow vehicle brakes - meaning a brake controller. Not sure what the X-139 weighs but it's probably at least 3000 lbs.

And for the emergency breakaway brakes, a controller isn't required. There is supposed to be a cable that you attach to the tow vehicle that gets pulled if the trailer and TV get separated that directly connects the battery to the brakes and activates them. If you don't have that cable you need to get it reinstalled. Of course the chances that the trailer ever comes off the TV are pretty slim, but most states require that you have it.

It's not hard to install a brake controller if you're handy. Etrailer is good place to find what you need. And of course plenty of folks here can help if you need advice. Happy camping!
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Old 07-22-2017, 12:22 PM   #17
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Hello! Congratulations. Do you know how old your tires are? They have a date stamp on them...week and year of manufacture. Trailer tires can look fine but be unsafe. Five years is some owners rule of thumb. Also bearings. Wheel bearings need to be repacked at intervals. Dry wheel bearings can cause fires. Both of these items are number one for highway safety. A blown tire can spell disaster. Sorry to preach. Also matching the tow vehicle to the RV, of course weightwise.
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Yes our little trailer is under the weight limit. However my husband IS getting the the brake system working before we take it out. The trailer is well under the weigh limit for our tow vehicle. And the tires still have the vent spews on them (new tire hair) So I THINK they should be OK. But I have no idea how old they actually are. I couldn't see any date stamp on them.

Thank you all so much for your responses! I appreciate all this advice very much!

Just another question. Our minivan (which we use to to the trailer) usually gets around 30mpg. Towing the trailer it was getting 12 to 13mpg. Given that the trailer has such FLAT front and back this isn't that surprising I guess. It is definitely NOT slipping through the air stream! Has anyone tried to put any kind of aerodynamics on it? You see trucks with those metal extension panels on their backs to help them get better mileage. Has anyone every tried anything to make these trailers get better mileage? What kind of mileage is everyone getting?
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Someone once said on here, and we firmly believe it, is no matter what you tow with what you will get anywhere from 9 to 12 miles per gallon. That excludes the big behemoth type A's of course. We're getting just over 12 with our rig. About the same as we got with our Jeep Liberty pulling the 189FF. Two very different rigs. Mountain terrain and wind will make a difference of course. We have hills, but no mountains. Your van is a big sail. But spacious. We loved our Town & Country but it wouldn't have done well with our 189FF.
The date stamp is on the sidewall. Two digit Week first and year after. It will say " DOTxxxx"(Week/year).
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Here is an article with pictures about where the tire date stamp is and how to read it.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiret....jsp?techid=11

and here:

http://www.continental-tires.com/car...wledge/lex-1-2
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