Looking to buy my first tent trailer and think I found a great one
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« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2011, 08:13:18 PM »

Congrats ... Looks great

Ps.  Don't forget the propane tank
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« Reply #16 on: May 09, 2011, 08:32:24 PM »

Rock on! Looks good!
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« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2011, 11:04:11 AM »

Congrats ... Looks great

Ps.  Don't forget the propane tank

What, you need propane??..... :huh: Just kidding, I actually keep the tank in my shed since the trailer is parked in my driveway and I don't want the tank to grow legs. About a week ago I forgot to lock my Tek overnight and someone must have been trying doors - my change was all emptied out and my Garmin Nuvi was gone (although I got it cheap and used so not too bad). Don't know whether to be insulted that they didn't take even one of my CDs  Tongue

No worries, before we head off the tank will be in place. The trailer didn't come with a 12-volt battery, but might get one, although I think I'll always be at an electrical site.
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« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2011, 01:26:54 AM »

Looking good... Althou that trailer is missing a requirement for me.. I need AC for Summer trips, and no where to haul my ATV's! It aint a trip with out those guys..
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« Reply #19 on: May 30, 2011, 07:48:32 AM »

Well, I'm a week late with this update but the inaugural trip with the trailer was excellent! She is easy to pull, after a while I barely noticed it back there and didn't notice any significant increase in gas consumption either. We actually pitched it up on a friend's property right by the water and had better than expected weather - and only a few blackflies  -_-. After getting the air shocks, I was kinda disappointed that I didn't need them - hitched the trailer on, loaded up the car and she was dead level, although we weren't as loaded as we would normally be, so I bet they'll be handy come Canada Day when we're camping for 6 nights at 3 different spots.

Anyway, thanks again for all the info and advice - and I am definitely hooked on this trailer thing (no pun intended). Here's a pic of my new toy all set up - can't wait to hit the road again!  Grin
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« Reply #20 on: June 13, 2017, 02:12:15 PM »

Sorry man, I must have missed your original post.

Trailer hitches are nothing special- you need a class 2 as a minimum, but I would go for a class 3 since it is usually only a few dollars more.  You will need a receiver to match that hith- either a 1 1/4" or a 2'.  I would go for the 2" personally.  Then match the ball to the size you need.  My guess is that it will be a 1 7/8" or 2".  A sway control would be nice, but not absolutely necessary.  It is a plate with another smaller ball that mounts next to the main tow ball.  Then there is an attachment that connects between the smaller ball and a ball mounter on the front side of the trailer frame.  It basically helps keep friction on the trailer so cross winds and drafts from other passing vehicles from blowing the trailer, and ultimately your Tek all around.

Tranny cooler-  I would add it, especially if your BIL is a mechanic.  Part should be about $125, plus labor.  More fluid capacity along with better cooling - I would go for the biggest possible
Hitch, receiver, ball, wire harness- $200-250

Electric brake controller- If the camper has brakes, or if your province requires use- could be $100-200 more.
this module taps into the positive electrical connection of your brake pedal, and then sends an electronic signal back to the trailer brakes.

Air shocks- Less than $100 and an easy DIY project.  U can use a bike pump, or even a small 12v compressor to inflate.  I would add as it does affect steering, and handling if there is too much of a load added to the back of the Tek.

I added air shocks on the Tek, and I added rear air bags on my Sierra in addition to a weight distribution hitch too, since the tongue weight of my Travel Trailer is 850 pounds.  Keeping everything level makes a world of difference.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/MON-MA762MM/      air shock kit
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/BMM-70270/            trans cooler
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/CHT-17200/             sway control
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/CHT-13469/             hitch
http://www.summitracing.com/search/?keyword=brake%20controller&dds=1   brake controller and harness

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/RED-80204/   Antifreeze additive I added to help run cooler temps while towing.

Now , as long as the harness connector is under the left rear of the Tek- you could either go to the dealership, and get the mated connector or you could simply splice and solder the connections.  My Trailer had a 7 way connector which had the brake wires, turn signals, brakes, and a 12v positive out to the trailer for charging the camper battery or running 12 v accessories like the refridge while in transit.

Towing with the Tek, you should just put the shifter in the "3" setting.  The transmission will still go from 1st, 2nd and 3rd, but it will not allow overdrive to engage.  Doing this allows the transmission to run at a more stable RPM and will keep locked in a gear more so then having it move from 3, the 4 and back to 3 every time you take an incline.  This really will heat up the trans, and could cause problems, so leave it in 3.

Hope this helps and I didnt just overwhelm you.

Brian


Hi Brian,

I hope you find this post...the trans cooler you suggested is actually an oil cooler.
http://www.bmracing.com/products/70270-oil-cooler-fits-most-gm-v8s-with-recessed-filter/

Is this correct?  Should I be looking into an oil cooler or transmission cooler for heavy towing?

Thank you,

Kenny
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« Reply #21 on: June 14, 2017, 10:01:03 PM »

PSUAztek you would want this cooler - https://www.amazon.com/Hayden-Automotive-678-Rapid-Cool-Transmission/dp/B000C3DDKO/

Or even this one - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OP2GAP8?psc=1

Installation can be done DIY. Any youtube video would work. You'll also want to get more transmission fluid - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002ZSKBU4/ref=twister_B00ESTO9QK?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

The Best way to get your levels right is to fill it up a little bit, get the car up to operating temps, and then switch from park to drive to reverse and then back to park. Go and check the levels and if you need to, add fluid.
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