New to the forum. My wife and I are inheriting her father's 1954 (we think, could be 53) Spartan Manor. It is located in rural CO and we are in MA. The trailer hasn't moved in at least 40 years and I am trying to anticipate the various problem points in terms of getting it rolling . Brakes and bearings are high on my list. Can anyone share intel on these systems? Are the bearings compatible with contemporary wheel bearings, so if they need to be replaced we can source from a chain automotive supply? Where can I source brake components? Any advice is most welcome.
I just went through bearing and brake updates for my trailer that was made in 1961. Short of finding an owner of a 53/54 Spartan Manor with incredible recall of their setup you're unfortunately going to need to check things out in person.
The brakes, bearings, hubs and axles on these old trailers are all matched to each other and modern replacement parts/assemblies that will work with the original parts are virtually non existent. If all of the original parts are there and in good condition you might be able to rebuild the brakes (and get them working with a modern controller), repack the existing bearings (replacements might be available), get new tires and have the trailer inspected by someone that knows what they're doing to confirm it's roadworthy. Be warned this is a LOT of work and unless you have done it before not advised.
If you want to get this trailer from rural CO to somewhere in MA I would highly suggest you have a local CO shop get it roadworthy first or get it on a flatbed. Unless you're an accomplished mechanic with all the tools and knowledge this could turn into a very difficult/frustrating adventure. Above all - make sure it is roadworthy and safe before towing!!!
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