Monday, March 24, 2014

Ramp strength? Cleanup?


Hi,
   Sorry, I'm not a "blog" person and hope you don't mind an off-line question.   I just bought a used Solo and the tailgate handle is badly rusted.  Can you advise me as to how best to restore this (not so concerned about appearance as function).  Also, the left tail light is out--are these standard bulbs that are available in US?
Best,
Bev 


The tailgate frame is remarkably strong... I can't imagine enough rust to affect the integrity as a loading ramp.      If you want to do-it-yourself you can buy a wire-brush thing that works on an electric drill and take off the rust.


Then rustoleum spray will have it looking decent again.

The hinge is a long rod that goes across the entire ramp (if it is the same as mine...)   I carry a can of WD-40 and spray a bunch into the spaces along the hinge pretty often.  There is no real way to pump grease into it.

Check the three grease fittings at the tongue of the trailer hitch.   two on top, one on bottom.  Those should receive a few pumps couple times each year.

Not sure what light bulbs are in that turn indicator.  Most look like little torpedoes and are available at auto stores.  BMW and AUDI use the same bulbs. The ones pictured below are just a new LED version of the same thing.   The interior lights use the same bulb.



I hope that is a help!

Happy Trails,

Jeff 

Hauling w/o partition? Cleaning? Ramp fix'

Several people wrote this weekend.


Good afternoon, Susan.  Thanks for writing.

Not sure how bad your door is... can you send a photo(s)?   If the door itself isn't bad you may be able to replace just the outside skin.   Let me see a photo and will let you know what I think.

Take a look at this product from Lowes.   I think it is perfect for in a trailer.  I have used it for other applications with high humidity.


Let me know whatever it is that you come up with.

Happy Trails.




Dear Jeff - I purchased a 2009 Brenderup Solo last year.  At the time, there were a few small bubbles on the outside of the loading ramp near the license plate area.  The trailer has been stored outside without cover.  Now, the area below the license plate has broken out of the skin and this looks like moisture damage.  I've ordered replacement storm gasket/liners from Andy in New Hampshire.  I would appreciate any advice you could give me on getting my door repaired.  Andy suggested using marine plyboard or aluminum to replace the outside ramp.  This trailer has has very light use and the inside rubber ramp is in pristine condition.  You help and advice will be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks,


Susan W

Good afternoon, Susan.  Thanks for writing.

Not sure how bad your door is... can you send a photo(s)?   If the door itself isn't bad you may be able to replace just the outside skin.   Let me see a photo and will let you know what I think.

Take a look at this product from Lowes.   I think it is perfect for in a trailer.  I have used it for other applications with high humidity.


Let me know whatever it is that you come up with.

Happy Trails.
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Thanks for asking.   We have done that with no problem...    sorta depends on the horse...   I recommending keeping them tied so that they don't try to turn around or do anything you don't expect.

One thing:   When you take out the divider the trailer walls may expand just a fraction of an inch.   This is not a problem, and nothing is wrong.  When you go to put the divider back you may need to push the walls in till the breast bar drops into place again...   Nuisance, but not really an issue.

Travel safe, and let me know how you make out.

Jeff



Hello Jeff,

I saw your blog online and was curious whether or not it is safe to haul one horse with either using the mare/foal butt bar or taking out the divider and using the one large butt bar in a brenderup baron. Thank you. Rachel

(later:  )
Thanks for your response, my horse is just a small icelandic horse. I will keep her tied. Perhaps it is better to first start with the mare/foal bars before the one large bar? Is NH the only place to really get parts? Do you have any suggestions for washing a brenderup? What is the bear product to use? Being in a rainy climate, I need to remove the green stuff. Thanks again for your help. I just wanted to make sure there would not be any stability issues with removing the divider. Would it be safe to haul two horses who are well acquainted in the trailers without the divider? But not safe to have the trailer backwards as they prefer? Thanks again
--
Rachel C.

Thanks for asking.   We have done that with no problem...    sorta depends on the horse...   I recommending keeping them tied so that they don't try to turn around or do anything you don't expect.

One thing:   When you take out the divider the trailer walls may expand just a fraction of an inch.   This is not a problem, and nothing is wrong.  When you go to put the divider back you may need to push the walls in till the breast bar drops into place again...   Nuisance, but not really an issue.

Travel safe, and let me know how you make out.


Hadn't thought of hauling with horses backward, but it shouldn't matter to the trailer at all.   I have friends who haul several ponies together.

Your horses sound cute!  Send photos of them in the trailer!
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seen on ebay

Elizabethton, Tennessee, United States.  Brenderup Royal HB appearing on eBay.com .   Not my trailer... just one that I receved a link to.

Other related parts are appearing on ebay also.  LINK <<<.  Thank you Paula P. for the info.


Saturday, January 11, 2014

another parts supplier from the UK!

This just in from a UK supplier!!
 
 
Hi Jeff,

We are one of the UK’s largest Brenderup dealers and we are able to supply most parts, we have not sent items out to the US before but I’m sure we can find a courier that can help with this. The only items I think we may struggle to supply are larger items such as ABS lids and Mesh / extension side kits.
As for brake parts, bearings,  dampers etc we hold most of these in stock.
We are in the process of rebuilding or website and we should have most of the parts listed on there in the coming months.

Let me know exactly what parts you required and I can get back to you with some prices


kind regards

Stuart Kirk
Director
Vinten House
Target Business Centre
Bircholt Road
Park Wood Industrial Estate
Maidstone
ME15 9YY
T: 01622 233353
~~~~~~~~~  I am pleased to hear from this vendor and I specifically asked him about the pneumatic lift cylinders for the ramps...   Will let you all know what I hear back.     If you contact this vendor please send feedback so that we can know how well they may be as a supplier.   Jeff

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Any one have owner's Manuals?

There have been several requests for copies of owners manuals of different models and different years.

If you have your manual please try scanning the pages and creating a PDF file or just email them to me as is.   If you don't have a scanner please take a picture of each page in good lighting and send the jpg copies to me at Jeff@KurtzInPA.com

Any that I receive I will post online with links from this blog.

Many Thanks!

Jeff Kurtz
www.BrenderHelp.com

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Another floor repair with 2x6 T&G planks

We (reader Mindy) used 2x6 tongue and groove.  Primed and sealed.  Everything is great!  I have used it a lot the last 3 days.  Only small issue is with the 2x6 t&g it raised the floor raising the door.   Now the pistons don't push the door all the way closed it stops about 3 inches short.  It is very heavy for me to hold shut and latch.  The floor itself looks great.  The guys did a nice job.  Any suggestions for tweaking the door?  Mindy

Me:  Have someone bevel the back edge of the floor down below where the door is interfering.   Forcing that door closed can bend the hinge and the rear door frame.   This could be done with a belt sander, disk grinder or even 30 minutes with a sharp wood chisel.   Happy Trails!   Jeff  (and Thanks for the pics!)












Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Possible alternate supplier from UK.



1/2/14:  Here are possible UK vendors who are interested in shipping individual orders to the USA.:  Listed in order received, no preference given to any.



GT Towing Limited:
Hi Jeff

Happy new Year to you also

We would be happy to despatch goods to you. We would need to full VIN number to obtain prices for parts when required

Many thanks

Regards

Adam


~~~~~~~~   Feedback from one of the blog readers just a few days after I posted this: 
Hi Jeff,
Just wanted to let you know that I ended up ordering through trailer-tek.com.  They were not very helpful with helping me find the exact parts I needed, but I paid $138 (including shipping) for an AK-LO brake shoe kit and 6 safety nuts and they were here in 2 days.  Through Mountain Top it would've been $300+ shipping...ouch.  Here's to hoping I have the right sizes and can get them installed properly!  Thanks for your help and feel free to pass the word on trailer-tek.   Cristin O.  January 9, 2014.   (by Jeff)


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Adam Thurgood Director

GT Towing
Great North Road
Hatfield
Hertfordshire
AL9 5SD
TEL:
01707 262526
FAX:
08714 335662
E-MAIL:
WEB:

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(c) unauthorised use, copying or disclosure of any of it may be unlawful. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender immediately.
G T Towing Limited is registered in England with company number 2583134. Vat Number: 230 1912 12
The registered office of G T Towing Limited is: Great North Road, Welham Green, Nr Hatfield, Herts. AL9 5SD

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TrailerTek:

Hello,
No problem shipping to the US. The shipping cost is calculated at the checkout. We list most running gear parts for Brenderup trailers but if you can't find what you need send the part no. or image and we will try to help.
Thank you for your enquiry and a Happy New Year to you too.
Karl Edan

TrailerTek
 
Warren Farm
Micheldever Station
Winchester
SO21 3AS
 
(01962) 77 49 88
(01962) 795 093

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If you should contact any of these dealers, please let me know the results, particularly pricing and shipping costs.


Jeff Kurtz
www.BrenderHelp.com
570-401-48543

Keep those cards and letters coming!

Link to factory manual <<<

Here's a link to some detail on bearings available on Amazon.com: