I added another last to my towing sagas today.
I have a new tow vehicle/toy which is a 1996 Discovery ES V8i.
I hitched the rib up to the back, checked the hitch was locked, attached the safety cable, connected the lights and checked them. All OK.
Pulling away down the road I thought that the Disco was struggling a bit more than it should. I was certainly making more of a meal of pulling the boat than the old Rangerover. All in all I was feeling a bit dissapointed.
When I arrived at the filling station 5 miles away, to swell the Chancelors Coffers, I could smell something hot. My immediate thought was that the wheel bearings were on the way out and felt the hubs which were VERY HOT.
Then I saw that
the trailer hand brake was ON.
I never use it at all, even on the drive. Wooden blocks, a wall and the wheel clamp keep it in place. This had me a bit puzzled and I was about to blame the wife/daughter for applying it, when I realised that the brake-away cable must have pulled it on during the sharp right on the way out of the drive.
I had to let them cool for about 15 mins, then run a cold hose over them for about 10 mins a side before they were cool enough to touch.