Homesteader single axle trailers are equipped with a 2″ coupler
standard. Tandem axle trailers are equipped with a 2 5/16″ coupler.
Trailers that do not have brakes come equipped with a 4-way flat connector. Trailers with brakes have a 7-way R.V. style light connector. This is unless the trailers have been equipped with surge brakes, in which case there would be a 4-way flat connector.
All trailers have a stated GVWR or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. This weight is the amount that can safely be loaded into the trailer,including the trailer weight. In other words, to calculate how much you may haul, you should subtract the weight of the trailer from the GVWR.
This question should be posed to your Find A Dealer who will assist you in acquiring a trailer which is suitable to your needs. There are many options available to equip your new Homesteader with the appropriate equipment for your requirements.
All tandem axle trailers built by Homesteader come equipped with 4-wheel electric brakes. Single axle trailers, however, have brakes as optional equipment. According to the size of your tow vehicle and the weight of your cargo, you may decide that brakes would be a good option for you. Of course, brakes provide greater stopping power that might be needed for your load conditions.
A. Upon your purchase of a new Homesteader trailer, it is imperative that you check your lug nuts for tightness. Rims on trailers must become seated to the hub of your trailer. Lug nuts may work loose on your new trailer. To be safe check your lug nuts upon initial purchase and then every 50 miles until the rim has seated to the hub.
B. Trailer axle hubs require lubrication. Most Homesteader trailers are equipped with EZ-lube or Accu Lube Hubs. These hubs are equipped with a grease zerk located behind a rubber plug on the front of the axle hub. To lubricate your hub simply remove the rubber plug and apply Lithium Complex #2 grease through the zerk. When you visibly see motion in the grease, discontinue application. Reinsert rubber plug. Check hub lubrication every 6 months or 10,000 miles, whichever comes first. For trailers that do not have EZ-lube hubs, the hub must be pulled and packed with grease. The maintenance schedule would be the same as above.
C. Lights should be checked before each use. Your new
Homesteader trailer has been checked at the factory to insure that all of the lights are working properly; however, bulbs may blow or wires may become frayed or broken as trailers are used.
D. If your trailer is equipped with brakes, check to make certain that they are operable before each use.
E. Check tires before each use. Tire life expectancy is dependent upon proper tire inflation. Recommended tire pressure is
found on the sidewall of the tire. Check tires for cuts, flat spots, or dry rot periodically.
F. Your trailer coupler is a very important component on your Homesteader trailer. Couplers should be checked before each use to insure safe towing. Check coupler for excessive wear, broken or bent components, and proper fit. To extend the life of your coupler add grease to the socket of the coupler to reduce wear. Always make sure that the proper ball size is used on your tow vehicle. Check to make certain that your coupler, is properly latched before each tow.
G. Axle bolts should be checked periodically to insure that no parts have been broken or have worked loose.
H. Sealants should be checked every 6 months or as needed for cracks or breaks. For cracks or breaks in seals, simply
reapply a silicone sealant to the affected area.
I. Periodically check the screws on your trailer to insure that road vibration has not worked any of them loose.
Your Homesteader trailer is manufactured to give years of service. To extend the life expectancy of the exterior appearance of your Homesteader trailer regular cleaning is recommended. The use of a mild soap or automotive car wash formula is recommended for external washing. The aluminum skin on our quality enclosed trailers has a baked on enamel finish. This finish will have a longer life if it is cleaned regularly and waxed periodically. Use an automotive wax to protect the finish of your trailer from the elements.
Several different colors are available in the Hercules and Challenger Series. They include the standard White, Coke Red, Charcoal Gray, Jet Black, and Beige.
The exact color may be different depending on your monitor settings.
To help better serve you the customer, purchases of Homesteader products are directed through an authorized Homesteader dealer. They are well equipped to meet your needs. To find a authorized Homesteader
dealer, visit our Find a Dealer Area.
Your local dealer is able to supply you with the parts that you need.
This is a question only your dealer can help you with. Different states have different laws regarding what kind of license is required. Please consult your dealer about this and other laws in your state.
There are over 200 Homesteader dealerships throughout the United States to serve you. To find a authorized Homesteader dealer visit the Find a Dealer area on this site.
- The first number of the model number is the width of the trailer.
- The second and third number is the length of the trailer.
- The first letter is the series of the trailer.
- The last letter determines if it is a single or tandem axle.
For example a 512HS means that it is 5 ft., 12 ft. long and it is a model from the Hercules series and it has a single axle. For more information click on the “Model Break Down” button on each of the models in our on-line catalogue.
Spare tires are available as well as spare tire carriers. The spare tire carrier is attached to the front tongue which allows for easy access.
To assist you in your towing needs, there are several axle styles available. This includes axles with electric brakes or surge brakes.
Some models offer upgrades in load capacity. Talk to your dealer to make sure that your axle meets your needs.
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