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New Kaufman trailer. Very Disappointed.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:03 pm    Post subject: New Kaufman trailer. Very Disappointed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Guys i recently bought a kaufman 20' 14K trailer. I must say this is the worst trailer ive owned. I have a 2008 F250 and have pulled my ford 3910 tractor and bush hog many times on 3 different trailers. It has always pulled and towed great. However with this new trailer it jerks and bucks truck like theres no tomorrow. What could cause this harsh towing? Driving me crazy. The other trailers were 18 footers. Please help.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:31 pm    Post subject: Re: New Kaufman trailer. Very Disappointed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

maybe it's in where the load is sitting on the
trailer.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:58 pm    Post subject: Re: New Kaufman trailer. Very Disappointed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Sounds like you might need to move weight foreward a little.Is the trailer a pintal hitch they can be jerky. If you can't find out whats wrong you may have to call factory. A friend of mine bought a tri axle for his cabin cruiser. That trailer was all over the road after you hit 45 mph.It went back to factory for two weeks. they put a complete new hanggers ,springs and axles under it . It tracks great now.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:21 pm    Post subject: Re: New Kaufman trailer. Very Disappointed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I agree, move the weight forward just a bit and I'll bet you notice a big difference. Play with it moving it just a little at a time, you'll find your "sweet spot" again
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:31 am    Post subject: Re: New Kaufman trailer. Very Disappointed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Thanks for the info. Its not a goose neck or 5th wheel setup so it must be a p tal type. Again i have towed several other times with other trailers and no issues. It almost feels like engine is missing when i go up hills if that makes sense. Anyway i will try push weight more forward but think i tried this already. It sure wouldt hurt to try again though. Thanks
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:15 am    Post subject: Re: New Kaufman trailer. Very Disappointed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Guys one other thing i forgot to mention is that even when empty it still bucks and jerks. Not as bad but still very nerveracking. Is this normal?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:18 am    Post subject: Re: New Kaufman trailer. Very Disappointed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

FordManiac wrote:
(quoted from post at 06:15:21 07/17/12)
Guys one other thing i forgot to mention is that even when empty it still bucks and jerks. Not as bad but still very nerveracking. Is this normal?


No, it is not normal. I'd be talking to the dealer.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:12 am    Post subject: Re: New Kaufman trailer. Very Disappointed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Makes me wonder if someone didn't get things square with the axels.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:26 am    Post subject: Re: New Kaufman trailer. Very Disappointed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Me too and wish i would have taken it in before warrenty expired. Only used it once the first year and figured it was just how it was loaded. Also had extreme vibration issues and took it to tire place to discover tires and wheels way out of balance. It took a crazy amount of weight to get them even close to balanced. So i called Kaufman and they said they use low end wheels and tires and do not balance them. I was surprised the service manager even told me that. To be honest i would not buy another piece of equipment from this company. Disappointing considering they are close to me.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:37 am    Post subject: Re: New Kaufman trailer. Very Disappointed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Sounds like one or more of the axles are not square.

I would measure from a center point on the front of the trailer to the side of each axle near the frame.

If they are not the same measurement the axle (s) are not square. If they are not square with the frame the axles will fight each other loaded or not.

On the bright side the fix should be fairly easy. Cut the spring mounts off the frame, adjust the new mounts for square and weld them on the frame

Good luck,

Brad
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:44 am    Post subject: Re: New Kaufman trailer. Very Disappointed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Thanks Brad. Also i just called Kaufman service and he said since its over a year old he couldnt help me but recommended another company for service. He thought it was a tire issue but i dont agree with that. The axle alignment seems more viable to me.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:50 am    Post subject: Re: New Kaufman trailer. Very Disappointed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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Thanks Brad. Also i just called Kaufman service and he said since its over a year old he couldnt help me but recommended another company for service. He thought it was a tire issue but i dont agree with that. The axle alignment seems more viable to me.


In any event, thank you for sharing the customer service philosopy of Kaufmann trailers.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:00 pm    Post subject: Re: New Kaufman trailer. Very Disappointed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Kaufmann advertises as selling their product at Low, Factory Direct Prices. Maybe you get what you pay for.......

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:42 pm    Post subject: Re: New Kaufman trailer. Very Disappointed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Iowa Jim wrote:
(quoted from post at 14:00:41 07/17/12) Kaufmann advertises as selling their product at Low, Factory Direct Prices. Maybe you get what you pay for.......

Jim


Yes you normally do. Today i also looked at customer reviews a complaints like BBB etc and found they dont have a good track record. Will do my research next time.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:47 pm    Post subject: Re: New Kaufman trailer. Very Disappointed. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

FordManiac wrote:
(quoted from post at 14:42:01 07/17/12)
Iowa Jim wrote:
(quoted from post at 14:00:41 07/17/12) Kaufmann advertises as selling their product at Low, Factory Direct Prices. Maybe you get what you pay for.......

Jim


Yes you normally do. Today i also looked at customer reviews a complaints like BBB etc and found they dont have a good track record. Will do my research next time.


Sorry to hear that. It is most frustrating when you buy something and it doesn't perform as expected.
 
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