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Old 06-17-2019, 06:12 AM   #1
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Tracking Mileage on Towable

In shopping for a used trailer I see mileage posted in the RV trader adds. How do they come up with that number. Should I be keeping a log of TV mileage?
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Guesstimate. I've never considered "mileage" on a trailer either when buying, selling, or trading.
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Old 06-17-2019, 08:24 AM   #3
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The factory brake controllers on both my RAM and now my F-250 track miles towed as part of the stored trailer configuration. Unlike the RAM though, the F-250 can continue to accumulate miles if you don't properly deactivate the trailer when it's unhooked. At the very least I note the mileage off the brake controller at the end of each season for maintenance purposes.
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You need to be keeping up with mileage on your trailer so you'll know when to preform axle service, how many miles are on the tires, etc. I keep a spread sheet on our trips yearly, including days camped, location, total mileage. I also insert other items of interest like "Added 2nd A/C", or "Replaced WH anode rod" and other maintenance items.
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My 2014 F350 tracks mileage of different trailers. It uses the trailer brake controller to activate. If a trailer is hooked up, it records the mileage to whichever trailer I have selected. In my case, my TT is pretty much the only one I tow, so I never have to change it. I'm a full timer, so it's hard to have multiple trailers. If you still have your S&B, and have a few trailers, it might be harder for you to keep track.


That being said, mileage wouldn't be a concern for any towable RV I purchase. I've never tracked it before and only do it now because it's practically automatic.
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I don't get concerned about mileage on a towable when buying. But of course I do when needing to keep track of maintenance schedule. Though I actually go by time not mileage since I only put on a couple thousand miles each year. (so far)
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Iím full time and travel a lot. I just service my axels once a year no matter what. Buying? Donít care about mileage. I would just do an overall look.
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I keep track of miles my toad is towed. I use a spreadsheet of all the maintenance performed on all my vehicles. For the toad, I have an additional tab named TOAD where I record the number of miles the vehicle was being towed. I get that from the number of miles the motorhome has traveled. i.e. whenever my MH is traveling, it normally has the toad behind it.

I suspect you could do something similar with the trailer and the TV.
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I find it easiest to simply log where and when I tow in a little logbook I keep in the RV. If need be I can go and look up the mileage, not accurate to the tenth of a mile but certainly close enough for me.
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I never considered mileage when buying a used trailer however, I did keep a log on mine so I could better keep up with axle and tire service. It was easy for me as I kept a record on the TV and just transferred the TT mileage to its sheet.

Would estimate that the average person selling their TT is guesstamating the mileage. (Is that a word?) LOL

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Mileage for trailers is a not issue at the DMV when getting title and tags.

As for my trailer, it's named on my integrated brake controller. When I plug the trailer to the truck, it activates. Currently, it has 21 thousand miles on it.
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Thank you all for your advice and info. I Had the OEM controller installed and I see the mileage feature on it. Go to pick up the new trailer tomorrow.
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Thank you all for your advice and info. I Had the OEM controller installed and I see the mileage feature on it. Go to pick up the new trailer tomorrow.
You will just need to make sure the named trailer is the one that shows up after plugging in the trailer. Most likely it will always come to that trailer, but you would want to make sure each time. Then the mileage will be pretty close all the time.
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