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Old 06-18-2018, 07:58 AM   #1
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Waste tote blow out!

There's a reason you're not supposed to tow a waste tote faster than 5 MPH. Especially since I bought the large 32 gallon tote. That's about 266 lbs when full. Given the cheap plastic wheels with no bearings it is designed to fail! The dump station was about 2 miles away and we made it 100 yards away before meltdown. See first picture. It was a chore but we got it there eventually.

So I went to Tractor Supply and bought two replacement 8" steel hub wheels with bearings and 4 bearing collars. Using the same axle, I packed the new wheels with grease and sandwiched the wheels at each end of the axle. Second trip was a "smooth move".Click image for larger version

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Designed to sell, not use. At least you did not drag a hole in tank...
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I did not even think these were designed to be towed anywhere but rather taken by hand to the nearest outhouse or similar. Are you saying you towed this behind a vehicle to a destination a mile or more?
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Probably stayed under 65 mph....... :-)
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Mine is designed to be towed....
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530ktm - the literature says they're towable but the design says differently! Even comes with a tow hitch adapter. But......tow no faster than walking speed....because the friction from the lack of a wheel bearing will melt the plastic rim. $30 dollars in parts from Tractor Supply and problem solved.
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Harbor Freight also has a supply of wheels....
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Northern Tool carries the 6" bearing wheels for the front. The rear ones are easier to find.
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Whew! Glad you found a good solution.

The title of the thread was almost making not want to open it to see what the problem was you were having.
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Good job and thanks for taking the time to share and show pics. I've been wanting to change mine out.
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Are you sure that the tire/wheel wasn't over seven years old?
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Are you sure that the tire/wheel wasn't over seven years old?
Could have been low tire pressure.
Consider TPMS.
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The tires on mine were petrified!.....solid and hard as a rock!
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I've thought about starting a thread to share your bad dumping experiences but I didn't know how well that would go over due to the subject matter. With the movie RV with Robin Williams some believe that is how it really is, with it spraying a mile into the air. Everyone has had their share of them no matter how careful or experienced. I have my story, maybe one day it'll be heard.
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