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Postby Dave Nathanson » Fri Sep 16, 2005 4:36 am

Hey, does anyone know what kind of axle odometer is availalbe to put on a TD? Is that even what they are called? Hubodometer? I just thought it would be sort of cool to know how many miles are on it, instead of a wild guess. Good to know when to grease the hubs too. I just got a Northern Tools master catalog, but didn't see any axle odometers or mileage meters of any similar kind. Ideally, I'm hoping this would be an easy bolt on deal.
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Re: axle odometer

Postby Joseph » Fri Sep 16, 2005 5:24 am

Dave Nathanson wrote:Hey, does anyone know what kind of axle odometer is availalbe to put on a TD?

I don't believe there is such a thing, probably because everyone already has an odometer for their trailer - it's in the tow vehicle. Most trailer haulers who are interested in the mileage on their trailer (such as myself) keep a log of miles traveled with the trailer.

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Postby demtears » Fri Sep 16, 2005 5:55 am

Dave.
I was thinking about the same thing, I came across in a local bicycle shop an odometer with a remote pickup that attaches to the wheel and the receiver or counter could be installed on the inside of the camper. I dont know how accurate this would be and if it would count hiway speed I haven't researched into yet but I would like to know distanced the tear traveled and to incorporate it into my build.

JUST A THOUGHT! :thinking:
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Postby TomS » Fri Sep 16, 2005 6:19 am

demtears wrote:Dave.
I was thinking about the same thing, I came across in a local bicycle shop an odometer with a remote pickup that attaches to the wheel and the receiver or counter could be installed on the inside of the camper. I dont know how accurate this would be and if it would count hiway speed I haven't researched into yet but I would like to know distanced the tear traveled and to incorporate it into my build.

JUST A THOUGHT! :thinking:


Being a cyclist, I am familiar with cyclo computers. They use a magnet attached to a wheel spoke, usually on a front wheel. A pickup is mounted to the frame. The computer work counting the number of times the magnet passes the pickup.

Cyclo computers need to be calibrated for your wheel circumferance. I figure this by marking a line on the wheel and rolling it along a measuring tape. You'll need to make sure the computer supports your wheel diameter including the tire. If you can find one that supports your wheel diameter, I don't see any reason why they wouldn't work on a tear drop.

Installation may be tricky. You'll have to do some fabrication to adapt it to your teer. The magnet needs to pass very close to the pickup for it to work. And, the pickup wires are very fragile. I use wireless cyclocomputers on my bikes to avoid that problem.

Besides acting as an odomoter, they can tell you trip distance, average speed, total trip time, etc. They start at around $20. You can get them at any bike shop or online at Bike Nashbar
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Postby demtears » Fri Sep 16, 2005 6:43 am

thank's tom!
thank's for the info it's nice to know it is possible I was considering the wireless type. :thumbsup:
now if I can only fabricate a bracket! to put my car's odometer on my bike. :lol:
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Postby TomS » Fri Sep 16, 2005 7:56 am

demtears wrote:thank's tom!
thank's for the info it's nice to know it is possible I was considering the wireless type. :thumbsup:
now if I can only fabricate a bracket! to put my car's odometer on my bike. :lol:


I've never actually adaped a cyclo computer for use on a tear. But, for $20 and a few hours of your time, I guess its worth the gamble.
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Postby Joseph » Fri Sep 16, 2005 8:23 am

TomS wrote:I've never actually adaped a cyclo computer for use on a tear. But, for $20 and a few hours of your time, I guess its worth the gamble.

Well, to each his own. I'll stick to my truck's odometer since I'd much rather spend that twenty bucks on good whisky and spend those few hours of my time drinking it... :tipsy:

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Postby Nitetimes » Fri Sep 16, 2005 9:36 am

Try at a truck stop or truck service centers. I know they still use those hub odometers on semi trailers. If they don't have them they can prolly point you in the right direction.
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Postby bledsoe3 » Fri Sep 16, 2005 10:45 am

Joseph wrote:[Well, to each his own. I'll stick to my truck's odometer since I'd much rather spend that twenty bucks on good whisky and spend those few hours of my time drinking it... :tipsy:

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Postby Dave Nathanson » Fri Sep 16, 2005 11:23 am

Well, I googled around and didn't find a lot, but here's a picture at least. eBay is good for that.
http://search.ebay.com/hubodometer
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here's a mention by someone who found what he was looking for;
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fusea ... 489080.cfm

BUt I can see that it's crucial to get one that is calibrated for your tire size. The eBay sales don't mention that (much).

Looks like this item is more rare than I expected! Stemco & VEEDER-ROOT are the 2 brand names.
Hmmm...
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Postby angib » Fri Sep 16, 2005 3:41 pm

A cycle computer should work well in this application. They get used on some motorbikes and the 'Sigma' brand seem to have the best speed ratings - certainly they work to well over 100mph.

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Postby Ma3tt » Fri Sep 16, 2005 6:13 pm

I got my bike up to 67 mph once, at least according to my little speedometer. And after calibrating it to how white my knuckles were I'd say it was correct. I dont think the wireless ones will work, the transmitters are very week they only have to goa about 2 feet through clean air. Our metal exteriors will block that. but the wire is very small.
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Postby cracker39 » Fri Sep 16, 2005 6:31 pm

I didn't see whre anyone mentioned wheel travel up and down over bumps. If the pickup is mounted to the chassis, the wheel bounce might affect the pickup as the magnet will change position when the wheel moves up and down. Personally, I'd just keep a log from the tow vehicle's trip odometer.
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Postby demtears » Fri Sep 16, 2005 6:37 pm

Thank's guy's!
and that's moving on a bike Ma3tt!
For the trouble I think I will give it a try, I would just like to keep a log when my build is complete on mileage the actual trailer travels, rather then overall distance of the tow vehicle, Im to lazy to keep a log everytime I disconnect my trailer and drive around sightseeing or picking up supplies when I get to my destination.
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Postby demtears » Fri Sep 16, 2005 6:45 pm

cracker39 wrote:I didn't see whre anyone mentioned wheel travel up and down over bumps. If the pickup is mounted to the chassis, the wheel bounce might affect the pickup as the magnet will change position when the wheel moves up and down. Personally, I'd just keep a log from the tow vehicle's trip odometer.



On my flexiride axle there's mounting holes for brake's if needed! since I wouldn't be needing brakes, I would mount a small bracket with the transmitter! And the magnet on wheel rim then the distance would always be the same. :thumbsup:
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