120km into our trip a woman behind us was beeping and flashing her high beams so slightly annoyed with her impatience I pulled over thinking she wanted to overtake. Her intentions were very different and I was very thankful.
She informed me it had come off about 4km earlier and had gone waaayyy off into a paddock. She said she been trying to get my attention for a while.
We took the caravan off and went back to look for the wayward wheel but couldn’t find a trace of it
My local mechanic took off the damaged drum and located 2 second hand drums, and found out that the magnetic brake coils are no longer available.
I also had the problem of missing one wheel, one of the spares was the wrong stud pattern and the other had the right stud pattern but while the tyre was nearly unused, was over 25 years old and was perishing and leaking air through the cracks. So I needed 2 new rims and tyres and a tyre swap.
After jacking up the caravan to take one of the good mags off I noticed that the hub was loose on the bearing. I am glad I found this now and not when I lost another tyre and in this case hub. this was fixed by turning the axle bolt nearly 2 1/2 turns.
Checking the other 2 hubs 1 needed tightening, which also had a broken piece of split pin floating around with the bearing.
There was also a collection of extra washers stuck in the mag wheel bolt holes I had to remove.