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Craftsman 220 User Manual

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Metal Fold-Up Utility Trailer
Model No. 0220
Sears Item No. 123.24201
User's Manual and Maintenance Guide
Please call 1-800-422-3865
Call 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (Central Standard Time)
Store this manual in the glove compartment of your tow vehicle.
Warning: For safe operation of this trailer, be sure to read all
instructions and warnings. Failure to follow instructions and
warnings could result in property damage, serious injury and death.

Instruction No. 1028859 D


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    Metal Fold-Up Utility Trailer Model No. 0220 Sears Item No. 123.24201 User’s Manual and Maintenance Guide Questions? Please call 1-800-422-3865 DO NOT RETURN TO THE STORE Call 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (Central Standard Time) Store this manual in the glove compartment of your tow vehicle.

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    Craftsman Metal Fold-Up Utility Trailer This User’s Manual contains safety information and instructions for your trailer. You must read this manual before loading or towing your trailer. You must follow all safety precautions and instructions. For parts and service, call our customer service line at: 1-800-422-3865...

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    SeCTIoN 1: SAFeTy INFoRMATIoN SeCTIoN 2: TRAIleR PARTS & HARdWARe SeCTIoN 3: FIRST-TIMe SeT-UP ReqUIReMeNTS SeCTIoN 4: TRAIleR SeTUP SeCTIoN 5: CoUPlING To THe ToW VeHICle 5.1 Using an Adequate Tow Vehicle and Hitch 5.2 Coupling and Uncoupling the Trailer 5.2.1 Trailer with Ball-Hitch Coupler Before coupling the trailer to the tow vehicle Prepare the coupler and hitch...

  • Page 5 Loading the Trailer SeCTIoN 8: CHeCK TRAIleR beFoRe & dURING ToWING SeCTIoN 9: bReAKING IN A NeW TRAIleR SeCTIoN 10: MAINTeNANCe 10.1 Inspection, Service & Maintenance Summary Charts 10.2 Inspection and Service Instructions 10.2.1 Axle Bolts, Frame, Suspension, & Structure 10.2.2 Trailer Structure Fasteners and Frame Members Welds...

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  • Page 7: Section 1: Safety Information

    SeCTIoN 1: SAFeTy INFoRMATIoN SAFeTy AleRT SyMbolS ANd SIGNAl WoRdS The level of risk is indicated by the following signal words: SIGNAl WoRdS Warning Caution If a label becomes unreadable, you can re-order them from Customer Service: Warning labels & locations The safety information in this manual is denoted by the safety alert symbol:...

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    lug Nuts and Tire Pressure WArninG Tire, wheel or lug nut failure can cause loss of control. before towing, you must CHeCK: 1. Tire pressure and tread. 2. Tires and wheels for damage. 3. Lug nuts for tightness. For new and remounted wheels, Retighten lug nuts at the first 10, 25 and 50 miles of driving.

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    Coupler, load Weight and distribution and electrical Connections WARNING ADVERTENCIA WARNING Uncoupling will cause trailer to come loose from tow vehicle. You must: open Attach hooks to tow vehicle 1. ChECk that ball load rating is same or greater than coupler load rating. sujetar los ganchos al vehículo remolcador Abierto Closed...

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    Tire and loading Information No re-orders Always check tire pressure to ensure optimum life and performance from your tires. The tires that came with your trailer should have a tire pressure of 80 psi. Sears, Roebuck and Co. cannot be held responsible for damages caused by uneven tread wear and blow outs from an under-inflated or over-inflated tire.

  • Page 11: Section 2: Trailer Parts & Hardware

    SeCTIoN 2: TRAIleR PARTS & Before beginning assembly, inventory all parts using the Parts List and the Hard- ware Identifier (below). If all parts are not present, do NOT assemble the trailer. Call 1-800-422-3865. HARdWARe IdeNTIFIeR TOOLS NEEDED (NOT INCLUDED) 1.

  • Page 12: Section 3: First-time Set-up Requirements

    FIRST-TIMe SeT-UP ReqUIReMeNTS lug Nuts: Tightening Sequence, Torque Requirements • Before unfolding your Trailer, remove the plastic Zip Tie holding the Locking Pin to the Tongue of the Trailer. Do not cut the Lanyard. Lug nuts are prone to loosen after initial installation possibly causing the wheel to separate from the trailer leading to property damage, death or serious injury.

  • Page 13: Connecting The Electrical Cables

    Connecting Temporary license Plate If your state requires a temporary license on your trailer, secure the license to the license plate holder located on the left blinker before towing your trailer home. Note: Before leaving the dealer, ensure you have the Manufacturers Certificate of Origin (Title) signed over to you.

  • Page 14: Section 4: Trailer Setup

    TRAIleR SeTUP Hardware Used: *Not actual size Before towing your trailer home you must first unfold it and assemble the front and rear panels. 4.1 Before unfolding your Trailer, remove the plastic Zip Tie holding the locking Pin to the Tongue of the Trailer. Do not cut the Lanyard. 4.2 Tilt the front of the Trailer upward and lower the Assist Wheel to the ground.

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    With the right side of the Trailer resting on the Assist Wheel, you can now unfold the Trailer. 4.4 Remove the Hand Crank (Ab) from the clips just inside wall of the Trailer. Note: You may need to remove the Gate/Ramp to access the Hand Crank from the insde wall of the Trailer.

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    4.7 Remove the Cotter Key (Ae) from the locking Pin (Ad) and insert the locking Pin into the bed Pin Retainer and through the Tongue. Note: If the holes in the Bed Pin Retainer and Tongue do not align, you must fully unfold the trailer.

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    4.9 After unfolding the Trailer, lift up on the front of the Trailer and retract the Assist Wheel. ALWAYS load and tow the Trailer while the Assist Wheel is up. Failure to heed this warning could result in permanent damage to the Assist Wheel and void warranty.

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    4.12 Use the Front and Rear Gates as ramps. Simply remove each Gate and place the ends into the channel at the rear of the Trailer Bed. Only load Trailer while it is connected to the Tow Vehicle or Trailer could tip causing property damage, possible injury or death.

  • Page 19: Section 5: Coupling To The Tow Vehicle

    SeCTIoN 5: CoUPlING To THe ToW VeHICle ATTACHING THe TRAIleR To ToW VeHICle you must follow all of the safety precautions and instructions in this manual to ensure safety of persons, cargo, and satisfactory life of the trailer. 5.1 Warning: Using an Adequate Tow Vehicle and Hitch If the vehicle or hitch is not properly selected and matched to the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of your trailer, you can cause an accident that could lead to death or serious injury.

  • Page 20: Before Coupling The Trailer To The Tow Vehicle

    than that of your trailer. Also, the ball size must be the same as the coupler size. If the hitch ball is too small, too large, is underrated, is loose or is worn, the trailer can come loose from the tow vehicle, and may cause death or serious injury. THE TOW VEHICLE, HITCH AND BALL MUST HAVE A RATED TOWING CAPACITY EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN THE TRAILER GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING (GVWR).

  • Page 21: Rigging The Safety Chains

    • Insert a pin or lock through the hole in the locking mechanism. • Ensure the coupler is all the way on the hitch ball and the locking mechanism is engaged. • Lower the trailer so that its entire tongue weight is held by the hitch. Push the safety latch downward to a horizontal position to lock it in place.

  • Page 22: Connecting The Electrical Cables

    Improper rigging of the safety chains can result in loss of control of the trailer and the tow vehicle, leading to death or serious injury, if the trailer uncouples from the tow vehicle. • Fasten chains to frame of tow vehicle. Do not fasten chains to any part of the hitch unless the hitch has holes or loops specifically for that purpose.

  • Page 23: Uncoupling The Trailer

    Note: If your connector does not look like the one pictured, you need to purchase an adapter. From Trailer From Trailer Check the connection periodically to ensure tail and break lights function properly. Failure to follow this warning could result in property damage, personal injury and death.

  • Page 24: Section 6: Tire & Safety Information

    INFoRMATIoN CHeCKING & CHANGING TIReS 6.1 determining Correct load limit – Trailer 6.1.1 Trailers 10,000 Pounds GVWR or less 1. Locate the statement, “The weight of cargo should never exceed XXX kg or XXX lb.,” on your vehicle’s placard. 2. This figure equals the available amount of cargo and luggage load capacity. 3.

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    Carcass: The tire structure, except tread and sidewall rubber which, when inflated, bears the load. Chunking: The breaking away of pieces of the tread or sidewall. Cold inflation pressure: The pressure in the tire before you drive. Cord: The strands forming the plies in the tire. Cord separation: The parting of cords from adjacent rubber compounds.

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    the roadway to the vehicle, generates the tractive forces that provide the directional control of the vehicle and does not rely on the containment of any gas or fluid for providing those functions. Non-pneumatic tire assembly: A non-pneumatic tire, alone or in combination with a wheel or wheel center member, which can be mounted on a vehicle.

  • Page 27: Tire Safety - Everything Rides On It

    appropriate for use with that tire. Tread: That portion of a tire that comes into contact with the road. Tread rib: A tread section running circumferentially around a tire. Tread separation: Pulling away of the tread from the tire carcass. Tread-wear indicators (TWI): The projections within the principal grooves designed to give a visual indication of the degrees of wear of the tread.

  • Page 28: Safety First-basic Tire Maintenance

    • Uniform Tire Quality Grading System • Fundamental characteristics of tires • Tire safety tips. Use this information to make tire safety a regular part of your vehicle maintenance routine. Recognize that the time you spend is minimal compared with the inconvenience and safety consequences of a flat tire or other tire failure.

  • Page 29: Checking Tire Pressure

    6.4.4 Checking tire pressure It is important to check your vehicle’s tire pressure at least once a month for the following reasons: • Most tires may naturally lose air over time. • Tires can lose air suddenly if you drive over a pothole or other object or if you strike the curb when parking.

  • Page 30: Tire Tread

    replacing to find this information. If you have any doubt about the correct size to choose, consult with the tire dealer. 6.4.7 Tire tread The tire tread provides the gripping action and traction that prevent your vehicle from slipping or sliding, especially when the road is wet or icy. In general, tires are not safe and should be replaced when the tread is worn down to 1/16 of an inch.

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    Ratio of height to width (aspect ratio) Nominal width of tire in millimeters Passenger car tire Max. permissable inflation pressure Treadwear, traction and temperature grades P: The “P” indicates the tire is for passenger vehicles. Next number: This three-digit number gives the width in millimeters of the tire from sidewall edge to sidewall edge.

  • Page 32: Utqgs Information

    federal standards. The next two numbers or letters are the plant code where it was manufactured, and the last four numbers represent the week and year the tire was built. For example, the numbers 3197 means the 31st week of 1997. The other numbers are marketing codes used at the manufacturer’s discretion.

  • Page 33: Tire Safety Tips

    Tires for light trucks have other markings besides those found on the sidewalls of passenger tires. lT: The “LT” indicates the tire is for light trucks or trailers. ST: An “ST” is an indication the tire is for trailer use only. Max.

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    6.5.3 Chock the Wheel you are not changing with bricks or wooden blocks. Do not use the Assist Wheel to support the Trailer while changing your tires. Trailer could tip over causing serious injury or death. 6.5.4 Place a Tire Jack under the part of the axel near the flat tire. 6.5.5 Jack up the axle to lift the wheel a few inches off the ground.

  • Page 35: Checking The Tire Pressure

    6.5.9 Lower Tire Jack and remove from under Trailer. Never crawl under a trailer on jacks. The trailer could slip off the jack or the jack could fail resulting in serious injury or death. Lug nuts are prone to loosen after initial installation, which can lead to death or serious injury.

  • Page 36: Section 7: Loading The Trailer

    SeCTIoN 7: loAdING THe Improper trailer loading causes many accidents and deaths. To safely load a trailer, you must consider: • Overall load weight; • Load weight distribution; • Proper tongue weight; and • Securing the load properly. To determine that you have loaded the trailer within its rating, you must consider the distribution of weight, as well as the total weight of the trailer and its contents.

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    tongue exerts an upward pull on the hitch, instead of pushing down on it (because the trailer is overloaded behind its axle(s)), the rear wheel of the tow vehicle can lose traction or grip and cause loss of control. Also, even if there is some weight on the tongue, but not enough weight on the tongue, the trailer can suddenly become unstable at high speeds.

  • Page 38: Checking The Tongue Weight

    7.1. CHeCKING THe ToNGUe WeIGHT To check the tongue weight, the tow vehicle and trailer must be on level ground, as they will be when the trailer is being towed. If you know the weight on your tow vehicle axles when you are not towing a trailer, trailer tongue weight can be determined with the use of a truck axle scale.

  • Page 39: Preparing The Trailer For Loading

    kerosene, paint, etc. However, fuel in the tank of an off-road vehicle, or a car or motorcycle, etc. may be carried on your open trailer. Do not transport flammable, explosive, poisonous or other dangerous materials in your trailer. Failure to heed this warning could result in property damage, serious injury and death.

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    Since the trailer “ride” can be bumpy and rough, you must secure your cargo so that it does not shift while the trailer is being towed. Load can suddenly move or topple, which can result in death or serious injury. Do not load or unload your open trailer unless it is prevented from tipping and is on firm and level ground.

  • Page 41: Section 8: Check Trailer Before & During Towing

    SeCTIoN 8: CHeCK TRAIleR beFoRe & dURING ToWING 8.1 before Towing, double Check All These Items: • Tires, wheels and lug nuts (see the section “Breaking in New Trailer“ and the section “Tire & Safety Information“. • Coupler secured and locked (see the section “Coupling to the Tow Vehicle”) •...

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    Since roads can be bumpy and rough, lug nuts can loosen over time and even separate from the wheel and possibly causing the separation of the wheel from the trailer. The lug nuts must be tightened by the user before each use. The tires must be maintained at the proper tire pressure before each use.

  • Page 43: Section 9: Breaking In A New Trailer

    SeCTIoN 9: bReAKING IN A NeW TRAIleR lUG NUTS & TIRe PReSSURe 9.1 Retightening lug Nuts at First 10, 25 & 50 Miles Wheel lugs can shift and settle quickly after being first assembled, and must be checked after the first 10, 25 and 50 miles of driving and after any impact. Failure to perform this check may result in a wheel coming loose from the trailer, causing a crash leading to death or serious injury.

  • Page 44: Section 10: Maintenance

    SeCTIoN 10: MAINTeNANCe INSPeCTIoN, SeRVICe & MAINTeNANCe 10.1 Inspection, Service & Maintenance Summary Charts You must inspect, maintain and service your trailer regularly to insure safe and reliable operation. If you cannot or are unsure how to perform the items listed here, have your dealer perform them.

  • Page 45: Inspection And Service Instructions

    Inspection and Service each 6 Months or 6,000 Miles Suspension Inspection and Service each year or 12,000 Miles Item Structure • Frame members • Welds • Slide-out Structure • Axle Attachment Bolts 10.2 Inspection and Service Instructions 10.2.1 Axle bolts, Frame, Suspension, & Structure Worn or broken suspension parts can cause loss of control and property damage, serious injury and death may result.

  • Page 46: Trailer Structure

    10.2.2 Trailer Structure Because the trailer floor receives the most abuse, it will most likely corrode before any other part of the structure. Using a power washer, wash the floor and walls of the trailer after each use. Fasteners and Frame Members Inspect all of the fasteners and structural frame members for bending and other damage, cracks, or failure.

  • Page 47: Trailer Connection To Tow Vehicle

    trailer, inspect all of the welds for cracks or failure at least once a year. Improper weld repair will lead to early failure of the trailer struc- ture and can cause serious injury or death. Do not repair cracked or broken welds unless you have the skills and equipment to make a proper repair.

  • Page 48: Tires

    10.2.6 Tires Before each tow, be sure the tire pressure is at the value indicated on the sidewall. Tire pressure must be checked while the tire is cold. Do not check the tire pressure immediately after towing the trailer. Allow at least three hours for a tire to cool, if the trailer has been towed for as much as one mile.

  • Page 49: Lug Nuts (bolts)

    • After removing the grease cap, cotter pin, spindle nut and spindle washer, remove the hub and drum to inspect the bearings for wear and damage. • Replace bearings that have flat spots on rollers, broken roller cages, rust or pitting.

  • Page 50: Suspension

    Figure 10 - 2: lug nut sequence of tightening Tighten the lug nuts to the proper torque for the axle size on your trailer, to prevent wheels from coming loose. Use a torque wrench to tighten the fasteners. If you do not have a torque wrench, tighten the fasteners with a lug wrench as much as you can, then have a service garage or dealer tighten the lug nuts to the proper torque.

  • Page 56: Section 12: Warranty Information

    Warranty on Craftsman Fold-Up Trailer When operated and maintained according to all supplied product instructions, if the following components of this Craftsman Fold-Up Trailer fail due to defects in material or workmanship within the time periods listed below, call 1-800-422-3865 to arrange for free repair.

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