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Old 03-24-2010, 11:25 AM   #15
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I think whether there is rust present has no Bearing on the axle breakage. The axles shaft metal actually becomes fatigued and the metal crystallizes and breaks off. I have even seen this happen to axles shafts 3" in diameter on big trucks.
I thought I had enough movement in my axles also on my 77,but I started to see a little grey streak around the interior rivets,that was a sign they were working and I found rivets heads popped in the exterior skin, it was hitting bottom so bad the toilet paper would unroll. Then we lost the full length mirror off the back of the bathroom door,because the rivets sheared off. The shell was receiving to much shock transfer. Then saddley I knew it was time and it was gonna be expensive,but not as expensive as other repairs were gonna be later on if I didnt act quickly.
So we bit the bullet and replaced them. Im happy with the outcome.
ITs your trailer and you will do what you think is best. The best for me was to replace the axles before I did further damage.

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Old 03-24-2010, 01:37 PM   #16
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One other thing you may want to check.

Get under your trailer, look at the tag on the axle, and see what the capacity is. Our '83 27' Excella weighs about 5,600 lbs dry and empty. About 500 lbs of that is carried by the tongue, leaving about 5,100 lbs carried by the axles. The old axles were 2,800 lb capacity each, making 5,600 lbs. Add up water, food, food in the refrigerator, pots and pans, utensils, clothes, shoes, TV or TVs, computer and other electronic equipment, propane, added furniture, lamps, folding furniture, tools and equipment in outside compartments, solar, A/C..... Need I go on? You do the math.

I installed new axles with a higher capacity, giving us a little "breathing room".

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Old 03-24-2010, 01:51 PM   #17
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:41 PM   #18
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Axle rating

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The original equipment axle was rated at 4500 pounds, with 12 inch brakes.

If you like to carry a little extra weight, you can kick that up tp 5000 pounds, but no more than that.


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