Originally Posted by adonh
Just spoke to Chris Jones at Bob Jones RV and they feel the axles are still good on my 1976 31' Sovereign
. So for now I am going to have the bearings and brakes checked and check the balance on my tires and check this again next year. When I do replace them Chris recommends the Henschen axle. So Andy I am starting to save my now so that I will be ready.
Please have Chris check the tire drop.
Have him jack up one side of the trailer, and see how much "more" the tire drops, until it's off the ground.
It should drop about 2 to 3 inches.
If not, then the rubber rods have solidified, which will give the trailer a rough ride.
Generally speaking, if a load has been placed on a torsion axle, for several years, but has not been exercized, then the rubber rods can solidify.
There are two tests. In your case, there is plenty of tire above the wheel. So your axles are OK there. But the tires must also drop when the trailer is lifted off the ground on one side. If they do drop that 2 to 3 inches then your axles are in very good shape.
If they only drop an inch or less, then the rubber rods have solidified, making the axle give the trailer a rough ride. Not good.