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Old 05-06-2015, 03:28 PM   #1
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Axle Alignment?

I replaced wheels/tires on my 2012 28ft FC at about 22k with MLT's. In the process of doing so, I noticed that one tire (curb front) was abnormally warn on the inside. No other tires showed that degree of wear or even close. So...any thoughts of what can cause this and what may be the fix. I talked a very experienced tire place about alignment but they said no alignment is possible on a torsion suspension. My primary thesis at this point is there was something done wrong during factory install or with the Dexter Axle itself. I have done it yet but plant to call Dexter and ask them about the issue. Any one else seen this?

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Old 05-06-2015, 03:47 PM   #2
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Is it possible you hit something while towing?
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Old 05-06-2015, 03:58 PM   #3
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I replaced wheels/tires on my 2012 28ft FC at about 22k with MLT's. In the process of doing so, I noticed that one tire (curb front) was abnormally warn on the inside. No other tires showed that degree of wear or even close. So...any thoughts of what can cause this and what may be the fix. I talked a very experienced tire place about alignment but they said no alignment is possible on a torsion suspension. My primary thesis at this point is there was something done wrong during factory install or with the Dexter Axle itself. I have done it yet but plant to call Dexter and ask them about the issue. Any one else seen this?

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The axles actually can be aligned, but it takes a special machine that actually bends the axle so the wheels are aligned. Not many shops have the equipment to do it.
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Well..I have towed it 23k miles all over the West so...anything is possible but I am very careful about hitting curbs and potholes. I did call Dexter and talked to their tech about the problem. He is going to send me a procedure to check the alignment. He suspects the axle/wheel is towed out as to reference why it is the inside that is wearing. I am worried that this problem sounds expensive.
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Old 05-06-2015, 05:02 PM   #5
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Yes they can be aligned. Last year after about 5 to 7000 miles our tires were wearing on the outer edges. One was toed out and the other side camber was out of alignment. Came that way new. Noticed right away.
Took it to a Airstream authorized repair shop in Bellflower Ca.
After the alignment was performed I replaced the tires and installed a pair of Centramatics. They are wearing great and run much cooler.


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Old 05-06-2015, 05:16 PM   #6
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Can I ask what it cost you?
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Old 05-06-2015, 05:31 PM   #7
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Old 05-18-2015, 09:23 PM   #8
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I have the same pattern on my right front tandem tire. I believe it is an alignment problem. Putting new axles 16 in custom aluminum wheels and michelins on. Will align axles.
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I am the original poster and have an appointment with C&G Trailer Repair on the 28th to have them align the front curbside axle. According to a previous poster he related that this company aligned his for $250 and his experience has been positive. I talked to AS and they related that there was just one place in Calif. that had the tools to bend the axles into alignment and that was C&G. So..I would suggest that you may be able to get away a little cheaper then new axles if you can find a place in proximity that can do it.
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Old 05-19-2015, 01:29 PM   #10
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The way the torsion axles are made makes it impossible for them to be in alignment. They will be close but not true.

A quick way to check them is to take an 8 ft florescent light bulb and lay it across the center line of the wheels. The bulb should touch all edges of the tires, on 2 or 3 axle trailers. Any miss will tell you how the tire will ware. Not touching a rear part of the tire will result in inside ware.

Historical most people never trailered enough for ware to be an issue. Tire would age out or blow out before that. But now that people are putting real tires on their rigs and traveling more it is an issue.
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Other causes of the wear could be bad or loose bearings or a bent spindle. You can't fix a bent spindle.
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When I was putting on my new 16 inch wheels and tires I checked to see if there was any tire bearing looseness and they were all tight. Light I said earlier Dexter is sending the procedure to check alignment so...we will see.
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rgwatkin, can you post the procedures?
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I had the same wear issue with one tire last year. I had the axles aligned at Jackson Center, which cost about $500. Three of four wheels were off in toe-in and camber before the alignment. The tolerances are 0 to 1 1/2 degrees for camber and 0 to 1/8" for toe-in. I replaced all four tires after the alignment and haven't seen any sign of wear on the new ones, so I'm thinking the alignment solved the issue.
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