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Old 09-18-2009, 06:12 PM   #15
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Might have to cut the new 5200lb axle off and get the 6000 lb one. Grrrrrr Weight adding up quick no good at all.
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Old 09-18-2009, 06:18 PM   #16
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How much weight can a frame like mine hold? If I go over 5200 am I going to have problems? My frame looks real good just want to check and make sure she can handle the extra weight. Any help is appreciated.
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How much weight can a frame like mine hold? If I go over 5200 am I going to have problems? My frame looks real good just want to check and make sure she can handle the extra weight. Any help is appreciated.
I doubt that the frame is built to withstand a 50% increase in loading.
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Old 09-18-2009, 07:25 PM   #18
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I don't know what you put in that Tradewind to get the weight so high. Are you a blacksmith or geologist?

I've added a lot of stuff to my tradewind and it only weighs 4800 on the axle, fully loaded.

What will you be using for tires if you go to a 6000# axle? Will they fit in the wheelwells?
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My frame looks real good just want to check and make sure she can handle the extra weight.
The design of an Airstream trailer means the shell carries some weigh or is at least part of the structure. In other words the "frame" isn't the only piece that handles the load.

You are starting to swim in the deep end with out a floatation devise.

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I don't know what you put in that Tradewind to get the weight so high. Are you a blacksmith or geologist?

I've added a lot of stuff to my tradewind and it only weighs 4800 on the axle, fully loaded.

What will you be using for tires if you go to a 6000# axle? Will they fit in the wheelwells?

Are you running a 5200 lb axle? I assume she will be right around 5K with her fully loaded. Someone on here told me you should have a 10% margin for safety meaning 5200lb axle- 10%=4680. I can get 15" tires that hold 2830 a piece. Thanks for the insight!
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Mine is a 5200# axle, but as you can see (post #11) it's a leaf spring set up. I added an extra leaf to the springs and doubled the frame from the coupler back to where the frame straightens. Most of the added weight is forward of the axle.

Of course none of this means anything for your torsion axle.

Thanks for the tip on tires. What brand and size are they?
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Towmaster St 225 75 15 Load range E Here is the site there 110 a piece.

15 inch Transmaster O.E. Fitment Radial Special Trailer Tire Load Range E

I'm going to check tire discount tho first. I think this is the biggest you can get in a 15"
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Markdoane where did you get the driver side aluminum skin done?
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You did it yourself? Was it hard to do? I need my panel replaced on the drivers side, and am wondering if I could tackle this myself. Thanks for the help.
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Yeah, it's not like putting up a shelf in the closet. It's possible if you have the right tools (rivet gun, lots of clecos, and electric or pneumatic shears.

You need to be pretty handy with tools, both physically and mentally. Fair amount of layout and planning required.

The feeling of satisfaction is worth it. Nothing like learning a new skill.
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