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Old 06-10-2009, 10:00 AM   #1
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Axle Upgrade - Input Wanted

It's time to replace the axles on our '83 27' Excella. It sits very low, The wheels and tires are proper size and proper inflation. The tongue height is 2" below spec, axle arms are sitting at an up angle with the trailer unloaded and when the step in unfolded it is within 2" of the ground. The spec sheet shows 5,700 lbs empty with 570 lbs tongue weight. That's 5,130 lbs on the axles empty. It came with 2,800 lb axles, total 5,600 lbs axle capacity. With 50 gal fresh water, 20 gal each gray and black water, the trailer has been at the ragged edge. We don't usually tow with full tanks, but whe weight is the same, towing or parked.

We know from experience with our Caravel that it is easy to add 700-800 pounds of equipment, food, supplies, tools, hoses and other hook-up stuff, appliences and assorted dodads to a 17' trailer. I would think that 1,000-1200 lbs would go into this trailer sight unseen.

Question is???????

Would you upgrade to 3,200 lb axles or go to 3,500 lb axles?
Would 3,500 lb axles make the ride too harsh and damage the trailer?

Your thoughts please.

Andy, how about you?
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:08 AM   #2
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Andy set us up with the #3500 axles for our 28 ft Ambassador...it had #3200 capacity axles as original...

Ours rides just great, and I believe the #3500 rated axles are the perfect match for us...our trailer weights about #5800, loaded.

BTW, those axles are easy to install - I did it by myself - a couple of extra hands would make it even easier...
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:18 PM   #3
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Sounds like 3,500 might be just the ticket. I just put a tape to our "27" and it is, in fact, 28 feet long, ball to bumper. We do tend to carry lots of "stuff". It's amazing.

I should have no problem installing the axles. I have two 5 ton stands, a good walker floor jack, air and air tools.

I replaced the axle on the Caravel a few years ago. This will not be my first Rodeo.
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It's time to replace the axles on our '83 27' Excella. It sits very low, The wheels and tires are proper size and proper inflation. The tongue height is 2" below spec, axle arms are sitting at an up angle with the trailer unloaded and when the step in unfolded it is within 2" of the ground. The spec sheet shows 5,700 lbs empty with 570 lbs tongue weight. That's 5,130 lbs on the axles empty. It came with 2,800 lb axles, total 5,600 lbs axle capacity. With 50 gal fresh water, 20 gal each gray and black water, the trailer has been at the ragged edge. We don't usually tow with full tanks, but whe weight is the same, towing or parked.

We know from experience with our Caravel that it is easy to add 700-800 pounds of equipment, food, supplies, tools, hoses and other hook-up stuff, appliences and assorted dodads to a 17' trailer. I would think that 1,000-1200 lbs would go into this trailer sight unseen.

Question is???????

Would you upgrade to 3,200 lb axles or go to 3,500 lb axles?
Would 3,500 lb axles make the ride too harsh and damage the trailer?

Your thoughts please.

Andy, how about you?
Jim.

Sorry for the delay, but I am trying to relax and enjoy the weather in Hawaii.

You can use either the 3200 or 3500 pounds axles, depending on how you typically load the trailer.

You should always travel with full water, which lowers the center of gravity and makes the trailer tow with a little more stability.

If you typically carry a heavy payload, I would suggest the 3500 pond rating.

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